Blue Bow Dress (Simplicity 1207)

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Hi everyone, I wanted to share one of my recent (well, not too recent) makes with all of my fellow vintage sewing lovers. I’m calling this one the blue bow dress and I made it with one of my favorite vintage patterns: Simplicity 1207, from 1955 (see below).

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The most challenging part about making this dress was definitely the piping on the yoke and sewing the area together properly- I think I ripped it out and started over about three times!

IMG_0523The fabric is a light blue chambray-type cotton which is really nice for a lightweight summer dress. I debated about lining it but ultimately opted not to. The bows are black grosgrain ribbon and I finished the edges off with some fray block.

I actually wore this dress for our engagement photos, which we took at Disneyland. Here’s my favorite one:

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If you’d like to see more photos and info, here’s my post on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

-Melissa

1930s Summer Plaid!

Well! It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d start again with my new favourite number. A plaid 1930s style frock for summertime wear. I loved this dress so much when I saw one in a German fashion magazine dated August 1931 and I just had to have it so I draped it and I did so from memory because the magazine belonged to an antique dealer downtown who wanted $69 too much for it. I was going to snap a photograph of it but there were too many eyes upon me. Here it is anyhow, probably not exact to the style I saw but exact to what I desired.

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I made it a bit blousey for a change and I love that once in a while because it feels nice and cool on hot days.image

I also played around with the plaid which is something I love to do with all types of weaves and prints and patterns. I did the major pieces of the plaid on the bias because I love that about 1930s style and it makes me feel wonderful.image

I hope you’ll visit me on my blog! I have a few more finished articles there too and shall have many more to come!

“Ray of Sunshine” Dress

Hello all!

I’ve recently completed what I’m naming my “Ray of Sunshine” dress (the reason why is in my blog post), which was redone from an old dress I’d made back in 2011. It’s made from Simplicity 1459, a reprint from what looks like an early sixties pattern, with a couple alterations.

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More photos and details are up on my blog.

That’s it for now, until next time!

 

1950’s Sleeveless Blouse

With one yard and one hour, I was able to create this very simple sleeveless blouse.  I really like how it can be worn alone or under a cardigan for those chilly summer nights.  To see more pictures, and the pattern feel free to hop by my blog!

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Have a great day!

Aimee  :-)

Scallops

You know how you have that moment when you don’t just want, but NEED to make yourself a dress? I’ve learned that the urge must be obeyed. Of course the muse strikes at inpooprtune times… like right after I got home from vacation last week. (I actually made THREE dresses in one week, but the other two are waiting for shoulder pads still, while this one is ready to go.) I’m trying to work through my stash of fabric and patterns – so I can buy more fabric and patterns, duh – and sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the right match.

The fabric, in this case, is Amy Butler Hapi:
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I love the colors, and the folk-art-inspired graphics. I bought it a while ago to go with my favorite blue shoes – trouble is, I only got three yards. I think I was riginally thinking of making a dirndl skirt, but I hardly ever wear skirts – I really prefer dresses. And three yards isn’t much to squeeze a dress out of for a full grown adult.

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Fabric rationing came to my rescue. This pattern is undated, but it very clearly hails from the Second World War, no? I still had to cut carefully because I was working with a one-directional print AND had to match that strong vertical line at the center front. I had just barely enough of the main print to eke out the dress – in true Make Do and Mend fashion, I had to cut the facings out of something else.

I started out thinking I was going to make View 2, the non-scalloped version. I quickly came to my senses.

20150705_170528Aren’t those scallops neat? I used white Imperial batiste for the yoke – the busy print needed a bit of contrast – and added a wee self-fabric tie. The whole project came together smoothly – I worked on it for about a day and a half – and I’m proud to say the entire thing came out of my stash. I even sewed it together with black thread because I did’t have anything else that matched. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t show. Mostly.)

I wore my new creation to church today, and thought I’d share some pictures that weren’t taken in my smeary bathroom mirror. Instead I got my 12-year-old daughter to take a few snaps of me outdoors. As you can see, we had a little help.

20150705_162307(Yes, she was licking my pantyhose. Imagine if I’d done as I’m told they did when nylons were unavailable during the war, and painted my legs with gravy!)

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I think she likes it, don’t you?!

 

 

 

Simplicity 1573 for summer

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It’s midwinter for me at the moment, but I thought I would share a summer frock I completed a while back, Simplicity 1573 in a pretty floral cotton.

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This dress has such a gorgeous skirt!

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I love the shape of the shoulders too, the only trouble I had was with the cummerbund. It came out really bulky, so I’m back to the drawing board and will try another fabric for next summer. At the moment, I either use this wide white belt or a slim black belt.

Any suggestions for cummerbund success? (Just take a look at the shape of that shoulder…)

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Happy summer sewing!