I whipped up a pair of dark blue denim jeans a couple of weeks back that I have been wearing nearly every day since (although fear not, they have made it into the washing machine a couple of times!) I always think that’s a great judge of a creation- if you are reluctant to part with it for long enough for it to be laundered then you know you have got something right!
The pattern was one I actually worked out from a beloved pair of old Topshop jeans back in the summer. I picked up the jeans for £8 ($14) on a random sale rack in the store, I knew they would be tricky to wear when I bought them as they were a stone background with a rose print on- but the shape and fit were perfection to me. The jeans are high waisted, side zip jeans and slim through the leg without being legging- tight. They have enough retro charm to them to pair really nicely with most of my clothes but are still really classic and simple- well except for the print of course! Having put them on several times, wished they went with some of my clothes and removed them, I finally decided to sacrifice them and use them as a pattern.
To find out how I turned them into these dark high waisted jeans please pop over to my <a href=http://sewinglondon.co.uk/deconstructed-denim-jeans/> sewing blog</a>.
I used retro Simplicity 2154 and Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing to create this classic outfit.
I used a beautiful floral charmeuse for the bow blouse. It has a side lapped zipper and a keyhole opening on the back neckline. Gertie’s pencil skirt is made from a cotton sateen. When I was assembling the skirt I noticed a line of discoloration running down the center of the fabric. I didn’t have any fabric to spare so to fix this I used a faux leather strap off an old handbag.
I also made a houndstooth jacket for the outfit which you can see on my blog.
I know this isn’t sewing, but I assume some people who like to sew vintage might want to knit vintage, too. I have a free vintage knitting pattern from the August 1951 issue of Workbasket magazine available on my blog.
Hi fellow retro sewists! Melissa here. This is dress that I made over a year ago and photographed this past summer. I’m finally posting it even though it’s totally inappropriate for Fall/Winter (except maybe for you Aussies and Kiwis!). Here’s my version of Butterick B5708.
I decided to change the pattern a bit and use the circle skirt from Butterick 5748 instead of the original gathered skirt. The fabric I used is from a vintage sheet I found at a thrift store and since it’s white, I lined the dress, including the skirt. The top is meant to be convertible and the pattern envelope shows several ways to wear the ties. To me though, they’ve been difficult to tie and a little uncomfortable and I wish I had modified the top so that they sit higher on my shoulders!
Thanks for checking out my dress! Have any of you made Butterick B5708?
For more pictures and info, here’s my post on my blog, Scavenger Hunt.
I had always loved that style, but gunne sax was not in my radar. Now that I have a name for that style, I am thinking of making a dress.
I am actually considering this one
I know it’s maternity, but I was thinking white cotton, lace etc. I love the pin tucks as well.This dress does have a mod feel to it, but it could be boho.
What do you girls think?
I started this project nearly a year ago, hit a bit of a roadblock on account of ah, not quite know what I was doing! I figured I’d just use the bodice from one pattern the skirt from another and well just put them together… I made some adjustments, to accommodate the differences, but it was (not surprisingly) not quite so simple.
But this week, I tackled it, finished it, and I love it! I have more photos on my blog, where I talk a bit more about this crazy project. It’s looking like it will be a hot summer this year, while many of you are preparing for winter, I’m another sewer planning summer dresses.
My beautiful stunning 13 year old sister is growing up fast and getting really interested in clothes and boys and make-up etc., so I thought it might be fun to help her find her own style and design a dress (based on eras past, or I probably would have been bored ha).
So we looked around the web, and found some great starting points and they all seemed to lead to the Late 60′s mod look, (but without – as she put it “mr. men triangle shapes”). So we went for this shift dress with a slight nip and the waist for shape and a straight skirt with four tucks (two front, two back). and she just LOOOOVED the fabric and contrast bias (hand made using the continuous loop method)
It’s all hand drafted patterns (intentionally made a little large because she is shooting up and filling out very quickly), and it’s all hand sewn too. We are proud of it, even though it isn’t perfect and could fit better, it’s the first thing she has ever had a hand in making!
*PROUD SIS MOMENT*
My apologies for the terrible quality of these images, they were taken in haste on a phone!
If you feel so inclined, I document all my mishaps and triumphs at redhotrosie.wordpress.com
So you remember way back when, when I worked for hancock?? Well, I bought this fabric. Covered in half naked cowboys and old red pick ups-with plenty of aloe for soothing after you burn yourself with looking wink wink, Anyway, I decided to make Gertie’s easy jacket from her Butterick line and use this for the lining.
Full Length Double-Breasted Coat Pattern by Gertie b582
And I’ve got this fabric, right? Its a weird sort of weave with curlique clouds all up on it. Anyway, I decided to pair the two together, because it kinda looked like steamy smoke. And where theres smoke, there’s hothothot FIREY cowboy.
Because I say so.
Here are some In Production Photos
pockets designed so whenever I stick my hand in I get a palmful of HIM.
Fueled By Pepsi
Here is where I set in the bodice lining, and the pockets.
And didn’t take anymore photos until just now to show the finished product lmao.
I have finally gotten around to sew up the Smooth sailing blouse pattern from Wearing History! Isn’t it lovely?
It is a 1930s style yoked blouse, sporting short puffed sleeves, a lovely large notched collar and gatherings on shoulders and back. It is fitted with tucks in the back. It is the perfect casual wear blouse, and lends itself very well to novelty prints.
The construction was really easy, with nice step-by-step instructions. I got the PDF version which is very convenient, no waiting for mail delivery, plus savings on shipping! Just buy, print, tape and cut I really recommend this pattern to anyone looking for a nice easy to wear blouse in a feminine, nicely fitted retro style!
You can see more pictures of my Birdcage Blouse on my blog Welcome!
I am a girl from Greece, who loves vintage and is trying to learn good sewing.
I have tried to find my style in several decades, with 1930w/40s being my favourites. However, I have settled with the fact that I look better in 1950s/1960s clothes, and that’s where I’ll focus my wardrobe and sewing efforts.
I love the mod style, my hair is cut short, the make up suits me, so I’ll be trying the dresses, the suits, the tops and the skirts of the mod era. I’ll probably cheat with another decade now and then though!
My “method” will be copying styles from the vintage sewing patterns I see online, by using modern patterns or by trying my hand on pattern drafting. I love organizing clusters and wardrobes (on paper so far!), and I’ll work on that as well.
Fingers crossed that I’ll make it!
I love your posts and I’ll be browsing for a while!
Nice to be here