1920s | Vintage Sewing

Betty Skirt Pattern from Shaffer Sisters

By on February 23, 2014
Betty Skirt pattern | SewsNBows

The Betty Skirt pattern is the debut pattern from Shaffer Sisters!

Betty Skirt pattern | SewsNBows

I thought some of you retro sewists might like the 1920’s inspired deep yoke, and 8 or 16 gore pleat options. It goes up to a girls size 10, but I hear rumors that it may be sized up to teen & women’s soon!

Betty Skirt in Denim with Mother of Pearl Buttons

You can see photos, pattern options, and a link to the designers at SewsNBows. I’m really proud of Shaffer Sisters for working so hard to release their first pattern!

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Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage-ing a Modern pattern…sort of?

By on May 16, 2013

Well I took a few trips to some 2nd hand stores in my area and came up with some fantastic finds this weekend! several vintage and 1 modern pattern that were all 1.00 a piece! they are all complete…one of them is a little wrinkly but they have all instructions and everything included. the top left one has got to be my favorite!

The top left one is my favorite!

I also found a nice little stash of vintage and modern fabrics while shopping…a lightweight burgundy wool (I believe..not 100% sure on that) a semi-sheer cotton with flowers, a black/blue checked rayon/polyester blend, and some fabulous vintage curtains with diagonal strips and flowers on them. Super excited…there is enough of the curtain fabric, and the polyester to make dresses out of each but the others were only about a yard and a half each…but hey for a total of 6 dollars on fabric I think I got a steal.

The package of stockings was only .10 so I couldn't pass them up...they are the wrong color but the picture on the package is great to look at πŸ™‚

Which leads me to the project I just completed! a fun wiggle skirt out of the burgundy fabric that I am rather proud of. I used this modern pattern and lengthened the hem to just below knee length, brought the sides in rather than keeping it completely straight and repositioned the waistband so it sat higher on my waist.

Like most of my sewing projects as a beginner it had a few issues…for instance when sewing the darts on the front I sewed one set to the right side and the other to the wrong side. It was rather upsetting I had to very carefully use the seam ripper there! Lol But at the end it turned out alright…I need to fix the back a bit the top of the zipper gapes before you get to the hook and eye. I think all i need to do is reposition it? not 100% sure on Β that one any advice on would be appreciated. I also sewed my first button hole and added a white vintage button to the back of the waistband…the button hole isn’t perfect either but hey…I tried. πŸ™‚

as mentioned...not perfect πŸ™‚ but still proud. Side Note: my bottom is not that wrinkly..the shirt is just bunched underneath Lol.
I also thrifted the lace shirt for .50 πŸ™‚ the picture doesn’t show it but its actually a light gold color.

All in all I would say my thrifting trip and sewing as for the week of 5/20/13 was pretty successful πŸ™‚

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