Giveaway | Vintage Sewing

GIVEAWAY: Your Three Favorite Simplicity Vintage Patterns

By on June 20, 2016

First, congratulations to Kim who won our Mondrian giveaway last week. Be on the lookout for an email from me, Kim…

Everyone else, don’t fret if you didn’t win because your next chance to snag some gorgeous patterns starts right now….

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This week we’re looking at the Simplicity Vintage range. I’ve picked out pictures of some of my personal favorites in these pictures but there are tons more on the Simplicity site….aprons, baby layettes, jackets, dresses, doll clothes and more.

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It’s so awesome to see these often very hard to find (and single sized) vintage beauties reissued as multisize patterns that fit a wider range. Make sure you check out the full Vintage Simplicity range because this is a pick your prize giveaway – you decide what you get.

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The winner will receive three patterns from Simplicity’s vintage range. As always on WeSewRetro, this giveaway is open worldwide – no matter where you live you are eligible to win.

To enter, simply pop over to the Vintage section of the Simplicity site and decide which 3 patterns you just have to have. Come back here and let me know in the comments and when you win, those three patterns will be your prize!

The lucky winner will be selected at random this weekend (June 26th) so don’t miss out – go make your picks! 🙂

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1920s | Blouses | Downton Abbey Inspired | Giveaway | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

1920s Silk Blouse and Pleated Skirt

By on March 11, 2016

After admiring everyone else’s achievements last year for A Stitching Odyssey’s Vintage Pledge I decided that this year I was going to join in. My own pledge was to challenge and push myself with my sewing. I’ve just finished my first outfit for the pledge, a 1920s silk blouse and pleated skirt. I created the pattern for the blouse by tracing around a simple silk top I already had and then making my own adjustments. The pattern for the skirt was McCall’s M7022 pleated skirt which I lengthened to a more suitable 1920s style.

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I used a beautiful Pre-Raphaelite inspired green and purple floral silk for the blouse which I bought from the fabulous ClothSpot and this was my first challenge. I’d never worked with silk before so was really, really nervous about starting it and I put it off for about four months. The Vintage Pledge was just what I needed to force myself to be brave and just get on with it. As it turned out there was nothing to worry about!

Pre-Raphaelite inspired silk fabric

I added vintage, probably early 20th Century, jet buttons to both the front of the blouse and at the side to close the band around the bottom.

1920s blouse, skirt and cloche hat

The skirt is in a black cotton twill that I dug out from my stash. I’m not overly happy with it, mainly because the fabric is all wrong for the style of skirt, it’s way too stiff. I’m not sure if I’ll try and adjust it or just make a different one.

If you would like to read more about how the whole outfit and see more photos feel free to pop over to my blog. And while you’re there why not check out my latest post where I’m running a giveaway of £40 to spend on fabrics at ClothSpot. (Giveaway ends midnight 20th March 2016)

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Accessories | Giveaway | Vintage Sewing

A Tutorial ~ DIY Vintage Hair Tie

By on May 2, 2015

Remember the vintage styled hair tie I debuted in this outfit post?  Today I want to show you how to make your own version of this cute hair accessory! This tutorial is great if you have a hankering to try sewing, and would like a simple, easy project to begin with.

If you already have sewing skills, you can just download the free pattern for The Vintage Bow Hair Tie and jump right in!  {Note: You still might want to skip down to the end for the giveaway however!   ♡~ (^ ε ^) }

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Materials you will need:

  • Fabric:  92cm (36.5”) x 12cm (4.75”)  or  46cm (18.5”) x 24cm (9.5”)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern
  • Pins

Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern:  Download here

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How to make your own Vintage Hair Tie:

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Step One:  Print out Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern twice, and cut out pattern pieces. There should be four in all.

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Step Two:  Join pattern pieces together as indicated.  The broken line tabs should go under the un-broken line tabs.  The last piece of the pattern, the rounded tip piece will have to be upside down to sit correctly.  The pattern should end up looking like a very long canoe!

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Step Three:  Fold your fabric over and place pattern on top.

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Step Four:  Slide any excess fabric back under so that the raw edge of the fabric is under the bottom edge of the pattern, and the fold of the fabric under the top edge of the pattern. This way, when you cut the fabric, there will be very little waste.

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Step Five:  Cut fabric.

(Option): If you have the smaller width of fabric you can ‘piece’ this pattern together by cutting HALF of the pattern TWICE as shown above.

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You should end up with a piece like the one on top if you cut the whole pattern, or two pieces like the ones on the bottom if you cut half of the pattern twice.

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Step Six (Option for pieced pattern):  If you have pieced the pattern, put the right side {the bright side of the print} of the fabric together and pin.

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Step Seven (Option for pieced pattern):  Sew along the straight edge to join the two pieces of fabric together.  Allow 1/4” to 1/2’’” for the seam allowance.

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Step Eight:  Fold the fabric in half ~ right sides together.

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Step Nine:  Starting at one end, allowing 1/2” for the seam allowance, sew along the outside edge of the fabric.  (Option):  You can sew this seam by machine, or by hand.

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Step Ten:  Leave a 1 1/2” gap at the opposite end to pull the fabric through the right way.

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Step Eleven:  Pull the fabric from the inside of the tube, turning it the right way out.

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Step Twelve:  Press flat with an iron.

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Step Thirteen:  Tuck the raw edge of the gap in and press.

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Step Fourteen:  Thread needle, and sew up gap. Start off by passing the needle from inside the fabric tube to the outside, so that the knot end stays hidden inside. You can use the “Stitch in the Ditch” technique to hide your hand sewing, as explained below.

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The idea behind the “Stitch in the Ditch” technique is to hide your stitches inside the seam, such that you cannot see the stitches once you have finished.  To stitch in the ditch, you pass the needle through the fabric that is tucked INSIDE the gap, and repeat a little further along on the opposite side.  Continue up the sides until the gap is ‘bridged’ by the rows of stitches.

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The hand sewing sits below the crease made by pressing the raw edges in, and when you pull it tight, it closes the gap and hides the stitches.  Knot your work, and pass the needle down into the seam and out through the fabric. Pull the thread taunt when you snip, and the tail of the thread will pull back and disappear into the inside of your fabric tube.  Invisible stitches!

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Step Fifteen:  Enjoy your new vintage-inspired hair tie!  A fabulous accessory for those ‘around the house’ days to keep your hair out of your face, or when you are fancied up for day out in your favourite dress.  Make a new one every time you sew up a project and you can have co-ordinated hair and wardrobe!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own vintage hair tie. If you have any questions about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to help out.

As always, I’d love to see your creations so please do let me know about them ~ you can share by leaving a comment or link to a blog post, tweet a picture @bjvear or share on Instagram by mentioning @missbjvear, or hashtag #DIYLavenderandTwill so I can take a peek!

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Now for the exciting part:

Giveaway

If you’d like the chance to win this sweet floral print hair tie, check out my blog Lavender & Twill for more details!

 

xox,

bonita

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Giveaway | Vintage Sewing

GIVEAWAY: ErikawithaK Vintage Patterns

By on February 1, 2013

You may remember Erika (from ErikawithaK Vintage) from the giveaway she hosted for us last year. I know she loves seeing what everyone here is making so she wants to spur you guys on with with another little treat. As I was prepping for this giveaway, I started flicking through Erika’s shop looking for my favorites and I hadn’t even reached past the second page before I had more pictures than I could ever possibly fit into a post. Seriously, go check it out – you’re sure to find something you love too.

The Prize

Our lucky winner will recieve $30 store credit to spend on whatsoever your heart desires from ErikawithaK Vintage. She has a selection of patterns from all decades and some fabric in there too. Erika ships worldwide and, as always, this giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live.

To Enter

Head over to ErikawithaK Vintage and pick your favorite pattern. Pop back here and let me know which one you love most and why. The giveaway will close on Friday, February 8th.

 

 

 

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Lingerie

GIVEAWAY: Custom Made Panties from Ohhh Lulu

By on January 4, 2013

Lingerie. Underthings. Smalls. Whatever you call them, you can never have enough panties, particularly the amazingly gorgeous variety made by Ohhh Lulu.

January is the perfect time to dig through that underwear drawer, cast aside the sad, tired underpants of yesteryear and get some spanky new underoos into your life. To this end, I’ve got two treats for you to kick off the new year:

Treat for Everyone:

All WeSewRetro fans get 10% off your order at Ohhh Lulu for the next seven days (Friday, January 4th to Friday, January 11th) with coupon code WESEWRETRO13

Treat for One Lucky Winner:

When you win the giveaway, Ohhh Lulu will custom make you a pair of panties in the style of your choice, plus you’ll get a PDF pattern for the Betty High Waist Panties so you can stock up your underwear drawer.

There’s nothing more awesome than having your own custom made underwear to strut around in, so here’s how to enter:

To Enter the Giveaway:

Head over to Ohhh Lulu and decide what style of panties you simply must have then pop back here and let me know which style and why in the comments.

The lucky winner will be chosen on Friday, January 11th. (You can pass your measurements to Ohhh Lulu privately when you win so don’t feel like you have to post a size in the comments.)

 

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Giveaway | Hats

GIVEAWAY: The hat of your choice from Lady Eve Millinery

By on October 19, 2012

Autumn has just hit us here on the Indiana/Kentucky border, and man is it windy. I’ve been cursed with the same haircut as Lion-O from the Thundercats, which means I’m spending most of my days trying to dig my face out so I can actually see where I’m going.

What I need is a hat.

Hat season approacheth, and what better way to celebrate than with a sassy piece of headgear created from a vintage block. While you’re marvelling at how smoothly I transitioned into this, allow me to introduce Lady Eve Millinery, the etsy shop of WeSewRetro-er Aimee.

Everyone say Hi Aimee because Aimee wants to give you your very own hand made vintage style hat. And who am I to stand in her way. One lucky reader will get the hat of their choice from Lady Eve Millinery‘s ready-made stock.

To enter, head over to Lady Eve Millinery and decide which hat you simply must have. (While you’re there, don’t forget to show some love for a small business owner by adding her shop to your favorites!) Then pop back here and tell me which hat you want most and why. The winner will receive the hat they chose in their comment.

Could it be simpler? No! Could it be more awesome? No! Let’s do this!

(My favorite? Definitely the Claudette Cloche)

The winner will be chosen on Friday, October 26th so get your entry in before it’s too late. As always on WeSewRetro, this giveaway is open to entrants worldwide 🙂

 

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Burlesque / Pinup | Giveaway | Lingerie

GIVEAWAY: Three Corsets from Corset-Story.com

By on August 2, 2012

I’ve been seeing corsets absolutely everywhere lately, so it’s wonderful timing that the lovely people at Corset-Story have given us not one but three of these beautiful black lace boned corsets to give away. Three winners means triple your usual chances to win so get your entry in now!

Corset-Story has an enormous selection of corsets and accessories, and they have sister websites in the UK, and Australia. With almost 400,000 facebook fans on their UK page (I’m so jealous) they’re tremendously well established in Britain and fast becoming a world leader.

The Prize:

The giveaway prizeThree lucky winners will receive this sassy little number. The black lace trim at the top and bottom adds a delicate touch and is sure to get heads turning.

This corset comes in a large range of sizes, from a US size 6 to a US size 22. International readers, if you have no idea about American sizes, fear not: just check out their size chart to see measurements in inches and centimetres.

You will be put directly in touch with Corset-Story to sort out sizing and shipping when you win so don’t feel like you have to post your size publicly in the comments.

This is a fashion corset and should not be used for waist reduction – just endless cocktail parties! If you find yourself temporarily without a cocktail party to attend, host your own!…even if it’s just you and the cat 😉

How to Enter:

For you chance to win one of these gorgeous corsets, I want to know what your favorite item is from the Corset-Story website.

Pop over there for a peek at their fabulous selection (including plus size, burlesque and couture corsets) and let me know which corset is your favorite and why in the comments below.

Three winners will be chosen on Friday, August 10th.

As always, this giveaway is open to entrants worldwide. Good luck, and happy corseting!

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