1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

• 1950s Peppermint Dot Christmas Dress •

By on December 16, 2015

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There’s something so fun about making dresses for particular holidays, especially Christmas!! 🙂 I made this dress last week using some Michael Miller fabric, and I’m definitely in love with it.

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The bodice is based off of Simplicity 1459, with a Simplicity 2154 neckline and collar. The skirt is from Simplicity 1250.

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All in all, it’s SUCH a fun dress, and I am loving wearing it every single day! 🙂

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Merry Christmas!

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1960s | Blouses

Simplicity 2154 View B – Bow Blouse

By on June 17, 2014

I’ve had this retro pattern in my stash fr what seems like ages and I’ve not yet sewn anything from it. Yesterday I sat down with a yard and a half of a pretty (but unfortunately polyester) fabric I grabbed at Joann’s a few days before. I knew this fabric would present some problems, mainly with it being really slippery, but I was not expecting it to literally disintegrate along the seams the minute any pressure was placed on them.

I stitched this up in a few hours, put it on, and as soon as I reach to grab something, the center back seam split completely apart. I took it off, and barely applied pressure to another seam, and it shredded apart too. Ugh! I wasn’t expecting that at all. After the seam shredding business, I busted out some bias tape and bound all of my seams, hoping that would  keep them together. I’ve been wearing the blouse all day today without any incidents, so it appears to have worked. We’ll see how it fares in the wash but I think it will be okay. In hindsight, I’d cut this with slightly large seam allowances and use French seams on it if I make it again out of a similar fabric- Its a close fitting blouse and there isn’t much easy at all in it.

The directions call for a button and loop closure at the neck, but I went with a hook and eye instead mostly because I have literally thousands of hooks and eyes and they were within reach.

I love the ridiculously large bow and the collar is really cute. I might make this again in a solid color cotton as I really like it, but not sure as its pretty distinctive. I don’t have this up on my blog yet, but as usual, you’re welcome to pop by and say hello!

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