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Vogue Vintage V2960

by Morgane on October 6, 2013 · 2 comments

in 1950s

This is my second version of this 50′s pattern.I really love the shape of the bodice, the naked back, and all these gorgeous hollow pleats!

My first version was in a printed cotton and metal buttons. I made it for the wedding of my best friend. (Seen here). I wanted a new version easier to wear in every-day life, and correct the few problems with the first version.

I cut it in June and only sew it this September!

I made it with denim-color linen, lined on the bodice with a blue cotton. There were some plastic button.

            

More details on my blog: http://swingandsew.blogspot.fr/2013/10/vogue-is-back.html

Sorry it is in French, but if you have any question I can answer in English ;)

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Suzy Bishop – the young heroine of the movie Moonlight Kindgom has a pretty enviable set of outfits. The wardrobe was put together by Kasia Walicka Maimone who was interviewed in the Lula Issue 16 (where she talked about working with Wes and making the costumes for the movie)
And the whole movie is set in the 1960s!
So of course I couldn’t help myself but sew up my own version of Suzy’s yellow mini dress. She wears this at the end of the movie while Sam paints and her brothers listen their record. Suzy’s appears to be made in yellow broderie anglaise

There are a lot of interpretations of Suzy’s dresses out there including lots for halloween, and this my one. I used Style 2475 for the dress and swapped the stand-up collar for a peter pan style one which I drafted. The collar at the back is too short so there is a bit of a weird gap between the end of the collar and the zipper. I won’t show you – it’s hideous the way I tried to fix it…



I also borrowed the cuffs from another pattern, but they could be very easily drafted up as well. 

The fabric is a buttery soft yellow linen from ‘the Fabric shop’ in Surry Hills. It’s very see through so I have to wear a slip underneath. I tried to find a yellow lace, but the closest I came was white lace and a box of yellow Dylon
Also, because I’m not very smart sometimes, I forgot to add more allowance to the hips in this pattern. So it ended up being very tight and I couldn’t include pockets into the seam lines as intended. (I’ve written myself a little note for next time and popped it in the envelope)
Over all it’s a very sweet little dress!

If you’d like to see more 60s style sewing, head over to my blog sewing the 60s

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I finished a UFO that got stuck right after the first fitting, oh, about seven or eight years ago. That calls for celebration, doesn’t it? It’s a fitted suit jacket, aiming for a 40′s silhouette, and it was left unfinished because tailoring is, or was, kind of intimidating; but I really love the fabric, a heavy, bright green vintage herringbone weave in what I’m pretty sure is linen, and I needed a jacket for spring, summer and fall wear, so I went ahead and did it.

There were a few problems, to begin with; I made the pattern a very long time ago and had lost it, of course, so I made a new one from the cut-out pieces for the lining. I also had a couple of remnants of the fabric that I really wanted to make a skirt out of, but the fabric, having spent a number of years in someone’s attic, had a few large sunbleached areas that were unusable and needed to be cut around. I managed to puzzle out a skirt from tiny pieces anyway before I got to work on the jacket, which was stupid, because as it turned out, I hadn’t cut the jacket collar when I cut the rest of the garment. And this green, let me tell you, was not an easy shade to match – for a while I toyed with the idea of making the collar from the only matching fabric I could find, an upholstery canvas, and then covering it with tiny cross-stitching in a matching green mouliné yarn. My mother came to the rescue with a beautiful green silk twill from Burma, though; I sent a small sample of the original fabric with her. The rest of that fabric will hopefully make a nice dress some day.

Also, I had to refit the jacket, again, mostly because I made a false start at it about four or five years ago, did another fitting then and remembered it as being a bit tighter than I like jackets now, for whatever reason. So I put it together with a smaller seam allowance than originally planned to give it some extra ease now, only to find that it was huge on me and needed adjustments in the opposite direction. On the bright side the fabric was lovely to work with, firm but still pliable, with a nice drape for such a heavy fabric. It certainly wrinkles like linen, but that’s mostly only noticeable in the skirt.

The end result is alright for a jacket I made the pattern for almost ten years ago, and a skirt made from impossibly small scraps of fabric. I still love that shade of green and the herringbone texture. I could be happier with some of the details, but I always could, every single time. And I’m getting a lot of wear out of it at the moment. Mission accomplished.

Green linen suit

Suit in action. The snow is gone now, thankfully.

 

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Hello fellow sewers!

I’ve had this dress for a long time, despite its retro look it is not vintage and I didn’t get it at a thrift store. In fact, the department store I purchased it at is now out of business! One day when sorting out my clothes I came across this dress. I liked it but I had not wore it in ages, so I decided to get rid of it. Even thought it was messed up (the tabs sewn on to the dress were crooked, one of the sleeves were defective and it was really tight in the hip area) I was reluctant to get rid of it, I was sure I could make it work somehow!

BEFORE

Besides needing a good ironing, it appears there is nothing wrong with it, accept the tabs. If I kept the dress the way it was- it would be a strictly standing dress because it’s way too tight when I sit down and very uncomfortable.

So what did I do with it?

AFTER

I decided to hack it off and made it a groovy top! Now I really like it especially with the belt. For a late 60′s look I’ve paired with some black taperd pants and flat black boots.

The Facts:

 Time to complete: 1hr

First worn: August 19th 2012 for the pictures ;)

Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: Free

Sincerey, Vera

 

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