Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Show your Patriotism with a July Sew-Along

By on May 11, 2017
Join the #4thofJulyProudDressProject and/or #FlagsOfTheWorldDressProject

With the success of the #EasterSringDress2017 sew-along (see the roundup here) I’ve teamed up again with some amazing seamstress to bring you the next big sew-along.

Renta from Running In Style contacted me, along with  Judith of Judith Dee’s World and Bianca of Vintage on Tap, to team up and host two sew-alongs in one.

Announcing the #4thofJulyProudDressProject and the #FlagsOfTheWorldDressProject 

The idea behind both is to show your patriotism and make a dress or outfit that represents your country or nationality with the big reveal the week of 4th of July.

Vintage Ideas

While the sew-along doesn’t stipulate any specific pattern or style, I’d love to see some vintage style dresses in the big round-up.

4th of July Dress from early 1900's
4th of July Dress from early 1900’s

A quick search on Pinterest for 4th of July fashion will yield lots of ideas from early nineteenth century gowns to 1950’s novelty dresses.

Matching Mother and Daughters 4th of July 50's dresses
Matching Mother and Daughters 4th of July 50’s dresses

Of course red, white and blue also often bring a slew of nautical inspired outfits as well. I’m not sure why, but I love the idea of a nautical dress for 4th of July.

Nautical 4th of July dress 1900
Nautical 4th of July dress 1900

Join the Fun

If you plan to join in the fun post your creations between Saturday, July 1 thru Friday, July 7th  on Youtube, blog or Instagram using the hashtag #4thofJulyProudDressProject and/or #FlagsOfTheWorldDressProject 

1930's actress Marion Shilling in her firework stockings
1930’s actress Marion Shilling in her firework stockings

For full details on the sew-along and to sign up be sure to see my full blog post at: http://wp.me/p3yKY3-2Cv 

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1950s | Dresses

Vogue 1397 Easter Spring Dress 2017

By on April 17, 2017
Akram's Ideas: The Easter Spring Dress 2017 Big Reveal in Blue

I hope you all have had a lovely Easter holiday this past weekend.

While there were some early morning storms by afternoon the weather had warmed up enough to debut my #EasterSpringDress2017.

I had the pleasure of co-hosting the #EasterSpringDress2017 sewalong with Judith of Judith Dee’s World  , which encouraged participants to sew a new dress or outfit for Easter / Spring.

Tracy Reese Vogue 1397

For my own project, I wanted a very classic 50’s style Easter dress.  I decided to make Tracy Reese Vogue 1397, while a modern pattern I felt had that classic look I was going for.

For the fabric I had my followers choose between a bold pink rose print and a monochromatic blue rose print. Blue was chosen as the overall favorite, which I’m happy with since I don’t usually make a lot of blue dresses.

Akram's Ideas : #EasterSpringDress2017 Sewalong
I couldn’t decided between blue or pink

The project seemed real straight forward, though I found the low back neckline caused a lot of drooping issues. I ended up making 4 different muslins of the bodice top and am still not 100% happy with the final results of how the bodice sets.

Despite the issues with the bodice, the overall look of the dress is lovely.

Akram's Ideas: The Easter Spring Dress 2017 Big Reveal in Blue
Overall I’m pretty happy with this dress.

As I said earlier I really like the vintage inspired look of this dress, even more so when I paired it with vintage accessories.

While it may not be my best make the end result is exactly the look I was going for.

Akram's Ideas: The Easter Spring Dress 2017 Big Reveal in Blue
Vintage accessories make this dress

Check out my Youtube video about this make ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p8vqO64h-U) or read more about my process for making my Easter Spring Dress 2017 check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/easter-spring-dress-2017-reveal/)

Did you make a dress for the #EasterSpringDress2017 how did it turn out?

 

 

 

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Join the Easter Spring Dress 2017 Sewalong

By on March 2, 2017

I’m super excited to share with you guys the official kickoff of the #EasterSpringDress2017 sewalong.

Easter and the coming of spring are all about welcoming the new. Which I thought was also the perfect excuse for treating yourself to a new dress/outfit.  So, I (Akram at Akram’s Ideas) have teamed up with Judith of Judith Dee’s World to host the #EasterSpringDress2017 sewalong.

Akram's Ideas : #EasterSpringDress2017 Sewalong

The sewalong requirements are pretty lax as you can sew whatever pattern you desire and style, using a Spring/Easter themed print or color scheme.

Vintage Spring Inspiration

While the sewalong is open to all styles of patterns, I can’t help but think of classic vintage style dresses when I think of Easter.  The flowy full skirts of the 1950’s are the first to come to mind. Along with the light cotton weight fabric and of course the pastel floral prints.

Akram's Ideas : #EasterSpringDress2017 Sewalong

For this sewalong, I’ve decided to use Vogue 1397. While it’s not officially a vintage pattern the dress does have a lot of vintage inspired elements, such as a full lining and flared skirt. I also adore the pockets and tie back bow.

Akram's Ideas : #EasterSpringDress2017 Sewalong
Still debating between the blue of pink fabric

I’m super excited about co-hosting this sewalong and would love to see some super stunning vintage/retro styled projects.

Join the Fun

If you plan to join in the fun post your creations between Wednesday, April 12 thru Sunday, April 16 on Youtube, blog or Instagram using the hashtag #EasterSpringDress2017

For full details on the sewalong and to sign up be sure to see my full blog post at: http://wp.me/p3yKY3-2ox

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

McCalls 4769 Shirtdress with Vintage Flare

By on June 30, 2016
Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 Shirtdress

Hello All,

I recently participated in the McCall’s Shirtdress Sew-Along and thought I’d share my project with everyone.

For this project I used McCalls 4769 pattern which I had in my stash, unfortunately it’s currently been discontinued.

Since it was the first time I made this dress, I decided to make a wearable muslin first.

Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 wearable muslin
The wearable muslin came out very nice

Once I was happy with the muslin I decided to make my final dress.

While the pattern was a modern one, I choose a floral purple print fabric and vintage buttons to give a vintage flare.

Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 final dress
I love the vintage look of the final dress

This pattern was  a little tricky and I had to do some pattern grading to get it to fit right. Still I love how this dress came out.

To read more about my process for making this dress over on my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/shirtdress-mccalls-4769/)

 

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1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

“I dream of Tiki” Hawaiian dress sew-along!

By on April 7, 2016

tiki

Aloha, my fellow vintage sewing enthusiasts! A couple weeks ago I posted an inquiry on the We Sew Retro sew-and-tell Facebook page regarding a Hawaiian dress sew-along. There seems to be enough interest to make this a fun little activity, so here we go!

The rules:

1. It must be a Hawaiian dress. It can be a full skirt, sarong, or whatever floats your boat, it just needs to be Hawaiian/tiki themed!

2. You can use whatever pattern makes you happiest, (or draft your own!), but it should be vintage/vintage reproduction/or styled after an actual vintage garment.

That’s it!

In order to make this as fun and engaging as possible, take pictures of your progress and post each week before we advance to the next stage of our sew-along! I’ll post details on each step as we progress.

If you are having troubles at any point, post for help! This can be in the comments on the blog post itself, or on the sew-and-tell page on Facebook!

We’ll start May 1st, so everyone has a chance to gather supplies 🙂

Post your pattern and fabric choices in the comments for inspiration!

I can’t wait to get started!

Xoxo Rhandee

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1950s | Coats | Vintage Sewing

2015 Sew-tember Sew Along Vogue 1083

By on September 10, 2015

Hello We Sew Retro readers!

I’m so excited that this month is September, because if you haven’t heard already September is National Sewing Month. Which means this is #Sewtember, as I call it.

This year for #Sewtember I’ve decided to host my very first Sew Along and would like to invite all who are interested in joining the fun.

For this fun month long Sew Along each participant will be working on Vogue pattern v1083. This is a reproduction of a Vintage Vogue 1953 ladies coat.

If you’ve had the chance to read my blog (Akram’s Ideas), you may have seen a few coats I made in the last few month.

The first coat I ever attempted was back in March, of this year. It was a lovely pink fleece coat I made from my toddler niece using McCall’s pattern 4647.

Fleece Coat, McCalls 4647
Pink coat made for my niece, Layla.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I made this coat, because I had heard that coat construction can be rather difficult. However, the coat seemed to come together rather nicely. No big hiccups and I loved working with fleece.

After getting my feet wet with in coat making I decided to make a coat of my own. I ended up making a vintage swing coat using, vintage Simplicity pattern 4191 from my stash.

The coat was made in part of the Your Fleece Fashion Contest, hosted by Your Fleece, an online Fleece retailer. I ended up making this coat out of red fleece, provided by Your Fleece, and finished the lining using some red statin from my fabric stash.

I entered the contest purely for fun, I still consider myself a novice sewer, besides I had planned to make a swing coat anyways. Despite what I thought about my sewing skills, somehow or another I managed to win the  Your Fleece Fashion Contest.

red swing coat
Posing in my swing coat.

I can’t say how much I love this coat it’s fantastic! It’s not only a great fashion statement it’s so cozy soft thanks to the fabulous fleece.

While I adored my first attempt at making a swing coat, I decided I’d like to make myself another. This time around I wanted to make a longer coat and while I’m at it , I thought why not share my sewing journey on this project as a Sew Along.

When planning the Sew Along I decided to choose a pattern that would accessible to others who might want to join the fun. Vogue’s vintage reproduction pattern v1083 was exactly what I was looking for. It had the class 1950’s swing coat style and it is still readily available for purchase.

The plan for the Sew Along is pretty simple. I’ll be posting once a week (typically on Saturday) my progress along with tips and tricks about sewing the coat.

I’ve also created a Flickr group (:https://www.flickr.com/groups/2015-sew-tember-v1083/) for all participants to join and share photos, discussions and comments on their own and other’s makes in the Sew Along. At the end of the sew along (in early October) I’ll be compiling a video montage of all the coats of participants in the Sew Along.

Akram's Ideas 2015 Sewtember Sew Along
Akram’s Ideas 2015 Sewtember Sew Along

So, with that said. I’d like to once again invite all you wonderful lovely vintage sewers to be apart of this Sew Along and join the fun in making Vogue pattern v1083. The first (getting started) post will debut this Saturday (Sept 12) over at Akram’s Ideas.

Hope to have you join the fun.

–Akram Taghavi-Burris
Bringing Creative and Crazy Ideas to Life.

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1940s | 1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Bullet Bra Sew Along

By on November 1, 2013

I recently completed the Va-Voom Vintage bullet bra sew-along! This was my first sew along and I loved it.  A bra was a great thing to start off with and Brittany’s pattern and instructions were great. I was really inspired by her collection of vintage bullet bras as well.

My first sew-along.

I added some faggoting stitch, a keyhole opening in the bridge, and some modern lingerie elastics and closure. Be aware, this girl is pointy!

 

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