1960s | Dresses | Jumpers / Pinafores | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Simplicity 5890 a 1960’s Jumper Dress

By on December 5, 2017
Akram's Ideas: Vintage Simplicity 5890

We are nearing the end of the year and I’ve totally forgotten to share my third #VintagePledge of 2017, which I made earlier this autumn.

Vintage Simplicity 5890

Akram's Ideas: Vintage Simplicity 5890
I really loved the look of version 1

This pattern is one that I got in a vintage pattern haul way back in September.
I really like the look of the aline version of this dress and just happened to have the same color fabric as shown in the cover illustration.

Akram's Ideas: Vintage Simplicity 5890
Another #VintagePledge2017 make

While the dress was fairly simple I did have to do some resizing which I ended up not doing exactly right.

The dress fits but the front bodice darts don’t line up with front skirt seams, which is so irritating.

Akram's Ideas: Vintage Simplicity 5890
I’m really irritated about my mistake

Final Dress

The mistakes I made aren’t drastic and most people won’t even notice.

Still, it was enough to discourage me and bury the dress in the back of my closet.

Akram's Ideas: Vintage Simplicity 5890
In the end this dress is pretty nice

I recently pulled out the dress and despite the mistakes, I found that it was totally wearable and the color is perfect for winter.

Akram's Ideas: Vintage Simplicity 5890
It’s actually a great dress for winter

For full details about making this dress  be sure to see my full blog post at  http://akramsideas.com/a-vintage-jumper-dress-in-teal/

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1940s | Vintage Sewing

Sew for Victory outfit a.k.a my first Lutterloh 1941 Project Patterns

By on March 21, 2013

It took me some time (due to some health issues), but it’s done! I finished my outfit in time for the Sew for Victory Sewalong! This also means I finished the first 2 patterns of my Lutterloh 1941 project!

I drafted both patterns myself. This was my first blouse pattern and third dress I ever drafted.


The jumper dress was easiest to make. The pattern differs not a lot from the sloper pattern. That’s the reason I picked this one as my first, because it wouldn’t be too difficult. Only problem I had was that it looked a bit shapeless, as you an read here. I added a ‘belt’ and black buttons, and I think it turned out great. The jumper isn’t lined, but I think I should have done so. When I move my arms up (the camera is on a tripod on my desk so I had to put my arms up to click the button), the fabric of the blouse doesn’t move back. I hope you know what I mean.



The blouse is a different story. Firstly, I don’t like the placement of the shoulder darts at the front and the lack of darts at the back. I decided to stay true to the original  pattern design of the book, so I didn’t do anything with the (lack of) darts. Secondly, I’m not really happy with the fabric. It’s 100 % cotton, but it’s a bit stiff and it shows small holes when you use needles, or rip seams. So I had to be careful. Compared to my other cotton blouses, it wrinkles a lot! I bought the cotton as a white fabric, but decided to tea dye it to get a warmer more creamy color. 


What I like about these pieces, is that they have a lot of styling options. In the pictures I changed the shoes and you get a completely different look. And I have plenty of other ideas, this means these items are fitting perfectly in my wardrobe and I’m expecting lots of wear from them!



So what do you think?  Heels or Brogues?


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