This is just a short note that might be of some interest to you if you’re up for some vintage eyecandy. For the last few months I’ve been steadily scanning and sharing my vintage pattern magazines. I’m going through my ever-growing stash of 1950s and 1960s now, some 1970s and more interesting 1980s items will come on later.
I upload them to my blog weekly, on Tuesdays, in a series I call Vintage Tuesday. All of them are full scans in good resolution, all yours for the watching. Here are some of the prettier illustrations, just to make your appetites bigger.
You can also check out the collection on my Issuu account.
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Klara from The Robot That Had a Heart
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Hi everyone! Long time reader, first time poster here. So recently I decided that instead of simply swooning over the fabulous vintage patterns that fill the internet; why not buy some! And even better, make them!
Recently I found two fabulous vintage Vogue patterns from 1959 that were selling for only $4 uncut and in great condition! As the rest of you pattern lovers know, finding vintage patterns for $2 a piece is hard enough as it is, let alone two vintage Vogue’s!
I decided to do a blend of views A and B. Adding the collar from view A to view B. And instead of adding the pencil skirt, I decided that it might be more fun to add a full skirt with gathers that start from the princess lines and radiate around, leaving the front smooth.
As with many Vintage Vogue patterns, there is quite a bit of steps involved in putting together a piece. Luckily however it wasn’t too tough. I would say the hardest bit was adapting the collar from a detachable one, to a permanent one. The final collar however I am absolutely in love with! I love how glamorous it looks. And in the back it has a graceful curve that is swoonworthy (which is a word I just made up). It had quite a bit of hand stitching involved too. Including a technique that involved slashing the facing behind the bound buttonholes and hand stitching it back to allow the buttons to go in. In the photos I included a sash belt and a petticoat I made a while back. I think it almost took on a very early 1960’s look to it. The pattern was made in 1959, so I am totally okay with that.
On a shopping expedition a couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to land myself a gorgeous remnant of burgundy stretch velvet. But what is one to make with such a small amount of such a ridiculously luxuriant fabric? Why, make ridiculously luxurious lingerie of course!
In planning this set, there were two main inspirations I wanted to bring together: the elegant, classic pin-up look of the longline bra and garter belt, and the lush and often outrageous fabrics and lace seen in burlesque-style lingerie and costumes. So here it is, in velvet and lace, a three piece set: longline bra, garter belt and panties! You can read more about the patterns, alterations and construction details on my blog
Until next time,
Miss Maddy x
Hi everyone! I’m back today with a J.Crew’s inspired trench dress using vintage McCall’s pattern 9393. It has long sleeve, partial gathered skirts, two side pockets and self-drafted right shoulder flap. I also added ivory trims to front panel and sleeve hems using store-bought ribbon bias binding.
Although it looks like a wrap skirt, the designer thoughtfully added a pleat underneath to connect two front skirt panels together. If it’s ever too windy, this pleat can actually save you from the embarrassed wardrobe malfunction.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. For more pattern review, details and photos, please check out my blog.
Thank you for reading! xo.
Hello all! It’s been too long since I shared anything with you nice people, but this pattern is too good not to advertise This dress was a near miss for me, as I initially cut a size too small, and had no hope it would ever fit. It lived in a bag over the summer, until I recently decided to finish, and sell it.
Long story short, I started doing yoga and one thing led to another, and suddenly I had a new, perfect dress to wear! I can’t wait for it to be summer again, so I can wear it out
If you’re ever in search for the perfect sarong dress pattern, this is it!
If you want, you can read all about it on my blog.
Thanks for looking, and happy sewing!