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1960s | Vintage Sewing

A question to the community

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Hi,

I hope this sort of post is allowed. I am planning costumes for a play that is set in the late 60’s. I was wondering if all the experts I see on here could suggest there favourite “tarty” 60’s look or pattern if you have one in mind. What colours would you use? Also bare in mind that I don’t have the legs to pull off a proper 60’s mini skirt or hot pants look.

I am thinking of going with red as it seems the universal colour for tarts in popular culture (not so sure if it was in the 60’s though). I really am just after whatever inspiration you could afford me.

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Thanks
Heather

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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 6299 just in time for Autumn

By on March 18, 2017

It’s getting cooler here in Aotearoa New Zealand, while all you sewers in the north are getting set for summer, I’m glad things are cooling off now!

I have just finished this dress, it’s made with some lovely fabric my nana gave me, and I used a stunning Butterick pattern which was new to me this year, along with a couple of other lovely vintage patterns.

These ones!

The pattern is a size and a bit too small for me, so I graded it up, and voila! New dress! In my blog post about the making of this dress…

…I share how I graded it up, it’s pretty easy, you just need a basic pattern (or pattern block) that fits well.

The crossover bodice was a bit fiddly, and adding the bias trim gave me more bulk to deal with, but in the end, I am happy with it.

From the back…

And the bias trim….

The bias binding colour was perfect, but just enough to do the neckline and sleeve cuffs. So happy!

Happy Spring or Autumn Retro Sewists!

The blog link about this dress is here, and now I’m off to make another jumpsuit!

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1950s

DIY Rockabilly Pinup Bandana Sewing Tutorial!

By on March 16, 2017

Watch here: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeuYj9gXeBA

Hi pinups! I’m sharing my first ever YouTube sewing tutorial with you. Not only is it super quick & simple to make and great for all sewing abilities, it’s the perfect fabric stash buster for those lovely scraps you can’t bring yourself to throw away!

If you try it out, please let me know and tag me @craftypinup in your snaps so I can see & share!

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1920s | Accessories | Bags / Purses | Blouses | Embroidery | Hats | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A 1920 Ensemble

By on March 15, 2017

This outfit is my foray into the world of the late teens and early 20’s.  I used two patterns from Past Patterns, dated to circa 1920, for both my blouse and skirt, while my purse was made from a tapestry remnant and Vogue #7252, from the year 2000.  My hat is a thrift store find which I decorated to make-do and my shoes are close reproductions from Jeffrey Campbell.  I used primarily cotton for all pieces – even thread!  There are so many fine details to this set – the blouse has my hand-stitched floral designs on the neck, shoulders, and sleeves while I used old original glass teens/20’s era buttons for the front closure of the blouse.  There are real brass buttons along the pocket panel of the skirt…and check out those awesomely enormous pockets as big as mini suitcases!  My background was one of the very first “arcade” indoor shopping malls in our country, a lovely Gothic place built in 1919.  To see and read more, please visit my blog post here.

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1940s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Modern Patterns

Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6380 – 1940s Style Tea Dress

By on March 13, 2017

I’m so excited to share this dress with you! I feel so lucky with my sewing mojo having made my two of my new favourite dresses in a row (the first being THIS Simplicity number). I’ve be lusting after this Butterick B6380 pattern since it came out and have had it in my pattern stash since last year, waiting for the right fabric to come along! It’s a classic 1940s vintage style tea dress, designed by my sewing muse Gertie.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Butterick Pattern by Gertie 6380 Sweeheart Neckline Dress with Gathered Bodice

Fabric: 2m (with plenty left over) of viscose and a satin lining

Notions: 22″ concealed zip & 3 buttons to finish

Sewing time: 1 day and the hem on the following day

Modifications: I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper and altered the pattern size (as stated above)

Fit: After a few tweaks, it fits perfectly!

Difficulty: Simpler than I thought, but certainly a challenge. Great project for confident beginners and for advanced seamstresses alike.

Watch out for: Getting even gathers and making sure the centre front point is precise.

Make again?: Yes! I really enjoyed this pattern.

Overall, you can probably tell, I’m over the moon with this dress. I think the design is super flattering on me and will be great for ladies with a larger bust and hourglass figures. I wore it with my favourite Coffee Seamed Stockings from my shop for a true 1940s look and I think they were meant to be.

To see this dress in action, I wore it in my Sew & Tell | February 2017 video over on my NEW YouTube channel. Please do subscribe!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

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