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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