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!
Hi everybody! I wanted to share with you the last bra that I made, it’s a 30s inspired bra, a friend asked me if I could sew a pointy bra for her and I was thrilled with that idea. There are many pictures of the step by step in my blog.
What can I say about circle skirts? I love wearing them. I love making them. I love love love them!
I had my heart set on making a circle skirt from this great pink and purple fabric but alas, I didn’t have quite enough!
So it was math to the rescue and I made a 3/4 circle skirt instead. Slightly less full but no less fun! Do you like circle skirts?
More details here.
Check out my vintage 1970s maternity dress.
Made from Butterick 5572
Check it out here.
This is a raincoat I made using a vintage Simplicity pattern (5928) from 1973.
The pattern isn’t specifically for a raincoat – it’s for a tailored coat – but I liked the shape so much I adapted it for my purposes. The coat has some lovely features such as princess seams and in-seam pockets, and has a great flounce about it because of the exaggerated A-line shape.
I shortened it by 4 inches (I’m short and wanted it to be knee length) and had to change the sleeves from two piece to one piece as I just couldn’t get them to set in properly. I used a coated navy waterproof fabric for the main coat and a red floral vintage satin for the lining. It did take me a while to finish it and there were a few hiccups along the way, but the results are worth it – I love it and I’m sure this will be getting a LOT of wear in the rainy UK! More construction details and photos can be found on my blog - Handmade Jane
Boy, has it been a while since I’ve shared a finished project here!?! I have a growing stash of vintage patterns, yet my elaborate plans get put on the backburner each time I get swept up in the frenzy surrounding the release of a new indie pattern. To start redressing this balance I’m making a very simple Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge – to sew up at least five of my vintage patterns during 2014.
There are already 40+ plus people joining me and although I may be barking up the wrong street here, as you’re all such avid vintage pattern stitchers, will you sign up too? There are no strict rules and you don’t even have to set yourself a numerical target. You can join in if you feel you’re not doing justice to your vintage or reproduction sewing patterns, if you want to achieve a personal best, or even if you want to try your hand at a vintage pattern for the very first time!
If you’re game, share your plans in a comment on my blog (or below) and/or make a pledge on your own blog. Don’t forget to share your finished makes with me throughout the year, either in the comments, by using #vintagepledge on Twitter or via email – I’ll tweet about them and pin them to this board to keep us all motivated and to inspire others. If enough people join in and share finished makes, I’ll also compile a few round-ups on my blog throughout the year.
To find out more, join in and grab a blog button, check out my original post on A Stitching Odyssey.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some of the stunning patterns I’m toying with…
A couple of months ago, I joined a sew-along. I thought it would be a good way to stretch my new skills. It was hosted by Seamstress Erin and I thought I’d share what I accomplished with you all.
The most tedious part of sewing: cutting out the pattern.
- The point at which I realized I had not bought the zipper…
Simplicity 2154 Details
- Size: 8
- Fabric: Flower print light cotton(?) with metallic detail
- Lining: No, this project used facings.
- Notions: Tiny black rosebud for neck detail, grey zipper
Thanks for reading!
Firstly an explanation of the name! I sewed these shorts up with my 1950 Singer Featherweight 221k sewing machine, the first garment project I have used it for. My Featherweight purrs like a kitten so I named her Miss Kitty… and so the Miss Kitty Shorts were born.
It was lovely to have sewn up these shorts from 1950′s era Fashion Cut Pattern 9720 on a machine of the same vintage. I had hoped to solely use the Featherweight, but must admit to not staying completely faithful to that goal when it came to seam finishing (serger/overlocker) and button hole construction (I had to use my modern Janome when the attachment for the Featherweight deigned not to cooperate!).
Though I have been sewing for many years, these are my first pants/shorts! I was so chuffed with how they turned out as I was terrified of trying to figure out fit. But right out of the packet they were almost perfect. The only modifications to fit were to take in two inches (total) at the waist side seams grading to nothing at the hip, and to shorten the crotch length with a hasty, quick and dirty tailoring method! You can see more details of this at my blog if you are interested.
These shorts are made from a lovely medium to heavy weight cotton sateen (with a bit of lycra making them very comfy) and I used a cream cotton voile for the pocket lining and tab facings as using the fashion fabric would have been too bulky. I made a few departures from the construction instructions which were very sparse! They certainly didn’t believe in hand-holding instructions at Fashion Cut I reviewed the pattern here if you’d like further details
All in all I am so very proud of these shorts and am now tempted to delve further into pants/trousers tailoring… I’d love a pair of sailor style pants!
Can’t quite believe that it’s done! This is the resulting coat from the pattern I bid for on Ebay about 7 months ago!
The only alterations I made were to take 2 inches from the bust. I actually took half an inch from fronts and back panels all the way down. There was masses of ease and I probably could have lost a bit more but I love how comfy it is and I wouldn’t want to be restricted any more. I also took 4 inches from the hemline!
The outer pieces came together quite quickly but each of the eight lining panels is serged and hand stitched with tiny stitches inside. That took some doing, I can tell you! The fabric is a ‘quality coating’ from Fabric Dreams and the collar is a short pile faux fur. At some point I’d like to add some fur cuffs too. But that’s another day!
So happy to have a warm coat! And it’s great for twirling in too!
More info and pics over at ooobop!
Let me preface this by saying that this is my first post to date! I’ve been sewing for a couple of years and this was actually the first dress I ever sewed.
When I got engaged, I jokingly considered “just making my own dress” as a way to ease the financial burden that a wedding can cause. However, the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I was by the idea. When I finally decided, it seemed like the world was against me. But, that really only fueled the fire. I had sewn shirts and skirts so I knew a dress couldn’t be any more difficult…and it really wasn’t. Except for the fact that I bought real silk which meant I couldn’t get even a drop of water on it.
I was mostly inspired by Madeleine Vionnet and her 1930′s bias cut gowns. I loved the soft and feminine look of the gowns and the non-corset bodice. The flouncy bottom of her dresses also drew me to that style. I flirted with the idea of learning to bias sew but quickly laughed that off.
The more and more I sewed my dress the more I wanted lace on it. At the same time, my mom was offering for me to wear her dress from 1980 (not to mention she’s a half foot shorter than me and about 3 dress sizes smaller). So instead I decided to use the lace from her gown and incorporate it in my own.
I also decided to make a detachable train which I am so glad that I did. It felt so nice dancing around without a train dragging me down.
Here are some more photos of the dress. I used the delicate lace to draft sleeves and finished it with a small scalloped edge. The front and back bodice incorporated both the delicate lace and the wider lace. I trimmed the bottom of my dress in the wider lace and the front opening and bottom of my train.
Here is when the train came off:
Also I used vogue v2931 and took in the panels on the train, took off the bow and straps, and took in the top of the sloth as well. I also separated the train to make it detachable.
PennyandMary and DIYbride posted about it if you’re interested.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy!