1960s

Another vintage Franken-pattern, a jumpsuit based on Vogue 6435

By on September 7, 2015

A couple of years ago, I swore that jumpsuits, house pajamas, but not onesies, would be the way of the future. It just took me a while to make my own! And I’m in love.

Vogue 6435

I made version ‘B’ of this pattern, Vogue 6435, earlier this year, and loved it. But it was really only suitable for warm days, the height of summer. Un/Fortunately, that was not good enough! I needed more, and I needed them fast.

Vogue 6435 bodice

So, I teamed up the pants with my go-to vintage kimono blouse pattern and voila! This is my dream outfit. Can’t stop wearing it!

Vogue 6435 tall2

It goes perfectly with my cape made from the same fabric, so I am very happy.

Vogue 6435 tall3

With the cape…

Vogue 6435 and cape

It was not smooth sailing with this project, and I have more details and photos over on my blog of course. I cannot wait to make another one!

Vogue 6435 and cape detail

Happy sewing, Angela xo

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1950s | Jackets | Mad Men Inspired | Mens | Vintage Sewing

Le Smoking Jacket AKA the Ninth Gate of Hell.

By on January 20, 2014

 

So, I found this amazing pattern for a smoking jacket from 1951, Butterick 1769. Despite being neither a smoker nor an idle rich guy from a Hollywood melodrama, my Husband decided he needed one in classic satin and quilted velvet. He accompanied me to the fabric store on a Saturday (an event never to be repeated), where he picked out this gorgeous Asian style brocade. We splurged and bought the fancy dress velvet to do the collar and cuffs. I made up a muslin sample, which actually fit him pretty good. I just needed to shorten the sleeves and he decided he would prefer a belt to buttons, so I drafted one. This is where the fun ensued. Slick satin just refuses to be sewn, especially when you are trying to meaningfully join it to any type of napped fabric. Sheer hell. Puckering. I ended up using tissue paper between the layers, which helped some, but not enough. I had to hand baste the batting to the velvet to do the quilting, which took forever and isn’t totally even. The piping was a pain, and in retrospect I should have used a finer weight cording. To top it off, I forgot to cut the back pleat into the lining, which I didn’t discover until I handed the jacket to my Husband to try on. I had to buy more fabric to recut it. Despite the hellacious and neverending trouble this pattern gave me, I still think it turned out pretty good. My Husband likes to strut around the house with a martini while wearing it, so mission accomplished. The moral of the story is that choice of fabric and finish details can make a BIG difference in your work load!

 

 

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