For my   entry in Julia’s challenge I decided to channel a bit of Joan.   The pattern is Burda 7178 which I think is quite authentic to the period.  I love the huge collar and pretty pleased overall, though the skirt could be tighter (or my curves bigger).  For more details please visit my blog at http://magscreativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

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This blouse turned out even better than I anticipated.  It’s a great pattern paying homage to 1942.  My inspiration came from an Advance Pattern swatch book.  Please check out my blog for more details.

 

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A Vintage 1960s maternity dress I sewed up.


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This is my version of a vintage vogue pattern.

 

 

It’s Vogue 8789 which I modified slightly by replacing the skirt with a circle skirt. I also used a few ‘vintage’ techniques such as turned and stitched seams and a hand-picked zip. I have more photos and details of the fabric and construction on my blog barbarajanemade.wordpress.com

 

Thanks for reading and happy stitching

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I got this pattern from eBay and I can’t wait to try it out. I’ll need to downsize it slightly but I’m still deciding on colours and fabrics…it may take a while!

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I have recently been cleaning out some of my hoard of sewing patterns and books and thought you all might enjoy a few “fashion plates”.

Above is the fashion plate for Peterson’s February 1879. It is the whole reason I started collecting Victorian fashion magazines. I completely fell in love with the black ensemble second from the right.

I love the green and pink in this fashion plate. Fashion plates are all hand colored, so they the colors can sometimes vary depending on the lady who painted them.

For more visit my blog EleanorMeriwether.blogspot.com

xoxo

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Sewing has slowed down to a trickle for me in the aftermath of the Tree Gown (I didn’t touch my sewing machine for a whole week after the ball! lol) so I thought I’d do a post on my blog about a project for my wardrobe that I’ve been pursuing gradually for a few years featuring past makes.  It also seems especially appropriate for this (polar vortex – oooooOOOOoooo) year.  That is, dressing for “spring” when it starts on the calendar in a climate where it doesn’t feel like it for another couple months: “Canadian” spring.  Basically, what this involves is making winter-weight clothes in spring colours; for me, this primarily means wool fabrics.  I’m sharing here because several of the pieces in my “Canadian Spring” wardrobe are made with vintage fabrics and/or vintage patterns.

For example:

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This skirt is a piece of vintage wool I found at a thrift store.  I used this 70s pattern to make it:

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And this one (also fabric from Goodwill/Value Village):

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This wool satin dress is based off a 1950s pattern that I’ve altered a lot over time:

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The fabric for this green wool blend dress isn’t vintage (it’s from Fabricland a couple of years ago)…

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but is made from another cute 70s pattern:

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All of these pieces are warm enough to wear when there’s still snow all over the place, but help to perk me up when I’ve gotten really tired of winter by March 1.

More pics and info over on my blog

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After all of the indecision over the buttons, I settled for some plain black ones! So here’s a photo of the dress finished and the nice little godet on the back. I would have used a plain black fabric but I didn’t have enough leftovers so houndstooth it is :)

 

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Hoffman Construction Co

Felix and Val's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I picked up this old wool club jacket at an estate sale a few months ago.  The back embroidery was fabulous even though the coat was moth-eaten and very worn.

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I used McCalls 4161 coat pattern from the 1940s as a starting point to sew up a jacket that actually fit me.  I cut as much as I could from the original navy wool and added a brown plaid to compliment (and of course I needed a matching skirt).

Finally some Spring sunshine in Wisconsin!

pockets mimick the shoulder lapels

elbow patches were my hubby's idea

I love sewing with wool and plaids are definitely my favorite!  Working with this heavy club jacket was a bit tricky though.  The navy wool is so thick and dense, it was tough to bend and roll the seams.  My finishing work on the inside isn’t as pretty as I’d like it to be because I couldn’t roll the salvage edges under.  It was just too bulky.  I also gave up on hand-stitching the cuffs and bottom waistband.  Again, too bulky.  So instead I did some extra top-stitching to really nail the wool flat where several layers met.  More photos and sewing details are on my blog.  And just in case you’re wondering, the construction behind me is a new ram barn.   The old barn had holes in the roof and cracks in the walls.   Seemed an appropriate place to take pics given Felix and Val’s profession.

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Or, What do you do with your old North Korea maps?!  We have been weeding lots of out-of-date maps at work (Soviet Union, anyone?), and I’ve been doing my best to put them to good use.  One vintage-related use is to redraw patterns onto these maps, to make them sturdier.  Another, which I’m actually more pleased about, is to turn the old maps into envelopes, mark the pattern name & number on the front with a short description, and then put the original pattern, its envelope & the newly-traced pattern all inside. Because the new envelope is a LOT bigger, it requires much less folding (ergo, less frustration), and it means the more fragile vintage pattern doesn’t have to be manhandled back into a tiny envelope, which, by the way, is probably tearing, too!  

Here’s Bella, supervising me from under a North Korea map…

 

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