1950s

Swing high, swing low….and hello!

By on August 27, 2016

Swing high, swing low….and hello!Hello! It’s my first post here. I’m Ewa šŸ™‚ I hope I’ll be allowed to become a part of this wonderful community, which I have followed for such a long time!

Some time ago I thrifted over 8 yards of soft navy corduroy. I’ve never really been a fan of this fabric; it reminds me of the children’s clothes of the early 1990s, but there was something about this navy beauty that caught my eye and I decided to give it a try.

1 All the photos taken by my patient Husband šŸ˜‰

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I used a vintage pattern- Butterick 6288. I was so frustrated as 2 of the pattern pieces (the sleeves!) were missing, but I liked the pattern too much to just leave it. So I had to quickly educate myself and draft them on my own.

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I decided to make the coat mid-calf lenght, with 7/8 sleeves that can be turned back to 3/4. To make the coat even more fitted in the shoulder area, I moved most of the sleeves’ ease to the sides instead of the top of the cap.

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The coat fastens with 7 covered snaps (the button is purely ornamental). The collar and the facings were interfaced with canvas, pad-stitched to give them shape. I blind hemmed the coat, sewed the lining (setting the sleeves by hand) and blind hemmed it as well; it is slip-stitched to the coat along the collar and facings, with small ‘catch points’ along the side seams as well. The back lining is connected to the coat only by french tacks, to let the main fabric drape freely.

1415The not-so-glamourous but oh-so-practical covered sweat pads.

For more photos and more details about the coat I invite you to have a look at my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com. šŸ™‚ Thank you!

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1950s | Coats | Vintage Sewing

2015 Sew-tember Sew Along Vogue 1083

By on September 10, 2015
Fleece Coat, McCalls 4647

Hello We Sew Retro readers!

I’m so excited that this month is September, because if you haven’t heard already September isĀ National Sewing Month. Which means this isĀ #Sewtember, as I call it.

This year for #Sewtember I’ve decided to host my very first Sew Along and would like to invite all who are interestedĀ in joining the fun.

For this fun month long Sew Along each participant will be working on Vogue pattern v1083. This is a reproduction of a Vintage Vogue 1953 ladies coat.

If you’ve had the chance to read my blog (Akram’s Ideas), you may have seen a few coats I made in the last few month.

The first coat I ever attempted was back in March, of this year. It was a lovely pink fleece coat I made from my toddler niece using McCall’s pattern 4647.

Fleece Coat, McCalls 4647
Pink coat made for my niece, Layla.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I made this coat, because I had heard that coat construction can be rather difficult. However, the coat seemed to come together rather nicely. No big hiccups and I loved working with fleece.

After getting my feet wet with in coat making I decided to make a coat of my own. I ended up making a vintage swing coat using, vintage Simplicity pattern 4191 from my stash.

The coat was made in part of theĀ Your Fleece Fashion Contest, hosted by Your Fleece, an online Fleece retailer. I ended up making this coat out of red fleece, provided byĀ Your Fleece, and finished the lining using some red statin from my fabric stash.

I entered the contest purely for fun, I still consider myself a novice sewer, besides I had planned to make a swing coat anyways.Ā Despite what I thought about my sewing skills, somehow or another I managed to win the Ā Your Fleece Fashion Contest.

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Posing in my swing coat.

I canā€™t say how much I love this coat itā€™s fantastic! Itā€™s not only a great fashion statement itā€™s so cozy soft thanks to the fabulous fleece.

While I adored my first attempt at making a swing coat, I decided I’d like to make myself another. This time around IĀ wantedĀ to make a longer coat and while I’m at it , I thought why not share my sewing journey on this project as a Sew Along.

When planning the Sew Along I decided to choose a pattern that would accessible to others who might want to join the fun. Vogue’s vintage reproduction pattern v1083 was exactly what I was looking for. It had the class 1950’s swing coat style and it is still readily availableĀ for purchase.

The plan for the Sew Along is pretty simple. I’ll be posting once a week (typically on Saturday) my progress along with tips and tricks about sewing the coat.

I’ve also created aĀ Flickr groupĀ (:https://www.flickr.com/groups/2015-sew-tember-v1083/) for all participants to join and share photos, discussions and comments on their own and other’s makes in the Sew Along. At the end of theĀ sew along (in early October) I’ll be compilingĀ a video montage of all the coats of participantsĀ in the Sew Along.

Akram's Ideas 2015 Sewtember Sew Along
Akram’s Ideas 2015 Sewtember Sew Along

So, with that said. I’d like to once again invite all you wonderful lovely vintage sewers to be apart of this Sew Along and join the fun in making Vogue pattern v1083. The first (getting started) post will debutĀ this Saturday (Sept 12) over at Akram’s Ideas.

Hope to have you join the fun.

–Akram Taghavi-Burris
Bringing Creative and Crazy Ideas to Life.

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