I’ve finished another sewing project! This one is a mid 1940s day dress. I knew the pattern would be a touch large for me, but I went ahead and made it up anyway without making any alterations. And guess what? Yup, it was a little too big! Well, actually it’s quiet wearable but a bit too roomy in the bust area for me. And that’s perfectly OK because I’m hoping this dress will work for someone else.
The dress is made from a red and white striped cotton that is light and slightly springy. It’s machine sewn but the neck, sleeves, and hem I finished all by hand. The fabric really drapes and moves beautifully so I think this would be perfect for swing dancing! I believe it’s a cotton/rayon or cotton/nylon blend. It was a left over piece from my fabric stash so I’m not really sure.
The neckline has a great key-hole detail and closes with a hidden hook and eye. There is also a zipper on the left side. I did not add the bow at the neck as shown in the pattern but that can be added in a jiffy! I added a black bow belt for contrast in the pictures, which sadly are a little washed out. I soooo need a new camera! The fabric is really a nice bright red in person. This dress is listed on Etsy if anyone is interested. I also have a few more pictures on my blog.
Hi lovely people at wesewretro,
this is my first post on this amazing site and I would like to introduce my latest make to you. It´s a babypink satin dress in the style of the roaring twenties here in Berlin. As a vintage lover I wanted to attend a party dedicated to this era and just had to make my own dress for this special occasion!
I found a pattern in an older Burda Style, December 2011, dress number 126. It was not perfect but good enough for my purpose. So I made a few adjustments, like taking in the side seems a little (I like to show a little waist!) and eliminated the velvet panel in the middle…. the hardest part was adding the thousands (or so it seemed) beadstrings that I had in my mind to posh up my look… turned out fabulous if you don´t mind me boasting
You can have a look of the completed dress and if you´re interested in more detail, pop over to my blog.
Thanks for your interest.
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Here in the North West of the United Kingdom it is grey and wet and windy. Actually that’s pretty much how it is all over the UK right now, I’m grateful we have at least escaped the dreadful flooding that is happening in the south.
In an attempt to counteract the greyness and lift my spirits while waiting for Spring, and inspired by Marie’s #vintagepledge project, I’ve stitched up two circle skirts this week.
Both skirts were made using a vintage Maudella pattern that I found at our local Vintage Village.
The first using quilting cotton, one of my favourite prints by Laura Gunn.
The second skirt is made from a wool fabric I’ve had for some time.
This skirt pattern is, I can tell going to be one of my most used vintage patterns. I had already used it along with the bodice of another of my favourite vintage patterns to make a dress last month. Well worth the £1 or so I spent on it.
I made this dress to wear to a Downton Abbey inspired tea, but also as an entry into the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #3 Pink. The pattern itself is a repro of an original 1921 Butterick pattern and it went together very nicely. For being such an old pattern the instructions were much better than what you find on BurdaStyle magazines, although they are wholly inadequate Big Four standards today. I used a poly shantung for economical reasons but other than that, the dress is pretty historically accurate. Actually, it’s not a dress but a skirt suspended from a “long underbody” and then a blouse on top. I am very happy with how it turned out. It’s not something I can just wear around but it served its purpose, and I think I’m going to use during Costume College for day activities. For more pictures and a description of the Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge, please visit my blog. I almost forgot, I made the hat too, using Simplicity 1736 and wool/rayon felt.
As a side note, I hadn’t made any posts since the blog was moved over from Blogger but I could have sworn I had an account. Apparently I didn’t so I had to create one, and it’s showing that I have no other posts. Bummer.
Hi, I’m here again with a 1/2 circle skirt I drafted myself and a bolero that I knitted from a vintage pattern.
As circle skirts are notorious for being difficult to hem I decided to add a feature of self made black bias around the bottom edge. I really like the way this picks out the black in the tarten fabric.
The pattern was easy enough to draft. I used an old drafting book from the 1950′s and chalked directly onto the fabric. I used an invisible zip on the side seam and love how the squares of the fabric are distorted.
This is a better picture of my bolero. I needed to do some crochet around all the edges and this was my first proper attempt at crochet. I quite enjoyed doing it even though as a knitter I found it feeling odd holding the yarn in my other hand. Aren’t the pointy cuffs cool?!
This is the pattern I used. I found it on Etsy from a seller called Vanessalovesvintage.
So, another new outfit! I hope you like it too?
Hi everyone! I haven’t posted on here in a couple of months, but for good reason. I’ve been busy working on a WWII-era coat. I’m talking knee-length, heavy weight, filly-lined and warm coat. I am thrilled with how it turned out…from the lovely shoulder dart detailing, to the added on welt pockets. It was constructed from a vintage nylon felt fabric, faux fur, and lined with a salmon satin heavy lining.
I am not going to lie, this is my first coat project and I did experience some difficulty (mainly space-wise) in putting it together. It took me over a month to complete, due to hand attaching the lining and whatnot, but it was totally worth it. I will definitely use this pattern again in the (probably quite distant) future!
Please feel free to head over to my blog, to read more about this adventure and see more pictures! Thanks for reading!
Hi, I actually made this dress last December and it was my ‘Christmas dress’. It’s made from a pattern I bought off ebay and the dark purple jersey fabric was bought to make this dress.
This is the pattern. I made view C but with sleeves from view A. I did lower the neck a little as it was quite high and I also had to draft a back bodice as it was missing! I used the back facing and the front bodice and a bodice piece from another pattern to help me draft it.
I needed to make the bottom half of the dress wider to accommodate my big bum (English pear) My waist and hips are always 2 dress sizes larger than my bust.
I decided to make the skirt a bit A line so I could take out the split at the back. This was simple – I just took the hem out about 2″ at each side and drew a line up to the hip on the pattern.
Don’t you think the girl in the centre has fab hair? If only mine would do that!….
I am in love with invisible zips and have used one on this dress too. I don’t have a ‘proper’ invisible zip foot so I just use my normal zipper foot and my finger nail to hold the zip in the right position while I sew it.
The rouleau strip really finished this dress and was great at hiding the tiny miss match with my zip and under bust seam. So now no one knows it’s there – except you!
I decided against lining this dress but do like to have some sort of lining or slip because isn’t it awful when skirts stick to your tights?! I thought it would be quite groovy to keep the vintage vibe going and make a full length slip. I can also wear it with other things too. This is what I made out of black silk which was not easy to sew on my machine….errrr! Tension issues I think and I hate fiddling with the tension on my machine because it doesn’t seem to like it. I worked French seams and hand finished a lot of this slip. It has a placket on the left side seam with poppers.
I drafted the pattern from an Enid Gilchrist book. I love these books!
I hope you like my dress and underslip. Thank you for reading.
Hello Vintage Friends,
While I’ve been a faithful reader for the last year I didn’t get to sew very many vintage patterns. This is something I’m determined to change in 2014! I started with a January birthday and broke out an adorable 1940 McCall pattern. It was the perfect project to ease me back into the vintage sewing world.
I was worried it would be too short on her but it ended up fitting perfectly. All the construction details and the happy recipient can been seen on my blog. Happy Sewing Everyone!