I have been very slow on the sewing lately, but here’s finally a new garment!
I’ve made another sundress for my daughter, using my own tutorial (you can find it here). The dress is made from two straight pieces of fabric, only with a little shaping for the arms. It is gathered with elastic at the top. The edging around the arms continues into two ties on each shoulder. You can use bias binding, but I just used two straight double-folded strips of the dress fabric. Since it’s seersucker it’s flexible.
This time I didn’t refashion an old garment, it’s from all new material. I love the fabric, which is a Japanese import from Reprodepot. I think it’s very seventies and wild and trippy. The colours aren’t quite as acidic in RL.
More photos here.
Just completed my first official “summer sumthin” item and it is also a first in two other respects … Maudella and sleeves.
Hoping to have some more summer items in the near future, depends how this job hunting malarky goes and therefore the available time I have to stave away boredom.
Happy Sewing everyone 😀
Sometimes you have an idea in your head of exactly what you want to make. I have a wedding to attend in a few months and a few metres of pale yellow brocade and I know exactly what I want to make from it. A 50s slim-skirted frock with an interesting neckline.
Hello fellow vintage sewers! I’m Kitty and I live in Sydney, Australia. My blogging partner-in-crime, Moggy, has just joined as well (see her post with the ‘poker dog’ dress below).
I love sewing vintage and vintage-inspired dresses, trawling ebay for patterns and online quiltshops for fabrics. I have been knitting for just over 2 years and can see a vintage cardigan/top addiction in my future.
Here is a recent project. I bought the pattern on ebay with the intention of making it in grey wool. I tested the pattern in grey stretch denim and decided I liked it just as it was.
Lovely to be here. I love checking out what everyone is sewing.
My mother’s downsizing from a 3000+ s.f. home to a townhouse, and in her efforts to downsize she’s getting rid of lots and lots of stuff. Quite fortunately, I am the lucky recipient. She shares a love of vintage patterns and crafts with me and had amassed quite a beautiful collection of vintage craft magazines, books and sewing patterns over the years through swaps, garage sales and other avenues.
She visited our family this weekend and brought with her four Rubber-maid tubs of craft materials including yarn, fabric and patterns. There must be close to 70 or 80 patterns ranging in date from the late thirties to the early nineties. I’ve picked three for Sew Retro but posted more on my blog here.
Isn’t this one lovely? I love its softness and its ultra-feminine style. It looks too complicated for me to sew, and I’m not certain I’d wear something quite this feminine though I really do love that aspect of the dress.
I love this dress and it very well may be my favorite wearable option of the bunch. I love the neckline, the full skirt, the pockets and the pert sleeves. It’s just so pretty and simple at the same time.
I might give this jumper a whirl, though it would definitely require resizing. I like its simple clean lines and its cute side buttons. I could imagine myself wearing it to the office, and then meeting my family for a concert and picnic in the park.
My plan is to finish my 60’s dress this upcoming weekend. I still have some adjustments to make, but apart from that it’s just lacking sleeves and a proper hemline. I received lots of help with pinning it to fit by my boyfriend, which impressed me enormously; he’s not much for sewing or knitting or anything and sometimes have a hard time grasping the basics of it (mostly due to lack of interest, I suppose), but I think he’s also quite eager to see this dress finished, so he didn’t mind lending a hand. Or two, in this case.
I realised that I need to take off about and inch and a half over the shoulders to achieve a better fit, but I don’t think it will cause any major problems, so I’m not worried about that. I’ve already been commissioned by two of my friends to make dresses for them, and if I have anything to say about it, there will definitely be a retro style to both of them!
Anyway, here are some photos of what the dress looks like now and how it should fit.
Hello, and thank you for allowing me to play dress-ups with you all here on SewRetro. I love seeing all your projects and think you are all very clever and fabulous.
I have long been drawn to vintage clothes, especially those from the 1950s when women were shaped like women, with curves top and bottom, and waists in the right place. That happens to be how I’m shaped and I’ve very much of the philosophy that one should dress to suit yourself regardless of what happens to be in fashion at present, so I leave the smock, sack and shift dresses to those who have the frame to make it work!
I’ve made my own clothes on and off for years but have recently become quite gung-ho about it. I’m also much taller than average and making my own allows me to add extra centimetres to sleeves and torsos and hems – most clothes, whether new or vintage, aren’t long enough for me.
I’ve been hunting for old patterns for some months now. Two problems – one is that they are often very expensive and especially so when I have to order them from overseas. Second is that I think my size happens to be one of the most common so they all get snapped up! I’m hoping that through Sew Retro I’ll meet some people who are happy to swap and loan patterns – reciprocally, of course – allowing us to share the retro good cheer! I’m a pedantic pattern-tracer who hates to cut them which leaves them in good shape for someone else to use. So any 36″ bust folks out there with a pattern stash they’d like to share, let me know – I’m in Melbourne, Australia. Perhaps we could all set up a pattern swap system through this blog? A flickr pool or somesuch? Thoughts for the future.
Enough blather from me – have a look at my blog at livebird.blogdrive.com for bits and pieces, including a jacket-in-progress with this sensational 50s cotton lining: