1960s

Simplicity 3580 First Vintage Make of 2018

By on July 6, 2018
Akram's Ideas: Vintage Simplicity 3580

It feels like forever since I last posted on We Sew Retro. Mainly because I haven’t really been sewing vintage patterns the last few months.

However, while going through my UFO pile back in May I came across Simplicity 3580 a vintage shirtwaist dress from the 1960’s.

Review of yet another completed UFO project, Vintage Simplicity 3580 a 1960's shirtwaist dress with pleated skirt.
Can’t believe this has been in my UFO pile for 2 years

I started this pattern nearly two years ago now, and never quite came back around to finishing it.

At the time I’d gained some weight and we were in the middle of a move.

Completing a UFO

I was happily surprised when I pulled it out to find that the bodice fit me (yeah weightloss and healthy eating) and that the only thing left on this project was the skirt and the buttons.

Review of yet another completed UFO project, Vintage Simplicity 3580 a 1960's shirtwaist dress with pleated skirt.
I’m so happy with how Simplicity 3580 turned out

Needless to say in one afternoon I managed to complete this project.

I’m so glad I came back to this dress. It is exactly the type of vintage dresses I love.  I love shirtdresses of any kind, I love the drape of the sleeves I love the cuff detail and the soft pleats on the skirt.

Review of yet another completed UFO project, Vintage Simplicity 3580 a 1960's shirtwaist dress with pleated skirt.
Vintage pattern, vintage fabric, vintage hat…. perfection

This dress was not a planned make this spring but I’m so happy I got to it and that I’ve finally finished it. Even better is that this counts as my first Vintage Pledge make of 2018.

Akram's Ideas: Vintage Simplicity 3580

To read full details about this dress please be sure to check out my blog http://akramsideas.com/vintage-simplicity-3580/

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

McCalls 4769 Shirtdress with Vintage Flare

By on June 30, 2016
Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 Shirtdress

Hello All,

I recently participated in the McCall’s Shirtdress Sew-Along and thought I’d share my project with everyone.

For this project I used McCalls 4769 pattern which I had in my stash, unfortunately it’s currently been discontinued.

Since it was the first time I made this dress, I decided to make a wearable muslin first.

Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 wearable muslin
The wearable muslin came out very nice

Once I was happy with the muslin I decided to make my final dress.

While the pattern was a modern one, I choose a floral purple print fabric and vintage buttons to give a vintage flare.

Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 final dress
I love the vintage look of the final dress

This pattern was  a little tricky and I had to do some pattern grading to get it to fit right. Still I love how this dress came out.

To read more about my process for making this dress over on my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/shirtdress-mccalls-4769/)

 

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1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My First Dress – Butterick 5747

By on January 15, 2015

Hello, everyone! I just discovered this community and though it would be fun to show off my latest project here!

I only started sewing my own clothing last year, and while I’ve drafted a few skirts here and there, dresses had always made me feel very, very nervous, so this is my first attempt at sewing a dress. Hopefully not the last!

This teapot-printed linen was bought from a Spotlight store in Australia in the upholstery section (of all places) and the bridal satin for the collar was from a local liquidation store. The buttons are hand-made, covered with scraps of satin and the kits are from Daiso Japan. Altogether, I think this project cost me around $25 or so. The pattern cost me next to nothing, which is how I ended up going on a crazy pattern buying spree on boxing day. You can find the pattern here (on sale!) at Butterick.

I was especially excited about the pattern-matching I managed to pull off. It chewed up fabric like nobody’s business, but from a distance, the side seams are almost invisible. (I never would have believed it, but my hips are exactly 6 teapots wide.)

Alterations I made to the pattern include adding an extra few pleats in the front to make the waist smaller, and adding on belt loops. Still haven’t decided whether I want to add some cute teapot pockets on, but suffice to say, after almost a week’s worth of work, I think I’m pretty done, haha.

All in all, 10/10, would make this dress again! You can find more pictures of this dress, as well as a few other sewing projects I’ve completed recently, on my blog.

Thank you for reading,

Demi x

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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting

Vogue 8788 with drafted collar

By on June 12, 2013

I decided to make a new summertime dress for my daughter.  While the silhouette of the Vogue 8788 is lovely, I just felt it was missing something.  So, I drafted a peter-pan collar for the dress!

 

We picked out a blue cotton lawn fabric with little white and green polka dots for the body of the dress.  For the collar, we chose a contrasting true red rayon blend.

The edges of the gown are trimmed in bias tape, so I simply made some from the fashion fabric.

 

I think she looks just darling in her new summer dress!  She says it’s quite comfortable and she loves the feminine silhouette.  I liked how quickly the dress worked up and construction was not at all difficult.  This would be a great pattern for a beginner.

 

There are a few more details over at my personal blog.

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1960s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Mad Men Teal Joan Dress

By on April 23, 2013

I made this dress for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge.

My inspiration was this teal dress that Joan wore in season 5.

I used Butterick 2952 as a base pattern, but I made several alterations and additions.

I added buttons on the front bodice, changed the neckline and drafted a collar to go with the neckline. Then, I drafted new facing pieces for the front and back. For a closer fit, I lengthened the darts on the front and back of the skirt. I also had to take the darts in a bit more at the waist. There is an invisible zip on the left side for closure, instead of a zipper in the back.

For more details and photos, see this post.

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1950s | Dresses | Hats | Vintage Sewing

50s Fabulousness

By on November 14, 2012

Oh, 1950s dresses how do I love thee! I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while and I knew exactly what type of dress that I wanted to make with it!

A great 50s double breasted dress with a great collar!

And too top it off, I found a pattern with pockets (Simplicity 1097)! Score!

I chose some yummy white trim to make the collar pop and a white belt to break up the business of this print.

More photos and construction details can be found on my blog. What’s your favorite fun feature on a dress? Mine’s definitely pockets!

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