1950s | Blouses | Modern Patterns | Pants / Trousers

Gertie’s capris and blouse

By on July 6, 2013

I made my own version of Gerties butterick 5895 this week and I am absolutely thrilled with this pattern. So easy and so cute!!  Thanks to Rochelle, her version inspired me to go buy the pattern and make my own.  Apart from too much ease (as usual for most of the big pattern companies….WHY?) the pattern is very straight forward and super easy to sew. I very much recommend it and will be making it again in the future. I already have a mint stretch denim on its way to . YEY!!!

For my first version I went with a dusky pink stretch denim for the capris and a red gingham for the blouse. I hope you like it and will want to make you own version now, too. I haven’t seen this made up enough in sewing-bloggerland yet.

There are more pictures and details on my blog 

Thank you for reading, have a wonderful weekend.


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1950s | 1960s | Dresses

One bodice, three different dresses

By on June 21, 2013

A few months ago I came across this beautiful picture on Pinterest and loved everything about it. The dress, the styling, the model of course.

source on pinterest, taken from http://jitterbugdoll.blogspot.jp/ I recommend ths blog.

I pinned it to my Pinterest and forgot about it for a while. I dug it back up when looking for some sewing inspiration and made my own bodice inspired by the picture. I paired it with a full gathered skirt and this is the finished result.



I like the bodice pattern so much, that I made it again with a circle skirt and straps

and my third version with straps again and pencil skirt


I like all three versions for different reasons. My favourite is probably the circle skirt version. I like mixing and matching bodices to different skirt variations. I makes the most of the patterns I have or make myself. I think I could add an A-line version in the future. What do you think? Or any other shape?

If you are interested here are all three versions on my blog:

version 1

version 2

version 3

XO Thank you.





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1940s | Dresses | Mail Order Patterns | Vintage Sewing

Mailorder 8111 quirky shirt dress

By on May 28, 2013

You might have already seen this if you are following my blog as I wrote about this dress on there last week.

I am currently working my way through my so far unused pattern stash and this pattern caught my eye. The unusual front flappy button detail got me interested in making a version of this dress. I’m sometimes unsure about such details as they can look a bit over the top when they are actually made up but I’m quite happy with the final result.

I think I will use the pocket on other future sewing projects. It’s such a simple design with the added buttoned down bar.

There are more pictures over on my blog if you are interested. Thank you very much.

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Vintage Sewing

Mailorder pattern (?) 4882 black and white floral shirt dress

By on May 12, 2013

Maybe someone here can help me date and name this pattern. I haven’t got the actual envelope for it and therefore only the pattern number but not what make it is. It looks like a mailorder pattern to me but Vintage pattern Wiki wasn’t any help to confirm my suspicion. Maybe one of you lovely reader can help.

But onto the dress. I made it from a black and white floral cotton, that I got when visiting my in laws in Leicestershire last month. I wasn’t sure what to make from it at first and decided I want to make one of my vintage shirt waist patterns that I haven’t touched yet. After a little help from Twitter and Instagram friends I decided on this pattern.

I opted for sleeves and shortened the hem by about 9 inches. I’m really happy about the way it turned out although I wasn’t too sure about the collar on me at first. If I make this dress again I would probably make a circle skirt instead of this center seamed one.

Please visit my blog for more pictures and details here.

Thank you XX

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1940s | Vintage Sewing

Sew for Victory: Turquoise shirt dress

By on March 31, 2013

This is my Sew for Victory contribution. A turquoise shirt dress made from 100% cotton. I got the inspiration from the 1943 Bella Hess catalogue.

My design idea was a turquoise shirt dress with shoulder and waist darts to shape the bodce, A-line skirt with pocket detail and a self fabric belt.

I already had a vintage shirt dress pattern that I liked the fit of and decided to frankenstein the bodice of that pattern. The original pattern had one waist and one bust dart to shape the bodice front. I traced, slashed and re-arranged the pattern piece.

There are more pictures and details on the construction of the dress here.

The finished dress turned out a little different from the original idea. I left the chest pocket because I didn’t like the look of it when I pinned it onto the dress. And I had to change the patch pockets on the skirt. I made the silly mistake of cutting the front skirt panel too small and didn’t want to waste the fabric and/or buy more. I solved the problem by switching on my make-do-and-mend thinking and working the pockets into the skirt which gave the front panel enough extra width to fit the skirt. I’m quite proud of myself that I didn’t just go for the easy option and bought more material.

And this is how it turned out in the end.

For more pictures, check out my blog please.

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1960s | Blouses | Buttons | Shirts | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

McCalls 7385, more bows, mint and red outfit

By on January 28, 2013

Hi my name is Bea and I am addicted to bow blouses, oops!! I’m not sorry though as they are just too much fun to make and most of all wear. So I made another one. This time I used a vintage pattern, McCalls 7385 view B, mint green poly cotton and red buttons.

The fit is looser than my previous blouses but I really like it. Especially in combination with the red skirt. I was inspired by a picture on Pinterest and had to create and outfit based on it.

I also made a 1960s inspired buttoned A-line skirt from a red cotton drill and big vintage buttons to go with it.

I hope you likey! More details and pictures here


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Vintage Sewing

Vintage inspired librarian chic

By on January 22, 2013

This outfit came together without even planning it. I made the blouse and skirt independently. When pairing the two, I was surprised how well they went together.

Retro Librarian chic

The blouse is a fitted style with pussy bow collar detail and puffy sleeves. The skirt can be worn as a high waist pencil skirt or a pinafore with the straps attached.

If you would like to see more pictures, check out my blog here.

Thank you!!

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