Swimwear / Sunwear

Bombshell Bikini

By on July 21, 2013

I know everyone has been making the bombshell suit, and I’m no different. I made it a little different than most people have, by making viw C, the high waisted bikini. For the halter top, I used McCall’s 5400. These are both modern patterns, so this can easily be made by anyone. Even though this is the most “modest” bikini I have, I feel the sexiest in this. This is a very fun pattern to make, and if you’ve been on the fence I highly recommend you try it out. It seems to be universally flattering. More photos and info can be found in my blog, Dapper Duds

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1960s | Modern Patterns

Simple and Sweet

By on November 25, 2012

This is made from a modern pattern, Simplicity 1873 (one of the Cynthia Rowley patterns). I feel that with the full pleated skirt and short puffed sleeves this has a very 1960’s silhouette. This is a great little pattern for lovers of a retro look. I added 3/4″ to the bodice. I accessorized with a vintage beaded collar I found at an antique store in North Carolina, and the bow is actually a pin I made (yay hot glue gun!) More photos and details can be found  in my blog, Dapper Duds.

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1950s | Rompers / Playsuits | Vintage Sewing

Gidget Playsuit

By on August 17, 2012

I finished the bra top to my 1950’s playsuit. It turns out I was a little premature in posting the shorts, but I honestly didn’t think I would complete the. To recap this was made using Butterick 8197.  As drafted this gave me freakishly pointy Madonna boobs. I had to do a SBA and lower the darts. Overall, I think this is a super cute way to beat the heat.

As usual, more photos and deets are in my blog, Dapper Duds.

xx, Cynthia

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1950s | Rompers / Playsuits | Swimwear / Sunwear

Butterick 8197

By on August 9, 2012

I picked up this vintage 1950’s pattern at a local fabric shop and was so excited to have something so old to work with. This was uncut and still in its factory folds when I got my grubby hands all over it. Like a good girl, I traced my pieces and then carefully folded them back together again. I intend to make the bra top as well, but I’m having some fit issues due to my lack of a desire to have pointy 1950’s boobs.

These shorts were so easy to sew up. I used some green and cream seersucker and lined them for modesty with lime green rayon bemberg. I finished them off with an invisible zip and used two pearl snaps to close the tab. I LOVE these shorts. They definitely have a pin-up vibe to them. More photos and details can be found on my blog Dapper Duds

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1970s | Mens

Blue Steel

By on July 4, 2012

I made another version of McCall’s 6383 for my husband. This is a groovy pattern from the 70’s I’ve made once before. I used a dark chambray for the the body and a colorful plaid for the under-collar, collar stand, and the inside of the pocket flap. The only pattern changes I made were to make this short sleeved, I toned down the large collar and I took 4 inches off of the length. I really love this pattern! I’ve made him a shirt from a modern pattern (McCall’s 6044 if you’re interested) and I find this vintage pattern to have a better fit, better directions and is better drafted than the modern one. More photos and details can be found in my blog Dapper Duds. 

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1940s | Modern Patterns

Nautical Ceylon

By on June 11, 2012


I’ve been wanting to make a nautical Ceylon by Colette Patterns for a while now. My inspirations were the little sailor play suits worn during WWII. I finished this in honor of Portland’s Fleet Week. I only made some minor changes to the pattern (raising the armscye, lowering the sleeve cap, and widening the sleeves). Colette really makes some of the loveliest patterns around. More photos and details can be found in my blog, Dapper Duds 

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