1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My dream 40s Noir dress – complete!

By on June 25, 2016

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This was one of those projects that scared me a bit, and was on the go for ages….But it’s a much loved dress now!

Vogue 273 pattern and fabric

This dress is the first vintage couturier pattern I have completed, it is so lovely and elegant, it is also my first vintage sewing project using a 40s pattern. So, despite sewing for a few years now, lots of firsts!

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I enjoyed wearing this with some of my favourite vintage accessories, a fascinator with a net, earrings, kid gloves that were my nana’s.

Vogue 273 full length back

And some lovely 40s shoes!

Vogue 273 and vintage 30s:40s heels shoes

Overall, this pattern was fairly straight forward to make, I talk about some of the challenges over on my blog post about this project, including concerns about the fabric choice (curtain fabric, which just felt so right for this…..) and having to baste and check those lovely draped folds at the front.

Vogue 273 full length skirt side face

While there were some challenges, this dress exceeded my expectations! I enjoy wearing it soo much. And I can’t wait to make another one..or two.

Vogue 273 full length

I have photos coming up soon of another one of my vintage vogue jump suits. After making this dress, I decided that the bodice from this pattern would team up perfectly with the pants from my go-to 60s jumpsuit pattern…

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On the go…

Sew Funjump suit

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My first vintage pattern…

By on December 1, 2013

Hello, it’s my first post here, and my first try of using vintage pattern too..

Where to start? I needed a dress for a rather formal event.. After a lot of pondering and wasting time researching on pinterest and such, I thought I rather fancied this vintage Vogue Couturier Belinda Bellville dress:

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The problem was I couldn’t find it (by that I mean couldn’t buy it for a reasonable price, the cheapest I found was £50+, and it’s not what I’m prepared to pay for a pattern.. )

To recreate this vintage pattern, I found another pattern from the same era, very similar Simplicity 8498:

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As you can see the front looks absolutely identical. The view 1 even has a self fabric belt  buttoned in back that is very similar to a band with a bow in Vogue Couturier 2112. And it’s  much cheaper!

I was very excited to try a vintage pattern for the first time… but I’m afraid it was the case that on PatternReview website described as “pattern ok, but didn’t work for me”.  Well, it was a nightmare!

Now, according to my bust measurements, I’m between size 14 and 16. I bought size 16 to be on safer side.. but when I made a muslin for the bodice, there was no room in it for my bust! I couldn’t believe how small it was! (I mean the bodice, not the bust..)

I’m very glad that I made a muslin! I spent 3 days fiddling with it, and in the end there was no line or curve of the pattern that had been left unchanged!

You can read the whole saga of my troubles on my blog, here I will show only the result  🙂

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The back was a challenge.. Center back opening from Vogue 2112 just didn’t look good.. I ended up making a V-cut instead..

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The fabric is lovely Duchess satin that I bought on Goldhawk road in London. When I was buying it I spotted discounted muslin, and I bought about 3 metres of muslin for making, well, muslin 🙂

It was the first time I made a proper muslin, and, as I said, it was the right decision. I couldn’t believe it, but it really speeds up the process! After all alterations were made on the muslin, it was so nice and easy to sew with actual intended fabric!

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My thoughts on the pattern.

As I said, it didn’t work for me.. Maybe my shape is wrong for this particular pattern, or because it’s vintage. I don’t know.. Besides, I’m not sure about those french darts.  Next photo shows: the pointy problem with french darts; the second dart on the bodice that was not intended by the pattern; and that I could’ve done better ironing..

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Thanks for looking at my first contribution to this wonderful community (not sure whether there will be more, as this painful experience kind of put me off vintage patterns..)

You can see more photos and info on my blog.

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