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!
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.
For my full pattern review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.
Forties gown plus 60s palazzo pants.
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.
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.
Jumpsuit one, styled for a Speakeasy Party.
Jumpsuit two, in wool crepe with a matching cape.
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.
Yes! It’s winter here, and it feels like it has been raining for weeks….
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.
Anyone else into jumpsuits too?
Happy sewing xo
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!
Last month I participated in the McCall’s Shirtdress Sew-Along and shared my lovely make of McCalls 4769 .
I loved the dress and the wearable muslin so much I decided to make another version.
My latest version of McCalls 4769
This time I choose view D which included sleeves and contrasting elements.
My fabric choice was a pale pink cotton with little dark pink flowers on it. For the contrast I choose a dusty rose solid cotton.
I like the vintage look of this dress.
I had to make some adjustments to the sleeve, but overall I really like the look of how this dress turned out.
While this may be a modern pattern I really like how I’ve managed to give it a more vintage 1940’s look.
To read more about my process for making this dress check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/another-mccalls-4769-shirtdress-sleeves/)
Simplicity 4475 is a raglan-sleeved “Simple to Make” dress from the 60s and WOW is it simple to make!! I had never made a dress with raglan sleeves before making this dress for the Bernina Vintage Dress-Along I hosted on the WeAllSew blog, but I may never set in a sleeve again–the dress went together so quickly and easily.
My only modification was to lower the bust darts by 1/2″. This is a size 12 (bust 32) and it’s a bit on the loose side (for me) but that just makes it even nicer to wear in this crazy heat we’ve been having in North Carolina (and everywhere else, it seems!).
More details can be found on my blog here.