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Butterick 6354 #RetroTikiCollab Project

By on August 11, 2016

Wow, didn’t Abi from the Crafty Pinup do an amazing job on her Bustier to Skirt Pattern Hack Gertie’s 6354 Butterick pattern as part of the #RetroTikiCollab project.

I was also lucky enough to be apart of the #RetroTikiCollab project along with d Abi from The Crafty PinupChristina fromGussets and Godets  and Bianca from Vintage on Tap.

Retro Tiki Collab Project
I’m thrilled to be apart of this project with such talented seamstresses.

For my take on this pattern was to rock the original, by making the pattern as directed.

This was the first time I worked with boning so I was a little nervous but think it all turned out well.

Akram's Ideas : Retro Tiki Collab
I’m really surprised how good this came out.

For this project I used a cotton navy blue fabric with a golden tropical flower print on it. Not necessarily  very tiki, but I had just enough fabric and I need more blue in my wardrobe.

The entire pattern only took a day and a half to put together, so I was quite pleased with the simplicity of this project.

Akram's Ideas : Retro Tiki Collab
The shorts and bustier is great for hot days

I wasn’t sure how much wear I would get out of this pattern, but since I’ve made it I’ve worn it a couple of times. This outfit is great for hot days, especially ones we’ve had recently that have hit a 100+.

I’m really glad to be apart of this #RetroTikiCollab project and had a lot of fun making this project. Also, as part of this project I decided to host a fabric giveaway.

Akram's Ideas: Fabric Give Away
Deadline to enter is 11:59pm Thursday August 11, 2016

The deadline for the giveaway is tonight (Thursday August 11, 2016 at 11:59pm CST) , so there’s still time to enter.

To enter this giveaway and to read more about my process for making this dress check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/retro-tiki-collab-butterick-6354)

 

 

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A Christmas Pinny-dress, c. 1944 (Simplicity 1212)

By on November 30, 2014

Ahhh…. nothing like spending a hot Aussie Xmas in a comfortable cotton dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fabric is an adorable vintage christmas border print, with ‘Merry Christmas’ in different languages written across the white background – and candles across the border.

I hoped there would be enough for a dress, and after a frantic search through my collection I found Simplicity 1212 – pinafore dresses from 1944.

Photo from Vintagesewingpattern wiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I mention pockets?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only major changes I made to the pattern was to cut the  back pieces on the fold instead of have a button back – I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with and needed to save as much as I could! I faced everything with white lawn to reduce the fabric requirement too – the dress took roughly 3m of fabric in the end.

If you’d like to read about it in more detail, there’s a post on my blog…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1950s | 1960s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Stormy TikiColada Circle Skirt

By on October 31, 2013

Hi all and happy Halloween!

Here is a circle skirt I made recently to add to my summer wardrobe, They fabric is a hawaiian Rayon/cotton blend, and it’s got lovely airy movement!

I was really drawn to the colours and the stormy feel. It’s a little shorter than I wanted, owing to the fact that the store only had 2 metres left and I had to try and make the fabric directions match up as much as I could nby making two half circles and sewing them together, I may just have enough left for a matching simple string top, we’ll see.

Please excuse the flip flops, it’s VERY hot here at the moment in Perth

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1950s | Blouses

It’s BBQ time again!

By on July 30, 2013

Just a quick post to show off a new top that I’ve made!

I just adore this BBQ print fabric. I made a dress from it earlier this year and I just had enough extra fabric to make this sleeveless top.

The pattern I used was Advance 8511 but it would be super easy to use any front buttoning blouse pattern to make a sleeveless top. This pattern didn’t even have facings! It just called for finishing the armholes with bias binding.

Do you like sleeveless tops and dresses for summer? More details and photos over on the blog.

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Vintage Sewing

1936 pattern

By on July 13, 2013

I thought I’d be able to whip this dress out in a couple of days. I’m a bad estimator. From a mail-order pattern from 1936 (maybe Marian Martin, but probably Farm Bureau), the instructions were vague and I figured most of it out on my own. Fabric is cotton voile, very light for summer, with a nice 1930’s pattern ( a little Deco, but….); collar is antique charmeuse silk from a WWII wedding gown I had a scrap of. The major stains on that fabric are on the underside of collars and cuffs. I was able to score the Bakelite belt buckle from a flea market vendor in NYC. Unsure about the flower–if I should go frilly with the old lace inserted or just plain. Fits well, little adjustments here and there, the pattern size is a bit too big for me. MYy dummy loves wearing this dress. Everything looks better on her!

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1950s | Blouses

Swiss Dot Peasant Blouse

By on June 29, 2013

Swiss Dot Peasant Blouse

I recently made this black Swiss Dot peasant blouse from vintage pattern Butterick 9768. This is the first of many that I am planning on making this summer. The pattern is easy to whip up and looks great with a variety of outfits. I bought the pattern on Etsy and in a size 14 which is perfect for my modern size 6 or Medium.

 

Swiss Dot Peasant Blouse Outfit

A true Summer staple!  For outfit details visit my blog post on this project on my blog; Bobbins And Bombshells.

Butterick 9768

 I’m looking forward to several of these blouses in my wardrobe!

 

 

 

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1950s | 1960s | Vintage Sewing

Green Shell Top Tutorial

By on May 19, 2013

Today I will be showing you a variation on Burda Shift Dress 09/2012 #107

This variation turns the top into a 50s/60s shell style top with a cross back. You can use Burda 09/2012 #107 or Collette patterns Laurel as your base as we only need the front and part of the back of the pattern.

If you have another pattern for a shift dress or plain top, you can use this too! I will instruct you to make this top to fit you so make sure you have your measuring tape and if you have one a dressmakers mannequin or packing tape shell (if you ever made one). I don’t have a mannequin and I did ok so don’t worry if you don’t have one


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