1920s | Accessories | Bags / Purses | Blouses | Embroidery | Hats | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A 1920 Ensemble

By on March 15, 2017

This outfit is my foray into the world of the late teens and early 20’s.  I used two patterns from Past Patterns, dated to circa 1920, for both my blouse and skirt, while my purse was made from a tapestry remnant and Vogue #7252, from the year 2000.  My hat is a thrift store find which I decorated to make-do and my shoes are close reproductions from Jeffrey Campbell.  I used primarily cotton for all pieces – even thread!  There are so many fine details to this set – the blouse has my hand-stitched floral designs on the neck, shoulders, and sleeves while I used old original glass teens/20’s era buttons for the front closure of the blouse.  There are real brass buttons along the pocket panel of the skirt…and check out those awesomely enormous pockets as big as mini suitcases!  My background was one of the very first “arcade” indoor shopping malls in our country, a lovely Gothic place built in 1919.  To see and read more, please visit my blog post here.

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

McCalls 4769 Shirtdress with Vintage Flare

By on June 30, 2016
Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 Shirtdress

Hello All,

I recently participated in the McCall’s Shirtdress Sew-Along and thought I’d share my project with everyone.

For this project I used McCalls 4769 pattern which I had in my stash, unfortunately it’s currently been discontinued.

Since it was the first time I made this dress, I decided to make a wearable muslin first.

Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 wearable muslin
The wearable muslin came out very nice

Once I was happy with the muslin I decided to make my final dress.

While the pattern was a modern one, I choose a floral purple print fabric and vintage buttons to give a vintage flare.

Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 final dress
I love the vintage look of the final dress

This pattern was  a little tricky and I had to do some pattern grading to get it to fit right. Still I love how this dress came out.

To read more about my process for making this dress over on my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/shirtdress-mccalls-4769/)

 

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1930s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Tea at Two

By on January 1, 2015

I squeezed one last project in before 2014 came to a close. Recently, I’ve been inspired by 1930s fashions so this dress is the next step on my journey to a 1930s wardrobe.

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The pattern I used is Wearing History’s Tea at Two dress. Original 1930s sewing patterns can be expensive and hard to find so I love reproduction patterns! Plus this one was multi-sized which is always a bonus.

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I found an adorable set of white vintage buttons on etsy that were just perfect for this outfit! I love using vintage notions in my sewing projects because the add that extra touch of authenticity to an outfit.

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It’s been unusually warm in my new home state, Florida, so I did get a chance to wear this dress recently even though it feels quite spring inspired to me. I’m sure it will get loads more wear when the weather warms back up for good in the spring.

 

More photos and construction details over on my blog.

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1920s | 1940s | 1950s | Buttons | Vintage Sewing

I So Lucked Out …..

By on September 17, 2013

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A fantabulous friend made the find of the century as far as I am concerned. In Malta a moth balled warehouse, delapidated but full of vintage haberdashery. She braved 30 degree heat, no light bar a head torch, no help just her, collapsing wooden shelves and many bugs and creepy crawlies (we Brits are not at all hardy when it comes to bugs). Untouched for over 50 years, she delved in and rescued what she could, all with the blessing of the owner I hasten to add.

I so lucked out to have such a buddy as she has so kindly shared some vintage goodies with me. Trim, lace and buttons ranging from 1920's through to the 1950's.

So in for a penny, in for a pound I'm sewing up an upcycling storm. Buying vintage fabric online to fully compliament the goodies. The grand plan to have a wonderful selection of items for Christmas. I've made some samples today…. Baubles made from trim with vintage button on either side and a heart with glass 1920's red and white buttons. Thinking the heart can work as a bauble for a tree, a mirror hanging or a proper fancy pants pin cushion even!

Tomorrow I am sampling some hair accessories, my thinking is at the vintage fair in November people likely will be looking for either stocking fillers or beautifully unique handmade vintage items with the bonus of saving the planet as its all up-cycled. Everything is of my own design, many sleepless nights with creative juices going CURAZEE with ideas for my goodies which finally are now becoming real things rather than a head full of ideas 🙂

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Giveaway

GIVEAWAY: $40 in Vintage Buttons Giveaway Closes Tomorrow!

By on July 26, 2012

Here in Southern Indiana, where the temperature and humidity have reached offensive proportions, we’re all inside chained to the sweet, sweet air conditioning.

But if you live in a climate where it’s possible to step outside without risk of mummification, you may have missed our  giveaway for $40 to spend on vintage buttons from the lovely Marin of Vintage Necessities.

Marin has some amazingly drool-worthy buttons from a range of decades and the giveaway closes tomorrow so get on over to the giveaway post and get your entry in now!

 

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1940s | Buttons | Culottes / Pantskirts | Pants / Trousers | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

New ‘vintage’ from old baggy pants…

By on June 8, 2012

Hi all,  I thought I would  show you how a little project I was given by a friend turned out…

1940s button front swing trousers copied from an old pair (not sure how original they were !)

but made up in corderoy, not my favorite fabric, but she was so pleased with them she wants a second pair…:)

I lined every seam inside with cream satin bias tape. this is a little thicker than the lovely rayon tape you guys can get in the States,

( I have just managed to get a couple of reels from Etsy.com ..yey) but it worked well , I think 🙂

We chose vintage buttons for the fastenings…and all in all I was very pleased with them…and i have a pattern

now if any one is interested and is a 30″ waist and 5’5″ tall …

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Sewing

Buttons, buttons and more buttons

By on December 18, 2011

Hi. Im Ywea and this is my first blog post here.  Nerd By Trade. I work in a comic book store. I have a passion for old dresses, nice hats, sewing and knitting.

Well, I’ve got buttons, lots of buttons.

I got these from from an apartment that I helped to the to clean a while ago.  I am so lucky to suddenly just get these things. The first thing I did was (of course) to pour the entire contents of the box all over the floor to look at every single button.

Although I do not really know what I’m going to use the buttons for,  I’m pretty sure there will be no problem to get god used them. It’s always nice to have some extra lying around. Especially when it is large amounts of beautiful vintage buttons .

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