Vintage sewing; 1940s

Hi All! I’ve finished another sewing project! This one is a mid 1940s day dress. I knew the pattern would be a touch large for me, but I went ahead and made it up anyway without making any alterations. And guess what? Yup, it was a little too big! Well, actually it’s quiet wearable but [...]

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It’s dark and grey here in London, so I fancied making something highly inappropriate and summery to cheer myself up. Here’s Vogue 8728 to the rescue: I used a lovely poly-cotton from Minerva fabrics with a cute little nautical print:   The dress has a yoke on the front bodice, with a gathered bust section, [...]

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Hello!  I have been following this blog for a while, but haven’t had the nerve to post until now!  I typically sew 1950s dresses and circle skirts, but when I saw Simplicity 1590, I knew I had to give the ’40s a try.  After nearly an hour of searching JoAnn’s sales racks, I found a [...]

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So as I love sewing wartime items, I made these and I am finishing one more now. My nan used to wear these all the time and so do I now when I am cleaning or for my reenactment’s. They are from an original 40′s pattern and made in all cotton, look so great with [...]

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My contribution to Lucky Lucille’s Sew for Victory Sewalong:   More details on my blog http://busylizzieinbrizzy.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/sew-for-victory-dress-completed.html

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So this is a project i’ve been thinking about doing for a while but with onset of cold weather thought it was about time I took the plunge and made myself a hat…well upcycle. Started with a cheap bog standard hat I got in a sale for £3. And using the instructions from a make [...]

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This is the second time I have used this pattern: Vintage Butterick 2638. It is such a comfy fit. This one seemed to take a little longer than the first. Only because I made a few adjustments and included longer sleeves but I am happy with the result. Not totally sure what the fabric is. [...]

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This has got to be my favourite dress to date and it ties in nicely with the 1940s inspired challenge over at Sew Weekly. I used an original 1940s pattern from Butterick, number 2638 which I got from Etsy some time ago. The fabric was an amazing find at Oxfam, last year for about five [...]

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Although summer is officially over here in Australia, we’re still having lovely weather. With any luck I’ll get another chance to wear the Blue Fans dress before the sun disappears.    The front shows off the fan print beautifully, but the back is where it’s at…   I can’t tell you how much I love [...]

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Greetings! My first post on the new site is my most recently completed project: a 1940s Mail Order pattern. It was very simple to put together, I only really glanced at the instructions and it was finished in a weekend. It did take me a bit to figure out the bodice piece though – it’s only one piece [...]

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