Vintage wrap-blouse

vintage wrap blouse

I made this blouse using vintage pattern Bestway D.3,109. It looks to be one of those mail order style patterns from the 50s. I can’t see a date so I’m going by hair and shoes on the cover image!

Bestway D3109

It’s a wrap-over top, held closed with two vintage buttons. The third button is for decorative and balancing purposes! The bottom two buttons sit just above the waistline at the base of the two waist darts. It could really do with a fourth hidden button to keep the under wrap layer in place. But for now, I’m tucking it in my pants!

lighthouse shirt buttons

The back is cut in one piece with extended sleeves and the front yokes form the sleeve fronts.

I love the shape of the neckline and how the collar just lays flat across the collar bone. I’ve not seen this style on any other garment to date.

And as most 1950s patterns go, I love how it’s nipped in at the waist for that flattering silhouette.

lighthouse shirt

When I came to choose the fabric, I knew I needed a crisp, 100% cotton fabric but I didn’t bank on finding a lighthouse print! I think it worked perfectly to achieve the whole vintage repro style!

vintage lighthouse blouse

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Tailoring process – Leack-Way pattern 12348

Hi everyone!

This time I’m here to share and ask advices about tailoring.

The fact is that I am currently finishing my first suit jacket. I’ve named it “hell in thread” because It took soooo many hours to hand sew it haha! Hope I’ll be faster next time! :)

I’ve been looking through many websites and some tutorials to make it the best I could, But exchange is the best way to learn, for the one who writes and the one who reads :) .

As this post has many pictures I am going to show very few of them here, you are welcome on my website to check the others :)

teaser explications sur photo



Thanks for reading!

A 1950’s Embroidered Peasant Dress

Wow! It sure has been a long time since I’ve posted over here!  I sure am glad to be back in this space. :)

I’m so happy to share my embroidered 1950’s peasant dress with you.

50s peasant dress 1

This dress is made out of a turquoise cotton broadcloth and I used Simplicity 3893, a vintage pattern from the 1950’s.

I’ve loved peasant dresses for a long time and have always wanted one.  My inspiration came from many photos I’ve seen over the years of peasant (or patio) dresses from the 50’s.

[sources: via Pinterest]

I freehand embroidered the neckline with pansies, which took me a couple of months to finish.  This was the first embroidery project that I’ve had for a very long time and made me happy to get back into it.  I considered doing some more embroidery on the skirt, but went with ribbon instead.

As this dress is basically a tent, I always intended to wear it with this silver and leather concho belt that I also made.

This dress was truly a labor of love for me from grading it up substantially to spending many nights on the couch embroidering it.  It’s something that I’ve always wanted and a dress that I love to wear, so it was definitely worth it.

Happy Sewing!

For more photos/info, please check out my blog:  Mrs. Hughes

Claire McCardell Dress from a 50s Spadea Pattern

This fall, I used a rare early 50s Claire McCardell pattern, released by Spadea, to create a copy of an original McCardell dress:

Janet in McCardell


There’s a version of this same dress in the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institutes’ online collection.

The dress was made from New Zealand merino wool jersey bought at The Fabric Store in L.A. I chose wool jersey because Claire McCardell popularized dresses in that fabric in the U.S. during the 30s and 40s.


Attaching piping

The dress is very wide, and gathered at the neckline. The front of the underbust is gathered, and 15 feet of self-fabric cording is attached to it, to be used to gather the waistline. McCardell created the concept for this adjustable design in the late 30s, when it became known at the “nada” dress.




I made this dress for my sister to wear while she was speaking at a “Dance and Fashion” event at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology last month, where one of the subjects was Claire McCardell. She even gave me a shoutout during the Q & A! Here’s more information about the making of the dress:

Janet at FIT


Simplicity 5489 – my second #vintagepledge of five

Simplicity 5489

I finished my second Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge back in September, but still have three more to complete by the end of the year…unlikely! I won’t beat myself up about it though, because I’ve hugely enjoyed playing host to such fun challenge and I love how my Simplicity 5489 turned out!

Simplicity 5489

Simplicity 5489

This is a simple little pattern with three different back views to choose from and an A-line skirt. My favourite detail is the keyhole back I went for, with the sweet little bow detail. My second favourite detail Simplicity 5489 has to offer is the skirt. I love how flattering an A-line shape can be, skimming the hips without the bulky waist of a gathered skirt. This pattern offers the best of both worlds though, with gentle gathers either side of the centre front skirt.

Simplicity 5489

The neckline and back are finished with a facing, but I skipped the armhole facings and opted to finish them with bias strips instead. Shock horror, I even lined the skirt! I’m usually too lazy and can get away with it for fuller skirts, but this shape would have clung to tights like no one’s business.

Simplicity 5489

Simplicity 5489

As usual, you can check out more information and pictures on my blog and you can see all the inspiring #vintagepledge makes to date on Pinterest.

Remember, you can also be in with a chance of winning one of four awesome prizes, as long as you share your makes with me by 31 December 2014 on Twitter (#vintagepledge), through a comment on my blog, or by emailing me.