This is my second post on We Sew Retro. My first posting was way back in December and I plan to post more often. I used two 1950s patterns: one for a Simplicity circle skirt and the other for a Simplicity blouse with a bow. The circle skirt has a petticoat underneath to make it more fluffy. I made the circle skirt brown with white rickrack on the waistband, as I feel it would be more versatile to wear during all of the seasons. If I left it just plain brown, it would look only best for fall. I usually try to make clothing I can wear for more than just a season per year. The bow blouse is also something I can wear for all seasons. In the winter, I will wear a vintage cardigan with it. Both patterns were relatively easy and I didn’t have any issues with them. The circle skirt did take a long time to hem, as I hem clothing by hand.
Hope your spring has been filled with lovely sewing projects! I am excited to share photos of two vintage dresses I sewed, both made from out-of-print vintage designs. I’ll share the 1950s dress first, which I just recently had photographed at the beach.
This one was made from an original 1956 Vogue design that I purchased at a hefty price a few years back, and it has some very unique details for a 1950s dress. There are diagonal tucks/darts in the upper bodice, and the pattern actually calls for a ribbon bow to stream down the front of the dress. It also features a square neckline and working buttons down the front, although the main opening comes by way of a side zipper.
Believe it or not, I was actually wearing my largest crinoline petticoat underneath, but the strong winds at the beach (and the fact that this was a heavier twill fabric) made the skirt kind of “flop” instead of standing out. Oh well!
There are LOTS more pictures and a full pattern review of the design I used on this blog post. Old Vogue patterns are really the best!
Then there’s this dainty spring frock that I sewed using a Hollywood Pattern – my favorite vintage pattern brand hands down!
I wore this dress for Easter, and while the lighting doesn’t show quite how pink this voile fabric really is, at least you can tell in the photo below.
This pattern was a breeze to use, but I really love the flattering cut shown on the cover! A peasant style bodice, gathered skirt, and fitted, curved waistband panel make it so feminine. The fabric is a cotton voile, lined with blush pink China silk lining. It closes with a side zipper and is rather fitted, but I’ll definitely be using this pattern again. You can see MANY more pictures and my pattern review on my blog post about it.
Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns
These past few weeks, I had two lead styling gigs where I had to wear white. I don’t have very much white in my closet, so I had to go out and buy something for one of the gigs.
In between the two events, I decided to clean out one of my closets where my UFO’s (Unfinished Object) are stashed. I stumbled across this white dress that I started here. Yes that’s right, it’s been sitting unfinished since Spring 2011. The dress is fully lined and the only finishing needed was the hem. I then remembered that because the dress was lined it fit snug and wouldn’t go over my hips. I was desperately needing a white dress so I thought why not? I tried it on and it fit fine. I suppose I must have lost weight since then, which is never a bad thing (;
Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to him the dress until after the last event.
I wore the dress yesterday, but I feel like it’s one of those dresses I’m going to wear once or twice a year. I just don’t like white on me.
For more pictures & how I styled this dress, you can check that on my blog here.