1930s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

DuBarry 2154B

By on May 1, 2013

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I posted something, but it’s always crazy to find time to take pictures of the things I make with school and work. Anyways, I wanted to share a dress that I made about a year ago and never got around to posting it. I used DuBarry’s 2154B from the 1930’s. I made it in like 2 days, but I ended up ruining the fabric! My iron setting was too high for the fabric, so there’s these funky burn marks everywhere. Thus I didn’t even bother fixing the crooked skirt seams. I suppose it was a good practice dress for the final draft, which I’m feeling very uninspired to start and finish. I guess you could say I just haven’t found the perfect fabric. So to remake or give up?

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1960s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Pattern Sizing | Vintage Sewing

Polka Dot Dress

By on December 11, 2012

Hi all! I’m finally finished with my semester at school, so I celebrated by sewing myself a dress. I decided to go with a maternity pattern because I wanted something empire waisted. I chose to make the dress in the middle of the picture. (McCall’s 6576 C. 1962)

I needed to resize the pattern since it is designed for pregnant women. After looking at the pieces I decided I wasn’t going to like the dress, even resized.

I ended up whipping out my pattern blocks and just designed something based off of the picture. I ended up adding four darts at the front of the bodice and two darts on the back of the bodice. I also made the dress zipper-less because I just wanted something that I can easily throw on. I also decided to go with a boat neck and a somewhat low back.

Here’s my final product!

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McCall’s 2922

By on August 8, 2012


Recently I decided to make something a little more modern than what I usually make. I made McCall’s 2922 from 1971.

I used a feather printed stretch knit that I found at my local thrift store; and that’s where I made the first mistake. It was a nightmare trying to sew the elastic on the waist and sleeves, so I ended up just giving up and hemming it. Other than that, the pattern was fairly simple to make. It’s something I would make again, but with a different fabric.


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1950s | 1960s

Butterick 7457

By on July 8, 2012

This skirt I made from one of the patterns that my boyfriend gave me for Christmas. I used a chambray from my stash. This honestly was one of the easiest and quickest things to accomplish! I’m planning on making this again in a black. (:


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Simplicity 5209

By on February 1, 2012

Hello! Here is another one of my most recent projects. I made Simplicity’s 5209 from 1964. I used a vintage plaid wool I had in my stash. This was my first time matching plaids, but I feel like I did a pretty good job! You just have to stay focused and keep looking back to make sure it’s right before you cut it.


This is another pattern that I was very happy with the outcome and would definitely remake again.

I styled with dress with a white button up blouse, brown waist belt, and brown flats.


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1960s | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 4930

By on January 28, 2012

Hello! I just wanted to share one of my most recent projects, Simplicity 4930 from the early 60’s. I purchased this pattern at an estate sale quite some time ago and just fell in love with the open back scoop.


I ended up using this fabric that I came across at a thrift store about 6 months ago. Does anyone know if this print/motif has a name?

This was a fairly easy dress to make. I did end up shortening the bodice and taking it in a bit through the darts. I’m going to be using this pattern a lot for my summer wardrobe!

I love the versatility of this dress! I styled it the other night with a green cardigan, brown waist belt, brown wool tights, and brown oxfords.


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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Salmon Pink Dress

By on December 19, 2011


This is a dress that I actually made in May or June, I had just forgotten to post pictures. I used Simplicity’s 4475 from the early 60’s. This was a super quick dress to make and only took me a Saturday. I used this salmon pink polyester from the 60’s that I had in my stash. I LOVE how easy the fabric was to work with! What I love about this dress is that I can dress it up or down and wear it when it’s hot or cold.


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Happy Holidays!


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