1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

BBQ Season

By on May 10, 2013

I just adore the summer! And when I saw this cute retro 50s inspired BBQ print fabric, I just had to have it!

Fabric: quilting cotton ($5/yd)
Pattern: Vintage Vogue 2960
Year: 1954
Notions: black piping, covered buttons
Hours to complete: 12
First worn: May 2012
Total cost: $30

I’ve seen quite a few versions of this dress around but most are on less chesty gals. If you need an FBA, you’ll definitely want to do a muslin since the underbust seam makes the fitting a bit more difficult. This was my first time sewing with a vintage Vogue reprint and it was much less intimidating than I thought it would be.

Loads more photos, and detailed construction notes over on the blog.

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1950s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

Summer is near! (I hope!)

By on March 18, 2013

I’ve never been a real big fan of off season sewing because I always want to wear my new creations as soon as they are finished, but I’m so ready for summer that I made an exception for this lovely blouse!

It’s Butterick 7328 and has two sleeve options-a cap sleeve and a puff sleeve.

I opted for the cap sleeve since I had only 1 yd of this cute green gingham fabric. I really loved how this piece turned out and I really want a puff sleeved version too! I took these shots on a pretty warm day but that is a clump of snow in the background. It’s gotten a quite chilly again so it’ll be a while before I get to wear it again.

If you’d like to see more, there are extra shots of this blouse and my fab Freddies of Pinewood 50s style capris as well as more construction details over on my blog.

Summer please come soon!

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1960s | 1980s | Dresses

Gift of the Wind Dress

By on April 23, 2012

My extra credit project from the recent Simplicity blog hop, from pattern 2444, a modern pattern based off one from 1964. All the lovely versions floating around in the blogosphere tempted me, so I set aside my usual shyness with full skirts. The fabric is an 80s windfall from my mom’s stash, and I just love it. Can you believe she has this in yellow, too?! Might have to confiscate that. Gift of the Wind is a local public art kinetic sculpture, also from the 80s, and its blustery movement truly ties in to the fabric to me.

I fully lined the dress in batiste (also stolen from mom), added stay tape to the pockets for support, and hand-picked the zip. I made my usual adjustments to the back bodice, but am still working on fitting the front. There is some gaping, but not enough to dissuade me from donning the dress. I might be coming around to full skirts… in small doses 🙂 (I love them on others!)

More photos over here

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