Vintage Sewing

All the World’s a Stage: Elizabethan Corset

By on October 19, 2015

It’s a little more “retro” than what I normally would normally sew – or what’s normally posted here for that matter – but as lovers of fashion history, I thought you’d all still appreciate my latest make – an Elizabethan bodice!

I made it for my sister for her theatre performance, and she was so pleased with it! You can read more about it here on my blog 🙂

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x


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Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie

Old World Charm & Burlesque Glamour

By on October 7, 2015

On a shopping expedition a couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to land myself a gorgeous remnant of burgundy stretch velvet. But what is one to make with such a small amount of such a ridiculously luxuriant fabric? Why, make ridiculously luxurious lingerie of course!

In planning this set, there were two main inspirations I wanted to bring together: the elegant, classic pin-up look of the longline bra and garter belt, and the lush and often outrageous fabrics and lace seen in burlesque-style lingerie and costumes. So here it is, in velvet and lace, a three piece set: longline bra, garter belt and panties! You can read more about the patterns, alterations and construction details on my blog 🙂

Burlesque Lingerie Set Longline bra in red velvet and lace Garter belt in red velvet and lace


Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

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1950s | Dresses

Dressed to Impress: 50s-Inspired Formal Dress

By on August 23, 2015

Things I love in a sewing project:

  1. Remnants
  2. Getting the pattern placement you wanted
  3. Getting the pattern placement you wanted when you only have 1.5 metres of fabric
  4. Getting a dress with a full circle skirt out of 1.5 metres of fabric
  5. Getting your ballgown for less than $40

But my favourite thing? All of these combined in the same project! My self-drafted 50s-prom-dress-inspired strapless ball gown, with full lining and a boned bodice. I wore it to a ball recently, and felt like a princess all night. I was so happy with how it turned out! 🙂



For more photos and construction details, check out my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

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1950s | Dresses | Jackets

A Spot of Elegance: B5882

By on August 8, 2015

Who here will take any excuse to make a new dress? Because I’ll unashamedly put my hand up for that one! When my sister decided to have an elegant high tea to celebrate her birthday, I seized the chance to make up a pattern I’ve been coveting for awhile: Butterick 5882!

I was so thrilled with how it turned out! The fabric I used was vintage, and very special too: a sky-blue swiss dot purchased by my great-grandmother some years ago. It was lovely to sew with, too! I love the style of this dress so much, and all the vintage-esque details in the construction: the full lining, the boned bodice and the waist stay.I had enough fabric left over for a little matching bolero, too – which I made from a free pattern!

I had a lot of fun sewing AND wearing this dress, and I can’t wait to make up the pattern again 🙂 For more pictures and construction details (and a link to the free bolero pattern!) check out my blog post all about it.

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

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1950s | Skirts

Floral Quilted Circle Skirt

By on July 22, 2015

Hello again everyone! It’s an undeniable fact that I have an obsession with circle skirts; and after sharing my last floral cotton and green satin ones with you, I’ve produced yet another! But this is a circle skirt with a difference…

…it’s quilted! I was inspired by the quilted skirt included in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, but chose not to use the included pattern, cutting a full circle based on my measurements instead and following the directions Gertie’s blog to quilt it with batting instead of flannelette. I love how it turned out, and the way it sticks out is just incredible!

For more pictures and construction details, visit my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Some Summer Confections

By on July 8, 2015

Hi everyone, first time poster here! I’ve been reading the blog for a while now, and been involved in the Facebook group, but have finally taken the plunge and decided to post about some of my makes here!

It’s no secret that like many here, I love sewing pretty things and taking inspiration from by-gone eras (most especially the 1950s!). So here’s what I came up with last summer!

First, a matching crop-top, circle skirt and headband from floral-print quilting cotton. This was the first circle skirt I’ve made and I love how it spins out when I twirl!

Delighted with this, I then made another circle skirt in green satin:

Finally, a coordinating crop top and high waisted shorts from scallop-edged satin:

These were all made from self-drafted patterns. I blog at Miss Maddy Sews; you can read more about the floral co-ord here, and the satin circle skirt and co-ord here.

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