In about three weeks I’m going to move to a town three hours away from home. University starts in September here in Germany, so it’s a necessary evil to finally start sorting out things I don’t need.

While I tried to reduce my fabric stash yesterday, I found an unfinished jumpsuit and decided to take a break and do what’s needed to finish it.

All in all, I simply sewed on the buttons and hemmed the legs :P

The pattern is actually the WWII Overall from Wearing History!

The pockets and upper part is lined with the same fabric as the blouse which I made a couple years back (I guess about 2 years? The jumpsuit was also waiting to be finished for about 2 years xD ) and I decided to use bias tape on the seam allowance.

I’m still deciding wheter or not I should change the buttons to something with more yellow in it? Or plain white?

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Downton Abbey Inspired Nightgowns

Last year you could get the Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews Magazine from the Sew Daily Shop. It is actually still available and if you are a fan of the show or the time period there are some pretty nice patterns in there.  When I spotted the nightgown it reminded me of the summery cotton nighties my mom would buy me and I knew I HAD to make a few. 2 of my girls agreed they would wear them so I decided to make one for each of them.

The pattern has 3 pieces- a front, back and a sleeve. I traced it long but made these first two short. Mostly because I used STASH fabric and had the exact amount for short ones. As a matter of fact I can proudly say I bought NOTHING for these two nighties. (OK. Technically I bought it over a decade ago but that doesn’t count, right?)

Downton Abbey Inspired Nightgown

The fabric in this one is a quilting cotton I bought at Joanns well over 15 years ago. I made a little girl dress out of it and this was the leftovers. I know I know. That is a lot of leftover but hey! It has come to some good use now!

The lace is a crocheted cotton lace I found in my collection  of lace, ribbons and trims box. I could not even tell you how long I have had it- I do not even remember buying it! It was pure white and this pretty floral fabric was not white so I tea-dyed it.

Downton Abbey Inspired Nightgown

Here is the second nightie I made.

Downton Abbey Inspired Nightgown

This one is a little fuller than the first one I made. I wanted to try it with the same amount of fullness that was at the bottom of the long nightie pattern so folded the pattern pieces strategically to get that extra fullness. I like it!

I used the un-tea-dyed half of the pure white lace to trim this one. You will notice the lace is set up higher than the other one I made. My mistake and I did not want to take it out. But it works right?

If you would like to read more you can visit my blog!

A Spot of Elegance: B5882

Who here will take any excuse to make a new dress? Because I’ll unashamedly put my hand up for that one! When my sister decided to have an elegant high tea to celebrate her birthday, I seized the chance to make up a pattern I’ve been coveting for awhile: Butterick 5882!

I was so thrilled with how it turned out! The fabric I used was vintage, and very special too: a sky-blue swiss dot purchased by my great-grandmother some years ago. It was lovely to sew with, too! I love the style of this dress so much, and all the vintage-esque details in the construction: the full lining, the boned bodice and the waist stay.I had enough fabric left over for a little matching bolero, too – which I made from a free pattern!

I had a lot of fun sewing AND wearing this dress, and I can’t wait to make up the pattern again :) For more pictures and construction details (and a link to the free bolero pattern!) check out my blog post all about it.

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

Swinging sixties

Most of my vintage style makes are inspired by or actually from the 1950’s. One of my goals with the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge (both last year and this time) is to broaden my horizons and try out new-to-me eras and shapes in fashion history.

voor:zijTwo weeks ago, I realized the loose shapes and high hemlines of the late 1960’s might be perfect in warm summer weather. After a quick search through my vintage magazine collection, I came up with a few contenders but in the end, I went with this one. The dress on the left.

DSC_0008 21.46.43I made it short sleeves and chose some very different fabric. To my surprise, the fit was pretty much spot-on with very little alteration (I cut 1 cm extra at the back hip and hemmed a bit shorter).

All in all, I think it’s a pretty cool dress, both literally and figuratively.

You can read more about it on my blog.

1950’s Bow Blouses

I saw an article a few weeks ago in a 1950’s fashion magazine which featured these two blouses.  I feel completely in love and thought they would be great for the last warm days of the summer!  I put up the pattern on my blog, in case you would like to create a few of your own!





Vintage inspired drafted cape

green cape sitting

I started this cape project earlier this year, it’s a flow on from my big ‘separates sewing’ days from 2014. I made a cape last year, but was not quite sold on it, and wanted one with a decent collar, so I modified my original 1950s pattern, drafted a collar and voila! I cape I’m very happy with.

Butterick 6039 pattern

Butterick 6039, my starting point, (the older project is here). I have more photos and project details on my blog, I used the last of some lovely wool crepe and a remnant of cotton silk for the lining, and a button from my stash.

green cape standing

I attached a hook and eye for the closure, sewing the button on top, as I couldn’t commit to it! And I’m still undecided about the best closure. Ha!

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I’m really happy with this cape, it adds real warmth, without too much weight, it is easy to wear and (I think) it’s a simple way to add some elegance to a more casual ensemble. And it looks great closed or unbuttoned.

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