1950s | Blouses | Shirts

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

By on August 23, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to review the Gable Top from Jennifer Lauren Handmade.

Akram's Ideas: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top
I love this shirt!

If you are looking for a pattern to kick off your autumn sewing, this may be it!

I love everything about this shirt, from it’s ease to put together to the overall look.

The classic slash neckline, the sleeve variations , it’s just perfect.

Akram's Ideas: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top
I also love my fabric choice

I’ve also been wanting to add a striped knit shirt to my wardrobe for a long time. This seemed like a good pattern for doing just that. Plus, I’m so happy that I managed to line up all the stripes, even the sleeves match up.

Autumn maybe still a week or two out, but I’m already planning like a dozen more of these shirts.

Akram's Ideas: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top
I’m so happy with this shirt!

The Gable Top is great example of a modern pattern with a lot of classic 1950’s flare.

To read more about my process for making this shirt check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/gable-top-jennifer-lauren-handmade/)

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Sunset Stripes Dress (Vintage Vogue 8789)

By on October 11, 2013

Hi everyone, I’m here to share one of my recent projects, which I’m calling my Sunset Stripes dress. This is the dress I made for the Fall For Cotton Sewalong, hosted by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille and Tasha of By Gum By Golly. I pattern I used was a mish-mash of Vintage Vogue 8789 (bodice) and the Cambie dress by Sewaholic (skirt) and the fabric is a woven striped cotton by Kaffe Fassett. I based it on a gorgeous striped vintage dress from Dear Golden Vintage that I loved but which wasn’t my size (or price range!) I made a number of modifications to the original patterns- for more pictures and info and to see the inspiration dress, check out my post on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine!

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Children | Kids | Modern Patterns | Rompers / Playsuits

A Sailor’s Romper

By on September 17, 2013

If I could I would dress my boy in vintage baby clothing all the time! There is something unique in vintage pieces or vintage inspired pieces and I love to incorporate vintage style in outfits that I make for my son. Here is a summer romper that I created back in July.

The bodice is fully lined (another thing I enjoy about sewing clothes myself) and I ended up adding piping that wasn’t called for in the original pattern. Oh, and yes that is a vintage bike as well!

If you would like to see more pictures please head over to my blog!

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1950s

50’s Striped Chevron Dress

By on July 7, 2012

This dress was made from a re-released vintage Butterick pattern (#5605). I used a white and kelly green stripe cotton and wanted to play with the placement of the stripes. I made a chevron at the bust, placed stripes horizontally on the side gussets and tried to run the stripes vertically on the circle skirt, which resulted in some more chevrons.

I love vintage patterns but sometimes it’s fun to make them a little more modern by modifiying them. I shortened the sleeves and skirt and adding a matching exposed zipper. It doesn’t read as a 50’s design to me anymore but I like the result. I don’t think I love anything I’ve ever made as much as I love this dress. It’s so perfect for the summer and I feel like magic happens whenever I wear it.

This dress was a challenge to assemble – I have more info, photos and links of the resources I used to make it at my blog here.

 

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