When I first found this pattern in a pile I purchased for my Etsy shop, I knew it was destined to be a “hold-back.” You’ve gotta keep some of the things you love for yourself, right? I wanted to use it to make a modern denim jacket with retro details, so altered the pattern to a cropped length, I lengthened the sleeves, and I added bands at the hems of the jacket and sleeves.
For my fabric, I tried out a method I saw while browsing bleach techniques online. I used a medium weight denim and a lace curtain fabric, both thrifted, and simply placed the lace on top of the denim (in the driveway) and misted over them with bleach.
Full details and several more photos can be found on my blog. How is your fall sewing coming along? (Sorry I forgot to include the link to my blog in the post earlier! It is linked up now…I think!)
It’s heading into Summer down here in Australia, meaning hot and humid weather is just around the corner. My mission to have a fully wearable Vintage Wardrobe means I have plenty of summer skirts – but a serious lack of shorts/capris!
The perfect solution is clamdiggers! Dressy enough to wear to lunch out with friends, casual enough to wear in the garden.
The pattern was Advance 5008 (c. 1950), View 2. This pattern was really, really easy to put together, and fit pretty much perfectly with minimal modifications for my big behind.
And my favourite feature – no zips! The double button tab is the closure! I chose black and white gingham for a nice contrast.
To look a bit more professional, I top-stitched all the seams in ochre coloured thread like store-bought denim and the side seams were placed against the selvedge of the fabric so they’d look fancy if the cuffs are folded up. (The indigo denim is from Spotlight).
I wish the photos did these clamdiggers justice – when I wore them dancing, two women came up and asked if they were Freddies, what a compliment! As always, more construction details and photos on my blog if you’re interested…
Hi everybody !
Today, a little denim skirt with red on it !
With this project I aimed to make myself a second skirt that fits perfectly, such as the vintage flower skirt made last july did. At the same time, I wanted to refashion these kind-of-old trousers of my boyfriend.
See more pics and details of this project on my blog.
Bye bye ans see you soon !
So here’s a modern take on a military-esque jacket with a mod twist that I just finished:
Back in 2008, I made a group of 5 jacket patterns with my original intent to sell them on Etsy and this was one of the jackets I made almost completely with the exception of buttonholes and sewn on buttons. I had a point in my life where I decided that I wasn’t any good at all with fashion design and I should quit. So…. I kinda did. This was one of the last things I didn’t finish until this past week. (I think maybe I was afraid of the buttonholer?) I tried it on a few months ago and my boyfriend asked me where I bought it. Umm…. So after that, he encouraged me to finish it.
(Note: I want to use a “click to read more” sort of link right here, but I’m having trouble with the code. This may get edited later!)
The jacket is far cooler than I ever thought it was!
It’s all-denim and I used all green top-stitching thread.