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Which Challenge Was This Again?

By on January 27, 2007

This may have been the Novemeber Challenge extended to January, I’m not sure..
Make something from a ‘current retro pattern’ so – behold Simplicity Pattern No. 4044, 1940’s suit. I’ve only managed to run up a pair of pants so far, and they are incredibly comfy!

I had to adjust the darts on the waistband as my waist isn’t as narrow as the pattern, but they’re a good fit. I was having a good old moan the other day about not being able to find any nice fabric locally. I’d really love to make the short sleeved pant suit for summer and will have to do a thorough fabric search, something with abstract flowers I think 😉

These pants will be great for jiving in, I just need to make a few cotton shirts that tie at the waist now…

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Vintage Vogue 2934 (1950 Jacket)

By on January 7, 2007

This is from a current Vintage Vogue pattern (2934) for a 1950’s jacket. The jacket is actually quite simple to make, however it is a bit time consuming as the lining is entirely hand sewn. The fabric flower was made from scraps of vintage kimono and a wool blend felt. The instructions from Threads magazine #128.

It was a fun project to work on. This one is black wool with a lilac satin lining. I plan on looking for a beautiful piece of velvet or silk to make another one to have one hand for “special” occasions.

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Party dress

By on December 29, 2006
This is a dress I made for the office christmas party. Its a sheer, shimmery material with flocked brown polka dots over a brown duchess satin (the white at the neck is just the slip my dummy is wearing) and from a vintage simplicity pattern. The last 3 inches of hem are just the sheer material, which is why they look a little different in the picture.

It was actually a pretty simple pattern. I’m working on a version with sleeves for day. Its black wool gabardine with a houndstooth inset in the front. I don’t know what to do about the skirt, though: I don’t think the gab will hold the shape of this skirt well. So I can do an ad hoc dirndl, ad hoc pleats, or – ? Skirt suggestions welcome, and I’ll post the new version when its done.

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Not quite finished.

By on November 1, 2006

I haven’t finished my October project yet, but I did make a solid color skirt earlier in the month. It’s a new pattern – Simplicity 4703 – and I used new fabric. Here’s what it looks like:
It’s my new favorite skirt, I’ve been wearing it several times a week! I’m really happy with the way it turned out (ignore the hem in the photo – I’ve fixed the lumpy parts now.) I took my time and made sure to undo any crappy stitching, and only had to put the zipper in twice!

Soon I’ll have my October project done, which is a shortened version of View C:

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By on October 19, 2006

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been reading the site for a while now, but this is my first post as I haven’t actually completed any retro projects. I did manage to find this great sewing book a few weeks back at my local second hand shop.

It has great information on everything from planning, drafting patterns, choosing your fabric to refashioning and repairing existing clothes.

I really like the simplicity and thoroughness of the instructions.

If you like the Vogue cape pattern in the recent post this might come in handy… (hopefully the picture is clear enough!)

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Cocktails, anyone?

By on October 16, 2006

Here it is, my September project. The hostess apron.

I love it. I can’t believe it took me almost two years to actually put this together, but I did.

And here’s my action shot, trying to photograph the back of the apron myself. Of course, I realize now I should have just spun the apron around, but the picture shows how much of a goof I can be. Why not admit it?

My goal now is to find a pattern like these and make a few of these apron smocks.

I can see using them at home for working on my DIY projects but also as regular weekend wear, especially that red & white striped one.

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