ruffles

This week I will be spending my Saturday with one of my sewing friends searching craft stalls and attending an amazing vintage fair in Liverpool. It is apparently going to be bigger and better than ever with a vintage hair and beauty parlour, live vintage music and more stalls than ever before selling clothing accessories and ,my favourite, patterns and fabrics!

So if anyone lives Liverpool way you should come along to St Georges Hall and see what treasures you can find, and keep your eyes peeled for me and say hello! I will be wearing a big poofy 50′s red polka dot dress which I will post about once I have taken pictures :D

Anyway, knowing that I will be attending another vintage fair got me thinking about the last one I went to and the wonderful things I came home with, in particular some beautiful vintage fabric.

It was the softest thing I had ever felt with a beautiful texture and a subtle dotty theme. I was in love and it was such a bargain. Now I don’t know what era it is from exactly, the stall I bought it from had all different sewing notions, many dating waaaay back and some slightly more recent. Patterns are much easier to date, thanks to the wonders of the internet, but I have never tried dating fabric,  in fact is there even any way of doing this?

Needless to say I was eager to put this fabric to use and here is what I created with it:

Check out my original blog post for more pictures :D

And keep your fingers crossed for me, I am hoping I get some good luck this weekend and find myself some more vintage treasures

Happy Sewing

Hannah from Made With hugs and Kisses

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Hi All

It’s been a while since I posted here.

I made this dress just the other week. A few details:

Pattern: Simplicity 3835 from the 40′s – early in the decade I think, but can’t be sure.
Fabric: Pastel green sheer with white floral flocking – possibly nylon? New Japanese made fabric bought from one of the little shops on Sydney Rd Brunswick.
Notions: A heap of snaps and 3 tiny hook & eyes.
Cost: About $13 – $5 p/m for the fabric – I used just about 2m. Snaps were probably about $3 – they’re so expensive here and I use heaps of them. Need to buy them in bulk from somewhere!

simplicity3835_0058

….more details and pics on my blog :-)

Kitty’s Drawings

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Did anyone else love the movie Shag? My sisters and I used to watch it over and over when we were young teens. I have always loved the music, the dancing, and the clothing, which was all represented very well (the film is set in the 60s, but was released in ’89). Don’t put it on in expecting a great plot and well written dialogue, though.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I was browsing vintage sewing patterns, as I have been known to do every day for an hour, and I came across this summer top pattern that looks just like a top Melaina (Bridget Fonda) wears in the movie.

Courtesy of the Vintage Pattern Wiki
Image Vogue.com

 

Of course at first I wanted to buy the pattern- any excuse, you know? But then I got to thinking and realized I could make this without that pattern. My current vintage pattern collection is nothing to scoff at, and I knew I had to have something I could use as a foundation for this simple top. Enter Simplicity 6500, a simple, button back, darted bikini top.

Love that Vintage Pattern Wiki

 

Once I rustled up my pattern, I traced it out (I use soil separator paper for pattern tracing) leaving plenty of extra room to extend the bottom. The I estimated how much length I would need to add for the desired, midriff length and drew in the added length (about 3″). I extended the bottom darts and made the waist larger by adding fabric in at the side seams and making the waist darts smaller. Then I cut, using what little fabric I had left from this piece to make ruffles and bias tape.

 From there, it all came together without much ado, the hardest part being getting the ruffles pinned across the bodice evenly and distributed somewhat evenly. When I make the next version of this in check, I will draw guide lines before I stitch, pinning the darts shut first. And, I will remember to interface the button placket. You would think that I would remember this sort of thing by now. All in all, the wearable muslin is kinda cute though….

    

In order for this blouse to be 60s and something that I would be comfortable wearing, it has to go with appropriately high waisted shorts. These are the bottoms from the bathing suit I finished up a couple of weeks ago, and I have plans to make a few more pairs of shorts in varying lengths. What is that thing about “the best laid plans of mice and men” again?

I also need to make the neckline a little higher in front and more of a bateau shape. Still, overall I’m pleased. It wasn’t that long ago I wouldn’t have dreamed I could sew anything up without a real pattern. Heck, it wasn’t that long ago I couldn’t sew at all. Look at me now, ma! Top o’ tha worlddddddd……..

Also posted at my blog, Farmhouse Garden.

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