Dresses

Vintage Ruffles and Woodland Walks

By on June 26, 2013

This week I will be spending my Saturday with one of my sewing friends searching craft stalls and attending an amazing vintage fair in Liverpool. It is apparently going to be bigger and better than ever with a vintage hair and beauty parlour, live vintage music and more stalls than ever before selling clothing accessories and ,my favourite, patterns and fabrics!

So if anyone lives Liverpool way you should come along to St Georges Hall and see what treasures you can find, and keep your eyes peeled for me and say hello! I will be wearing a big poofy 50’s red polka dot dress which I will post about once I have taken pictures 😀

Anyway, knowing that I will be attending another vintage fair got me thinking about the last one I went to and the wonderful things I came home with, in particular some beautiful vintage fabric.

It was the softest thing I had ever felt with a beautiful texture and a subtle dotty theme. I was in love and it was such a bargain. Now I don’t know what era it is from exactly, the stall I bought it from had all different sewing notions, many dating waaaay back and some slightly more recent. Patterns are much easier to date, thanks to the wonders of the internet, but I have never tried dating fabric,  in fact is there even any way of doing this?

Needless to say I was eager to put this fabric to use and here is what I created with it:

Check out my original blog post for more pictures 😀

And keep your fingers crossed for me, I am hoping I get some good luck this weekend and find myself some more vintage treasures

Happy Sewing

Hannah from Made With hugs and Kisses

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1950s | Bags / Purses | Skirts

Reversible Half-Circle Skirt with Exposed Zipper.

By on May 31, 2013

About a week ago I had this crazy idea. What if I made another half-circle skirt, but I made it fully reversible? Little did I know that it wouldn’t be as easy as I first thought when it popped into my head, but I made it work, and I think its pretty fab! I ended up having to use a separating zipper made for a coat, which was a challenge finding one the right color and length, but after that it was pretty smooth sailing!

The lighter fabric is not white- its actually a very pale pink with a tiny and delicate floral vines pattern all over it. The darker one, which I’m pretty sure you can see, its just pink scallops. I drafted the pattern myself, using the measurements kicked out by this awesome circle skirt calculator. My inspiration for this skirt is the one pictured here in this post from a week or two ago.

I look a fright, but I'm not one for wearing make-up when I'm just sitting home all day!

I was able to use up two fabrics I had a ton of in my stash that I had no idea what to do with (I originally intended a summer top but it never happened and I had accidentally ordered double the yardage I needed). I also made a matching (also fully reversible) purse to go with it. The purse is my own pattern design- its not vintage or even vintage inspired, but it goes with the skirt that is! LOL

I also made the button down shirt I am wearing in both photos a few weeks ago out of some other fabric I didn’t know what to do with. I’m really trying to pare down my stash this summer, both of fabrics and patterns, and have a lot of patterns listed for sale in my shop, mostly vintage.

You can see more about this fabulous skirt on my blog here.

 

 

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Giveaway | Vintage Sewing

GIVEAWAY: ErikawithaK Vintage Patterns

By on February 1, 2013

You may remember Erika (from ErikawithaK Vintage) from the giveaway she hosted for us last year. I know she loves seeing what everyone here is making so she wants to spur you guys on with with another little treat. As I was prepping for this giveaway, I started flicking through Erika’s shop looking for my favorites and I hadn’t even reached past the second page before I had more pictures than I could ever possibly fit into a post. Seriously, go check it out – you’re sure to find something you love too.

The Prize

Our lucky winner will recieve $30 store credit to spend on whatsoever your heart desires from ErikawithaK Vintage. She has a selection of patterns from all decades and some fabric in there too. Erika ships worldwide and, as always, this giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live.

To Enter

Head over to ErikawithaK Vintage and pick your favorite pattern. Pop back here and let me know which one you love most and why. The giveaway will close on Friday, February 8th.

 

 

 

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1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

McCalls 4249

By on January 9, 2013

 

 

 

I used a vintage McCalls pattern for this dress, that i brought from Etsy.  I actually modified it a whole lot, as the original pattern design although awesome, swamped me completely.. so off came the sleeves and the collar into this more simple design.  It is so flattering to wear with the  nice full skirt, and  i am getting alot of wear out of this one! Especially in the Aussie summer, making it up in  cotton poplin is a huge plus!

Check out my blog for more info on this dress and my other creations!

http://bluegingerdoll.blogspot.com.au

www.bluegingerdoll.com

Abby

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Simplicity 4007

By on January 7, 2013

I used a vintage simplicity pattern for this dress, i pretty easy to make shirt dress with only 2 pieces! It has the best in seam pockets and a nice full skirt, i am getting alot of wear out of this one! It also has a cute 50’s full collar, and cute turned up sleeve cuffs that just add to the dress.

 Check out my blog for more info on this dress!

 http://bluegingerdoll.blogspot.com.au

www.bluegingerdoll.com

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