1960s | Jumpers / Pinafores | Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

A 60s Twist on a Modern Pattern! Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Dungaree Dress

By on November 14, 2016

Hi everyone!

Whilst I love vintage styles, I’m definitely a lazy 60s style girl in the colder months and save the 1950s for Summer. And luckily a lot of Tilly’s patterns lend themselves to a little 60s twist so they fit in to my wardrobe very nicely indeed!

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Sewing Summary:

Notions: 2 buttons
Sewing time: Half a day – need time to concentrate on that top stitching.
Modifications: I also opted for a hem half way between the two options.
Fit: Good! It’s a tighter fit on me that some I’ve seen online because of my figure. I think when I make it again, I’ll add a little extra on the hips. But I like the tight fit with the denim fabric. It makes these dungarees feel accidentally sassy!
Difficulty: Easy-peasy! Beginners – get this pattern!
Watch out for: Tidy top-stitching takes extra care and making sure your pockets are central/even.
Make Again?: Yes! I have lilac needle cord and dungaree clips waiting in the wings for my next one!

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For my full review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.

Thank you!
xo

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A Christmas Pinny-dress, c. 1944 (Simplicity 1212)

By on November 30, 2014

Ahhh…. nothing like spending a hot Aussie Xmas in a comfortable cotton dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fabric is an adorable vintage christmas border print, with ‘Merry Christmas’ in different languages written across the white background – and candles across the border.

I hoped there would be enough for a dress, and after a frantic search through my collection I found Simplicity 1212 – pinafore dresses from 1944.

Photo from Vintagesewingpattern wiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I mention pockets?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only major changes I made to the pattern was to cut the  back pieces on the fold instead of have a button back – I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with and needed to save as much as I could! I faced everything with white lawn to reduce the fabric requirement too – the dress took roughly 3m of fabric in the end.

If you’d like to read about it in more detail, there’s a post on my blog…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for letting me share!

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Sunny Floral Dress (Advance 9209)

By on June 3, 2013

 

Hi again! I just wanted to share this dress I made last week. If you couldn’t tell, I made it from a vintage sheet.  The pattern I used is shown below, Advance 9209. The pattern is actually for a pinafore to be worn over a nightgown, so I made a few little tweaks to make it work as a sundress- adding more buttons and making the pockets a little smaller.

I made my own bias tape for the first time for the project and I’m amazed at how easy it actually is! I also learned how to use my sewing machine’s buttonhole foot for the first time (embarrassingly, I’ve had it for like 8 years!) and I think it just changed my life!

I have more pictures and info over here on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine, if you’d like to pop over and take a look!

-Melissa

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Vintage Sewing

Let Purple Reign!

By on May 11, 2012

It looks like Eileen and I could be the start of a come-back for the pinafore dress!

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While on my little shopping spree at Easter I picked up a funky, purple and grey plaid to make this adorable 1930s pinafore and have been dying to cut out it ever since. Originally, I’d only planned to make the pinafore, I’ve plenty of things to wear with it, but the blouse looked so simple I figured, why not? Famous last words. Of course there were a couple of small issues, the sleeves gave a trouble, but I worked around it and am really pleased with the result.

More details & pics on my blog.

– Tamara

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1930s | Children | Dresses | Kids | Vintage Sewing

B4320 Dorothy pinafore

By on March 4, 2012
B4320 Dorothy dress
B4320 Dorothy dress

I still can’t quite believe that the movie, The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939! I made this Dorothy dress for my daughter for World Book Day, which is being celebrated at her school this coming Friday. A week later than the official date but that suited me just fine and gave me time to get hold of the pattern. Of course I probably could have drafted a pattern myself but I really appreciate how this is constructed. The waistband, the straps and the top band of the bib are all interfaced and faced and hand finished on the inside. It was quite time consuming considering that it is basically a gathered skirt with a bib and straps but I’m really pleased with the result and moreso that my daughter loves it! Also posted over at ooobop!

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1970s | Kids

Is 1973 retro?

By on February 18, 2012

This deceptively easy child’s pinafore still required some swear words and a go with the quick unpick to finish.

I let my little girl (aged nearly 4) pick out the fabric from my stash, some sort of cotton, only 1 yard needed. Of course, she wouldn’t model the finished dress, so here is a photo before it was finished when I was just seeing how much to hem it by.

What I really like about this pattern is that I am myself a child of the 70s and I know I wore this sort of thing myself……

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