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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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1950s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

“Pique-Nique” Skirt

By on July 13, 2015

Hey y’all! I hope you’re not tired of seeing me on here – I’ve been especially prolific lately because I’ve challenged myself to #MeMadeMonday (I was inspired by #MeMadeMay) and have been making a new garment weekly.

It’s another circle skirt for me this week, and I think I’ve definitely perfected the art of the circle skirt after three in a row. Hand facing the hem makes a WORLD of a difference in the professional quality and elegance of the final result, even if it does take triple the time (at least). But all good things are worth the effort!

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50s Fringed Skirt: Simplicity 4579

By on July 4, 2015

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My Step Mum found this pattern for me and I instantly fell in love with it especially the fringe trimmed version of the skirt, who doesn’t like a bit of fringing after all?

To start the skirt is a 28 waist and 38 hip. Due to the lovely weather we’re having here in the UK, recently not being in the best of sorts and my love of dairy I am now sporting 40 inch hips. So I had to adjust the pattern.

Further info on the adjustments and more pics on my blog Stacey Stitch.

So ladies and jellyspoons  here is my finished, sewn up skirt. What do you think? I’m super happy with how it turned out and it’ll look great for a work as well as a Sunday mooching round the vintage shops.

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A Slew of Seperates

By on June 30, 2015

I had a hugely productive weekend two weeks ago. I sewed up a trio of three quarter circle skirts assembly line style and a precious polka dotted peasant top.

I began working on a skirt for another project, (The Feathers) to be revealed at a later date. I decided that if I was going to do one, I should probably go ahead and do a couple of others I’ve been planning. I used #Simplicity1200.

This was my first attempt at side lapped zippers and I’m so pleased with how they turned out.

I also used self made bias for two of the skirt hems. Time consuming, but so worth it.

I had a lot of firsts that weekend!

I took a poll of my friends and coworkers and they overwhelmingly decided I should wear the cupcakes on Monday to work. Well, I got up Monday morning, and started looking through my closet for a top to match the skirt and just couldn’t find anything that I liked. Like you do. I then got the idea in my head that I needed a peasant top to go with it. I started rummaging through my fabric for something that would work. I came across some white cotton with yellow polka dots that I bought a while back and it was exactly what I wanted.

I sat down at 7:15am on Monday morning, and by 8:30 I had a brand new peasant top made from #Simplicity8741!

The finished outfit was just what I wanted it to be, you can see more about it here.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled with how all of these pieces turned out. I highly recommend that if you have several of the same pattern to make, do it assembly line style. It was so quick and easy to whip out three skirts. In the course of one weekend, I added three perfect summer skirts to my wardrobe. Next time I think I’ll do the same process with some more peasant tops!

Click the pictures to visit my blog for more about each skirt!

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As always you can follow along with my sewing mis-adventures at www.misskacysews.com!

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1950s | 1960s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A skirt turned dress

By on April 13, 2015

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I was hesitant to show you this skirt although I have already finished it about a month ago. I didn’t have the right photos to tell the full story. I’m glad I didn’t make haste because now you can see how important this skirt it. Now that I’ve found the right photo, you can sit back and enjoy!

 

Fast backward to a few months ago. I’m at my beloved Granny’s and we’re digging through her closet. We’re finding a lot of long forgotten treasures like old handbags and purses and vintage clothes and pre-cut sewing patterns. My Granny is a very crafty woman, has been so all her life, and that’s something I’m proud to have inherited from her. So we’re digging through all the stuff… and then there are some fabrics. Dusty, hidden away for decades and gorgeous. My Grandma looks at the blue and red striped cotton and says “This used to be a dress, you know, one of my favorites. After I’d ripped the bodice by accident, I decided to leave the rest of the fabric and sew something from it but I never got to it. You should sew yourself a skirt. Here, take it.”

 

And so I did. I sewed myself a skirt from a cotton that is over 50 years old, was loved and worn to bits, and then stashed away –because it was a favorite. This is so touching to me. The life of things in our hands is so precious and so complicated, and so full. We give them meaning and keep their stories in our minds. They live as long as we lend them some space in our memories. You can see my Granny wearing her dress in 1965 below.

dok015The sewing process was easy enough and there isn’t much to describe. I was aided in making box pleats by small cuts along the edge of the fabric that have already been there, certainly from the time it was a pleated dress. I cut away a small portion of the fabric to use for the waistband –I made it from the fabric put vertical instead of horizontal, as you can see. The fabric was already hemmed so I didn’t need to do anything else there. I might shorten it a bit since I’m not sure this particular length is the most flattering to my otherwise perfect legs. If I do, I’ll shorten it just by folding the fabric and hemming with a blind stitch (as it was originally done to the dress, I think, judging from some loose threads hanging from the hem). In the photo of my Granny you can see that the skirt was shorter by one white stripe.

You can see more photos on my blog.

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