1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A Gaggle of Gingham

By on August 9, 2016

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Goodness it has been a while since I last posted some of my retro sewing over here! The summer offers so many distractions, and my sewing has been thoroughly distracted by my love for gingham textiles this year! I recently put the rest of my stash busting projects on hold to turn out not one but two new gingham frocks, of which this full skirted 50’s number is the first!

Having discovered the wonder of Malco Modes petticoats I knew I wanted another full circle skirted dress to wear with either my ivory or black petticoats. The dress pattern was self drafted, with the bodice in a kimono sleeve style with a v-neckline and the skirt as a full 27″ long circle skirt. The full circle skirts on 45″ wide fabric do eat up a bunch of yardage, but with lots of Joanns coupons they are still doable. I always hem mine with coordinating cotton bias tape, usually just the packaged kind you can get at Joanns, and it takes at least two packages (at 3 yards a package!) to go around the skirt hem! I actually hemmed two circle skirts in one day a while back for a total of over 12 feet of hem hand stitched that day!

I tend to make simpler designs since I draft most everything myself and haven’t branched out into more intricate styles just yet. Still, I wanted to fancy this dress up a little bit so I added crisp white cotton sleeve cuffs and trim at the neckline. To do so I simply cut strips of fabric on the bias and ironed it into self-made bias tape to edge the sleeves and neckline, easy but effective! 🙂

For more photos of this outfit, visit me over on my blog The Closet Historian!

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Rompers / Playsuits

Paradise Playsuit

By on January 1, 2016

After the success of my last 1950s-style romper a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to make another – they’re the perfect summer outfit, so cute yet comfortable! Though I also based this one off the romper variation in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, I decided that this time I would make the shorts circle shorts instead. And how sweet is the result!

Paradise Playsuit

I also included in-seam pockets in the french seams, the first time I’d tried this, and it turned out fantastically. I’m never making anything without pockets again!

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You can read more about the alterations and construction details, and see more photos here on my blog 🙂

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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Modern Patterns | Skirts

Pink Piping Pin-Up Pencil Skirt!

By on August 21, 2013

p-p-p-p-p… I’m all a stutter now!

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I wasn’t originally going to post this creation on We Sew Retro… I wasn’t sure if it was retro enough, however after posting it on my blog and recieving so many wonderful comments stating how vintage-esque and pin-up the skirt looks I thought, why not! So here you have it, my pink piping pin-up pencil skirt 😀

So this skirt is made using the Lucinda Skirt pattern from indie pattern designer Parnuuna from Be My Goth.

What is great about this particular pattern is that, although Parnnuna’s style is very alternative, hence the title of her blog,  which isn’t my particular style, there are so many opportunities and ways to adapt this particular pattern to make it your own. Simply through a change of fabric this skirt quickly goes from alternative to vintage – almost pin-up some would say!

Using this pattern introduced me to the use of piping. I had dabbled with it before but this was the first time when I made it from scratch myself , and now I am addicted to the stuff. And it is so easy to do, I am looking to get a tutorial together soon 😀

There are two key features to this skirt. The first is the corset-style waist band. It is made up of several pieces and can be pieced together either using piping or without. The piping helps to emphasise the effect of the paneling.

The second feature this the adorable pleated pockets. Again I think the use of piping really adds to the cuteness of these pockets. The skirt works equally well both with and without the pockets, They are completely optional.

I chose to make my version in a grey suiting material with contrasting coral pink piping. Rather than line the skirt I used bias tape to seal the seams on the inside of the skirt and it looks really nifty (I forgot to take a photo, sorry)

I think that the Lucinda skirt made in a suiting material makes it perfect for work, don’t you think?!

It is such a versatile pattern that I know I am going to get a LOT of use out of.  I might even try a version without the pockets.

Check out my blog post for more information on this pattern HERE

I would love to get a second opinion on what types of fabric I could use to make this truly vintage looking?

What do you think? Any suggestions are welcomed.

Happy Sewing

oXo

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

1950s silk pin-up pants

By on September 23, 2012

silk knickersI have been hugely inspired by all the pant-making activity in blogworld recently and decided to hop on board that bandwagon.

The pattern is care of Burda Style magazine, issue 01/12 from their Lovely Lingerie section. And the fabric I used is 100% stretch silk.

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The pattern pieces are dead easy to work with but the elastic lace took a while to attach. It is stitched to the right side, turned inside and top-stitched twice. A bit fiddly to keep stretching as you sew whilst being mindful of the slippery fabric but if you take your time the result is very worthwhile.

This is my first time making undies and definitely not my last. They are without doubt the most expensive knickers I own, considering the cost of the fabric and the time taken to make them but undoubtedly the most luxurious and best fitting. And no VPL!!

I hereby reaffirm my allegiance to big pants!

More over at ooobop!

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