1940s | Vintage Sewing

1940s Red and White Swing Dress

By on February 19, 2014

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 a bit too roomy in the bust area for me. And that’s perfectly OK because I’m hoping this dress will work for someone else.

The dress is made from a red and white striped cotton that is light and slightly springy. It’s machine sewn but the neck, sleeves, and hem I finished all by hand. The fabric really drapes and moves beautifully so I think this would be perfect for swing dancing! I believe it’s a cotton/rayon or cotton/nylon blend. It was a left over piece from my fabric stash so I’m not really sure.

The neckline has a great key-hole detail and closes with a hidden hook and eye. There is also a zipper on the left side. I did not add the bow at the neck as shown in the pattern but that can be added in a jiffy! I added a black bow belt for contrast in the pictures, which sadly are a little washed out. I soooo need a new camera! The fabric is really a nice bright red in person. This dress is listed on Etsy if anyone is interested. I also have a few more pictures on my blog.

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Vogue 8728 – a Bit of Winter Sun

By on November 28, 2013

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, making it pretty easy to fit. Because it’s the 40’s, there are little shoulder pads inserted under the cap sleeves. And the skirt is gathered, so it’s nice and swishy when you walk:

And to finish it, I made a simple belt  with a bow that sits on the waist:

All of this was courtesy of the Minerva Bloggers Network, which everyone should go and check out – there’s some great stuff on there made by some talented people, and the best bit is the fact that you can buy a kit of each project!

You can also check out my blog for more details: nicoleneedles.blogspot.co.uk

 

See you soon!

 

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1940s | Blouses | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

1940s Peplum blouse

By on August 5, 2013

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 lovely peach and white flowered fabric that draped beautifully, and some pretty pearl buttons.

The pattern was fairly easy, and I was able to finish it in two nights.  My fabric turned out to be a little see-through, so I’ll have to wear a camisole under it.  It’s also a little loose, which I attribute to both the fit of ’40s blouses, and probably my choice in sizes to make!

The back picture really doesn’t do the shirt justice.  The fabric drapes beautifully, but wrinkles terribly.

Overall, I’m fairly happy with the outcome of my blouse.  It fits a lot looser than the blouses I typically wear, but I can get used to that.  I’m not sure what I’ll wear with it…pants or a pencil skirt?  I guess it’s time to start looking for a new pattern!

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1940s | Hats

Make do & Mend Hat

By on October 20, 2012

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 do and mend newsreel fromt he 40’s and a little bit of guessing I cut off the brim and re sewed it to give a ‘nifty’ sporty look hat.

I even added ribbon.

and feathers as decorations.

All I need now is a way of making sure it is secure a hair comb or hat pin and I’m done.

For more pics & details see my Blog

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940s shirt dress revisited

By on July 14, 2012

Butterick 26381940s red dress

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. Its 100 per cent cotton and has a lovely rib going on. A friend of mine was decluttering and gave me a bag of mixed fabric. I knew what this was destined for as soon as I opened the bag!

1940s red shirt dress

I’m not sure it would be recognised as a vintage 40s dress, especially styled with wellies and a Hello Kitty brolly. But needs must in this relentlessly rainy UK climate! I’m so glad to have found the perfect home for these sweet little ‘target’ buttons.

target button detail

For more info and pictures pop over to ooobop! 

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