1940s | 1950s | Jumbo Ric Rac | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

When Peggy met Ricky

By on October 3, 2013

There’s no such thing as too much ric-rac!

When Abby from BlueGingerDoll showed me her latest skirt design I knew straightaway it would be right up my alley.  To me, it feels like a casual late-1940’s skirt, but it could be styled for a 1950s or 1960s look quite easily.
















The fit is really flattering, flared enough to be comfortable but not so flared that it will fly up in a stiff breeze. I love the popped pockets, and chose the plain waist band.











This polka-dotted quilter’s cotton has been waiting for the right project for a year, and I trimmed the skirt with ric-rac around the pockets and waist band.































The only problem I encountered was not having an amazing blouse to wear with my new skirt! It was time to try out Mail Order 4820 (from the late 50s I believe).


















The western feel of the blouse pattern seemed the perfect fit for the Peggy skirt (with mandatory ric-rac trim again). I was suprised at how much ease was built into the blouse pattern (it doesnt show on the envelope) but at least it mean’t I didnt have to grade up a size.
















Does anyone find it hard to find the perfect blouse to wear with 1950’s circle skirts? I think this is the winner for me – light for summer, and good for dancing.

As always, more details are on my blog – and the Peggy Skirt is available on Blue Ginger Doll’s website here.

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1940s | Mail Order Patterns | Vintage Sewing

mail order maid of honour

By on March 18, 2013

Greetings vintage enamoured kindreds,
I was well pleased to (literally) stumble upon this most excellent blog and after a short perusal was grinning broadly. Knowing there is a significant community of vintage sewing addicts is a wonderful discovery.

This being my first post, perhaps I ought give a description of myself:
I’m a fervent DIY type who makes as much of everything as reasonably and physically possible; my interests belong to a couple of generations ago (I’ve long felt that being born into this one was somewhat of an unfortunate mistake) – I knit obsessively in the winter months, sew during the rest of the year. My grandmother taught me the necessary basics of deciphering patterns in grade 10 and from that point hence, fabric stores have become dangerous places. I have always loved vintage styles, but for more practical reasons vintage sewing patterns provide sizes I can actually wear.
I strive to live simply but happily on 1.3 acres in a 128 year old farmhouse with my mathematician husband where I make lots of mess making various creations, vegetable gardening, preserving, root cellaring, obsessively learning about and carrying out home improvements, and trying not to feel guilty about my two rounds of education leaving me unemployed.
Like many others out there, I catalogue my creative adventures through a blog: jurisdiction of nifty.

This particular project was an important and interesting one – my greatest friend got married last summer in a vintage themed style. I was tingling with anticipation to find a suitable dress pattern and eventually came across this promising specimen. It was the first time I’d seen or used a mail order pattern ( Sue Burnett – 8299 )  and though the instructions were incredibly thin, managed to make it through.

it begins

Though vintage sizing usually works out well for me with minimal customizing, this pattern required judicious taking in of seams and the addition of darts in order to make it fit.

front darts
thinning the front

It took several tries to get these back darts sorted – much basting and hand sewing.

basting back darts
creating back darts...

I had to fashion shoulder pads at the last minute as well as the shoulders were too droopy.

I made a back buckled belt, shortened the skirt length by about half and in the end was pleased with how the dress turned out:

finished back
the back
front detail
yoke detail
front view

I look forward to sharing future endeavours as sewing season approaches!
Thanks for existing We Sew Retro (:

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