1970s | Coats

Vintage raincoat

By on February 7, 2014

 

This is a raincoat I made using a vintage Simplicity pattern (5928) from 1973.

The pattern isn’t specifically for a raincoat – it’s for a tailored coat – but I liked the shape so much I adapted it for my purposes. The coat has some lovely features such as princess seams and in-seam pockets, and has a great flounce about it because of the exaggerated A-line shape.

I shortened it by 4 inches (I’m short and wanted it to be knee length) and had to change the sleeves from two piece to one piece as I just couldn’t get them to set in properly. I used a coated navy waterproof fabric for the main coat and a red floral vintage satin for the lining. It did take me a while to finish it and there were a few hiccups along the way, but the results are worth it – I love it and I’m sure this will be getting a LOT of wear in the rainy UK! More construction details and photos can be found on my blog – Handmade Jane. x


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1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Never Too Much Tartan Dress!

By on December 29, 2013

Let’s start by saying that I hope everyone has had a very merry Christmas and that Santa brought some lovely sewing goodies to my fellow crafty bloggers.

The time off from work has allowed me to get some long overdue sewing started and I didn’t want to waist another moment without sharing it ….

tartan dress at christmas

For this dress I used a vintage pattern from, I think, 1972. Simplicity 5347.

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I have had it in my pattern stash for a while but never got around to testing it until now. I didn’t even realise until I opened up the instructions to take a look that it is all written in a foreign language, so I had to go off the pictures alone and hope for the best. It was simple enough, although I chose to leave out the facings and just bind the edges of the bodice instead (lazy).

Shall I let you in on a little secret, I actually took these photographs yesterday, just before I took DOWN my Christmas decorations!

Ooops!

This is the first thing I have sewn in almost… 2 months I believe. Life and work have just been so crazy that I haven’t had chance to get near my sewing machine, so the minute school broke up for the Christmas holidays I started on this dress with the intention of wearing it on Christmas day. The only problem was I had just a couple of days until Christmas with a lot of family to visit, presents to buy and lots of cakes to make so, I didn’t actually get chance to finish this until Boxing Day!

Never mind, I think it is still a wearable dress even outside of the Christmas period. What do you think?

tartan dress christmas tree

In this picture you can just about see that the red stripes around the waist turn into straps that tie in a bow at the back. Just enough of a block colour to break up the tartan. I showed my mum this dress mid-construction. It was on my mannequin and the first thing she said was, ‘oh my that is a lot of tartan!’

I was worried it was going to be a bit in your face, too much tartan perhaps… but now that it is complete and I can try it on I am pleased with how it has turned out. Yes it is a tad on the loud side, but in this dreary, dismal weather a bit of colour is very welcome!

And how funny that I chose to call my post ‘never too much tartan’ when the majority of posts that have come before this one on We Sew Retro have all featured tartan. It just proves more than ever that you can NEVER have too much tartan!

I enjoyed sewing with this particular tartan so much that if you check out my blog you will see that I have featured it before.

Infact the combination of tartan and block red is identical to that of…..

christmas apron by made with hugs and kisses

My Traditional Christmas Apron!

I bought the fabric with the apron in mind but purchased waaaay too much of it. The only option was, of course, to make a dress. Don’t worry, I wont wear the dress and the apron at the same time… now that would look like I had an obsession with tartan!

I had a lot of fun working with these fabrics for my apron, which I think shows in the pictures. I wanted fabric that shouted CHRISTMAS, but at the same time had a classy, vintage feel to it. Tartan ticks all of those boxes I think. You can get the FREE PDF pattern for my apron via my blog.

Well that is all for me for now, in fact, looking at the date it is likely to be all from me until the new year!

Happy sewing everyone

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1970s | Vintage Sewing

1970s Handkerchief Hippy Top

By on October 9, 2013

The last time I made this top I’d used a vintage polycotton bed sheet and it turned out to be disappointingly stiff and unflattering but this  emerald green sari silk (surplus from my military maxi waistcoat lining) turned out just right.

The 1976 pattern –  Simplicity 7569 – was fantastically easy to follow . View 2 only consists of  two pieces and it’s ready to wear in a couple of hours.

I’ll be raiding the Indian fabric stall on the market for more lightweight material, these tops will be perfect for my travels in India later this year.

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1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Paisley Print Halter Neck Maxi Dress

By on October 5, 2013

This 1970s Maudella pattern (5800) was a joy to make.  The instructions were really straightforward and it took just one (rainy) afternoon to make up.

I did cheat with the fastenings, the cross-over straps are supposed to have buttonholes but I’m never made any before so I cheated and used press studs – but if my talented sewing friend has time off soon I ‘ll ask for a tutorial and finish it off properly.

The groovy paisley print 1960s fabric was given to me.

Happily, we had a warm day yesterday so I was able to wear it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1970s | Vintage Sewing

My Barbie Doll Maxi Dress

By on August 9, 2013

I couldn’t wait to get home and get to work sewing this Barbie fabric I bought at the car boot sale.

There wasn’t quite enough fabric to lay the pattern pieces out properly so I had to improvise and the print doesn’t match as well as I’d like it to it have done.

The 1970 Woman “Easy Make” pattern was anything but.  The instructions weren’t particularly clear to follow and I broke my last needle before I could attach the trim so I’ll have to do that at a later date.  The 32″ bust should have been perfect size-wise but it turned out to be very loose hence the belt. Hopefully the crazy fabric distracts from the imperfections.

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1960s | 1970s | Made from Curtains | Vintage Sewing

The Military Maxi Waistcoat

By on June 19, 2013

My brother was going to throw these military curtains away. They’d be hanging in his bedroom in our parental home since he was born in 1968.

I knew they’d be the perfect bold print I needed for the 1970’s Butterick 5597 waistcoat pattern.

Lined with emerald green Indian sari silk and some vintage frog fastenings donated by a friend I can’t wait to wear this at Glastonbury.

 

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1970s | Dresses

A Modern Pattern Modified For A 70’s Feel

By on May 21, 2013

First, some background. Four years ago, right after I got my sewing machine, but before I started really sewing, I attempted to make this dress, the one shown in blue. I did such a horribly sloppy job cutting it, the skirt was all I could save from the pattern. There were literally inches of fabric that did not line up on the back of the originally cut bodice.

After about two years, I finished it as just a skirt, but it was pretty hideous- there’s no other way to describe it. Fast forward to this weekend. I pulled out the last of my black cotton broadcloth from my stash and I re-cut the bodice, this time going for the view on the right in white. I ripped out all the seams of the skirt and ironed them all. I re-stitched everything with French seams. I made a few changes to the design as I went (you can see them listed here on my blog) and when I was finished this afternoon, I had something not only wearable, but likeable.

The empire waist I ended up with and the cap sleeves along with the almost A-line skirt shape give this a kind of 70’s feel, similar to what you see here and here, though I think the shorter length is reminiscent of children’s dresses.

My fabric choices are far from that era though, and if I did this again, I’d still make the same changes I did to this now, but would choose less loud and busy pattern for my fabrics- probably a solid color. Either way, I have a feeling my altered version of this dress are more my style than the original intended design.

I’ve also just won a lot of 60 women’s patterns off of eBay for about $15. All I know about the lot is most of them are uncut, so maybe I’ll find some treasures in there when they arrive! I may have a pattern buying problem.

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