Vintage Sewing

Many thanks to everyone who gave advice for finishing this dress.   I took off all the ruffles, took it in at the waist, shortened the sleeves, and hemmed it to hit right at the knee.  I would have liked a navy belt to go with it, but I don’t have a navy belt buckle [...]

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McCall’s 7456 & Simplicity 6693, from the 1980s & 1970s, have been getting lots of use at my place…ever since I saw the guitar gods in Cracker, both wearing Western shirts at a concert & thinking, “Hey, the Roommate should be able to dress like a guitar god, even if he doesn’t play guitar!”  A request [...]

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  I’m at the final stretch of finishing this dress, but am having second thoughts about it.  I did the pink view, but used navy fabric as a contrasting ruffle – thought the flowers to be too much.  Now the dress fits nicely, but I’m getting the feeling it’s more like a fancy old-lady potato [...]

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I’ve been trying really hard to bolster my winter wardrobe (and only sort of failing). This dress is part of that effort. I used Simplicity 3010 which is from the late 40s. I choose a teal corduroy to make it up in. Of course, I had to do the view with the pockets! I really [...]

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SURPRISE! I’m back! Quick, right? Today I have a project that I consider more throw-back than vintage: Simplicity 5399 from 1981. Truthfully, I don’t think there’s been the same type of evolution in men’s fashion as there has in women’s. Most men’s patterns seem timeless to me. These shorts were my first foray with sewing a men’s garment. Aside [...]

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Hello! Long time, no see In the past few weeks I’ve been incredibly busy with school but I managed to take a break from learning and squeezed this cute capripants in my schedule. The pattern I used is Gertie’s Butterick 5895 which doesn’t seem to be very popular. That I don’t really understand because the [...]

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This dress was actually intended as a wearable muslin (after two non-wearable muslins) for a dress I’m making for my high school graduation, but I’m quite happy with how it turned out! The pattern is Vogue S-4727 from 1956, which I borrowed from a friend who has the most amazing vintage pattern collection. I sized [...]

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It’s been a while since we last spoke. Truth is, I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing. Who knew that moving house would be such a time consuming task? Not me. That’s for sure. After my routine is broken, I have a hard time getting myself back into rhythm, and the things I was [...]

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  I finally have a finished dress to share! It’s vintage Simplicity 7705, the knockoff of the famous DVF wrap. I’m super pleased with how it turned out and now want lots of knits to make more. It makes me feel a bit like Jerry Hall at Studio 54!  

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For a long time I wanted to sew a peplum blouse. I think this style is really flattering, accentuating the waist and the gathered peplum gives you a curvier look. It’s really feminime.   The pattern really inspired me with the fabric choice. As you can see, the illustration shows a striped fabric. And I had a [...]

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