1930s | Dresses

1930s for Summer

By on August 14, 2014

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for all things 1930s! I recently completed my first 30s project and I’ve been shopping for fabric and patterns for some others.

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I made this 30s dress from a 1930s reprinted pattern from Past Patterns.

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The bodice is made from some great rayon fabric with rings that I interlined with cotton lawn for modesty.

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The skirt is cotton broadcloth which makes it quite a cool outfit for summer! I’ve got more photos and construction details over on the blog, plus a sneak peak of some of my other 30s sewing plans is coming on my blog this week.

Do you like wearing 1930s fashions?

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1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Green Holiday Dress, McCalls 6121 from 1961

By on January 19, 2014
McCall's 6121 front
My travel mug has a sweater that matches my dress. McCall's 6121, front.

For the holidays, I made a green and red dress. I picked up this wonderful festive green fabric while in Ghana, West Africa, and it has served me well for several projects. I started with a sloper from 1961, and I turned the tight round neckline into a boat neck with a slight scoop. I laid out the pattern pieces so that the medallion and the “V” would be in the front of the chest, the dark blue edging along the waist, and the other medallions strategically placed.

I have not decided if this dress is hideous, or it is so kitschy that it is totally fabulous. I like the nice cap sleeves and snug bodice of McCall’s 6121, so I have made this basic pattern with all sorts of alterations, such as different necklines, collars and cuffs, princess seams, or as a button-up shirtwaist dress, etc.

Technical

This pattern was a snap to put together. The darts make it easy to fit any shape. Since I am shortwaisted, I shortened the backwaist length by one inch. Next time I might shorten it by an inch and a half. I raised the bodice front dart by three-quarters of an inch. Then I raised the side front dart by half an inch, and at the same time re-angled it and shortened this dart length. If I had not raised and re-angled the side front dart, it would have intersected the bodice front dart.

McCall's 6121 vintage sewing pattern from 1961
McCall's 6121 vintage sewing pattern from 1961. Notice that I changed the neckline.

Also notice above, my travel mug has a sweater that matches my dress. I always match all of my accessories to my clothing (shoes, purse, and hat) so I absolutely cannot have my travel mug a glaring mismatch.

For more information on this and other projects, please visit WesternSpinster.com.  Happy New Year, may the coming year be filled with joy and laughter!

McCall's 6121 back
McCall's 6121, back.
McCall's 6121 side
McCall's 6121, side.
McCall's 6121 holiday dress
All I need to make this a true holiday dress is a Star of David on my head and some ornaments. McCall's 6121.

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1950s | 1960s

60s Dress: Simplicity 4679

By on October 31, 2013

October brought me to towards the purple cotton that I had in my stash, lovely against the Autumn colours of red, yellow and brown. I love Autumn, when the leaves turn and the mornings get frosty and you can smell winter is coming.

I managed to make myself a dress that Prince would be quite partial to (if he was into wearing 60s day dresses) or at least a dress that I could dance about it while humming Raspberry Beret and whilst simultaneously channeling my inner Joan.

The pattern I picked was Simplicity 4679, I was feeling quite up the challenge of a new style of collar and the cross over button front looked interesting enough.

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So here we go, my lovely purple day dress, Joanie eat your heart out! What do you think? Can’t wait to prance (like Prince) about the office in this little beauty! If you’d like to read more please visit my blog www.staceystitch.com 

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1940s | Dresses

Advance 4864 (1948)

By on July 12, 2013

I definitely had a “look” going this spring.

In May, I wore a peplum blouse made from Advance 4858 (1948) to the wedding of one of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family.  I had another wedding to go to in less than a month, which meant serious crunch time.  I decided to make Advance 4864 (1948) because it had the same general shape, so most of my fitting work would already be done:


But since the second wedding was that of another cousin on the same side of the family, the fabric had to be really different.  This is cotton from Spring Creative Group, which appears to be the generic brand for Hancock’s:

I behaved myself and made the actual dress this time; the version on the right with the giant bow.

I wish I had some kind of funny and/or mildly traumatizing story to tell you about this pattern, but I don’t.  It’s a perfect lady: Everything fit together the way it was supposed to.  It didn’t even need much alteration.  I even added a small pocket in the right-side seam (there is a zipper in the left side) and it went in without any hiccups.  My only trivial issue was the one I always have, which is that I swear tie ends are never long enough to look the way they do in the picture.   Even if the waist (or the neck, in this case) fits, the ties are never long enough to tie properly on me.   The Chicken Dress was terrible about this–the ties are just long enough to tie into a hard, back-bruising, little knot but not an attractive bow, even though the waist fits and doesn’t need them to hold its shape.  Am I the only one who has this issue?

Anyway, I don’t have great pictures of it.  Here I am cropped out from between my dad and one of my cousins.  Ignore the wine glass.

It’s also a ridiculously comfortable dress, which is great because it’s really a day dress and not a dressy-dress, so not only can I wear it on a normal day, I’d actually like to wear it on a normal day.

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

McCalls 9635, a shirtdress with a difference!

By on May 4, 2013

I call it the shirt dress with a difference, because, well, its a little bit different!

Here’s the original from 1953:

And here’s my slightly modified version:

My version uses a stretch cotton sateen to get a nice fit – and a self drafted circle skirt. I have a strong feeling the pleated wiggle skirt in the original wouldn’t be flattering on anyone with a tummy!

The pattern is so easy, and the dress fits wonderfully. I’m definitely going to make another version! As always, the full story on my blog

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