1930s | 1940s | Skirts

Plaid skirt

By on November 30, 2013

I’m finally getting somewhere with my everyday wardrobe. I tend to wear a few favourite garments all the time, and having something like two skirts and three tops that I love to death in constant rotation isn’t really ideal. All those favourites are getting worn out, too. I’m on a complete ban on sewing silly party clothes, with the one exception of a New Year’s gown in sequin seaweed that’s in progress right now, and for once it’s working. I just finished this plaid wool skirt and thought I’d show it off, mostly because pattern matching usually isn’t something I do all that well, but this turned out quite nicely. Nice to know that I can get a fairly large-scale plaid to match well enough not just horizontally but vertically too, in a fitted garment on a figure with a large waist-to-hip ratio.

 

The fabric is a mid-weight wool in a crepe-like, slightly textured weave, and this is a lined seven-gored skirt with five inverted box pleats.  The jumper is new too, made from a soft wool knit fabric that I bought years ago and already have two tops in. I have loved and worn them for seven years or so. They’re getting close to worn out now. My mom knit the scarf after a vintage pattern; I’m not a good knitter myself, sadly.

I have another meter of the plaid fabric, for a top or jacket of some sort. Haven’t decided on the details yet, but probably a fairly unstructured jacket for indoor wear, so I can wear it like a two-piece dress.

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Mod Dress in Ponte Knit

By on November 27, 2013

I decided to copy cat the 1969 vintage look on the envelope of Vogue pattern 7663.  The short sleeved dress is loose fitting with a dropped waist and front button banded placket, the skirt is one way pleated all around. 

I changed the pattern slightly to accommodate my much loved ponte knit fabric. I achieved this by removing the back neckline darts and stitching down the front button placket 

More on the blog: Sew Melodic

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940s shoe dress

By on May 27, 2012

1940s shoe dressThis has got to be my favourite dress to date and it ties in nicely with the 1940s inspired challenge over at Sew Weekly. I used an original 1940s pattern from Butterick, number 2638 which I got from Etsy some time ago.

butterick 2638

The fabric was an amazing find at Oxfam, last year for about five pounds. So you can imagine how happy I am with this dress!

1940s shoe dress

The construction was pretty simple. I made some adjustments to the design namely, adding a couple of inches onto the waist and taking 5 inches off the length. I also replaced gathers with soft pleats and I know that kind of takes from the authenticity but I think its all round more flattering…. and it was a lot easier getting soft pleats even instead of gathering!

1940s shirt dress

More photos and details over at ooobop! 

 

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1950s | Dresses

Have you seen this pattern?

By on April 16, 2012

I found this home sewn vintage dress in a thrift store recently, and I’d love to see the pattern it was made from if it looks familiar to any of you. I found this similar pattern on the wonderful Vintage Pattern Wiki, and it is close, but no cigar.

Simplicity 1077 ©1955

Here are a few pics of the dress.

 

It has a drop waist, a rolled collar, a full pleated skirt, set in sleeves, and a band at the waist with a tie to the left hip. I’m sure you can probably see all of that with your own eyes, but stare at it for a few minutes and it might just blur into a whole lotta plaid! If it looks misshapen, that’s probably because I had to pin it to my dress form, as it measures 32″ bust, 25″ waist, and 34″ hips, and I’m pretty sure I was born with larger measurements.

Any ideas? Your input is greatly appreciated!

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1940s

The nemesis dress!

By on November 28, 2011

This guy nearly never got finished….but i really don’t give up easily. And so I have dubbed it my nemesis, because on so many occasions it nearly bested me, until finally i did it!

The pattern is one from the 40s i think although i dont know any more than this- anyone?

see how pretty it could have been?

After all the trouble it cause dme i think i’ll have to wear it, although i’m not sure i like it at all!

Read more about all the trouble it gave me on my blog.

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