1950s | 1960s | Blouses | Dresses | Pants / Trousers | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

2 New Vintage Pattern Makes: Simplicity 3257 and Advance 8288

By on April 4, 2016

Hi y’all!

I’ve recently sewn/photographed/blogged about two new vintage makes. Simplicity 3257 is a c. late 1950s combo skirt/trouser pattern and went together really beautifully. I highly recommend it for the skirt, though I haven’t yet tried to sew up the trousers. The skirt only used three pieces and was very true to size. I enjoyed the instructions for certain vintage craftsmanship that we don’t often use today, like the lapped zipper. I’ve been doing it the “hard” way all this time!

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My other creation was inspired by c. 1957 Advance 8288. It’s a “sub-teen” pattern for coordinating separates. I LOVE having options and variety, and even though it looks like a dress I can wear each piece on its own! So wonderful. I didn’t actually sew with the pattern, but rather I used the art as inspiration and Frankenstein-ed two patterns from my collection to make the blouse. The skirt is a simple dirndl style with two side pockets. Both are made with vintage metal zippers from my stash, though the rayon fabric is new (from Gertie’s collection at Joann). My friend, who sewed up this project with me, did have the pattern and noted that it was simple to make but included a lot of wearing ease.

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Links to the blog posts for more pics + sewing/pattern details:

Simplicity 3257

Advance 8288

 

Thanks for looking!

xx Lauren

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1950s | 1960s

Retro Pencil Skirt

By on March 1, 2016

Another project in my quest for a me-made placement wardrobe – the pencil skirt from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing! I sewed it up in a gorgeous chocolate-coloured wool that belonged to my great-aunt.

Chocolate Pencil Skirt

This pattern came together so quickly and easily; I absolutely love how it turned out! The style is very flattering, too – I’m so pleased to have such a chic and elegant skirt to wear to placement 🙂 I also added a few extra vintage touches: bias bound seams and a lace trim on the hem – I think it’s little touches like this which make all the difference!

Read all about it and see more photos here on my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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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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1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

mono dress & faux film noir

By on May 28, 2014

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

More over on the blog

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My New Pencil Skirt; The story so far…

By on May 8, 2014

I am making myself a new pencil skirt. I want to make a red one (but haven’t yet found a red fabric I like enough) and a black one. You may remember that I already made a black one, ”What do you need another one for?” Well, it shrunk in the wash.(That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!
Anyway… This is the book I got my inspiration from, and as Gertie was inspired to make all the Vogue patterns I am going to try and make most of Gerties patterns. (I say most because some are versions of another thing, like a pencil skirt with flounces)

I actually steamed straight in and made a lining…It was enormous! I made the next size down, I was a smaller size than I thought what was my size…Still huge! I measured myself again extra carefully and measured the lining, What was going on? So I decided to read further into the book again and found a sizing chart. Turns out it is American sizing so I am only a size 8 ! (Yes 8!) I decided to read the instructions extra specially carefully after that!
I wanted to do interlining, so I did it almost like the instructions! I actually cut the lining and fabric separately and then pinned them together. I basted using threads I recycled from the old lining I had made.
Also I used another technique I had never before and that was making dart and zip marks etc using a spiky wheel (tracing wheel) and sewing carbon paper…

The next step in the instructions was to stitch the darts…



Then I actually ironed the darts! (And baste stitched them flat within the seam allowances just to be posh!) I even removed the centre dart tacking and rewrapped it around my empty bobbing so I can use it again.

This is how neat I am hoping it’s going to be when finished! And the boning is my next job. Will I follow all the instructions carefully..?

Naa!

You can see a bit more and some extra photos on my blog here…
http://jinkieskookie.blogspot.co.uk/
JinkiesX

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two variations on elisalex

By on September 29, 2013

Hi there  We sew retro readers
I’m making my wedding dress and have made 2 possibilities, both based on the Elisalex (By Hand London) bodice.

The first is guipure lace, lined with silk (both from Tessuti) with a pencil skirt. I think it needs a wider (and not so tight) belt.

The second is a silk taffeta, orange shot with pink, screen printed by Babbarra Designs Maningrida (from Nomad Art, Darwin). I’m thinking a sash self-belt, not so wide and tied at the back.


I can’t decide which to wear, maybe both? one for the ceremony, one for the dancing? thanks for reading. (More photos on my blog barbarajanemade.wordpress.com.)

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