Vintage Sewing

1950’s Dress

By on May 21, 2013


Hello, this is my first posting on here and I want to share with you my first ‘vintage’ make.  I have been sewing and knitting since I was a young girl but this is the first time I have drawn out my own pattern quite like this one.  I recently bought a fab 1950’s book (via pdf) from Subversive Femme on Etsy.  It is  by Enid Gilchrist and has loads of designs to draw up as in the picture shown.  At first viewing the patterns look quite daunting but they are not.  You just need a set square, tape measure, a pencil and paper – I used baking parchment.

I needed to change some of the measurements a little and found this easy enough as the book details how to do this.  I also made a ‘mock up’ of the bodice which I was glad to have done as some tweaks were made to this too.

The cotton fabric was bought in Paris from Marche Saint Pierre, very near to the Sacre Coeur.  It’s a fabric shop on 5 floors.  Needless to say my eyes were popping out of my head when my partner took me there!  So much fabric to choose from!

I chose to make a petticoat to go underneath my dress.  This pattern is also in the same book.  The dress hangs much nicer with the petticoat and I decided to put broderie anglais lace at the bottom.  I could have added net but didn’t want my dress to stick out too much so lace is great.

When making this dress I also completed my first invisible zip and looked on You tube to help me.  It actually wasn’t too difficult and I’m very pleased with the result.

I’m loving my new dress and feel inspired to make some more clothes in this way.  I hope you like it too?



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1950s | Pattern Catalogs | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A gift from Granny…

By on May 13, 2012

Wanted to share this Singer reference book my Grandma gave me recently.  Published in 1955 this book only cost 95 cents.   My Granny would of been around my age, 35, at the time she was learning from this book.

Singer Sewing Skills Reference book

I can’t wait to go through this book.   It discusses a little bit of everything and a lot of things I’ve never heard of.  Adjustable hemmer , zipper closures and everything in between.

I myself need to pay particular attention to this section…my posture is horrible…

Sit up straight my dears!

There are 6 sewing lessons in this book and each lesson has a little packet of scrap fabric to practice on.

  • Lesson 1 – Sewing Machine Principles
  • Lesson 2 – Stitching Methods and Fashion Details
  • Lesson 3 – Sewing Machine Attachments
  • Lesson 4 – Fashion Stitches
  • Lesson 5 – Zipper Closures
  • Lesson 6 – Hems and Hem Finishes

I love my Grandma’s cute little notes various places in the book and each of the lesson packets still has the fabric she practiced on.






















This is so precious to me and something I will cherish forever!


I also wanted to share a brand new skirt I just made for myself that I am so super pleased about!  My Granny will be pleased as well.   Simplicity 2226, it’s not a vintage pattern but the polka dots give it vintage flare don’t cha’ think!?!?

You can see more pics of it on my blog here.

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