1950s

Double trouble

By on October 12, 2017

Dear WeSewRetro Readers,

meeting the Tailleur Bar in my ensamble

I had been searching for a vintage Simplicity 4538 pattern for some time, never having any luck with buying it. When I discovered that Simplicity has just reissued this design as a repro 8452, it landed straight into my shopping basket. The blouse is in fact a two-seam rectangle, but what a glorious rectangle it is. It is quick to make (it took me one afternoon form cutting to giving the final touches), drapes beautifully and has two glorious 1950s characteristics: it gives a wide yet soft-shouldered look and accentuates the waist like a solid cincher.

The black skirt is the bottom part of a vintage Butterick 6976 form 1954. Side note: it was one of the very first vintage patterns I have ever bought… The skirt has 6 panels and features 4 box-pleats, which amounts to a great fullness at the hem and creates very graceful movements.

To see and read more, I invite you to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com 🙂 Thank you for visiting!

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1950s

The Paris coat

By on September 30, 2017

Dear WeSewRetro Readers,

as I was planning an autumn holiday trip to see Dior haute couture exhibition, I knew that I had to make a coat as it’s the most important piece of a travel wardrobe; not only due to the fact that it keeps you warm and cozy in a plane or during long walks, but also because a good coat is the simplest and quickest style statement you can make, covering all the in-between clothing beneath.


I have bought this beautiful wool because of its outstanding deep red shade. When I got my hands on Marfy 1961 I knew I had a match and a trip was a perfect excuse to sew it up. The coat was beautifully drafted, with a spectacular collar, interesting front shaping and – last but not least – the best-fitting sleeve that I have worked with. My modifications included lengthening the garment to make it more 1950s-appropriate (I was going for a mid-century swing coat silhouette), changing the collar gathers to small pleats, adding rows of topstitching, removing pockets and putting and emphasis on the sleeves by accentuating the cuffs.

Too see and read more, I invite you to visit my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com. Thank you !

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1950s | Dresses

Vintage 1955 McCall’s 7625

By on July 25, 2017
Sewing Vintage 1950s McCall's 7625 | Vintage on Tap

Hello, everyone!

Wanted to share one of my most recent makes, McCall’s 7625 which came out for Early Fall 2017 ☺️ It was originally released back around 1955!

Sewing Vintage 1950s McCall's 7625 | Vintage on Tap

 

I was actually suuuuper hesitant about the drop waist on this piece, but to be honest, it worked out. I suspect that its because of the fisheye darts at the natural waist line, which helped nip in the design.

 

Sewing Vintage 1950s McCall's 7625 | Vintage on Tap

 

Anyway, I’m really happy with how it turned out overall and am looking forward to making the short sleeve version for an upcoming trip.

 

Sewing Vintage 1950s McCall's 7625 | Vintage on Tap

 

Definitely check out the video series I did for this pattern, though, especially since I ended up tackling a full bust adjustment on this piece (princess seams AND fisheye darts?! Yes.)– my video series also went into the how-to-sew for this pattern, in case you’re thinking of making it.

 

Sewing Vintage 1950s McCall's 7625 | Vintage on Tap

 

More photos of this project over on my blog

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1950s

The weather forecast

By on June 18, 2017

Dear WeSewRetro Readers,

I’ve had the Vogue V1137 pattern for some time now. In fact, its dress was one of my first dresses ever sewn. Now I decided to try making the coat. It’s an exceptionally well-drafted pattern. I love the silhouette that the swing coats and jackets create; glamourous yet comfortable. I’ve had some wonderful, thick and warm wool tweed in my stash for many years; it was sitting there, waiting for a perfect project with a perfect yardage. I had only 140cm of this wool (about 1.5 yard), so I went for a jacket based on a coat pattern, ordering some fluffy yet smooth wool for contrasts and facings. I had to modify the pattern by shortening it to hit 7cm (2.75 inch) below the waist, adding facings and lining (it’s a pattern for a double-sided coat), skipping the pockets and making some room at the front to overlap left and right sides, make bound buttonholes and fit in the buttons.

If you’d like to read and see more, I invite you to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com . Thank your for visiting! 🙂

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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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1950s | Dresses | Jackets

Vintage Simplicity 2512

By on May 25, 2017
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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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 6299 just in time for Autumn

By on March 18, 2017

It’s getting cooler here in Aotearoa New Zealand, while all you sewers in the north are getting set for summer, I’m glad things are cooling off now!

I have just finished this dress, it’s made with some lovely fabric my nana gave me, and I used a stunning Butterick pattern which was new to me this year, along with a couple of other lovely vintage patterns.

These ones!

The pattern is a size and a bit too small for me, so I graded it up, and voila! New dress! In my blog post about the making of this dress…

…I share how I graded it up, it’s pretty easy, you just need a basic pattern (or pattern block) that fits well.

The crossover bodice was a bit fiddly, and adding the bias trim gave me more bulk to deal with, but in the end, I am happy with it.

From the back…

And the bias trim….

The bias binding colour was perfect, but just enough to do the neckline and sleeve cuffs. So happy!

Happy Spring or Autumn Retro Sewists!

The blog link about this dress is here, and now I’m off to make another jumpsuit!

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