1950s | 1960s | Blouses | Dresses | Pants / Trousers | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

2 New Vintage Pattern Makes: Simplicity 3257 and Advance 8288

By on April 4, 2016

Hi y’all!

I’ve recently sewn/photographed/blogged about two new vintage makes. Simplicity 3257 is a c. late 1950s combo skirt/trouser pattern and went together really beautifully. I highly recommend it for the skirt, though I haven’t yet tried to sew up the trousers. The skirt only used three pieces and was very true to size. I enjoyed the instructions for certain vintage craftsmanship that we don’t often use today, like the lapped zipper. I’ve been doing it the “hard” way all this time!

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My other creation was inspired by c. 1957 Advance 8288. It’s a “sub-teen” pattern for coordinating separates. I LOVE having options and variety, and even though it looks like a dress I can wear each piece on its own! So wonderful. I didn’t actually sew with the pattern, but rather I used the art as inspiration and Frankenstein-ed two patterns from my collection to make the blouse. The skirt is a simple dirndl style with two side pockets. Both are made with vintage metal zippers from my stash, though the rayon fabric is new (from Gertie’s collection at Joann). My friend, who sewed up this project with me, did have the pattern and noted that it was simple to make but included a lot of wearing ease.

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Links to the blog posts for more pics + sewing/pattern details:

Simplicity 3257

Advance 8288

 

Thanks for looking!

xx Lauren

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1920s | Blouses | Downton Abbey Inspired | Giveaway | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

1920s Silk Blouse and Pleated Skirt

By on March 11, 2016

After admiring everyone else’s achievements last year for A Stitching Odyssey’s Vintage Pledge I decided that this year I was going to join in. My own pledge was to challenge and push myself with my sewing. I’ve just finished my first outfit for the pledge, a 1920s silk blouse and pleated skirt. I created the pattern for the blouse by tracing around a simple silk top I already had and then making my own adjustments. The pattern for the skirt was McCall’s M7022 pleated skirt which I lengthened to a more suitable 1920s style.

1920s blouse, skirt and cloche hat

I used a beautiful Pre-Raphaelite inspired green and purple floral silk for the blouse which I bought from the fabulous ClothSpot and this was my first challenge. I’d never worked with silk before so was really, really nervous about starting it and I put it off for about four months. The Vintage Pledge was just what I needed to force myself to be brave and just get on with it. As it turned out there was nothing to worry about!

Pre-Raphaelite inspired silk fabric

I added vintage, probably early 20th Century, jet buttons to both the front of the blouse and at the side to close the band around the bottom.

1920s blouse, skirt and cloche hat

The skirt is in a black cotton twill that I dug out from my stash. I’m not overly happy with it, mainly because the fabric is all wrong for the style of skirt, it’s way too stiff. I’m not sure if I’ll try and adjust it or just make a different one.

If you would like to read more about how the whole outfit and see more photos feel free to pop over to my blog. And while you’re there why not check out my latest post where I’m running a giveaway of £40 to spend on fabrics at ClothSpot. (Giveaway ends midnight 20th March 2016)

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1960s | 1970s | Coats | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

raincoat and a-line skirt , 60s patterns

By on December 6, 2015

 

Raincoat based on Simplicity pattern 8591 (1969) with some alterations (zipper, pockets )

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A-line mod mini skirt based on Maudella 5626 pattern  , with huge front zipper instead back zipper

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vintage vinyl fabric maudella 5626 pattern aline skirt front zipper 60 1960 mod space age twiggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fabric is a kind of thick crinkled vinyl with woolen back , found in yard sales .

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more here : http://crazeegirl-wears-vintage-dress.blogspot.fr/2015/12/addicted-to-my-sewing-machine-suit.html

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1930s | 1940s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A Skirt Suited to Adventure

By on November 5, 2015

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Hello again! I have been trying this year to add new neutrals to my wardrobe after years devoted to basic black. In that effort I decided I needed a light brown skirt for this fall! I wanted something a little different from the usual pencil skirt shape I always make so I added a circular flare to the side seam of one side. In theory this was easy enough to do, but for the first go I just didn’t add enough flare and the skirt hung sort of odd. To fix this I added a larger triangular shaped godet into the flared seam for more fullness. It drapes much better now but I probably should have weighted down the hem (sewn a small chain into the hem tape) for it to hang even better. I used a bias tape facing to finish the hem, in a lightweight shantung silk that is my new favorite fabric for hem facings! It just does the job so well, the only problem is that it is expensive stuff, luckily one yard is enough to do several hems!

 

 

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I am really happy with how the skirt turned out in the end and plan on making a little bolero to match for a sort of suit.  I think the skirt looks sort of late 30’s/early 40’s and I can’t wait to style it for the colder weather with even more vintage looking accessories. For more photos of this skirt, visit me at theclosethistorian.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

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1950s | Modern Patterns | Rompers / Playsuits | Shirts | Skirts | Swimwear / Sunwear | Vintage Sewing

Watermelon Two Piece 50’s Style Playsuit

By on July 30, 2015

This just might be my favorite sewing project so far! I picked this fabric up 3 times in Joann’s and put it back every single time, telling myself it was too over the top. It was on sale recently and I finally had to give in to temptation and scoop it up. To me, nothing says summer, more than watermelon!

This watermelon playsuit is a collaboration between my trusty 3/4 circle skirt #Simplicity1200 and #Simplicity1426 version A!


Normally this is something that I would feel far too self-conscious to wear. Honestly though, I feel like my fears are completely unfounded in this. It’s so flattering and when I wear it, I feel like a million bucks! It’s just so much fun. In this post, I’m going to talk mostly about the top, because the skirt is #Simplicity1200 which I’ve done several times now, here and here, no point in rehashing those details.

The only thing I changed on #Simplicity1426 was the neck band on the top. I mistakenly only cut out one piece when two was needed. After cutting everything else out, I didn’t have enough fabric to fit one more. So I improvised and used the same simple black bias binding that I used to bind the hem of the skirt. I’m really glad I did too. I feel like having the black at the top and the bottom of the set creates a cohesiveness that I really like.

I used simple black buttons on both pieces so they would be minimal and understated. I wanted them to blend in with the outfit. I feel like they do just that.

#Simplicity1426 was a great pattern to sew, it sewed up quickly and the directions were really simple to follow. I’ll be sewing this one again in one of the other versions I’m sure!

There isn’t much else I can say about this make. I’m so pleased with how it turned out. Now I just wish I could have an excuse to wear it more often!!

Thanks for reading, check out more on my blog at misskacysews.com!

Until the next time!

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1950s | Skirts

Floral Quilted Circle Skirt

By on July 22, 2015

Hello again everyone! It’s an undeniable fact that I have an obsession with circle skirts; and after sharing my last floral cotton and green satin ones with you, I’ve produced yet another! But this is a circle skirt with a difference…

…it’s quilted! I was inspired by the quilted skirt included in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, but chose not to use the included pattern, cutting a full circle based on my measurements instead and following the directions Gertie’s blog to quilt it with batting instead of flannelette. I love how it turned out, and the way it sticks out is just incredible!

For more pictures and construction details, visit my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

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