1950s | Jackets | Vintage Sewing

The New Look Suit

By on November 15, 2014

A very, very long project has reached its end, and a couple of weeks ago my suit and I walked the streets of Paris. My inspiration is the 1950’s, Christian Dior and the New Look.

StinaP New Look suit

StinaP New Look suitThe suit is in black wool crêpe and lined in emerald green viscose. The buttons are vintage (from France!). The deep shawl collar and padded peplum are hand worked, as are the buttonholes and the lining.

StinaP New Look suit shawl collarStinaP New Look suit peplumI’ve used lots of suits from the era as inspiration for the design, and the pattern was drafted by myself and my teacher. I’ve used multiple resources to find the best way to make it, the vintage way so to speak. You can of course read all about it on my blog!

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Vintage-y Skirt

By on June 29, 2013

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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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

50’s polka-dot

By on June 28, 2013

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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1940s | Buttons | Dresses

Gingham is Great!

By on May 7, 2013

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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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

One last wintery frock

By on April 11, 2013

Life in the midwest comes with some crazy weather. It teases us with spring and then brings us soundly back to winter. This year, instead of staring longingly at my spring dresses, I whipped up one last winter dress at the end of the season.

This is Simplicity 2851 made from red corduroy with a black wool crepe collar. It’s a great late 40s shape from 1949. A transition dress for the transitional weather!

It went together very smoothly. Since the kimono sleeves let me off easy, I did bound button holes for the three buttons holes.

I wore this Sunday when the high was in the low 60s (and much chillier in the morning) and wouldn’t you know we were up to 80s on Tuesday and Wednesday! Summer dresses, here I come!

More photos and construction details over on the blog.

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