1940s | 1950s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

A Kitschy Kimono Blouse

By on September 2, 2014

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I recently finished a mid-century style kimono top with Pictorial Review 5929. I’ts a simple kimono sleeve tunic from the early 1930’s.  I found a fantastic southwest themed novelty rayon at Stone Mountain and Daughter and wanted to choose a simple design to let the great print stand out.  I’ve sewn it twice already in silk and have also made the lounge pants out of a wool twill.

Pictorial Review 5929
Pictorial Review 5929

 

I changed the square neck to a scoop neck and added rows of kelly green, pink and red ric rac.  I really enjoyed the process of combining the different ric rac colors and sizes and I can see myself doing another neckline like this, maybe a 50’s style peasant top with a fun metallic ric rac yoke.  Here I am wearing the blouse at the farmer’s market.

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1960s | Vintage Sewing

Retro Nightie for Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!

By on August 16, 2014

Selfish sewing is the best kind of sewing.

I purchased a pile of vintage knit fabric at auction a couple months back. Some was, of course, quite hideous, while some was kitschy retro cute. I do recognize that this is in the eye of the beholder, though.

For a quick, easy project, I grabbed a medium weight spongy retro knit and stitched up this nightgown using Simplicity 7096.

Well, I mostly just used the yoke pieces, as I cut the yardage to a length I thought would be comfortable (somewhere between views 2 and 3), and cut equal front and back panels from the width. The fabric was pretty wide, so I got both the front and back from one length. Then I used the pattern as a template for the underarm.

This was stitched entirely by machine using the “burrito method” I learned from Janet Pray’s Sew Better, Sew Faster Craftsy Class. There’s not too much to say about construction. For a sweet touch, I included some leftover ric rac trim across the yoke and pressed and stitched it down in a bow motif. I added one of the vintage buttons from my stash, and the gown was done. Now all I need are some fuzzy slippers and hair curlers!

I also recently figured out an easy method for assembling some of the PDF patterns I have been working with lately. To try my tip or just to say “hi,” feel free to stop by my blog Farmhouse Garden.

Ta ta for now!

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1950s | Pattern Drafting | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Poppies summer skirt

By on August 5, 2014
Hi, this is me wearing a skirt I made from an old drafting book. I drafted the heart shape waistband myself.
The pockets on my skirt are thanks to Bex at Subversive Femme. I read her blog and in January 2014 she posted this pattern from a dress she had made. I thought they looked so cool I had to use them myself. I love them!
The braid/ric rac that I used I made myself. I found a tutorial on pinterst on how to do it. It’s basically taking bias strips and playing with the tension on your machine and using the blind hem stitch. I had this fabric in my stash and the colour match is so good to my skirt fabric. Very happy!
I added plastic boning into the waistband. I didn’t have enough poppy fabric so used some spare gingham. Plastic boning is really easy to use – I just zig zagged along the edges. I also used interfacing on the waistband too.
This is the pattern I used from an Enid Gilchrist drafting book. I’ve used this pattern 3 times now for 3 very different skirts.

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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Coffee pots dress – 1950’s

By on June 19, 2014

Hi, this is a dress with rather fab coffee pots and tea cups on!  I drafted the pattern using an Enid Gilchrist book.  I lurve these books and have made a few things using them.

I decided to add a gathered skirt to the bodice because I had a large piece of fabric and only have one seam on the left side where the invisible zip is.  I managed to match the pattern on this seam too so it is almost invisible too.  For an extra detail I added blue ric rac to the waist seam and along the edges of the sleeves and neck edge.  The sleeves are ‘grown on’ sleeves with a little gusset under the arm.  This pattern appealed to me for that so that I wouldn’t cut up any of the pots and cups on the fabric.

In this photo I’m wearing a cotton cardigan I made last year from a Rowan pattern.  The pattern had a peplum but I chose to start from the waist edge instead so that I could wear it with full skirts and you can still see my waist.

 

 

 

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1950s | Jumbo Ric Rac | Shirts

DIY Patio Dress

By on September 1, 2013

I posted a while back about a 1950s style patio skirt I made and I finally got around to making the matching blouse to go with it!

I used Butterick 7328 for the blouse and added ric rac trim to match the skirt.

I did a circle of red, then gold, the red again ric rac around the blouse following the line of the yoke. I also added some red ric rac to the collar. I wish I had had some of the black trim from the skirt leftover, but it was vintage and I only had enough to go around the skirt twice.

Overall, I’m very happy with the project! I never need an excuse to wear ridiculous amounts of ric rac!

More photos and construction details over on the blog!

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1950s | Jumbo Ric Rac | Notions | Skirts

Half of a Patio Dress

By on July 15, 2013

Do you ever get a really crazy idea? About a week before I left for vacation, a friend gave me some old curtains left in their new house by the previous owners. They were a bright sunny yellow and I just knew it would be perfect for a 1950s patio dress. And I decided that I just had to have it done before vacation so I could wear it on vacation.

Now, the basic pattern for the skirt is pretty easy-it’s just three long rectangles gathered together with an elastic waist band. But vintage patio dresses take heaps of trim!

Aside from hours sewing on ric rac and other trims, my sewing machine decided it needed to break down. Thank goodness all it needed was a new bobbin shuttle but I lost a few days of sewing time waiting for it to arrive.

So, in the end I was only able to get the skirt portion finished, but I do have a vintage blouse pattern cut out to match. Luckily, I had a Mexican peasant top that worked well too!

I ended up wearing this outfit to a bird sanctuary and one of the ladies working there said it reminded her of the outfits she wore growing up in Mexico which just made my day! More photos (and photos of birds!) over on the blog.

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Sew for Victory: Hollywood Patterns 1942 Shirtwaist Dress

By on April 1, 2013

I now present to you my 1940′s dress for Sew for Victory. It’s from Hollywood Patterns (No. 855), from May 1942, endorsed by Betty Grable of 20th Century Fox.  It was my first time using an original 1940’s pattern, which was a fun experience. I’m actually a bit disappointed by the dress, mostly because I was talked into fabric with which I’m just not in love. Oh well. Not every project can be a winner. And I’ve certainly been inspired by all the lovely creations others have made for this sewalong! See my full blog post for more details.

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