1940s | Dresses

McCalls 4769 with Contrast and Sleeves

By on July 26, 2016

Last month I participated in the McCall’s Shirtdress Sew-Along and shared my lovely make of McCalls 4769 .

I loved the dress and the wearable muslin so much I decided to make another version.

Akram's Ideas : McCalls 4769
My latest version of McCalls 4769

This time I choose view D which included sleeves and contrasting elements.
My fabric choice was a pale pink cotton with little dark pink flowers on it. For the contrast I choose a dusty rose solid cotton.

Akram's Ideas : McCalls 4769
I like the vintage look of this dress.

I had to make some adjustments to the sleeve, but overall I really like the look of how this dress turned out.

While this may be a modern pattern I really like how I’ve managed to give it a more vintage 1940’s look.

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

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1960s | Dresses

Simplicity 1609 Classic Shift with Piping

By on July 19, 2016

I’ve been sewing a lot of 1960’s patterns this year and one of the most icon styles of the 60’s of course is a shift dress.

While antiquing some time ago I came across this lovely vintage pink cotton fabric with a lovely turquoise blue flower print.

I loved the print so much I knew I needed to make something that highlighted the fabric and decided to go with a simple shift dress.

Akram's Ideas: Simplicity 1609
Classic Shift Dress made from vintage fabric

For this project I decided to use Simplicity 1609 a reproduction of a 1960’s JIFFY shift dress.

To add extra interest I added turquoise piping around the neckline and armholes.

Akram's Ideas: Simplicity 1609
I love the addition of the piping on the neck and armholes.

Can you believe I’d never made a shift dress before, it’s true. I don’t know why?

I love this dress so much, it’s fun and stylish.

To read more about my process for making this dress check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/60s-shift-dress-simplicity-1609/ )

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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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1930s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Tea at Two

By on January 1, 2015

I squeezed one last project in before 2014 came to a close. Recently, I’ve been inspired by 1930s fashions so this dress is the next step on my journey to a 1930s wardrobe.

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The pattern I used is Wearing History’s Tea at Two dress. Original 1930s sewing patterns can be expensive and hard to find so I love reproduction patterns! Plus this one was multi-sized which is always a bonus.

1930s day dress

I found an adorable set of white vintage buttons on etsy that were just perfect for this outfit! I love using vintage notions in my sewing projects because the add that extra touch of authenticity to an outfit.

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It’s been unusually warm in my new home state, Florida, so I did get a chance to wear this dress recently even though it feels quite spring inspired to me. I’m sure it will get loads more wear when the weather warms back up for good in the spring.

 

More photos and construction details over on my blog.

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1930s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

Great British Sewing Bee 1930’s blouse

By on July 30, 2014
Hi, this is me wearing a 1930's style blouse. If anybody watched the last 'Great British Sewing Bee' programme you may recognise this? I don't have the book but found the pattern (for free) online :-/ Anyyywayyyy, with no instructions I had to fumble my way through. I'm happy with my result. What do you think?
A close up of the front collar. On my first attempt there was a gap between the collar but because of the shirring underneath it sort of puckered and didn’t look good. So, I undid it 🙁 and redid it. But I’m happy I did as it looks much neater.
I used bias strips and hand stitched them onto the wrong side to finish the sleeve edges. I made rouleux strips to used to fasten the buttons.
This is a picture of the back opening with collar and button and loop.
I made my own bias strips to hem the blouse and inserted an invisable zip to the placket.

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Dresses | Modern Patterns

A 60’s-Style Moneta Dress

By on July 2, 2014

Since participating in Me-Made-May, my sewing focus has shifted to wearable, comfortable clothing with a vintage vibe, rather than the full-on vintage look that I absolutely love, but rarely wear. In the past couple weeks, I’ve made three knit Moneta dresses, and I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that it’s my new favourite dress pattern!

This is my second version of this dress, and I modified it to look like a knit version of this 60’s dress:

To do this, I raised the neckline to a boatneck, moved the gathers to the side of the skirt only, and lengthened the skirt. In retrospect, I should have made the back neckline into a V-neck, and widened the shoulders a little, to match the 60’s dress. Maybe next time!

I used a floral viscose jersey, and lined the bodice with and off-white bamboo jersey. I’m reasonably happy with the fit, although the armholes are a little big and the bodice is still a little long (I shortened it 1 1/4″ for this version). I hemmed it with a stretch blind hem, rather than the recommended twin needle, and I think that it turned out quite well!

Overall, though, I’m really happy with it! I’ve worn it lots as a casual day dress, and I also wore it to my high school graduation ceremony, under the ridiculous gown that you have to wear. For more details and photos, see my blog post, and for even more photos, see my flickr. If you’re interested, you can see my first Moneta dress here, a simple green one with a tie collar.

Thanks for reading!

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1950s | Dresses | Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

My first summer dress of 2013

By on April 15, 2013

vintage style rockabilly dressI used the bodice section from Simplicity 2442 for this dress but omitted the rouched layer on the midriff. The fabric was far too busy to add any more detail! The midriff really does give a flattering shape. It’s one of my favourite vintage-style features. The straps on this pattern curve inwards to create a sweetheart style neckline and crossover at the back which is a lovely feature too. A 50’s  rockabillyesque, vintage style tea dress was what I was after and I think it pretty much fits that bill.

crossover straps on vintage style dress

I didn’t really like the suggested style of the skirt pattern so I created my own dirndl skirt. It is very full with a 3 metre hem! I dutifully hand-hemmed it too!

vintage style floral dress

With very special thanks to my mister for taking the photos. For more of the same and some more details please hop over to ooobop!

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