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Excited to Find

By on August 17, 2007

I am so excited that I have found this blog. I began sewing a couple of years ago because I wanted to make clothes fashioned from the 1940-50s. I am completely enamoured with the styles of these decades. I am working on a dress right now that I hope to complete for a party this weekend (will post a pic when its complete).

While sewing clothes is a love of mine, my mom is also passing down the art of quilting to me. I have found quilting to be quite enjoyable as well.

I look forward to sharing in projects and experiences with everyone.


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i’m just happy to be here

By on August 15, 2007

I love, love, love this site.

I’m new at sewing. A dear friend gave me a machine last year for my 40th birthday after I told her I’ve always wanted to learn to sew. Last summer I took a sewing class. Big fun. I made a skirt. Since then I’ve mostly made tote bags but I’m sooo ready to make garments for myself. I absolutely adore fashions from the 50s. I like things from the 70s and other decades, too.

These days I’m getting all homemaker and have added embroidery to my handwork arsenal. I’m really enjoying it and plan to use it to embellish clothing. I’ve been knitting longer than anything (but still not very long), for about 2.5 years. Sewing and knitting are dreams come true for me. I’d wanted to learn these arts for so long. The embroidery came as a total surprise. One day I woke up and just had to do it. Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but very cool to know, I can actually do any of them.

By the way, I live in Los Angeles, a surprisingly crafty town.

Oh, here’s the one retro thing I’ve made so far:

It’s from this pattern, which I found at a swap meet (I added the purse because doesn’t every girly girl need one?):

Because I really want to sew retro, I bought this on eBay last month:

Well, it sure is swell to meet you all.

Happy sewing,

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Tie one on

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Lookee, I done made something else:

Mercifully, not the pedal-pushers. The shirt, people!

This shirt makes me feel so full of sass! I wanna go give some lip like Rizzo from Grease. Strut. Just need a bullet bra and a posse of sassy gals. (That’s the Sew Retro wasp-waisted army, right?)

I always wondered how those 50s sleeves were constructed – the tapered ones that magically pushed up to a pleasingly crumpled three-quarter length. I’m happy to have learnt how they do it: three little darts in the sleeve, plus a slightly different shape to the front and back pieces. Very cunning and unlike anything I’ve seen in modern patterns.

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I put this blouse pattern together with a simple A-line skirt from another vintage dress pattern, and came up with this blue and white spotty number. Very easy, no interfacing, self facings, only 4 pattern pieces for the whole frock and done in under 2 hours total! I can see more of these in my future.

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My first project!

By on August 14, 2007

Since I am also trying to keep a pledge to Wardrobe Refashion (even though I haven’t heard from them yet), I decided to work from my stash to create this Butterick 6655 pattern for my 8-year-old daughter. The polka dot fabric was supposed to be valances, but I didn’t end up needing it. I bought this pattern AGES ago, and was disappointed to discover that I only had the directions and the skirt piece. So, when I pulled it out, I had to create the missing pieces from newspaper. Here are some pics!

You can see a couple more pics at my blog—nakedinfluence.wordpress.com

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That 70s Dress

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I can’t remember where I got this pattern (probably from a lot on ebay or from the Sally Ann), but it’s been sitting around for a while now, waiting to be made. The pattern was unused and came with a special (new at the time) feature: 2 sizes in one envelope! Although it’s not my usual style or era in terms of vintage clothing, I had the perfect fabric in my overflowing stash, so I decided to make it.
(Making this dress was also the perfect way to procrastinate from a much more important sewing project – a dress for my Dad’s wedding. Does anyone else have the strange need to start a completely new, and unnecessary, project when they have a very limited deadline on another project? In my case it seemed to work, as both dresses are done, with 2 whole days before I fly to Vancouver for the wedding.)
Here’s the front:

The yellow and orange fabric is from a bed sheet I bought at a garage sale years ago. The blue fabric was a gift for my roommate. She finished her project and luckily there was enough left for me to use as contrast. I omitted the pockets from the original and cut the skirt front in one piece, but other than that everything is unaltered.
Here you can see the back:
I couldn’t decide what colour buttons to use. I didn’t want them to blend in with the contrast or with the main colours and didn’t want to introduce a new colour, so I stacked small blue buttons with bigger (15mm) orange buttons.

I think this will be my “I refuse to accept the end of summer” dress. I shall wear it with sandals, without a cardigan and ride my bike, ignoring the stares of those who will already be wearing scarves.

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Simplicity 2389 – A Wearable Muslin?

By on August 13, 2007
I recently purchased this 1948 Simplicity dress pattern on ebay.

The pattern description is as follows:
Misses’ and Women’s One-Piece Dress: the bodice, seamed down the center front, is styled with a V neckline. The shoulder yoke, cut in one with the cap sleeves, releases soft front gathers. The gored skirt falls in an easy flare.

I wanted to try out the pattern with some inexpensive fabric first, so used a thrifted bed sheet. I don’t know what it is about green and/or blue roses, but I an inexplicably attracted to them.

The dress went together really quickly, but I’m not sure if the bed sheet dress is presentable out in public. My boyfriend calls it the von Trapp children’s play clothes. What do you think?

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