1950s | Dresses | Modern Patterns

Glorious in Green

By on August 8, 2014

Favourite dress alert!!!

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I often find myself torn between making something practical that I know I will get a lot of wear out of, and making something pretty, that I might only get to wear on odd occasions but boy do I love it!

Normally the pretty wins.

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However, other than being a little hooty in the breast-icle region, I don’t see why this dress can’t be reasonably everyday wearable.  It does work well without the underskirt, making it more practical, but that is no fun!

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A few pattern details:

I used the bodice from New Look 6002 (my ultimate go to pattern for bodices) View C

I used the waistband from the same pattern but widened it a little so it covers my belly a bit more.

I drafted my own gathered circle skirt (had just enough fabric once I had squeezed it all on!)

The bodice is fully lined with white cotton from a bed sheet – cheap and cheerful 😀

I used some navy blue ribbon as piping around the top and bottom of the waistband to break up the pattern of the fabric.

 New 6002 pattern

Now yes, I know this isn’t a vintage pattern, and looking at the cover it doesn’t particularly scream vintage either. However, I use this sooo often for my vintage inspired creations. It is my ultimate go-to pattern that I find myself returning to over and over again. I have only ever used the skirt part of this pattern once or twice I think but I have attempted every bodice variation. I find that when I team these bodices with a gathered or full circle skirt it gives the whole creation a completely different feel, just enough of a vintage vibe for people to notice, but not so much I feel I am in fancy dress. Perfect for work for example or a more relaxed weekend.

I already have another version of the exact same dress on my mannequin as we speak. I really need to broaden my horizons and try my hand at some different patterns.

I just find sometimes that I worry a new pattern won’t work out as I want it to and I would feel like I had wasted all that time, so I might as well stick to what I know works.

This is a stupid way to think.

Tell me I’m stupid!

I need pattern recommendations people – tried and tested and oh so vintage-esque. 

Help me please! 

And for more pictures please pop over to the blog HERE. 

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1950s | Dresses | Modern Patterns

I’m A Pin-Up Kinda Girl!

By on April 25, 2014

Ok, ok, so I don’t think I could really pull off being a pin up girl

…but I do have a dress COVERED in them, which just HAS to be the next best thing!

pin up girl vintage dress at made with hugs and kisses

I created this 50’s inspired dress as part of the Sew Dolly Clackett Sewlong that has gotten the sewing community in a frenzy – everyone seems to be involved, which is fantastic!

Now I have been known to dabble with bedding as a source of material, and I couldn’t let this duvet set go. The back was a simple polka dot and the front was layered with these pin up beauties:

pin up dress fabric

I used the bodice from New Look pattern 6776, view D, and added a simple gathered rectangle skirt. This wasn’t on the list of Rosin approved patterns, but I think it should be. Anyway, I felt myself drawn to this one and at the end of the day, the fabric is the one in charge and I find that it tells me what to do.

My pin-up girls chose this pattern and I had to oblige!

 simplicity 6776simplicity 6776 drawing

I think that the line drawing highlights the potential of this pattern much more than the pattern cover.

I would have loved to add a circle skirt but this would have had a negative impact on the pattern of the fabric, and I wanted to pattern match the ladies so they were continuous.  The rectangle skirt still works well with my big net underskirt – and that is what matters.

I really like the contrasting tie (also from bedding and a perfect colour match – I was very lucky with this creation!) but I can’t decide whether to tie it at the front or the back?!

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Here is me trying to do the statement pin-up leg flick, but failing horribly and almost falling over!

For more about this dress, including lots of pictures click HERE

Happy Vintage Sewing

Hannah from Made With Hugs and Kisses

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1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 3877: The 60s Christmas Dress

By on December 23, 2013

I’ve had this gorgeous pattern since July and have been looking for the perfect excuse to make it and what better than a Christmas party at work? The scene is set, there will be a brass quintet and nibbles and drinks in the Atrium of our building, now all I need to do is make an entrance in something very festive.

Simplicity 3877

I did (again) struggle with the sleeves – which were, again, meant to be set in…but it seems we do not get on very well, so I did my best, tried not to cry (after sewing a sleeve in inside out and having to get the trusyt seam ripper out again) and took a deep breath. They didn’t turn out too badly BUT I have made it an aim for 2014 to master set in sleeves!

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The light isn’t great in this pic so I’ve added the one below as I think it gives a better impression (and it was too cold to be outside!)

Christmas dress

My dress was complete! To find out more, have a look at my blog post and please let me know the secret to set in sleeves, they’re driving me NUTS!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, thank you so much for making me feel so welcome on WSR and reading my posts over the last six months or so and have a wonderful Christmas! I’ll be back soon (unless I cannot reach the laptop from my eggnog and chocolate coma) xx

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Modern Patterns | Skirts

Pink Piping Pin-Up Pencil Skirt!

By on August 21, 2013

p-p-p-p-p… I’m all a stutter now!

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I wasn’t originally going to post this creation on We Sew Retro… I wasn’t sure if it was retro enough, however after posting it on my blog and recieving so many wonderful comments stating how vintage-esque and pin-up the skirt looks I thought, why not! So here you have it, my pink piping pin-up pencil skirt 😀

So this skirt is made using the Lucinda Skirt pattern from indie pattern designer Parnuuna from Be My Goth.

What is great about this particular pattern is that, although Parnnuna’s style is very alternative, hence the title of her blog,  which isn’t my particular style, there are so many opportunities and ways to adapt this particular pattern to make it your own. Simply through a change of fabric this skirt quickly goes from alternative to vintage – almost pin-up some would say!

Using this pattern introduced me to the use of piping. I had dabbled with it before but this was the first time when I made it from scratch myself , and now I am addicted to the stuff. And it is so easy to do, I am looking to get a tutorial together soon 😀

There are two key features to this skirt. The first is the corset-style waist band. It is made up of several pieces and can be pieced together either using piping or without. The piping helps to emphasise the effect of the paneling.

The second feature this the adorable pleated pockets. Again I think the use of piping really adds to the cuteness of these pockets. The skirt works equally well both with and without the pockets, They are completely optional.

I chose to make my version in a grey suiting material with contrasting coral pink piping. Rather than line the skirt I used bias tape to seal the seams on the inside of the skirt and it looks really nifty (I forgot to take a photo, sorry)

I think that the Lucinda skirt made in a suiting material makes it perfect for work, don’t you think?!

It is such a versatile pattern that I know I am going to get a LOT of use out of.  I might even try a version without the pockets.

Check out my blog post for more information on this pattern HERE

I would love to get a second opinion on what types of fabric I could use to make this truly vintage looking?

What do you think? Any suggestions are welcomed.

Happy Sewing

oXo

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Dresses

Vintage Ruffles and Woodland Walks

By on June 26, 2013

This week I will be spending my Saturday with one of my sewing friends searching craft stalls and attending an amazing vintage fair in Liverpool. It is apparently going to be bigger and better than ever with a vintage hair and beauty parlour, live vintage music and more stalls than ever before selling clothing accessories and ,my favourite, patterns and fabrics!

So if anyone lives Liverpool way you should come along to St Georges Hall and see what treasures you can find, and keep your eyes peeled for me and say hello! I will be wearing a big poofy 50’s red polka dot dress which I will post about once I have taken pictures 😀

Anyway, knowing that I will be attending another vintage fair got me thinking about the last one I went to and the wonderful things I came home with, in particular some beautiful vintage fabric.

It was the softest thing I had ever felt with a beautiful texture and a subtle dotty theme. I was in love and it was such a bargain. Now I don’t know what era it is from exactly, the stall I bought it from had all different sewing notions, many dating waaaay back and some slightly more recent. Patterns are much easier to date, thanks to the wonders of the internet, but I have never tried dating fabric,  in fact is there even any way of doing this?

Needless to say I was eager to put this fabric to use and here is what I created with it:

Check out my original blog post for more pictures 😀

And keep your fingers crossed for me, I am hoping I get some good luck this weekend and find myself some more vintage treasures

Happy Sewing

Hannah from Made With hugs and Kisses

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1940s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

1940’s Sew For Victory blouse… From a Bed Sheet!

By on April 4, 2013

Recently I joined in the Sew For Victory Sew Along, and although I was a few days late I DID finish! Whew!

My pattern was a 1940’s blouse pattern I bought off Etsy. It came to me all the way from the UK, but I had to have it… I fell in love with the sleeves! Initially I was going to make the long sleeved collar one with the great cuffs, but the more I looked, the more I wanted to do View 3. And so I did!

I had a lot of trouble getting started. Mainly because I could not find a fabric I wanted. So in true #SewForVictory spirit I spotted an unused purple sheet in my garage and BINGO! It became my blouse!

See? Aren’t those sleeves great? Although, oops, they seem to require a bit more pressing! I am wondering if I should add the shoulder pads. I KNOW they were the thing in the 40’s… and 80’s… Hmmm- do you think they will be back any time soon? I think the shoulder seam would be in the perfect spot WITH the shoulder pads. I may try it out!

The pattern was pretty easy! I was surprised, because I admit I was very hesitant to begin. I looked at those completely blank pattern pieces with punched holes scattered throughout, and ONE page of directions for several days before I even got the courage to start… and finally I just dived in! And it wasn’t bad at all. As a matter of fact the manner in which they did the collars was very simple! And despite there being quite a few darts, once I had marked and pinned them all they went in easily! And I really like all the darts and tucks. They add a nice fit! So feminine!

On a side note- No pattern pieces were harmed in the making of this blouse. 😀

Inside I used all french seams. Oh how I LOVE the look of the inside of a garment with french seams. I put up the hem by hand using hem tape (lace)… I think the inside looks almost as nice as the outside!

I was also worried about the button holes. It has been years since I have done any, and frankly using my daughters $80 sewing machine (mine is still broken) made me wonder if my whole blouse would become a wadder once I tried fighting with it. BUT they went in without a hitch! Easy as pie… I covered buttons because I wanted a nice clean look.

When I was finished I got out the dye. The color of the sheet was a wishy washy kind of purple and I wanted to deepen it so I bought purple dye, and added in a bit of blue. I think the color turned out perfect! BTW- Purple is HARD to photograph! It is a deeper purple than the one above- It is more like the first pic of me…

I wanted to look like the girl on the pattern but my hair is too long so I pulled it back… BUT I did add a black ribbon as a tie. 😀 I am very happy with my blouse and absolutely WILL wear it! Probably sans the ribbon tie!

I think this is a blouse I will make again. I would change the length of the blouse- I would add on a few inches I think. I would LOVE to have a dressy long sleeved one made from silk charmeuse… and I am still pining after a pretty aqua cotton poplin blouse- maybe the short sleeve one for a springy/ summery top.

I definitely have a greater appreciation for my grandma! My grandpa was a soldier in the Marines for many years! I definitely enjoyed this foray into that period of time and plan on participating again next year!

That is my grandad! He was a career Marine and joined up in the early 1940’s… Later on he became a recruiter and recruited my mom and several of his sons! 🙂

~Laurie

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