rockabilly

It’s heading into Summer down here in Australia, meaning hot and humid weather is just around the corner. My mission to have a fully wearable Vintage Wardrobe means I have plenty of summer skirts – but a serious lack of shorts/capris!

The perfect solution is clamdiggers! Dressy enough to wear to lunch out with friends, casual enough to wear in the garden.

The pattern was Advance 5008 (c. 1950), View 2. This pattern was really, really easy to put together, and fit pretty much perfectly with minimal modifications for my big behind.

And my favourite feature – no zips! The double button tab is the closure! I chose black and white gingham for a nice contrast.

To look a bit more professional, I top-stitched all the seams in ochre coloured thread like store-bought denim and the side seams were placed against the selvedge of the fabric so they’d look fancy if the cuffs are folded up. (The indigo denim is from Spotlight).

I wish the photos did these clamdiggers justice – when I wore them dancing, two women came up and asked if they were Freddies, what a compliment!  As always, more construction details and photos on my blog if you’re interested…

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Just finished this top and skirt, from the above patterns, and added some embroidery from some vintage designs my Nana passed to me. If you’d like to find out more, or advise me on the finish (not sure if the red embroidery on the black skirt lifts it enough…if at all!) please visit my blog here.

Red Top & Black Skirt
Red Top & Black Skirt
Red Top & Black Skirt
Red Top & Black Skirt

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I spent the weekend sewing this beauty up on my new machine. I used a lovely medium weight teal cotton edged with Michael Miller atomic cotton bias binding (all made by me…my first foray into bias binding!)

McCalls 2440

If you’d like to find out more, please check out my blog, any help and advice would be appreciated on sewing vintage patterns, I’m a relative newbie!

McCalls 2440 Finished
McCalls 2440 Finished

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vintage style rockabilly dressI used the bodice section from Simplicity 2442 for this dress but omitted the rouched layer on the midriff. The fabric was far too busy to add any more detail! The midriff really does give a flattering shape. It’s one of my favourite vintage-style features. The straps on this pattern curve inwards to create a sweetheart style neckline and crossover at the back which is a lovely feature too. A 50′s  rockabillyesque, vintage style tea dress was what I was after and I think it pretty much fits that bill.

crossover straps on vintage style dress

I didn’t really like the suggested style of the skirt pattern so I created my own dirndl skirt. It is very full with a 3 metre hem! I dutifully hand-hemmed it too!

vintage style floral dress

With very special thanks to my mister for taking the photos. For more of the same and some more details please hop over to ooobop!

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