1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Non-traditional Nautical

By on May 24, 2013

I just love nautical things! I love it even more when it’s in a non-traditional color scheme.

Tada! I love wearing coral! So fun!

I used Simplicity 2801 c. 1949 with a combo of the cuff from view 1 and the pockets from view 2. (Because what dress can’t be improved with pockets?)

Initially, I had planned on a solid dress with no trim but it was just too much coral. So out came the nautical braid and a nice white belt to break up the dress a bit.


It was a lot of work getting the trim to be straight and even but it was so worth it! More photos here.

Continue Reading

1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 3875 (again)

By on August 12, 2012

One of my latest sewing experiments: Simplicity 3875. Again. But this time I added a shirred section to the back to allow for my expanding and contracting. I had more fabric to work with  this time so the skirt is a bit fuller.

The bodice is entirely lined, except for the shirred section which is a piece of the outside fabric folded in half.

 

 

 

More pictures here

Continue Reading

1920s | Dresses

20’s inspired ‘nautical’ dress

By on April 20, 2012

I sewed up Butterick 5229 to make a 20’s inspired dress…took the ‘tunic pattern and made it long enough to be a dress. But not ridiculously long like on the pattern cover.

I used navy blue poly cotton and white bias (although I realized in the sunlight its actually cream!) binding. I also have wooden buttons. Although if I find some nice gold ones I will use those.

In addition to the basic dress I made some additions and alterations.

Bias binding on the hem

Or piping on the waistline

Pleats in the skirt (to allow for movement)

A cute bow (to cover up the join in the piping.)

 

Its came together fairly quickly…..I had enough left over to make a matching bow for my hair.

 

More details on my blog.

Continue Reading

1950s | 1960s

Sewing Like a Champ

By on March 20, 2012

hey guys and gals!
it’s been a little while since i posted, so i just wanted to share a few new things i’ve been working on between bigger projects! i’ve been sewing like a CHAMP lately!

i made this little dress from simplicity 4637- a pattern i’ve used a few times before, to make my st. patty’s day dress this year:

it’s not green green, but it’s green enough not to get pinched! plus, since it’s nautical themed, i will wear this ALL OF THE TIME!

i also made this little yellow lace dress to wear on a birthday dinner date with my boyfriend’s family. it is from advance 9825.

this little skirt is from butterick 9633…. but the best part about this is the ribbon!


i got the ribbon at a whole sale flower market for CRAZY cheap– super deal of the spring!

and lastly, here is this amazing skirt i just made from an old men’s shirt! it only took about 20 minutes to make, and i am SO summer ready!

so, like always, more on my blog including a few more garments! happy sewing!
xoxo,
christine

Continue Reading

1940s | 1950s | Blouses | Modern Patterns

Sailor style

By on December 22, 2011

Alright, ok, you got me, it’s not retro…but I’m making it retro!

I have a little problem with sailor addiction everyone, yes, its true, I’m a nautical freak! I love that 50’s pin up aesthetic, the red and blue, the hats! I mean, who doesn’t want to look like this. I totally do!

My attempt was with Colette’s Jasmin pattern, not strictly sailor until I got my hands on it.

my attempt at a sailor salute!

Fine white wool with contrasting cuffs and collar in navy and white polka dot….hell yes!

More about it over here on my blog

Continue Reading