Gertie sews vintage casual cardy

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual cardigan

I made this cardy from an old wool sweater. I love it, and it’s a refashion too.

The cardigan is fitted and looks great with a full skirt or pencil skirt, but it’s also completely wearable with up to date fashion. I’ve worn it loads at work, with skirts and trousers and more casually with my jeans.

I used ribbon for the button bands and kept the original hem and cuffs, just making a new neck edging.

Ribbon button band

Party dress in grey

voorI made this dress to wear to the wedding of friends last Friday. Initially, I didn’t plan on posting it here because it’s not a ‘real’ vintage project. By which I suppose I mean it was neither made from a vintage pattern nor solely inspired by vintage styles. However, the overall silhouette is still pretty 1950’s and everyone on We Sew Retro Sew & Tell has been so nice about it that I thought I’d post it here anyway.

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The idea for this dress has been at the back of my mind for a while. It seemed like a nice challenge. A way to combine all the different kinds of sewing experience and skill I have collected over the years.

It was just the kind of thing for which you need a special occasion…

straplessMy dress has a strapless bodice with bra-style undewired cups made from lingerie foam. The fashion fabric is pleated and draped over the boned bodice.

I made the skirt using knot design nr. 1 from the first Pattern Magic book. I just placed the knot and pleat at the front dart position of a straight skirt sloper. This also allowed me to remove the side seam closest to the knot and convert the other one to a dart (so most of the waist-to-hip shaping in the skirt has been converted into the pleats radiating out from the knot).

achter 22.01.45For a bit of modesty during the more formal parts of the wedding and for a bit of warmth, I added a simple open-fronted bolero.

This was quite an involved project and I’m really happy with how it turned out. You can see more pictures and read about it in this blog post and I have written more about the construction in a three previous posts.

Final School Project.

So I just finish getting unpacked and finally back at home again since leaving school. I had a blasted with all my learning and wanted to show everyone my Final ladies wear project.

So the dress is based on a description in These happy Golden Years by Laura ingots Wilder. I do love Little house on the Prairie books still at 26 and can’t want to read them to my own children one day!  and further information from the manuscript pioneer girl.

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The dress was described as a pink Lawn with delicate blue and red flowers and green leaves.  The waist was tight fitting with two rows of 1/2 inch tucks on either side of the button closure that had tiny pearl buttons, the back have also IMG_2629IMG_2592

Two rows of tucks.  and the Sleeves with long to the elbow with a hems of more tucks. I added a cute ruffle to the sleeves to tie in the ruffles.

The skirt it self was made from straight panels of fabric, gathered into a tiny waistband and every three inches with a 1/2 tuck…all away around the skirt. with a ruffle just under the last tuck that just reached her toes.

it was made in either 1884-85 , between the books she either made it before she got engaged in 84 for the fourth of July, or before she got married in 85, for the fourth of July.

IMG_2658i have plenty of research I won’t bore you with. I also made the corset and petticoat which was more of a wing it type of them, since i hadn’t planned on putting the bustle into the petti, instead i I

i wanted a separate structure

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.IMG_2551  And alas living in Canada finding cotton lawn anywhere is next to impossible, and to order online it would of be 10 a yard and Laura herself used 10 yards.. I ended up using about 6-7 of the material i bought.  Which ended up being a cotton gauze for 3 meter. and i bought 10 meters of safety lol

And with a little adjustment to the bodice, mostly letting out the back side seams and possibly the side seams and finding a way to make it longer as i have my bust then my fit model did and a longer torso, I should be able to wear it for myself! After i make myself a corset, or alter this one!. its a 36 bust and my bust is 39, and its much to short as were the hips are in the corset, well its at my waist on me. if that makes any sense! thanks for reading!

Keyhole Neck Blouse

I recently used one of Vera Venus wonderful vintage inspired, free patterns again, this time the Keyhole Neck Blouse. I made it specifically to fit a vintage circle skirt that my boyfriend gave me 2 years ago and that I rarely wore because I had no matching top for it. I searched for the perfect blue in various fabric stores and finally found the right color. I really like Kimono sleeves and adore the three keyhole cutouts. I was a bit scared of sewing those but they were actually quite easy to make. I made the waist slightly smaller and lengthened the waist darts but apart from that I changed nothing. In order to fit my rather large head through the neck opening I didn’t close the back seam completely and attached a hook and eye closure. I was quite unsure of how to do this properly and even though it looks nice I will definitely consult a tutorial next time I attempt this. My friend came up with the idea to use some white lace on the neckline and sleeves and I really happy that both colors now have their counterparts in skirt and top. We made some pictures of the ensemble on a glorious spring evening some weeks ago, I love this time of the year so much and am very happy that it’s finally time for short sleeved tops again :-)

There are some more images and details on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets.

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1930’s Sheer Capelet

Just wanted to share my completed 1930’s Sheer Capelet.  I have long admired these little capes whether for indoor or outdoor wear and was excited to create one of my own.  While it currently does not have a dress to match, I hope to change that soon!  You can find the tutorial here.

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~Aimee

Diner inspiration

Let’s sew a retro outfit with cotton only : it’s Spring for Cotton. I’ve done a shirt and added a skirt. That allows me to have 3 outfits : a dress, a shirt and a skirt to combine with basics clothes. And you never go wrong with dots :-)

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