1938 Ensemble in Paisley

By on August 5, 2014

I sewed this outfit last week for a sewing challenge that required paisley. Ordinarily, a peplum looks t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e on me, but Vogue 8767 was a wonderful exception. I sewed up a mock-up first to see if the pattern worked, then started in on the real deal. I absolutely love my jacket; it is comfortable, cute, easy to sew, and I have gotten tons of comments about it.

Overall, I would highly recommend this pattern! It is a very fun addition to your wardrobe, and would look really cute with long sleeves too!

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

First Post – Hand-Drafted 60s Trapeze Dress

By on May 27, 2013

Hi all!

This is my first post here !

I wanted to show off a trapeze/tent dress I made earlier this year from vintage fabric. I make almost all of my own sewing patterns and this is one of my designs. I think this dress turned out quite well! I had never made a button placket pattern before and I’m happy that it worked out as well as it did.


The collar on this was quite a happy accident as well – I cut it, not really paying attention to where the points fell, but they happened to fall in exactly the right places!

My boyfriend’s mom found me this fabric for Christmas this year and I struggled to design the perfect dress for this for months. Looks like I got it right with this shape!

You can always see more on my blog, Manic Pop for my latest retro-inspired works.

Thanks for reading!

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1940s | Accessories

Sew 40s Ruffled Scarf Dickie reworked from Vintage Paisley Satin Foulard

By on December 15, 2012

What to do with a vintage St Michael satin foulard in a divine paisley in rich tones of turquoise, taupe and lapis which sadly has several areas of perfume staining to the centre?  Plus, could I turn it into a longer style scarf as I must admit I don’t tend to wear square scarves these days?  I loved the colours and textile of this scarf, and fancied trying to make a ruffled scarf, so yesterday evening out came the scissors, the rule and some narrow elastic.  I wanted to make a 40s inspired ruffled scarf (a bit in the manner of the ruffled dickies of the time) to wear with my latest purchase of a fab vintage style faux fur jacket.  This was a very speedy sewing project and really pleased with how it turned out.  Looking forward to wearing it later today!  Please visit me at my blog for instructions on how to make this.

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