1940s | 1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Bullet Bra Sew Along

By on November 1, 2013

I recently completed the Va-Voom Vintage bullet bra sew-along! This was my first sew along and I loved it.  A bra was a great thing to start off with and Brittany’s pattern and instructions were great. I was really inspired by her collection of vintage bullet bras as well.

My first sew-along.

I added some faggoting stitch, a keyhole opening in the bridge, and some modern lingerie elastics and closure. Be aware, this girl is pointy!

 

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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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1960s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage flower skirt

By on July 16, 2013

Hi all,

My name is Camille, I’m french and after months reading this collective blog, here is my firt post. This is a straight flowered skirt I would like to share today. I bought the fabric from an old women at the garage sale of my neighbourhood.

I wouldn’t bet ont it but, from the thickness, I’d say this is an old cotton fabric. And these flowers give a little vintage spirit.

For more details about this project, you can visit my blog !
Have a nice day.
Camille

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1950s | Dresses | Mildly Insane Photo | Modern Patterns | Pattern Sizing | Vintage Sewing

1950s Picnics and Parties Dress

By on May 30, 2013

I swooned when I saw this dress over at ButchWax Vintage – it’s divine! It would be perfect for weddings, parties and picnics – every occasion, but such a tiny waist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knew I needed to make my own (modest) version if I was to ever sleep at night. So, here goes….

1950s Gingham Dress

I used the Billie Jean Pattern, from Blue Ginger Doll – and drafted my own collar to suit.

The Billie Jean pattern comes together really easily, and i’m fairly sure i’d use it again as the base for other dresses. The size 16 ended up being the best size for me at a 39.5″ bust (it’s meant to have zero ease, but I found that too tight for this style).

I can’t wait to wear this dancing! (and excuse the headless photos, it’s way too early in the morning).

More details, as always, on the blog

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1950s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Old Throw – New Skirt!

By on February 17, 2013
self drafted pencil skirt
self drafted pencil skirt
self-drafted pencil skirt from thrifted throw

This is the 3rd self-drafted pencil skirt I’ve made and I’m sure it wont be the last. I love how each one has taught me something new. This one is indeed made from a thrifted wool throw/blanket. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work out until the end but this darned cold weather spurred me on. The idea of having a blanky wrapped round my legs an’ all! I made sure to interface the hem and vent so that it had a bit of weight to keep the shape and that really worked.

 coffee in the pub

It did come up a little too big though. I did stay stitch the waistline but clearly the weave in the wool has much more give than I’d bargained for. Only noticeable when I wear a cinched in belt, the waist at the back drops down, but no biggie. It’s a keeper this skirt, so come the warmer months, when it’s no longer my go-to, I will remove the waistband and take it in a bit. Boy, that’s how I know I’ve come so far! I would never have even thought that before!

check wool skirt
I have documented how I attached the lining to the vent over at ooobop! for anyone who is interested. Only the 2nd time I’ve attempted this but there’s no going back now!

The wonderful photos are taken by the lovely Mr Ooobop! Such a luxury to have a hubby who’s so keen to practice photography skills.

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1960s | 1970s | Blouses

A vintage-style Colette Violet

By on January 17, 2012
Colette Violet

Hey everyone,

Hope the mid January blues aren’t spoiling your sewing mo-jos!

I decided to tackle the Colette Violet after seeing some great vintage-style versions around the blogosphere. The original fit was too loose for me so I took the side seams in and reduced the width across the shoulders for my version.

I used a vintage-style fabric from Walthamstow Market and vintage buttons. It’s some kind of weird 60s/70s mash up now but it works for me! For more pics and deets on how I adapted the pattern please just head on over to my blog.

Colette Violet

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