1940s | Blouses | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

40s separates

By on March 12, 2017

I normally sew big skirted dresses but I got a bee in my bonnet to make some pants for practicality in the cooler months. I have seen many lovely renditions of Simplicity 3688. Since I already had the pattern in my stash it was a natural choice.  I made these pants up in a linen/rayon blend from Jo-anns. For the top I pattern hacked Simplicity 1590 by removing the peplum and and changing up the darts. I sewed this up in a premium broadcloth from Fabric.com

 

I added a little embroidery to the collar points of the blouse for something a little extra special.

 

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 1459 – Vintage 1950s Shirt Dress

By on February 18, 2017

Hi pinups! This dress is the perfect vintage Valentine’s Day dress, which I’ll certainly be rocking well into the Summer. I’ve been keeping an eye on this vintage 1950s Simplicity 1459 pattern for a while as I’m a sucker for a shirt dress, especially a vintage one! So in collaboration with online haberdashery Weaver Dee it felt like the perfect time to try it, paired with a classic floral cotton for a true retro vibe.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 1459 – Weaver Dee

Fabric: Poly Cotton Fabric – Navy / Pink Rose Garden – £3.00 per m – Weaver Dee

Notions: Medium Weight Iron on  Interfacing & 22″ & Concealed Nylon Zip [817 Cerise Pink] – Weaver Dee

Sewing time: I spent two afternoons on this.

Modifications: Added 3 buttons instead of 2, and I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper

Fit: Perfect! I know, I’m surprised too.

Difficulty: Straightforward. I was pleasantly surprised at how simply this came together (ignoring my stupid mistake!). I’d also recommend this for adventurous beginners.

Watch out for: Don’t forget to sew the collar points properly like me!

Make again?: Yes!

 

 

For my full review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.

Thank you!
xo

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1950’s Cocktail Dress Revival

By on February 15, 2017

I hit a sewing bump 2 months ago. I lost all motivation to keep sewing. I stopped even trying to find a project to inspire me and then last week as I was cleaning out my closet I stumbled upon this 1950’s cocktail dress that I bought to fix up over a year ago. My fears of fixing it had sent it to the back of my closet where it had been forgotten.

It was riddled with holes. I started picking it apart piece by piece. This also allowed me to create a pattern out of the dress for future creations!

I created a lace overlay for all of the pieces, basted it on and then re-assembled the whole dress.

Once it was re-assembled I found I had created my dream cocktail dress out of what was once something I had at the bottom of the repair pile.

You can read more about this save over on my blog. In the meantime, I will be busy tackling that repair pile in hopes of finding another gem!

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1940s | Coats | Jackets | Vintage Sewing

First Vintage-style Coat, Butterick B5824

By on February 14, 2017

Butterick B5824, Vintage Coat by Vintage on Tap

Not going to lie, I wanna give myself some props for FINALLY diving in and making a jacket. I’ve been psyching myself out for years now and now that the first one is done, I can breathe a sigh of relief. Not to say it was easy exactly- but at the very least it wasn’t the Big Bad Wolf that I thought it was going to be.

Butterick B5824, Vintage Coat by Vintage on Tap

My plaid matching could have been better, but its generally passable. I also underlined the ENTIRE coat, so I can say that this one is officially my warmest coat, even more so than my RTW.

Butterick B5824, Vintage Coat by Vintage on Tap

I lopped off about 4 inches from the bottom of the coat, so it would fall just past my knees. I’m 5’2″ and this thing would have dwarfed me. I also took in the lapels by about an inch and a half so they would be just above my shoulder (most accurate photo for that is on the mannequin)
Vintage on Tap coat inspiration

Another big change I did was to add a belt instead of the button closure. I was inspired by two things-

  • I think the tie is faster to deal with when you’re out and about
  • I didn’t want to deal with bound button holes
More photos of this coat are over on my blog.
Video tutorial for lining technique on my YouTube channel.

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1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Blue Jacquard 1950’s Dress

By on February 6, 2017

I imagine many people here on We Sew Retro are big fans of Gretchen Hirsche’s wonderful fabric designs for Fabric Traditions available at Joanns, and I have seen so many lovely things made from her fabrics around the community! I recently picked up a few yards of the blue jacquard from one of Gertie’s fall fabric collections in the red tag area of Joanns (always check out the red tag area, is it usually full of dated sad decorator fabrics? Well, yes. Are there occasional hidden gems? Also yes!). I decided the shining sapphire blue jacquard would make a perfect 1950’s style wiggle dress and got started right away!

It was really important for this dress to make sure the raw edges of each seam were finished in some way since I knew I didn’t want to bother with a lining. Also with most jacquards and brocades I like to finish the edges no matter what as they seem to looove to fray apart the moment they are cut! So the first thing I did after cutting out this dress was overlock all of the edges with my serger. The bodice is a simple “kimono” sleeve style which is super simple to make up (just 6 darts total and the side seams) as you don’t have to fiddle with setting in proper sleeves as they are cut into the design. I totally recommend this style of bodice for those who have trouble with sleeves! The neckline was finished with a self fabric facing that I tacked down with tiny thread tacks to help it stay smooth. With a center back zipper and hand sewn hem finished, it was ready to wear! Too bad I didn’t make this number in time for New Years Eve as it would make a perfect holiday party dress! Next year perhaps 🙂

For more photos visit the full outfit post over on The Closet Historian!

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Vintage Sewing

Another Historical Vintage

By on February 1, 2017

Hi

This is another of the historical costumes that I made in the Victorian era.

This one uses TV462 the tail bodice from 1883 and a simplicity costume skirt.  The bustle is made using a pillow.

I wasn’t as happy with this one as some of the others, not that it doesn’t look good – but I think I could have made it better.  Perhaps I was pressed for time or maybe I am just to scared of over doing it that I hold back to much.

What do you think I should have done to jazz this one up.

 

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