1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

• 1940s Tropical Print Rayon Dress •

By on April 20, 2016

Today I’m posting about a dress I made for a vacation to the Gulf Coast a couple of months ago. I had some very tropical, vacation-appropriate rayon fabric that I thought would make a perfect 1940s dress!

I used Simplicity 1692 for the basic bodice shape, but altered it by adding darts, and changing the neckline and sleeves. The skirt is from Butterick 6266.

Hop over to my blog to read all about it! Have a lovely day, ladies! 🙂

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Simplicity 1692 – Lovely Leopard

By on May 23, 2015

I’ve spent this past week working on Simplicity 1692. I decided to do View B, and I picked this lovely leopard print cotton that I purchased from a buy/sell/trade group I’m a part of. I had just the right amount for the blouse. As I have discussed in the past, my wardrobe is in desperate need of some separates so this is the first in an effort to remedy that situation.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen some of these. I’ve been posting my progress updates all week!

This was the progress after the first night. I had all the darts and tucks sewn, along with the bodice sides and shoulders stitched and serged.

After the second night, I had the back opening faced and the button and loop added. I also had the neckline bound and hand stitched down.

Night three saw the sleeves attached and bound. All that was left at this point was to add a zipper… (I would have done that sooner but I didn’t have one the right size and color) and add the decorative bows on the arms and neckline.

They were added this morning. The pattern calls for an invisible zipper and that requires an invisible zipper foot. I don’t have one of those and I’m terrible at inserting zippers by machine. So… I hand picked the invisible zipper! I’m so pleased with how it turned out. It’s completely invisible and I’m very proud of it. I promise I will work on zippers and learning to insert them by machine in the very near future… Maybe.

So here’s some pictures of the finished top. Modeled by my lovely purple headless assistant Millie.

I’m also very proud of the inside of this top. All my seams are completely serged and finished neatly. It’s as lovely inside as it is outside.

And finally some pictures of the top on me… Ignore my lack of makeup and my ‘hanging-out-around-the-house-with-the-kids’ hair. Please. The fit on this blouse is pretty good. It’s a bit snug in the arms, but that is normally a problem I have with both hand made and ready to wear tops. Guess I’m going to have to do a few more arm workouts each week.

All in all this was a great make and I’m pleased with how it turned out. This makes #VintagePledge make number four for me this year! I pledged five so I should have that knocked out soon. I’d love to double my pledge this year. Check out my blog over at www.shessewbettie.blogspot.com to keep up with what I’m sewing!

Thanks again for hanging out through this. I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend (here in the states) and remember the reason why we get to celebrate this weekend. #rememberthebrave

 

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1940s Wearable Wardrobe Expansion…

By on July 7, 2013

Continuing on in my attempt at a 1940’s wearable wardrobe – the ubiquitous 1940’s Lumber Jacket!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really very happy with how this turned out (and really happy its stopped raining long enough so I can take photos)!

I used Simplicity 1535 (view 1) and black gaberdine.

The sleeves are full and glamorous, and the nipped waist is really flattering. Did I mention the pattern was easy to sew as well?

My favourite element would be the pointed cuffs, so very cute.

 

It was also sunny enough to take photos of Simplicity 1692 – View A.

While the jacket was made pretty much to-pattern, this one was modified to death. A full list is on my blog, but the main pattern change was to make the blouse back-buttoning like a traditional 1940’s blouse pattern.

I didn’t realise the pattern was a pull-over at first, and I don’t think the amount of ease called for was very flattering for an already plus-sized girl! I would definitely make this pattern again though, it’s great novelty print stash buster and the gathered neckline is really sweet.

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