Vintage

At the beginning of the year I set myself the goal of sewing three items of clothing that I’ve never made before – trousers, a swimsuit, and a coat. One down, two to go, as I recently made my first pair of trousers!
Vintage Simplicity 3688 19040s Trousers
These were made using Simplicity 3688 which is a reproduction 1940s pattern. The pattern envelope includes both the adorable original illustrations, and photos of the finished items which (while not exactly thrilling photos) allow you to get a sense of the finished shape.
Vintage Simplicity 3688 19040s Trousers
I would totally recommend these trousers to other trouser newbies. They are made from only three pattern pieces (five fabric pieces) and are a quick make (my favourite kind!). Personally I love the vintage shape with the high waist & wide leg. I used a grey polyester suiting fabric which has a nice drape which suits the wide leg & is light-weight for the summer.
Vintage Simplicity 3688 19040s Trousers

Vintage Simplicity 3688 19040s Trousers
I was lucky enough to get to take these photographs in the Lake District, actually at Beatrix Potter’s House and just outside. For those outside the UK who may not know it, the Lake District it is like a storybook version of England – all tiny villages, countryside, slate and stones walls. Basically it’s gorgeous.

More photos and nattering on my blog, English Girl at Home

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Another finished project to share with you today. This the dress I made for my birthday last month. I call this my “Violets are Blue and Purple Birthday Dress.”

The dress was made from two different vintage patterns. The bodice from McCall’s 8949 (1950s) and the skirt from McCall’s 5812 (1960s).

The fabric came from my mom’s sewing stash. It had some light staining, probably from storage, which mostly came out in the wash. The marks were difficult to cut around but are not all that noticeable on the finished dress. I also had a limited amount of fabric so matching the print was a bit of a challenge. Overall I’m very happy with it and really enjoyed having something fun and pretty to wear for my birthday. :)

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This year was my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary and we decided to do a vintage vow renewal ceremony on the beach!

I decided to make myself a vintage wedding dress! I decided on this late 40s pattern:

Especially after I found it’s vintage doppelganger!

As you can see, my version of white cotton lawn turned out quite like the original!

It was such a wonderful event! I was so bummed that I got married before I discovered vintage so this was my do over dress.

I shared a ridiculous number of photos from the day over on my blog. General vow renewal shots are here and my dress diary is here.

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Vintage Paul Blanche Coat
I didn’t make this coat, only replaced the zip, but I thought We Sew Retro readers might be interested to see it as it’s a vintage coat given to me by my Nan.
Vintage Paul Blanche Coat
I’m also hoping that someone might be able to shed some light on the brand. The label says Paul Blanche but I can’t find any information online. Any ideas?
Vintage Paul Blanche Coat
More information and pictures on my blog: English Girl at Home
Vintage Paul Blanche Coat

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