1940’s Salmon Pink Suit

Hi everyone!!

Wanted to share my lasted vintage creation of a 1940’s suit.  I based it off of a picture from one of my fashion books and was very happy with how it turned out! :-)

I hope you like it too!!

 More pictures are on my blog if you are interested!




Have a wonderful day!!


Simply Red Sheath Dress (Butterick 6308, c. 1952)

I love being able to wear vintage (or reproductions) to work and this dress definitely fits the bill.


The pattern is Butterick 6308, a reproduction of one of their designs fom 1952.


I made my version out of stretch bengaline, which makes it super comfortable for work (and weight fluctuations).


I also added faux chest pockets, and vintage buttons sewn around the edge of the pockets – similar to a vintage dress I had seen online.


As for mods, I only made a few:


  • Cut a size smaller all over to allow for the stretch fabric
  • Lengthened the hem by an inch
  • Shortened the bodice by half an inch (short waist)
  • Lowered the under bust darts so they wern’t so pointy.


I definitely love this dress, and would consider making another but probably without the kick pleats as I found them a bit painful to press.

Thanks for reading, and as always more photos and information on my blog Subversive Femme 



A Late 1930s Lemon Yellow Dress

Late 1930s yellow dress

My sewing resolutions at the beginning of the year included two main things. These were challenging myself with projects I wouldn’t have previously tackled and exploring new colours. One of those colours was yellow. I had always shied away from it, mainly because I know citrus colours don’t suit me. However, when I spotted this beautiful lemon yellow fabric online I knew I had to give it a go.

1930s dress pattern

I instantly went online and searched for the perfect 1930s vintage pattern to use to really bring this fabric to life and after a while I stumbled across the one above on Etsy. It was being sold by a seller I’ve bought from several times, Kallie Designs, so I knew it would be in good condition. When it arrived I quickly opened it up to look at the different pattern pieces and I immediately knew this dress would cover both of my resolutions as it looked seriously tricky.

Late 1930s yellow dress

What was even worse is that it was a couple of sizes smaller than my measurements. Before seeing the pattern pieces this didn’t daunt me because I often end up grading a pattern up or down to get it to fit right but I knew these pieces were going to be quite a challenge. Thankfully the only major issue I had was with the skirt as it was much narrower around this area than what the illustration shows.

Once everything was cut out, the hardest parts to put together were the yoke and the faux belt. Trying to get these inserted correctly, and with a smooth curved edge, took several frustrated attempts. However, I vowed not to give up because as it came together I knew this was going to be a really gorgeous dress. Thankfully, once I’d mastered these bits everything else was pretty smooth sailing and it was sewn up quite quickly.

1930s dress pocket detail

The buttons and white fabric for the belt were from my own stash. However, the ric-rac I used was originally from my mum’s stash and dates back to the 1970s. I’m so pleased I decided to add this detailing, something that was optional on the pattern, as it really gives it that frugal look of the late 1930s. Now I want to add it to everything!

If you would like to read more about my oh-so-summery 1930s dress and see more photos, feel free to pop over to my blog.

Mille Fleur and Mango Lassi

Hello everyone!

Even though I’m in the middle of my exams, I wanted to add to my (quite small actually) summer wardrobe. I love sewing with summer-y fabrics like cotton and rayon. It’s super easy, super fast, they’re not complicated in any way.

The first dress I’d made was done in about 8 hours. The pattern was super simple, I made it myself and simply drew it on the fabric. No fuss, maybe 10 seams in total, some elastic and pompoms :D

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4th of July dress

Not my best quality photos

I’ve really been wanting to make something with this anchor fabric from Joann’s for well over a year, July 4th just seemed like a good excuse, right? To make it more festive, I decided to line the bodice with red sateen. Originally, I was also going to make a bow for the center of the bodice and a red petticoat, but time constraints put a stop to that!

I heart big skirts

I heart big skirts

The pattern is another one from Gertie’s latest book, which is kind of a mix and match type thing. This one is the surplice bodice and 3/4 circle skirt. FULL DISCLOSURE: while this pattern is lovely, it isn’t magic, I’m wearing a corset here. For more info, check out my blog, Sewn by Ashley

1940 Sundress

This is a great dress, nice to wear, but it was hard to get it to the point where I liked it.  The dress was easy to make but there were a lot of little things to adjust, especially the bust gathers.  Eventually, I ended up top-stitching the gathers down so that it is like mock-shirring.  A Vintage Vogue reprint from 1940 (#8812) was the pattern used and some blue/tan/white plaid poly from my stash was the fabric.  To see and read more, please visit my blog page here.100_2875-comp