I am very happy (although my face is serious in the photos, hehe) because I designed this dress, I drew the pattern and sewed it …. now I have a 30s inspired dress in my wardrobe!
Lately, I’m obsessed with this era fashion and I think I got a sewing a dress inspired by it that I can wear every day, of course, if you want to see more about it, including more photos, feel free to visit my home.
Or Paletot, this is the name of this little coat in French.
I was looking for a pattern for a coat to wear with trousers and dungarees. After some research in my collection, I found this one in a Burda magazine (2010-10)
The wool tartan was waiting for a project !
And now, I wear it all days…
When Ink and me walk together
I am back with my latest make, a blouse made from the 1930s Smooth Sailing pattern from Wearing History. I had the perfect Spitfire fabric and wanted to make a RAF blouse with a slight touch of ‘uniform’. I altered the giant puffed sleeves into shoulder pleats, and added tabs to the shoulder. I think it looks a bit more ‘masculine’, but very smart
I really can’t recommend this pattern enough, it is a lovely wearable style, and easy to tweak into whatever you like.
This is my second take, and I suspect more in the future. If you’d like to see more pictures and read more about the blouse and fabric, please hop on over to my place! Thanks for looking
It seems so long since I’ve posted here! I temporarily switched gears from vintage attire to historical costuming when I had to sew half a dozen costumes to wear to the Jane Austen Festival last fall. (I have tons of Elizabeth Bennet pictures on the blog!) But once I returned from my costuming trip to England I was able to jump back onto the vintage bandwagon, so to speak, and this is the first dress I sewed after I came back.
I LOVE Hollywood Patterns, and this one from my collection just begged to be made into a burgundy dress. I used a crepe or faille material, and decorated the bodice with chocolate brown ribbon bows. The pattern was super easy to work with, though it *is* a big fitted even for my liking.
The pattern is quite versatile with either straight or puffed sleeves, and a floor length or below the knee skirt. I LOVE the flattering fit, and you just can’t go wrong with a sweetheart neckline and a wide cummerbund inset.
There are many more pictures and a full pattern review on my blog, for those who wish to read more.
Hope you all are having a wonderful winter, and happy sewing!
Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns
A Burns’ night supper, some red taffeta in my stash and Simplicity 2444 in my unmade pattern pile; mix the three and what do you get a ruby dress. I was pretty pleased with the result, but I made a really silly mistake. I took half and inch from the shoulders rather than shortening the bodice, which meant the waist line rose and made everything a little tight! Still it encourages me to sit up nice and straight. More details on my blog (http://magscreativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-ruby-dress-simplcity-2444.html – the link doesn’t seem to be working).
I have finally taken a few photos of the other two projects I finished in the last couple of months. They’ve been worn and washed, and worn and washed repeatedly, so they are not quite as neat and tidy as they looked when I first completed them, but they have already been well loved in their short lives, so what does that matter?
The first is a nightgown I made from McCall 5441, the same pattern I used for my black silk nightgown (blogged here). I cut it a tad larger to accommodate nighttime nursing sessions, and it has worked out perfectly. I wanted something longer to keep me warm at night, since it’s been so cold here, and most of my other nightgowns are short, slip-like things. I do tend to get overheated though if I’m too covered up, so the sleeveless style of this nightgown was perfect (despite the fact that when one generally thinks of flannel nightgowns they include sleeves and lace). I’m so happy with how this one turned out! It’s so comfy, and I’ve been guilty of throwing a sweater over it and wearing it around the house all day a few times when the boy and I were stuck in the house due to weather.
The second project is a pair of 1940s pajamas that I made using two different patterns. The pajama pattern that I wanted to use is Simplicity 4528, but the copy that I have is a few sizes too big.
|Image courtesy Vintage Patterns Wiki
I didn’t have anything else similar to use, so I decided just to grade the jacket down and use the trusty Simplicity 3688 trousers so I wouldn’t have to bother altering those at all. I put in a snap placket (like the pajama pattern called for) instead of a zipper, with a button at the waist. I obviously omitted the belt and contrast revers as well. The double welt pocket is not one of my crowning achievements, but they were pajamas for myself, and I didn’t feel like redoing it so I just decided not to worry about it. It was late, and I was tired when I put it in so my chances of getting it perfect were low to begin with. I do get too hot at night to actually sleep in these, but they are wonderful for wearing around the house during my couple of hands-free hours after the baby goes to sleep. I’ll probably make myself another pair at some point down the road (and try to get the pocket right that time). They’re really warm and cozy!
We’ve had some really nasty weather the last few weeks, but I’ve been able to get some work done on a few fun things which has helped. Our little boy is getting so big, and he’s a little more able to entertain himself now that he’s mobile, which makes it easier for me to get things done (including housework and grading). At 8.5 months he he’s just figured out how to walk while pushing one of our dining room chairs around on the wooden floors. It won’t bee too much longer before he’s walking all by himself! Next year I’ll at least be able to take him out to play in all this snow we’ve had.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend and staying warm!
I know this blog is all about sewing. But I wanted to share my latest finished knitting projects with you anyway. I used a 40s pattern Bestway 1491.
Last june I started knitting this cardi and I finished it today. It was a long journey, because I used 2 and 2.5 mm knitting needles and because I made a few mistakes. First I discovered my back piece was too small so I had to reknit this one. And later on I discovered my sleeve heads were way too big and couldn’t fit into the armholes. So I had to reknit the sleeve heads as well.
In the end I’m quite happy with the cardigan. It fits very well into my wardrobe so I have plenty of options to create different outfits with this cardigan.
Yes, I’m happy with the result!
There is more on my blog.
Do you knit retro as well?
I this is not (mostly) sewing, but to be technical I knitted the fabric and had to sew it into a sweater, so I’m counting it as sewing
Besides, I really want to share my latest make with you all, and of course this lovely part of Norwegian culture!
This is a traditional Norwegian knitted sweater, called “Marius”. It is an immensely popular pattern, and has been for over 60 years. I made it for my Mister, but it sadly turned out too small, so I have a new sweater now! Woot
If you want to see and read more about it, you are all welcome over to my place by clicking the photo.
I actually made this dress (extremely last minute, as usual) for my friend Robyn’s wedding, whose wedding dress I made and blogged about here. It’s become one of my favorite dresses to date so I thought I’d share how I spliced it together.
The skirt is using the pattern of the overskirt in Butterick 4790, the Walkaway Dress. This was one of the very first patterns I used, and the very first Retro Butterick pattern. I really loved the shape of the skirt, especially how most of the fullness was on the sides and back.
For the bodice, I used McCall’s 6599, altered the neckline to a bit of a sweetheart shape and omitted the sleeves. It’s not a particularly retro style, but it was just the simple princess seamed bodice I wanted.
I have been SO pleased with this dress, it is hands down my favorite. I wear it all the time, and it is extremely comfortable. The cotton breathes well in the Texas heat, but it’s easy to throw a sweater over for cooler weather as I did during our trip to France this past summer!
I think I love this dress most of all because I feel like it fits me the best of any garment I’ve ever made, which makes me want to keep sewing and working at getting the best fit possible for all my clothes! It really is amazing how great a well-fitting garment makes you feel.
A few more pics and details on my blog here.
Thanks to a sew along (Fearless February over at tenthousandsewinghours.blogspot.com) I finally made my hubby Le Smoking Jacket in a brocade (see below)!
It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be but is definitely not for beginners as the cutting/piecing instructions are only so-so. I even put the black contrasting ends in the tie like he wanted! It definitely made him happy. He put it right on and is now walking around the house in it. More details on my blog:Cuttlefish Corner
Let me know what you think!