1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

mono dress & faux film noir

By on May 28, 2014

self drafted dress film noir

This dress is my second attempt at pattern drafting. I re-drafted my bodice block and made further alterations but still I need to take some volume from the back.

This was apparent when I came to draft the skirt. There was precious little difference between the back hip and waist measurements!

But I went with it after checking the measurements of the bodice.

It all works reasonably well but the side seams sit a little bit too forward for my liking and I’m sure by taking out the excess at the back it will make them sit properly. And will also give the back skirt a better shape at the waist!

self drafted wiggle dress

Hoping to prove myself right with the next version.

The design is based on a general 50s shape but I really like the angular necklines of the 40s. I’m not sure of the fabric content. It could be upholstery material! About 6 meters was given to me so I figured I could use it for this test dress and have plenty left over if I messed up!

As for the crazy  photos, Mr Ooobop was determined to practice with his new camera flash and who am I to argue?! A little wave of the Photoshop wand and abracadabra, all sorts of crazy faux film noir was achieved!

self drafted wiggle dress

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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting

Tiers

By on May 19, 2014

I found this lovely image in one of my vintage magazines. You could order this pattern from them. Back in the summer of 1956.

I immediately wanted to make this dress, so I just had to draft my own. I wrote a separate blog post about how to make a skirt like this, in case you are interested.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any fabric with bold black-and-white stripes so I used a very fine stripe from my stash. It’s less dramatic but it works.

I’m happy with the dress but I think I will really have to wear this one with a fluffy petticoat (I usually don’t, but this dress just doesn’t look right without it).

More story and more pictures on my blog.

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1950s | Dresses | Modern Patterns | Pattern Drafting | Pattern Sizing | Vintage Sewing

The Walk Away Dress–Sacrilegious Fit Solution?

By on May 4, 2014

Hello All

 

With winter in the Midwest finally behind us, I’d like to make some dresses from my fabric stockpile. Of course to get me back into the swing of things, I thought I’d do the Butterick 4790.   I know full well that the re-released pattern comes with a slew of fit issues.  So I pose the question: has anyone used a zipper?

I know that it’s not conventional, but neither am I.  The re-release pattern uses a full circle skirt instead of a half circle as the original did. Wouldn’t a zipper up the front balance out the weight of the back of the dress and keep it closed for less of a flyaway mishap?

Here is an example of the full zipper.  The zipper would also eliminate the need for a button closure.  I’m picturing something like a coat zipper that comes all the way unzipped.

Image courtesy of SoulStiches Blog as mine would not load.

 

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1950s | Pattern Drafting | Shirts | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Ensemble

By on April 29, 2014

After discovering a bit about Ulyana Sergeenko and her designs, I decided I wanted to do my own take on one of her outfits, and this is my first result!

For the top, I used a pattern envelope from the 1950s as inspiration, Simplicity 4538. I didn’t have the actual pattern, but it looked easy enough to sew the two ends together. The other seam is across the back to form the yoke, but it stops so you have room for the arms. It was easy enough and it took me about 10-20 minutes to figure everything out.

As for the skirt, I drafted my own circle skirt from 2 yards of fabric. I put in a pocket on one side and a zipper on the other.

I have more details here on my blog.

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Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Pattern Tracing & Storage

By on April 9, 2014

Or, What do you do with your old North Korea maps?!  We have been weeding lots of out-of-date maps at work (Soviet Union, anyone?), and I’ve been doing my best to put them to good use.  One vintage-related use is to redraw patterns onto these maps, to make them sturdier.  Another, which I’m actually more pleased about, is to turn the old maps into envelopes, mark the pattern name & number on the front with a short description, and then put the original pattern, its envelope & the newly-traced pattern all inside. Because the new envelope is a LOT bigger, it requires much less folding (ergo, less frustration), and it means the more fragile vintage pattern doesn’t have to be manhandled back into a tiny envelope, which, by the way, is probably tearing, too!  

Here’s Bella, supervising me from under a North Korea map…

 

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Dresses | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Pattern Drafting

‘Frankenstein’ Tarten pinafore dress

By on April 5, 2014

Hi Everyone!

I’m back with a pinafore dress I’ve made using various patterns and ideas.  I’m quite pleased with it and hope you like it too?

Apologies for the back photo first – I’m having problems getting photos into the right place on here?

Anyway… I used 5 different pattern pieces from 5 different patterns to make this dress.  The back bodice is from a 1960’s pinafore/jumper dress I loaded onto here recently.  The front bodice top piece is from a purple 1960’s dress I posted too.  The midriff section is from a 1950’s dress that I drafted the pattern from.  The front skirt is from a pencil skirt I drafted and the back skirt is a half circle pattern I just chalked onto the fabric and cut out.

I wanted to play with the check pattern on the fabric and see how it turned out.

 

I added self made black piping to bring attention to the waist and midriff part.  There is an invisible zip on the side and I fully lined this dress.

Some of you may recognise me and this fabric from a circle skirt I posted recently.  In the shop I asked for 2 metres hoping there was enough on the roll.  As it happened there was about 2 and a half metres on the roll and the shop gave me the extra half metre for free as it was the end.  Happy days!  That is how I managed to get a dress and a skirt out of the same length 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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