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1970s | Skirts

My Favorite Skirts (Simplicity 7880)

By on June 5, 2017

1970s era Simplicity 7880 is my favorite pattern, and with good reason.  Here are some photos of some of my favorite versions of this versatile skirt pattern, which I wear on an almost-daily basis:

 

 

A few construction notes: Simplicity 7880 uses almost three yards of fabric cut on the cross-wise grain, which means it only has one seam at the center back, and would be well suited to border prints, even though I have never sewn it with one before.  It uses a seven inch zipper and a skirt hook and eye to close, although occasionally I will switch the skirt hook and eye for a large button.  It is easy to adjust the length of the skirt or to make the waist band wider, since both are rectangles.  To make sure my waistbands never roll, I always sew waistband interfacing into the waist.  Waistband interfacing is stiff and flexible like a lightweight belt, and comes in many different widths.  I always buy big lengths of it at Michael Levine fabrics in the fabric district in Los Angeles whenever I go to visit my parents there.

For more photos and other vintage (and new) pattern reviews, please visit the blog I share with my husband:  mrandmrsrat.weebly.com

 

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup

Simplicity 8342 – Rockabilly Tie Front Top + Sew Along!

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In my previous post I announced becoming Simplicity’s Vintage Ambassador, and this is my first post in the series! The 8342 Simplicity pattern is part of the new season range, and whilst not vintage or reproduction, you can’t deny it’s sassy, rockabilly, 1950s appeal. I jumped at the chance to get my paws on this pattern and knew just the jersey fabric to go with it!

I love all the options that come with this pattern, I can certainly see myself making the cigarette pants next to complete the pinup look!

I’d certainly recommend this pattern for fellow busty girls, as the top has a really flexible fit. I find that when sewing jersey garments I don’t really need to do any full bust adjustments, and even more so with this pattern as you can tie the front to suit you. Perfect!

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity – 8342 Sew Along

In the video below, you’ll be able to follow along as I sew my second version of this top, along with a first look at my floral make in my first ‘out-and-about’ photo shoot. I really hope you find the video helpful and inspires you to try this gorgeous new pattern!

If you have any questions about the making of this pattern please do leave a comment on the video!

To see my full pattern review & images, please head over to my blog post HERE

I’ve got some exciting projects coming up with Simplicity’s vintage & retro patterns, including lots of video sew alongs. Please do subscribe to my YouTube channel to be the first to know.

Thank you!

xo

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1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Blackmore So-Easy 9266

By on May 31, 2017

vintage blackmore 9266

The pattern and the fabric were just waiting for each other… and for the the penny to drop, given both have been in stash for quite some time!

I’m not sure of the date, maybe late 50s or 60s? But its definitely a style I’m fond of. And works perfectly with the bark cloth. I just love the tropical print and it was lovely to sew up.

vintage blackmore 9266 sewing pattern

It took 3 toiles to fit and I’m happy with the result but still needs a few small adjustments. Namely the position of the straps and tweaking the bodice a bit more. I had to take in the skirt substantially to get a snug fit. The pattern illustration is a bit misleading as per usual!

vintage blackmore 9266 dress front view

Shame I didn’t have enough fabric for the little jacket but to be honest a little black linen jacket would do just fine.

For more details, hop over to ooobop!

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

The essential black dress

By on May 30, 2017

Detail from the pattern envelope, McCall’s 3326. Doesn’t that neckline make you swoon?

I cut this dress out, all organised and good to go, last year, when I was binge planning and cutting…..little did I know I would be getting it finished in time to farewell my dear, and very talented nana. She was nearing 90, and had be one of those women who sewed from a very young age, and kept sewing, then knitting and many other handcrafts for most of her life. Nana Joy had been very supportive when I took up sewing my own clothes as an adult, and was naturally, ready for critical feedback whenever she saw me in a new make. She is dearly missed and I think she would have approved of this little number.

But, I digress, sewing rolemodels aside, on with the dress! I wanted to remake the McCall’s dress with a circle skirt, after making some slacks, I had just enough of this black cotton/linen blend to cut out this dress, using the skirt from McCall’s 3468, above. Very straight forward, the patterns are the same size, feature a side zipper closure, and I have used them both, so, easy!

I really am smitten with the results!

And, I need another!

On my blog, you can read how I made my bound buttonholes, added faux horsehair braid to the hem, for that perfect swirl, (see above). And of course, more photos.

Blog post here.

Are you on instagram? Lets hook up here.

Angela xo

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1980s | Blouses | Shirts

Two Versions of Butterick 4625

By on May 25, 2017

 

 

 

I’m learning the benefits of sewing tried-and-true patterns, and Butterick 4625, dating from the 1980s is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I love the fit of the blouse, the shape of the sleeves, and the collar options.  The top version is made of brown cotton I found at the thrift store; I added little sleeve-heads out of scraps of the same fabric to help the puffed sleeves keep their shape.  The second blouse is made of striped stretch cotton-blend shirting, also found at the thrift store.  I moved the buttons up slightly on the front band, and didn’t add any collar, but otherwise constructed it much the same as the first.  In both photos, I’m wearing my home-made blouses with home-made skirts, made from 1970s era Simplicity 7880.  For more details on sewing construction, and more photos of both blouses, please visit mrandmrsrat.weebly.com.

 

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1950s | Dresses | Jackets

Vintage Simplicity 2512

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Akram's Ideas: A Vintage 50’s Dress Made for My Sister Z

A few weekend’s ago my sister Miss Z (as we call her) came down to visit me.

During that weekend she asked if I couldn’t sew her up a vintage style dress, and I was like YES!

Simplicity 2512

Akram's Ideas: A Vintage 50’s Dress Made for My Sister Z
We used Vintage Simplicity 2512

We went through my pattern stash and found Simplicity 2512, which I’m pretty sure is from the 1950’s.

After going through my fabric stash Miss Z found some great coordinating floral fabric, which I’m thinking was meant to be a pillow case and bed sheet.

Akram's Ideas: A Vintage 50’s Dress Made for My Sister Z
I added a gusset to the side seam

The dress came together pretty easily, though the pattern was meant for teens and really didn’t consider much of a bust. So there were a bit of adjustment that I needed to make to get the bodice to fit, but overall it was an easy pattern.

McCalls 5006

Akram's Ideas: A Vintage 50’s Dress Made for My Sister Z
We decided to make a shrug to go with the dress

Since it can be a little chilly in during the spring we decided to make a matching shrug to go with the dress.

We used McCalls 5006 and used some black jersey fabric to knock out the shrug in no time.

The shrug really pulls together the dress and makes it wearable in the cooler temps.

Miss Z’s Dress

I’m happy to say Miss Z loved her dress and matching shrug. She even used some leftover fabric to make herself a matching hair scarf.

Akram's Ideas: A Vintage 50’s Dress Made for My Sister Z
Miss Z even with her matching hair scarf

While there were some fitting issues and I was a little short on the fabric for the skirt, overall this was an easy dress to put together.

We both loved the vintage look and best of all it counts towards my #VintagePledge, which is a big plus.

For full details about making this dress  be sure to see my full blog post at http://akramsideas.com/a-vintage-50s-dress-made-for-my-sister-z/

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