Lemon Shelf Bust Dress

I wish I'd noticed that giant string!

I wish I’d noticed that giant string!

I love shelf bust dresses, but they’ve been an irritation for me. Every pattern I’ve found cuts across the bust, not under, and the RTW dresses are way out of my budget. Enter lekala 4519. This pattern actually sits underneath bust, gives you more fullness and umph. Perfect, right?!?

Bust boost!

Bust boost!

I’d never worked with a Lekala pattern before, and I have to say, it was a very interesting experience. You enter your measurements, and their software creates a custom pattern for you, to your measurements. Or so it says. I didn’t find it to be quite so easy, as you can see by the short skirt length! Full review and pattern problems can be found on my blog, Sewn by Ashley

1960s Blouse

I’ve been eyeing this site for a while, but never thought I had anything worthy of posting here.  I have been collecting vintage patterns for a while – I have accumulated quite a collection, so I have plenty of sewing to do.  But, I also had been away from garment sewing for a long, long time. Last year I decided to get back to it.  I am not normally a huge fan of 60s styles, but I have really loved this blouse for a while.  A contest at PatternReview got me to finally make the blouse.

Here is my blouse:

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This is the pattern I used:

Vogue 5883

 

I used a cotton lawn I had in my stash.  Though I had (and still have) some issues with the front french dart and the collar, I am happy with the blouse.  It is very comfortable and a perfect summer blouse!

More on my blog: 1960s blouse

 

Vintage Pattern Review: Simplicity 8183

I bought this SUPER cute 1960’s backless dress pattern on Etsy a few months ago. I already had the PERFECT fabric to make it with, a blue cotton floral with a it of stretch. It almost has a Hawaiian feel to it, doesn’t it?

This pattern definitely satisfied my sewing fix as it was very fast and easy to sew. I made no changes to the pattern (save the measurements…a size 10? I wish!), and I used two vintage pearly flat fisheye buttons at the back.

I really like this design because of the peek-a-boo back. It’s low, but not TOO low, so it’s perfect for concealing my “love handles”. I think it turned out great!
Thanks for looking!

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Butterick B5930 – The Ultimate 50s Party Dress!

Hi everyone!

Betty Draper eat your heart out. Now If this isn’t the most 1950s garden party dress you’ve ever seen, then I don’t know what is! And it isn’t even marked as a vintage pattern! But I think my choice of fabric and styling certainly gives this little number some serious retro credentials.

 

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For my full pattern review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.

Thank you!
xo

Another jumpsuit, 40s meets 60s

Forties gown plus 60s palazzo pants.

Vogue 273 Couturier design detail

Another jumpsuit….This time I used the bodice from Vogue 273, which I completed earlier this year, and the pant pieces from Vogue 6435, which has been the basis of all my jumpsuits so far.

Vogue 6435

As I am now hooked on jumpsuits, I have been looking at creating more variations on the bodice, so after I sewed up Vogue 273, I knew it would work well together.

Vogue 5435 front

Jumpsuit one, styled for a Speakeasy Party.

Vogue 6435 dancing

Jumpsuit two, in wool crepe with a matching cape.

Vogue 6435 blue waist long groovy

Jumpsuit three…for practical life with work and kids.

Here is the result! You can read more about it on my blog, and I am of course contemplating a new version for summer.

Vogue jump suit mash up great wide legs

Yes! It’s winter here, and it feels like it has been raining for weeks….

Vogue jump suit mash up dancing

This jumpsuit works so well, I can dress it up with a hat, gloves and a necklace, I can put on a black belt and cardy for a bit more of a casual look.

Vogue jump suit mash up back

Anyone else into jumpsuits too?

Happy sewing xo

1940s Evening Gown

Today I’m sharing about a 1940s evening gown that I made recently.  It is made from a combination of Simplicity 8050 and two original vintage patterns, using a gorgeous rayon fabric for the skirt and accents, and a contrasting cotton for the bodice and sleeves.

Hop over to my blog for more details.  Thanks for reading!  :)