1960s

Panting for pants

By on September 13, 2016

Recently, as I started learning how to drive, it made me realise that my closet needs something which would be car-friendly. Since one needs to drive in quite flat shoes (ugh), separates like pencil/straight skirts are out – it’s a terrible combination on me. Circle skirts work, but hey – my driving instructor lets out a quiet sigh every time I try to fit a long wool circle skirt with a petticoat into a B-segment vehicle.
Soooo it was time for pants.

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Even though I rarely wear pants, I really like the lines of 1950s pedal pushers and 1960s cigarette trousers; I decided to recreate them with model 108E from 8/2010 Burda’s Jackie Kennedy Onassis themed editorial. I used vintage wool mix gabardine. The pattern was a delight to sew and needed only few alterations (I skipped the pockets and tightened the waist). My shirt is Simplicity 2154, which was released as a 1960s reprodution – made in cream cotton it has already been worn over and over again.

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Even though this outfit does feel too modern, I surprisingly get lots of wear out of it. I’m glad I gave it a go ūüôā I invite you to read more on my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com

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1950s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Pin-Up Stripe Cigarette Pants

By on March 29, 2016

I recently made my first foray in to pants-making – although I was super apprehensive before getting started, it turned out to be so much more straightforward than I expected! I used the cigarette pant pattern from¬†Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, and I’m so pleased with how they turned out ūüôā

I sewed them up in a gorgeous vintage wool suiting fabric that was bought by my great-grandmother, and given to me last year by my grandmother – a very special fabric indeed! It was amazing to work with, especially on my vintage Singer 201P machine – it was vintage sewing heaven ūüėÄ

I can’t wait to sew these up again! There fantastic for placement, and so much nicer than any RTW trousers I own. To read more about these and see more photos, head over to my blog! ūüôā

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1930s | 1940s | Modern Patterns | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Smooth Sailing Trousers – My First Pair of Pants!

By on May 31, 2015

After going through a phase¬†of sewing nothing but knit dresses and T-shirts, I’m back with a very vintage-style garment! This is my first pair of pants, made from the Smooth Sailing Trousers pattern from Wearing History. Since I became interested in vintage styles, I’ve always loved 30’s/40’s style wide-leg trousers, and this pattern was exactly what I was looking for! It’s hard to see because the fabric is black, but there are pleats at the front, darts at the back, a side zipper, and optional cuffs, belt loop and belt.¬†I made the version without cuffs, but with the belt loops. I skipped the belt, though, because I have a couple black belts already!

I cut a size 12 for the muslin and graded to a 14 at the hips, but ended up sizing up for a little more ease at the waist. I tweaked the fit a little though by keeping the darts, pleats and crotch curve from the size 12. I also shortened the pieces by 2″.

I used a bamboo rayon (not sure what to call it exactly) with nice drape, but it ended up being really shifty and stretchy on the bias after I washed it – it was originally very crisp and linen-like. It probably wasn’t ideal for these pants, because they’ve really stretched out and need re-hemming (possibly some other alterations too…).

The pattern is very simple to construct, perfect for someone new to making pants. The hardest part was working with the fabric! If they hadn’t stretched out so much, I would have been very happy with how they turned out. Right now, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with them, but I’ve made anther pair and I can definitely say that I love the pattern and the style!

For more photos and construction details, check out my blog! I also wrote a detailed review of the pattern as a guest post on Sew Sweetness, if you want to know more about the pattern itself!

Oh, and I also made the blouse I’m wearing in these photos. It’s the Sewaholic Pendrell, made from a muumuu that I bought at a thrift store! Thanks for reading!

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1940s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

1940s Wide Leg Trousers (EvaDress/Simplicity 3322)

By on May 13, 2015

2015 seems¬†to be the¬†the Year of the Pants for me –¬†no more procastinating.

On the way  to sewing my dream project Рperfect vintage jeans РI finally made the EvaDress Wide Leg Trousers (3322), a repro of Simplicity 3322 c.1940. The fabric is navy gaberdine.

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I haven’t made an EvaDress pattern before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with fit etc. I did have to make four muslins to get the fit right though – it may have been due to the pattern¬†grading to a large size (I made size 40). Thankfully pants are normally pretty quick to sew up.

The main changes I made were to use a back zipper instead of side buttons, and to lengthen the crotch depth by about 3/4 inch.

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I’ve already made another pair up in cranberry gaberdine, and have a chocolate pair¬†waiting in the wings too.

Even better, they go perfectly with¬†a Smooth Sailing Blouse that I made a while back¬†(isn’t orange and navy a great combination?). I think this may be the 15th time I’ve made this pattern up, it’s such a great staple.

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As always, there’s more on my blog!

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1930s | Blouses | Pants / Trousers

Sporty Separates

By on September 2, 2014

I’m not one for actual sports or sporting events but I do love the sporty look popular in the 1930s. In need of some separates, I sewed up this outfit.

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The pants are a refashion of some 1930s trousers that I made ages ago. They were way to big and just not flattering! So I deconstructed them and reused the blue linen for a new pair of pants.

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The blouse I made from Simplicity 3173 from the 1930s. I also snagged some cute repro 1930s printed cotton that was just perfect for this blouse! You can’t tell from here but it also has small navy bits in the print which makes my inner matchy-matchy sense happy!

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I’m quite happy with how both of these pieces turned out. I even have some khaki cotton twill that would be just perfect for another pair of pants! I’m so ready for fall!

More photos and construction details are over on my blog.

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1940s | Pants / Trousers

1940s Trousers (Simplicity 3688)

By on June 30, 2014

At the beginning of the year I set myself the goal of sewing three items of clothing that I’ve never made before – trousers, a swimsuit, and a coat. One down, two to go, as I recently made my first pair of trousers!
Vintage Simplicity 3688 19040s Trousers
These were made using Simplicity 3688 which is a reproduction 1940s pattern. The pattern envelope includes both the adorable original illustrations, and photos of the finished items which (while not exactly thrilling photos) allow you to get a sense of the finished shape.
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I would totally recommend these trousers to other trouser newbies. They are made from only three pattern pieces (five fabric pieces) and are a quick make (my favourite kind!). Personally I love the vintage shape with the high waist & wide leg. I used a grey polyester suiting fabric which has a nice drape which suits the wide leg & is light-weight for the summer.
Vintage Simplicity 3688 19040s Trousers

Vintage Simplicity 3688 19040s Trousers
I was lucky enough to get to take these photographs in the Lake District, actually at Beatrix Potter’s House and just outside. For those outside the UK who may not know it, the Lake District it is like a¬†storybook version of England – all tiny villages, countryside, slate and stones¬†walls. Basically it’s gorgeous.

More photos and nattering on my blog, English Girl at Home

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1940s | Vintage Sewing

Wearing the Pants…

By on June 24, 2013

You guys – I MADE PANTS!

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Finally, after many years of sewing, I tackled my sewing nemesis.

Sure, they aren’t fitted pants or anything – I wanted big, wide, swing-y 40’s styled pants. But I made them. And they fit. And there isn’t any – ahem – wrinkling where there shouldn’t be.

While it did take me 3 muslin attempts, I finally managed to wrangle this 40’s pants pattern into submission. But it wasn’t easy.¬†Oh dear, this pattern…

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The cover image makes them look so sleek and Katherine Hepburn-esque. Even the pattern outlines on the back promise this exact outcome. But in actuality, the paper pattern tapers, majorly, towards the bottom of the pant leg. Leaving you with ballooning hips and skinny ankles. Not a good look people. It’s a little Fresh Prince-Harem-Pant gone wrong (was that ever right?). Oh, and they taper on both the back and front pant pieces, in both the inner and outer leg.

 

That first muslin made me really question my friendship with this pattern and making pants and so we took a break. We both needed some time apart. I needed to make patterns that weren’t¬†completely different¬†to the front and back cover images. And the pants pattern needed some time alone to think about what it had done.

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After a few weeks, we sat down together, sort of made up, and muslin 2 came into being. I made a completely new muslin, straightened out the outer leg taper on both front and back pieces (at this point, I hadn’t connected the dots to realise that the inner leg tapered as well, because it didn’t taper quite as much as the outer). I also added some extra hip and waist room. I tried them on, and to my surprise, we were nearly there.

Onto muslin 3 and I unpicked the inner legs, basted on some extra muslin and straightened out the slight taper there. Now the legs were pretty much perfect. Looking much more Katherine Hepburn than Fresh Prince.

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Oh,¬†these¬†pants I’m wearing? Yeah, I made them.
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If you would like to read a bit more about the changes I made and for more pictures, head on over to my blog here.

xx
Jen

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