1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940s Vogue 8811 (For the hot Australian summer)

By on January 27, 2018

This is my second Vogue 8811. Made from a beautiful navy blue based Japanese cotton lawn.

Western Sydney has had weeks of over 40ÂșC and this dress is perfect. High jewel neckline and kimono sleeves to protect from the sun, and a lovely tea length to stop behind-the-knee sunburn.

The only seriously mod was to omit the sleeve facings, I did a narrow hem instead.

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1950s | Modern Patterns | Skirts

A Retro Gertie Butterick B6285

By on July 30, 2017

This skirt was almost the death of me! But it’s finished and I love it and I want to make more and more and more and… you get the idea.

This pattern is quite gorgeous. Mine is made from a heavy cotton sateen from Spotlight in the most vibrant red and black.

Pockets. Can life get any sweeter?



It was paired with a black eBay petticoat which is a bit scratchy, hence the slip underneath that. It was toasty warm and certainly made my Monday much more agreeable.

Those with a keen eye will notice the slash neck top is the Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. It’s such a great staple top and I’ve been making more of them over the weekend.

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Vintage Simplicity 3733

By on May 28, 2016

Hello everyone! Long time reader, first time posting.

My name is M and I document my knitting and sewing on miss__m on instagram (that’s two underscores). I love knitting and sewing my own stuff. Mostly because the range of actual vintage in Australia is expensive and rare.

I have made a bunch of dresses and skirts from reproduction patterns. But this was the first time I had ever used an actual vintage pattern. This is Simplicity 3733 from 1951. I made view 2 with a waistband and huge patch pockets. I will suggest to anyone who is going to make this to trace the line of the pockets onto the right side of the fabric. I didn’t. Massive regret. But we got there in the end!

Love these massive pockets.
Love these massive pockets.

The pockets are huge, and can so easily fit my phone and keys. The waistband structure is enough to hold the weight. The pockets could probably comfortably hold a laptop – who am I kidding they are large.

I let the skirt hang for over 24hrs because I thought the pockets would really pull with their weight. They didn’t. Happy!

Flared skirt, waistband
Flared skirt, waistband

I love this skirt. I would make it again, yes to pockets and yes to the waistband. I like how secure a waistband feels. Though, I would extend the waistband to allow for a button of hook and eye closure. The pockets are what make this skirt for me. I am seeing versions with contrast piping, or ric-rac, or contrast fabric!


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