A Christmas Pinny-dress, c. 1944 (Simplicity 1212)

Ahhh…. nothing like spending a hot Aussie Xmas in a comfortable cotton dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fabric is an adorable vintage christmas border print, with ‘Merry Christmas’ in different languages written across the white background – and candles across the border.

I hoped there would be enough for a dress, and after a frantic search through my collection I found Simplicity 1212 – pinafore dresses from 1944.

Photo from Vintagesewingpattern wiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I mention pockets?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only major changes I made to the pattern was to cut the  back pieces on the fold instead of have a button back – I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with and needed to save as much as I could! I faced everything with white lawn to reduce the fabric requirement too – the dress took roughly 3m of fabric in the end.

If you’d like to read about it in more detail, there’s a post on my blog…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for letting me share!

Pauline Trigere Coat – Mc Calls 7520

Last spring, I was in a charity shop and I saw a coat for 2euro, I was amazed as the fabric quality was great, but the cut of the fabric was right from the 1980s and had humungous shoulders….. anyway I got it, and over the next few weeks bought some more coats from the bargain rail and it pretty much started me thinking on about – remaking/refashioning clothes, all the limitations of fast fashion, and the shocking amount of what ends up in charity shops – and my blog started from the coats really

mc call 7530This is the second of the 6 coats to get remade.  The first was the jacket from this pattern which I was very pleased with, so I thought the coat could be a good follow-up.  Making the coat was not as straightforward as the jacket, and I had to compromise on a few things (addition of cuff, and coat length), and the fabric quality was not as luscious as the last coat, and has also stitch marks left by patch pockets.  However, I did get to wear it, and like it (camel is not a colour I wear, and I am now converting – it looked great with jeans and black sweater)

before after copy

 

There are a 2  issues, the first is the previous patch pockets left some marks which I hope will ease in time, and I will re-steam the coat in a few weeks and they may lessen.  The second issue is I notice the fabric absorbed some water from being splashed when I wore it out, and the water soaked immediately, and dried within 20 minutes.  For the 20 minutes – the splash marks looked like grease marks and the coat looked grubby (and I didn’t feel quite so classy in my new coat).  I don’t know if the coat had some detergent used on it at some time to make it so absorbent, or if camel wool does this (which I doubt) – so I am now considering spraying some scotch-guard and seeing if this will help!

 

The Big List of Black Friday Sewing Sales

During my 8 years in the US, I’ve never gone out to hit the shops on Black Friday. Something about getting up at Ridiculous O’Clock to tussle with a crowd just doesn’t appeal to me. But if I can get a good deal on some things I’ve been lusting over while sat on my couch with a cup of coffee then I’m all in. With that in mind, please find below for your browsing pleasure a list of all the sewing-related online sales I’m aware of, organized by country for economical shipping.

Did I miss one? Pop in it in the comments and I’ll add it to the post.

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Pattern pic sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 

Australia

SewAsItWasPatterns

20% off storewide with code BFBLITZ from November 28th to December 1st.

Canada

neverwares

15% off storewide with code MYSTYLE from November 26th to December 2nd.

Redcurlzs

25% off with code blackfriday14 from November 27th to December 1st.

Stitching By Numbers

20% off with code BF20 from November 28th to December 1st.

USA

The WeSewRetro Shop

20% off storewide with code JIGGLYPUFF from November 26th to November 30th. We just got a BUNCH of By Hand London patterns back in stock (including the new 1950s-inspired Kim dress) so if you’ve been lusting after them but not wanting to pay international shipping, these babies ship from Louisville, Kentucky. Another international new arrival that should be on your radar is Sew Over It – you’ll love the retro feel of these British patterns.

Mrs. Depew Vintage

20% off storewide with code SEWFATTYSEW from November 27th to December 3rd

RETROMONKEYS

25% OFF from November 25th to December 2nd. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.

MONKEYANDFRIENDS

20% OFF from November 25th to December 2nd. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.

Grey Dog Vintage

20% Off from November 28th to December 1st. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.

sydcam123

20% off with code BF2014 Don’t miss the section of 1940s patterns – she always seems to have some real beauties.

PurplePlaidPenguin

20% off with code BF20Sale from November 28th to December 1st.

VintageNeedleFinds

20% off with code VN2014 from November 28th to December 1st.

Offbeatvintage

25% Off from November 26th to December 2nd. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.

sewinghappyplace

30% off all patterns and handmade from November 21st to December 2nd. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.

Adele Bee Ann Patterns

20% off with code HolidayBlitz from November 21st to December 21st.

MaisonMignot

20% off from November 28th to December 1st. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.USA

Patty’s Past Times

20% off with code HOLIDAYBLITZ from November 28th to December 2nd.

VioletCrownEmporium

20% off total purchase (not including shipping) from 20/11 to 02/12 November 20th to December 2nd. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.

Decades of Charm

25% off from November 28th to December 2nd. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.

Paper Doll Patterns

25% off with code TURKEY25 from November 28th to December 1st.

OldSoulVintageLtd

30% everything in shop with code BLACKFRIDAY from November 28th to November 29th.

Restless Weaver

20% off with code blackfriday2014 from November 26th to November 30th.

Patterns from the Past

10% with code wesewretro10 from November 26th to December 1st.

patternshop

10% off from November 28th to December 5th. Discounts already applied – no coupon code required.

“Barrel coat” re-made

Years ago, I made myself a winter coat loosely inspired by a picture I have seen but never found again of a 1950’s Balenciaga barrel coat.

jas1It was never supposed to be a faithful copy. I wanted and made a big collar and a back pleat. I always felt the whole thing had a vintage feel without really belonging in any particular era.

The old coat served me well for many years but has really reached the end of its life by now.

voor2So, I made a new one. The fabric is, of course, quite different and I made some small changes but in all the ways that matter, this should be the same coat.

zijAnd I think it will be. This is such a nice kind of coat, like a cocoon.

You can read more about it, with more pictures and some construction stuff, on my blog

Vintage Patterns, 70s, 80s, 90s

I’ve been searching Craigslist for sewing notions, patterns, and fabric, and yesterday I made a huge find!  For $20, I purchased over 150 vintage patterns from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

It’s been a lot of fun going through the patterns.  There’s a good selection of 70s and 80s dresses, women’s suits (pants/skirts/blouse/blazer combos), and skirts, as well as adorable little girls’ dresses.

 

Happy vintage sewing!

Vintage Jumper Country Style

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My first Jumper ever… Made with the Burda Style Vintage issue and some cotton flanell fabric.

What do you think? Too much of a country look with the checks?

Imagine it with a black pencil skirt and heels…

More about the process you can find on my blog.

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