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Hello! I stalk this site every day, so I thought it was only proper for me to stop stalking and start talking! I adore everything vintage and I recently began sewing clothes for me and my two young daughters. For myself, I started with a very simple a-line-ish skirt from a New Look pattern. I’ve made a few of these skirts now and have taken to wearing them instead of shorts because shorts and I aren’t really friends. I made one with a vintage-y yellow cotton.

 

 

 

I seem to be having trouble finding the camera. Is it on the ground? To the right? Behind me?

Found it! I made another with a bright orange polka-dot cotton.

 

Again, I seem to be having problems finding the camera. This time, though, it could be the fact that it’s so far away from me. Can you even see me?

There it is! For more details about the pattern and alternations, visit my blog athomewithginac.blogspot.com.

Till next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello everyone))),

I am showing off my polka-dot 50′s dress this time. If you do 50′s style you have to have at least one polka-dot dress, so here’s mine.

polka-dot new look 50s dress

My polka-dot dress

 

It’s pretty simple, based on the basic pattern I have drafted using an old Soviet sewing book. Here it is on the right. I use a scanned version, but I’d love to have trhe hard copy))). I loooooove this book ’cause it helps me look and feel georgeous)))

The dress I am showing is not any specific vintage model or pattern. There are models I would love to repeat, but this time I just came up with the design in the spirit of those times and used vintage pattern-drafting techniques.

 

The dress is cut on the waist and under the brests, above the upper cut the fabric is gathered a bit to create more volume on the top and outline an hour-glass silouhette.

One more thing that works in that direction is a cape sleeve that is one detail with the bodice (sorry, do not know the right tirm in English)))) This type of sleeve makes your arms look slimmer because it’s not too tight, but not too big.

And the skirt is a half-cirle gathered on the waist 2:1 ratio.

The flower just clips on the dress – I was too lazy to make something and the dress really asked for some kind of an acent. I have found that 50′s cut is the most complinetary for my body, so i am finally loving my clothing))).

It is reeeeally hot now in Ukraine – over 40 degrees Celcium and most people when the can wear something that looks good enough for the beach. But since I stared wearing new look dresses to work I have noticed ladies in other offices have started wearing dresses more (including ones with full skirts)))). I wonder if it is just the coincidense?

Have fun sewing)))),
Yulia

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I’m not much of a country girl but I couldn’t resist adding a bit of western flare to my blue chambray dress!

I used Simplicity 2851 from 1949. I just love late 40s looks!

I used these cute metal buttons with stars and faux top stitching. And of course, it needed a self fabric belt!

More photos and construction details here.

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I love gingham! It’s such a classic look. So when I wanted to make a simple summer dress just right for those hottest of summer days, I chose a black and white gingham cotton.

Fabric: black and white gingham cotton ($4/yd)
Pattern: Simplicity 2502
Year: 1948
Notions: buttons (from stash)
Hours to complete: 6-ish
First worn: May 2012
Total cost: ~$12

I had some fun with the seam finishes and special vintage construction details.

Black and white striped bias tape!

Sneaky hidden buttons in the fly front!

There are more photos and construction details over on the blog.

Also, I’m destashing some plus sized vintage patterns c. 1950s-1970s. If any of you would be interested in giving them a new home, check out all of the details here.

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