Shirts

  Hello!  I haven’t posted in a good while, but now that summer is, sigh, on its way out… I figured I ought to stop waiting to get “the perfect pictures” and share my summer sewing project. Since I couldn’t find (or afford!) the real deal, I was on a quest to create a 1940s/50s [...]

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This year I finally made up my mind to create a historically correct 1920′s outfit for the Art Deco Society of California’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon in Oakland, California.  This Art Deco picnic was held at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate and the attire is daywear from 1920-1940 (the Art Dcco period of course!).  It is [...]

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I posted a while back about a 1950s style patio skirt I made and I finally got around to making the matching blouse to go with it! I used Butterick 7328 for the blouse and added ric rac trim to match the skirt. I did a circle of red, then gold, the red again ric [...]

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Hello!  I have been following this blog for a while, but haven’t had the nerve to post until now!  I typically sew 1950s dresses and circle skirts, but when I saw Simplicity 1590, I knew I had to give the ’40s a try.  After nearly an hour of searching JoAnn’s sales racks, I found a [...]

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After some uncomfortably warm temperatures and my poor fella only having one decent cool-weather shirt, I decided to try something new and sew a men’s shirt. I used a contemporary pattern with a classic, ageless style (Vogue 8800) and picked a blue and brown tiki print cotton fabric. I thought the combination evoked a very [...]

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You may remember my black Swiss dot peasant blouse I made a while back. In keeping with my Summer peasant blouse series, the second blouse using Butterick 9768 has been made!  This time I used a raw silk with the most adorable fruit and floral print ever!  I am thrilled with how it came out. [...]

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I love playing with fun color combinations! This one makes me feel like a whole pack of brightly colored bubble gum! I just adore circle skirts! When I found this great teal twill, I knew it was going to be one! I’m trying to make more solid basics to wear with printed separates, but I [...]

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Hey YAWLL! It’s been a long time, well ive actually made something wearable but unfortunately its not for me its for my boyf as a valentines prezzie awww. <3 I used kwik sew 3506 i cut a medium it was massive i took in a couple of inches. the most annoying bit was the facings-i [...]

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I was at Hawthorne Vintage when I found the blue plaid Pendleton I used for my Peony as well as this more manly 1970′s beige plaid wool. I decided it was high time I created something more inticate (well, not necessarily more intricate, but tailored in a way that I was less accustomed to) and [...]

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I’ve been having a fun time sewing my way through Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, and enjoying the vintage flair it’s adding to my wardrobe. I’ve found the construction fairly simple, although not suited to the absolute beginner. Her suggestions for vintage construction techniques are a great resource for knowing how to make true-to-period [...]

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