1940s | Dresses

McCalls 4769 with Contrast and Sleeves

By on July 26, 2016
Akram's Ideas : McCalls 4769

Last month I participated in the McCall’s Shirtdress Sew-Along and shared my lovely make of McCalls 4769 .

I loved the dress and the wearable muslin so much I decided to make another version.

Akram's Ideas : McCalls 4769
My latest version of McCalls 4769

This time I choose view D which included sleeves and contrasting elements.
My fabric choice was a pale pink cotton with little dark pink flowers on it. For the contrast I choose a dusty rose solid cotton.

Akram's Ideas : McCalls 4769
I like the vintage look of this dress.

I had to make some adjustments to the sleeve, but overall I really like the look of how this dress turned out.

While this may be a modern pattern I really like how I’ve managed to give it a more vintage 1940’s look.

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

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1940s | Dresses

1940s-Style Shirt Dress

By on February 9, 2016

Recently, while sewing for a placement, I took a step away from my usual 50s-style makes, in search of something a little more practical as well as elegant. The solution? A 1940s-inspired shirt dress!

I used Simplicity 1880 for the pattern, and made it up in red cotton lawn. The only alteration I made was to add a pocket on the right hand side – because every dress needs pockets! I also added decorative stitching and self-covered buttons; I think it’s details like this that make all the difference 🙂

Speaking of details, I think this dress also looks great with a pair of retro back-seam stockings 😉

You can read all about this dress here on my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1960s | Vintage Sewing

A 60s worky shirt-dress

By on July 12, 2015
simplicity 6772 vintage shirt dress

simplicity 6772 vintage shirt dress

I do like a vintage shirt-dress. I’ve made two previously: the 1940s Shoe Dress and The Shirt-Dress Revisited. But this one is 20 years on from those and definitely more understated!

I made it from cheap suiting from Shepherds Bush market. Mainly to test the pattern grading needed to get this to fit. But I’m glad it worked as well as it did because I’ve ended up with a totally wearable test garment.

simplicity 6772 shirt-dress

The sleeves need a bit of messing with though. Way too much ease for my liking and the shoulders are a little too big on me to be fair.

It’s got 12 darts which do their job on creating a great silhouette. None of that ballooning at the back!

simplicity 6772 back view

I do love the little kick pleat too. Far more sophisticated than a slit!

Next one is cut out with adjustments made and ready to tailor tack so hopefully be back soon with a new and improved version!

simplicity 6772 sewing pattern

More waffle over at ooobop!

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1940s | Dresses | Modern Patterns

A Wintery Ceylon Dress

By on November 5, 2013

Hello again! It’s been a while since my first post here, but I’ve been busy sewing and I just finished something that I think is vintage-looking enough that I can post it here… the Colette Ceylon dress! I was looking for a genuine 1940’s pattern to make, but didn’t find what I was looking for so I figured that a 40’s-style modern pattern would have to do.

I made this up in a a lightweight wool that I bought at a local discount fabric store. It’s 100% wool, so it’s quite warm, and aside from fraying like mad, was lovely to work with.

I had to size down the pattern, but other than that I made very few changes – just adjusting the shoulders and the shape of the back yoke.

I tired lots of new techniques, such as covered buttons and buttonholes (in retrospect, it might have been a better idea to start with a button-down blouse rather than a project that required 16 buttons and buttonholes, but this seemed like a good idea at the time. Ah well, it all worked out nicely in the end).

In case you’re wondering, the actual colour is somewhere in between the colour in the pictures of me wearing it and the flat picture. It’s not quite as dark as it looks in the photos of me wearing it, but it’s not quite as purple as the flat photo.

I’m really happy with how this dress turned out. For more details, including the facepalm-worthy story of why I have one too many buttonholes, have a look at the full post on my blog. Thanks for reading!

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940’s Inspired Gray Chambray Shirtdress

By on September 11, 2013

Hi friends! I wanted to share this project today that I made over a year ago. It’s a shirt dress I made as a project in a sewing class I took at my local community college. I based it on this 1940’s dress pattern in my collection, though I didn’t use the actual pattern:

As you can see, the envelope is in pretty rough shape! I fell in love with the cute diamond-shaped pocket detail.

The fabric is a gray cotton chambray. I also did some topstitching in yellow! For more pictures and info, check out my post here on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

       Happy Wednesday!



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1940’s Sew for Victory Dress

By on April 3, 2013

Hello and today I am showing my first dress I have ever made in this style. This was a challenge for me, I learnt a lot about dress making and many some new contacts.  I chose this shirt style dress unbeknown to me a collar is not that easy especially for a beginner but here it is and it turned out well.

Here is a close up of the darts, there were a few all around. The buttons I got from Etsy, they were new old stock so I was pleased to find them. This took me just over a week but that was sewing everyday. I am very pleased how this turned out and fits.

I am now setting myself my own challenge to make a full 40’s wardrobe from dresses, blouses, skirts to suits……Happy Crafting!




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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940s shirt dress revisited

By on July 14, 2012
1940s red dress

Butterick 26381940s red dress

This is the second time I have used this pattern: Vintage Butterick 2638. It is such a comfy fit. This one seemed to take a little longer than the first. Only because I made a few adjustments and included longer sleeves but I am happy with the result. Not totally sure what the fabric is. Its 100 per cent cotton and has a lovely rib going on. A friend of mine was decluttering and gave me a bag of mixed fabric. I knew what this was destined for as soon as I opened the bag!

1940s red shirt dress

I’m not sure it would be recognised as a vintage 40s dress, especially styled with wellies and a Hello Kitty brolly. But needs must in this relentlessly rainy UK climate! I’m so glad to have found the perfect home for these sweet little ‘target’ buttons.

target button detail

For more info and pictures pop over to ooobop! 

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