1930s | Vintage Sewing

NYC Area? Visit this retro fashion exhibit

By on June 13, 2016

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC has an interesting exhibit Stiching History from the Holocaust. Among the exhibit’s features are vintage designs brought to life by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. The designs, having been tucked away in an attic for over eight decades, were originally sent from Czechoslovakia to America as part of an immigration application. The dress designs offered proof that dressmaker Hedy Strnad would be able to support herself when arriving in the US. Unfortunately, she was never given the opportunity and died in a Nazi deathcamp.

The exhibit’s two main goals are to increase understanding as to why Jews (or other persecuted peoples) did not just leave before Nazi occupation and secondly to mark the immeasurable loss of human creativity as a result of holocaust killings. I highly recommend the small – but very moving – exhibit if you are able to experience it.

I posted photographs on my fb page.

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

• 1940s Tropical Print Rayon Dress •

By on April 20, 2016

Today I’m posting about a dress I made for a vacation to the Gulf Coast a couple of months ago. I had some very tropical, vacation-appropriate rayon fabric that I thought would make a perfect 1940s dress!

I used Simplicity 1692 for the basic bodice shape, but altered it by adding darts, and changing the neckline and sleeves. The skirt is from Butterick 6266.

Hop over to my blog to read all about it! Have a lovely day, ladies! 🙂

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940’s Dress

By on June 24, 2013

So I made my second 40’s dress. I am beginning to really understand the old patterns and sometimes think they are actually easier then the modern ones and am getting better each time. I really love this one with all of the buttons and neck line. Although the pictures do not show this so well, it really does nip in at the waist like the pattern picture, very feminine.  With researching rations and coupons of the wartime, buttons were used rather more then metal zippers. Fits really comfortably and I love the material. Perfect for this hot weather.

Another one showing the dress with my new 40’s replica shoes, love them and sooo comfortable. I am so not good at having my picture taken, usual reason you see my items on a mannequin.

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1940s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Overalls for a Victory Garden

By on June 10, 2013

Sewing pants can be tricky but with the price of repro jeans being sky high, I knew I had to give making my own a chance!

This was my first time sewing with denim and it went really well! My machine needed a bit of persuasion to get it to sew pretty buttons in denim but I prevailed.

I made these from Wearing History’s 1940s WWII overall pattern. It was really great to work with! I chose a medium weight 7oz denim so I could wear them all year round.

I’m really pleased with how these came out! I’m pretty sure I never need to buy repro 40s jeans again!

I’ve got a much longer review and many more photos over on the blog! Have you ever made 40s pants or overalls before?

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1940’s Sew for Victory Dress

By on April 3, 2013

Hello and today I am showing my first dress I have ever made in this style. This was a challenge for me, I learnt a lot about dress making and many some new contacts.  I chose this shirt style dress unbeknown to me a collar is not that easy especially for a beginner but here it is and it turned out well.

Here is a close up of the darts, there were a few all around. The buttons I got from Etsy, they were new old stock so I was pleased to find them. This took me just over a week but that was sewing everyday. I am very pleased how this turned out and fits.

I am now setting myself my own challenge to make a full 40’s wardrobe from dresses, blouses, skirts to suits……Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

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