McCalls 4769 with Contrast and Sleeves

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.

Akram's Ideas : McCalls 4769

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.

Akram's Ideas : McCalls 4769

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/)

Seersucker Summer Dress

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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.

xoxo,
allie J.

Gathered Skirt Paired with Simplicity 1364

In an earlier post I mentioned how much I love Simplicity 1364 blouse pattern. I loved it so much I wanted to make more versions of this blouse.

While searching my stash I found I had a lovely butterfly print fabric and decided to use it for another blouse.

Akram's Ideas : Simplicity 1364 & Gathered Skirt

I love this cheerful butterfly print

I really liked how the piping turned out on my shift dress I decided to add piping to this blouse.

After making the blouse I found that I had enough fabric left over that I could make a matching skirt.

I decided to make a simple gathered skirt. To give the set a more dress like appearance I aded piping to the skirt waistband.

Akram's Ideas : Simplicity 1364 & Gathered Skirt

I can wear it as a dress or as sperates

While the print might be a bit childish I really love the fun look of this this combo. I also love that at first glance it looks like a dress, but has the versatility of a two piece.

To read more about my process for making this set check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/butterfly-dress-purple-piping/)

I made a wedding dress

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Hi there! It’s been a while since I posted anything here or on my own blog but I’m back with something special!

I’ve been away from the blog for the last month or so and I’ve been busy sewing all the time! Here’s one of the pieces I take most pride in creating: a vintage inspired wedding dress, sewn from a modified 1956 pattern. The bride-to-be chose to have it in floor length and asked for sleeves. I decided to make a half circle skirt and added underarm gussets for comfortable wear. We chose beautiful rayon outer fabric and the dress is fully lined with silk. What a pleasure to wear it must be!

The pattern itself seems to be a real hit with my clients. I think it’s due to the wrap/tie front that’s incredibly flattering. This is the third time I made a dress based on it: first one was a test for me that’s still in my closet and the second one was already proper wedding dress for another elegant lady. I hear there are more brides-to-be waiting in the line to get their version… which makes me so happy! It’s such a pleasure to sew for other people, especially for special occasions!

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I’m really happy with how this dress turned out. So flattering on this beauty!

The only thing is… it got stolen on its way to the wedding! I was asked to make it two months in advance since the bride was moving away overseas for her new chapter of life and it seems someone took her baggage when she was at the airport. I can’t imagine what a horror for the bride it must be… and I can’t say I don’t feel sad about it. There’s still time to find it so please keep your fingers crossed!

This post originally appeared here. Click for more photos!

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Simplicity 1609 Classic Shift with Piping

I’ve been sewing a lot of 1960’s patterns this year and one of the most icon styles of the 60’s of course is a shift dress.

While antiquing some time ago I came across this lovely vintage pink cotton fabric with a lovely turquoise blue flower print.

I loved the print so much I knew I needed to make something that highlighted the fabric and decided to go with a simple shift dress.

Akram's Ideas: Simplicity 1609

Classic Shift Dress made from vintage fabric

For this project I decided to use Simplicity 1609 a reproduction of a 1960’s JIFFY shift dress.

To add extra interest I added turquoise piping around the neckline and armholes.

Akram's Ideas: Simplicity 1609

I love the addition of the piping on the neck and armholes.

Can you believe I’d never made a shift dress before, it’s true. I don’t know why?

I love this dress so much, it’s fun and stylish.

To read more about my process for making this dress check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/60s-shift-dress-simplicity-1609/ )

Simplicity 1364 My Favorite Blouse

I have a new favorite blouse pattern and it is Simplicity 1364.

This 1960’s reproduction pattern really is a JIFFY pattern.

Akram's Ideas: Simplicity 1364 in pink

My first version made in pink floral

My first version was a pink floral cotton, which I made as a test, since the pattern was new to me.

I loved it so much I immediately made a second one. This time out of a white floral and used French seams throughout.

I also made matching hair scarves for both blouses.

Akram's Ideas: Simplicity 1364 in pink

Second Simplicity 1364 in white floral

This blouse looks great with jeans or a skirt and is so light and comfy to wear in the summer heat.

Making this blouse was easy, it consists of only two main pattern pieces and sews up in no time.  I made even easier to put together by making a few modifications.

To read more about my process and modifications check at my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/favorite-blouse-simplicity-1364/)