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mono dress & faux film noir

By on May 28, 2014
self drafted dress film noir

self drafted dress film noir

This dress is my second attempt at pattern drafting. I re-drafted my bodice block and made further alterations but still I need to take some volume from the back.

This was apparent when I came to draft the skirt. There was precious little difference between the back hip and waist measurements!

But I went with it after checking the measurements of the bodice.

It all works reasonably well but the side seams sit a little bit too forward for my liking and I’m sure by taking out the excess at the back it will make them sit properly. And will also give the back skirt a better shape at the waist!

self drafted wiggle dress

Hoping to prove myself right with the next version.

The design is based on a general 50s shape but I really like the angular necklines of the 40s. I’m not sure of the fabric content. It could be upholstery material! About 6 meters was given to me so I figured I could use it for this test dress and have plenty left over if I messed up!

As for the crazy  photos, Mr Ooobop was determined to practice with his new camera flash and who am I to argue?! A little wave of the Photoshop wand and abracadabra, all sorts of crazy faux film noir was achieved!

self drafted wiggle dress

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1940s | Dresses

1940s Spotty Marian Martin Dress

By on May 16, 2014

Handmade Vintage Dress
This dress was the first item of clothing I made, with the exception of the few things I made during Textiles class at school (I remember an awful fleece hat in particular…). I didn’t make things easy for myself by starting with an original 1940s Marian Martin sewing pattern (9049)!
Sewing Pattern Marian Martin 1940s (9049)
I made this dress while I was still at University studying for my undergraduate degree (BA English as it happens) approximately eight years ago, but pretty much never wore it as the original length (ankle length) didn’t really suit me. When I rediscovered the dress in the attic last year I lopped a big chunk off the skirt to get to the current length. Much more my style:)
Handmade Dress from Marian Martin 1940s Sewing Pattern (9049)
This week (spurred on by me made May) I finally got around to tidying up the hem and redoing the buttonholes (which were frankly awful, tut tut Charlotte of 8 years ago). Now I can finally get some wear out of my new-old dress!
Handmade Dress from Marian Martin 1940s Sewing Pattern (9049)
I love the pleated front and the awesome roomy pockets. The dress is worn below with my Brigitte Scarf from Tilly Walnes’ Love at First Stitch.
I’d love to see you over on my blog English Girl at Home.
Handmade Vintage Dress

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1950s | Dresses | Modern Patterns

I’m A Pin-Up Kinda Girl!

By on April 25, 2014

Ok, ok, so I don’t think I could really pull off being a pin up girl

…but I do have a dress COVERED in them, which just HAS to be the next best thing!

pin up girl vintage dress at made with hugs and kisses

I created this 50’s inspired dress as part of the Sew Dolly Clackett Sewlong that has gotten the sewing community in a frenzy – everyone seems to be involved, which is fantastic!

Now I have been known to dabble with bedding as a source of material, and I couldn’t let this duvet set go. The back was a simple polka dot and the front was layered with these pin up beauties:

pin up dress fabric

I used the bodice from New Look pattern 6776, view D, and added a simple gathered rectangle skirt. This wasn’t on the list of Rosin approved patterns, but I think it should be. Anyway, I felt myself drawn to this one and at the end of the day, the fabric is the one in charge and I find that it tells me what to do.

My pin-up girls chose this pattern and I had to oblige!

 simplicity 6776simplicity 6776 drawing

I think that the line drawing highlights the potential of this pattern much more than the pattern cover.

I would have loved to add a circle skirt but this would have had a negative impact on the pattern of the fabric, and I wanted to pattern match the ladies so they were continuous.  The rectangle skirt still works well with my big net underskirt – and that is what matters.

I really like the contrasting tie (also from bedding and a perfect colour match – I was very lucky with this creation!) but I can’t decide whether to tie it at the front or the back?!

pin up girl dress by made with hugs and kisses

Here is me trying to do the statement pin-up leg flick, but failing horribly and almost falling over!

For more about this dress, including lots of pictures click HERE

Happy Vintage Sewing

Hannah from Made With Hugs and Kisses

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1920s

Mrs. Depew Patterns

By on October 11, 2013

This year for Halloween, I’m hoping to make a 1920s flapper-style dress, preferably something I can wear again.  I’ve been looking around for inexpensive pattern options, and stumbled across Mrs. Depew’s patterns on Etsy.  After doing a search for pattern reviews, I only found reviews for her lingerie, bras, and bathing suits.  Has anyone made one of her dresses?  Was it complicated to do so without a printed pattern?  I would love to read a review if someone has posted one!

Here are the two dresses I am considering:

Option 1:

Option 2 (not exactly flapper, but so pretty!)

Thank you for your help!

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1950s | Dresses | Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

A Passion For Polka Dots

By on July 7, 2013

I have developed a passion for polka dots and it is all down to this dress:

Do you ever have times where things just come together perfectly when sewing? When you haven’t done anything differently, but things just seem to… well…work!

Well I appear to be having one of those times in life where exactly this happens. All of my sewing projects lately have been turning out great and have proven extremely enjoyable! I am on a bit of a roll, which is a welcome change 😀

This wasn’t the case a couple of months back though. Back in March, for my birthday, I was treated to a bunch of amazing patterns, and yes I will hold up my hands and admit I haven’t got around to using even half of these yet 🙁

Anyway, one of these was the Butterick Patterns by Gertie 5882 vintage style dress.

It is a very beautiful dress, and I was so excited to give it a try. The only problem was, it didn’t quite work out. I wish I had a photograph to show you but I think it would have been classed as indecent exposure. I don’t know how it happened but the bodice just wasn’t happening for me. I completely blame myself and will be giving the pattern another chance in the future, but as for my first attempt, well it was more kind both to myself and the dress to just call it a day!

However, have you seen how many panels make up that skirt section of the dress?!? It is stunning and I was desperate not to let it go to waste. I had no idea what I would do with it exactly, but kept it to one side for a rainy day when inspiration would hopefully hit.

Well, as it turns out inspiration came in the form of a sewing swap all the way from Australia when I was sent this amazing pattern, New Look 6143:

and straight away the polka dot dress on the front cover illustrations screamed out at me!

So this is what I re-created!

I used the bodice from the New look pattern, and the skirt from Gertie 5882 . Team this with my big net underskirt, and what do you get?

I will tell you what you get… you get the perfect vintage dress that is going to kick start an obsession with polka dots!!!!

Check out my self covered, matching buttons too, I am rather proud 😀

Turns out, it is also the perfect dress to attend a vintage fair in too… I even had a woman ask  to take a photo of me because she liked it so much 😀

What a  compliment.

Please do feel free to check out the Made With Hugs and Kisses blog for more pictures and lots more creations 😀

I anticipate many polka dot related creations in the near future, and luckily, from the sewing meet up in Birmingham a few weekends ago, I will not be stuck for fabric to fuel this new obsession, as within the ginormous stash I came home with, two of these were dotty.

I am now on the look out for more vintage or vintage themed patterns that I can team with these fabrics, after all, if you are going to sew with polka dots, you have to sew vintage!

Happy sewing everyone

signature made with hugs and kisses

 

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Vintage Sewing

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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Vintage Sewing

Pattern Help, Please!

By on June 4, 2013
disentigrating instructions

disentigrating instructionsHi, everyone! I’ve been admiring your work for some time now and decided it was time to join. I have a question. I bought a great pattern but the instruction sheet is in terrible shape – it’s falling apart and leaves little bits behind when I unfold it. What is the best way to preserve it while still being able to use it?
Thank you so much! Happy sewing!

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