1950s | Blouses | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Shirts | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

1956’s Simplicity 1583

By on August 1, 2014
Just thought I’d share my most recent creation.
Since sewing,  I’ve always stuck to the 60’s. I really want to sew some of my older patterns…but I’m a tad overwhelmed. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the age of the pattern. I decided to tackle that fear/feeling with Simplicity 1583 from 1956. The pattern came from my stash.
As for the fabric, it also came from my stash. I can’t find any markings on it, but it was 48″-ish in width. I bought it (2 3/4ish yards) at a thrift store in North Carolina in 2009 for $2.20. I had no intention of ever turing it into an article of clothing, but loved the print. So the mystery remains, is it a replica or true vintage? My gut says it’s a really good replica. I also wish I had some left over to sell!
Oh I suppose I should mention that this is a two piece set, not a dress. I just keep calling it a dress. lol. Well anyways, the skirt was super easy so sew! Just a plain dirndl style skirt. The top was easy until I got to the V shape panels and sleeves. I think it came out a bit wonky, but I don’t think it’s too noticeable. Oh well! The top is still wearable. I’m really looking forward to wearing the pieces with modern separates.
For lots of other pictures, be sure to check out here on my blog, Through the Alley.

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1960s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Embroidery | Vintage Sewing

1960’s Simplicity 4903

By on June 19, 2014

These past few weeks, I had two lead styling gigs where I had to wear white. I don’t have very much white in my closet, so I had to go out and buy something for one of the gigs.

In between the two events, I decided to clean out one of my closets where my UFO’s (Unfinished Object) are stashed. I stumbled across this white dress that I started here. Yes that’s right, it’s been sitting unfinished since Spring 2011. The dress is fully lined and the only finishing needed was the hem. I then remembered that because the dress was lined it fit snug and wouldn’t go over my hips. I was desperately needing a white dress so I thought why not? I tried it on and it fit fine. I suppose I must have lost weight since then, which is never a bad thing (;

Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to him the dress until after the last event.

I wore the dress yesterday, but I feel like it’s one of those dresses I’m going to wear once or twice a year. I just don’t like white on me.

For more pictures & how I styled this dress, you can check that on my blog here.


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1960s | Dresses | Jumpers / Pinafores | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Sweet lolita dress from 1960 Simplicity

By on June 8, 2014

I’ve been very eager to write this post! This costume took about a month of planning and a week of sewing. However, the dress itself took 2 1/2 days to complete.

As mentioned in my previous post on my blog, I also made another dress for my friend during the time frame as mine. It got a bit hectic and stressful, there were a couples nights around 1 in the morning when I questioned myself “Am I actually going to finish everything on time?” Well, I made it!!! I will be posting about the dresses separately. But you will get a bit of a preview of what the other dress looks like!

The pattern I used was Simplicity’s 3828 from 1960 and the pop tart fabric is by Benartex 100% cotton. I also used vintage lace from my stash.

This is the outcome.

For more pictures and info on the rest of my costume, you can check that here.


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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1966 Mini Dress

By on February 20, 2014

Finally, I have been able to sit down in my studio and get something accomplished! Lately, it’s been all school, work, and no fun.

This was a fairly simple garment to make. I thought it was to perfect project to get inspired to work on more challenging items.

Something interesting that happened, was me choosing what fabric I wanted to use. I normally choose the pattern first.

The fabric I went with was this great mid-late 1960’s knit with a funky print. I’m really obsessed with the colors in it. I’m pretty sure I found this fabric at a thrift store around 2010 for a dollar or so.

As of now, I’m still at school and I don’t have access to a better picture of the pattern I chose. I actually don’t even remember the number. However, I do know that it’s simplicity and I want to say that the pattern is from 1966. I will update you as soon as I can. 

Like I mentioned before this was a fairly simple garment to create. I went with view 5 (red dress above). Something that I could easily wear during cold or warm weather. It’s actually something I always try to keep in mind when I make something.
I suppose the most challenging part of making the dress was gathering the knit material. It took me two attempts because the thread kept on breaking. The other challenging bit was making sure that the stripes matched. I think I did an alright job (;
Here’s the dress paired with a 1980’s stretchy belt because it fit me a bit big. Excuse the messy hair, it was extremely windy!
For more pictures and to see how I “styled” my dress check it out on my blog, Through the Alley

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1960s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Mad Men Inspired Dress – Simplicity 2955

By on December 9, 2013

Hi all!

I just wanted to share a dress that I made over a year ago! I’ve been wearing it a lot lately since I have to wear all black to work. My only regret is not making the matching bolero and cummerbund. One day!

I used Simplicity 2955 from 1955 and used a linen mix for the fabric. I love the feel of the fabric, but it does wrinkle a lot!

Here’s the dress!

For more pictures from my Mad Men inspired shoot, check out my blog!

Until next time!




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McCall’s 9248

By on November 22, 2013

Hello all!

I just wanted to share my most recent creation. I wasn’t sure about posting it on here, but I had a change of heart after the positive feedback from my blog and Facebook.

This honestly has to be my least favorite dress I’ve ever made. I fee like it makes me look wider than I am. I believe it’s because I choose plaid and it’s gathered at the waist.

The dress was simple to make and didn’t take me all that long. I used vintage embroidered plaid fabric from my stash. The only issue I had was the bodice fitting me big, but that was easily fixed by taking it through the darts.

I feel like this dress looks great on my mannequin and the hanger, but not me. I also feel like a pilgrim with the oversized collar LOL

Well, I guess all dresses can’t be winners!



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Simplicity 270

By on September 29, 2013

Hi! It’s been a good minute since I was able to post something! I recently participated in the fall for cotton sew along. This is what I made (:

I used Simplicity’s 2370 from 1957. The fabric I used is 100% cotton for “home decor” purposes, but thought a dress would suit it better! Now I can tell you all about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The good: This dress was extremely easy to sew and fit perfectly!


The bad: I messed up the skirt back by cutting it in half. However I was able to fix it by moving the darts and tailoring out the excess material.


The ugly: The dress fit great everywhere, but the pleats at the midsection created this ugly poof!! It made me look like I had a beer belly. I couldn’t the skirt in from the side because then I would not be able to walk or sit. After going back with the iron, I was able remove some of the poofyness. Missy from Technicolor Cutie, Tasha from By Gum, By Golly, and my mom had the genius idea of sewing in the pleats together to create darts. I did not attempt this because by this point I wasn’t too bothered with the poof after the extra ironing. I will probably have to do this in the future though because I don’t want to take an eternity to carefully iron the darts every time I wear this dress.


and now I can present to you…my finished dress!


For more pictures or curious about the fabric, you can check out my blog, Through the Alley

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