1940s | 1950s | Blouses | Burlesque / Pinup | Hats | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

A White Gypsy Top and shorts made by me!

By on January 26, 2014

Hi everyone!

A few weeks ago I made this white gypsy top… I had been wanting one for agessssssss and have always loved them!

I made the cropped version as it is perfect for summer and can be paired with high waist skirts, short or jeans etc.

I found the pattern at a op-shop (thrift store) for 60 cents! Next time I might add the material frill trim and possibly attach the pom-pom trimming. I am currently making the longer version of this top with red ric-rac as a gift for my friend’s birthday and it looks lovely so far!

I like that I can wear the sleeves up or down!

Here are a two ways that I styled it!

(Lemon/Lime skirt is by Tara Starlet)

I also made these shorts with a 1940s pattern and paired them with my gypsy top at the beach! I bought the pattern as a PDF file on esty…

It seems like not all of the directions for the shorts were properly scanned and were missing so it made it a bit tricky… I have made quite a few pairs of shorts though with a 1960s pattern so I did understand the construction of shorts and just went with the flow. The fit is not perfect (A little loose, but I don’t mind that on a hot summers day, they still fit and look quite nice). Next time I will work on the fit around the waist and probably sew an attachment belt onto the shorts instead of just folding them over, I could then add a button above the zip to improve the fit even more.

I was lucky to score 6 of the Butterick Retro reproduction patterns today at the sewing store, 3 patterns for $10! I can’t wait to get started on them!

See the full Lemon/lime gypsy post here and the beach post here!

Kayla – Gracefullyvintage

 

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1960s | Pants / Trousers

Simplicity 6127

By on January 25, 2014

Hello there! I literally just finished these pants. It’s my first pair of pants! This is actually my second pair of them, I liked them so much! But truthfully, I got the fabric for two before I made either so I’m glad they worked out so well. I made no major alterations, only took in the inseam 2 cm all the way to the hem. I really like high waisted pants! I always felt guilty wearing my modern pants after always wearing vintage clothes. I feel like my wardrobe is becoming more complete!

 

They’re made out of houndstooth patterned corduroy. The pattern is from 1965. Next time I wear the other pair, I will take a picture of them!

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1950s | 1970s | Culottes / Pantskirts | Dresses | Introduction | Pants / Trousers | Pattern Drafting | Pattern Sizing | Vintage Sewing

New to me patterns!

By on January 11, 2014

 

Hello All,

I’m new to WeSewRetro and relatively new to sewing. I thought I’d share some of the patterns I plan on making in the next few months.

There are 2 Butterick patterns and I know at least one of them is a familiar face to all of you. There are also 3 1970s Simplicity patterns. I was extremely excited to find them at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store, uncut and in pristine condition for a whopping $0.58 USD for all 3 together.

I know from reading about other’s experiences on the B4790 Walk-away dress that I’ll have to do some tailoring because it is the re-release pattern and not the original which apparently has caused some fit issues. I also know that I will probably need to grade the Simplicity 9147 from 1979 up a size, but the pattern may have enough ease where that won’t be necessary.

Have any of you sewn these patterns? Any tips for the beginner? Any suggestions for which comes first?
2 Butterick, 3 Simplicity

I apologize for the image quality, my camera has recently taken a nose-dive and I had to resort to sharing via the camera on my cellular.

 

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1960s | Pants / Trousers

Pants fitting questions! (Simplicity 5299)

By on January 9, 2014

Hello! Today I have a work in progress that I hope you can help me with: PANTS.

I have decided to start my Weekender Wardrobe challenge off with the toughest/most intimidating part of my wardrobe pattern (Simplicity 5299): the pants! I have never made pants before, but I’ve been watching a lot of the Dick van Dyke show and Laura Petrie (played by Mary Tyler Moore) always has the greatest cigarette pants on, so I’ve been tempted to overcome my fear. I’ve done some fitting on my own, but I’ve now exhausted my (very limited) pants-fitting knowledge. In hope that you can help, I have some lovely photos of my abdomen to share with you:

Back

diagonal wrinkles. These are not apparent on the other side (with the zipper in the side seam)

 

Front, with wrinkles extending from CF seam

As you can see, there are horizontal wrinkles extending from the CF seam and diagonally through(?) the side seam. I’ve been consulting Colette’s Clover fitting guide but nothing there is jumping out as my pants fitting issue. It may be helpful to know that the fabric I’m using is NOT stretchy (at alllll). If you would like 12000 other pictures of these pants you can look at my blog post (where you can see the steps I’ve already taken), and I’d really love it if you left a comment/critique/suggestion here or there!

 

xoxo

allie

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1950s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

De-constructed High Waisted Jeans

By on November 21, 2013

 

I whipped up a pair of dark blue denim jeans  a couple of weeks back that I have been wearing nearly every day since (although fear not, they have made it into the washing machine a couple of times!) I always think that’s a great judge of a creation- if you are reluctant to part with it for long enough for it to be laundered then you know you have got something right!

The pattern was one I actually worked out from a beloved pair of old Topshop jeans back in the summer. I picked up the jeans for £8 ($14) on a random sale rack in the store, I knew they would be tricky to wear when I bought them as they were a stone background with a rose print on- but the shape and fit were perfection to me. The jeans are high waisted, side zip jeans and slim through the leg without being legging- tight. They have enough retro charm to them to pair really nicely with most of my clothes but are still really classic and simple- well except for the print of course! Having put them on several times, wished they went with some of my clothes and removed them, I finally decided to sacrifice them and use them as a pattern.

To find out  how I turned them into these dark high waisted jeans please pop over to my <a href=http://sewinglondon.co.uk/deconstructed-denim-jeans/> sewing blog</a>.

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1930s | 1940s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Sailor Pants

By on November 5, 2013

 

Being a fashion designer has it’s advantages. Creating your favorite version of sailor pants in a summer corduroy is one of them.

After much pattern searching and coming up empty-handed, I decided to work off of my vintage wool sailor pants. I found a great piece of military blue corduroy at the local goodwill, and figured if they didn’t work out I was only out $4 at the most.

 

The results were great, so I added some vintage red buttons from eBay, and searched the internet for eyelet how-to’s. I stole the lacing out of some pants headed to Goodwill.

 

Find out more details at  http://hometownvictorygirls.blogspot.com/2013/11/ahoy-sailor-one-girls-love-affair-with.html

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1950s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

1950s Clamdiggers – Advance 5508

By on October 9, 2013

It’s heading into Summer down here in Australia, meaning hot and humid weather is just around the corner. My mission to have a fully wearable Vintage Wardrobe means I have plenty of summer skirts – but a serious lack of shorts/capris!

The perfect solution is clamdiggers! Dressy enough to wear to lunch out with friends, casual enough to wear in the garden.

The pattern was Advance 5008 (c. 1950), View 2. This pattern was really, really easy to put together, and fit pretty much perfectly with minimal modifications for my big behind.

And my favourite feature – no zips! The double button tab is the closure! I chose black and white gingham for a nice contrast.

To look a bit more professional, I top-stitched all the seams in ochre coloured thread like store-bought denim and the side seams were placed against the selvedge of the fabric so they’d look fancy if the cuffs are folded up. (The indigo denim is from Spotlight).

I wish the photos did these clamdiggers justice – when I wore them dancing, two women came up and asked if they were Freddies, what a compliment!  As always, more construction details and photos on my blog if you’re interested…

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