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A little treat for 1940s fashion fans..
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Suitable for Spring - I’ve always wanted a great vintage suit but have had a hard time finding one in my size and price range. So I finally broke down and sewed up my own! I actually made this up from two different vintage patterns-Simplicity 4013 and Simplicity 1659. It’s made from a yummy red linen with vintage buttons. A work in progress shot! This pattern is actually from 1939 which is one of my favorite years for fashion! I also want to make the dicky to go with th... http://ow.ly/2WY20g
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A-line dress with raglan sleeves , based on 1967 Simplicity pattern ( n° 7219) http://ow.ly/2WWW1l
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A New Frock for the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival - If you live in the Hunter Valley region of NSW in Australia, you know about the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival. Chances are if you are into the classic car scene and live anywhere in Australia you’ve heard about it. Those of you who don’t know about it, it is a whole weekend full of 1950’s goodness. There’s a show ‘n’ shine, lots of bands and dancing, heaps of market stalls selling vintage and reproduction clothing, a... http://ow.ly/2WEgBm
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My mum has a whole create of these magazines I have that one at my place love the blouse. Just beautiful clothing
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Hollywood Belted Blouse - On a recent trek to the antique store, I found a cache of vintage patterns! One of them was this lovely belted blouse from a 1940s Hollywood Pattern. It is such a lovely style, and the pattern is a cinch to make! I made the yoke, collar, pocket contrast and belt out of a contrasting fabric. I lined the pocket so as to not have seams visible inside. The pattern features a yoke that is topstitched onto the front and back bodice. I just love that ... http://ow.ly/2Wz3qg
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Everyone loves a Bad Girl (Butterick 5895) - I feel really late to the party sewing up Gertie’s Butterick 5895 - better late than never though! I’d wanted a pair of 1950s fitted pants for ages, but wasnt sure a bigger gal like me could pull them off – I was so wrong! With a few mods (full list on my blog) to make adjustments for a big booty and large calves, they fit perfectly. I used a stretch cotton chino (had it for 10 years in my stash) and would recommend using a h... http://ow.ly/2Wn8IN
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#CapeletAlong with SewRetroRose - I just finished up a sew-along collaboration between the lovely Beccie from SewRetroRose and Decades of Style, completing this lovely 1930’s Capelet. Let me just tell you what an amazing project this was. I really feel that this one stretched my limits as a seamstress, and I learned some wonderful new techniques along the way. Before I get to photos of the finished project, let me walk you through the construction. On Beccie’s (SewRetro... http://ow.ly/2X88FV
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Flowers and Stripes - Hello Lovelies! I was finally able to finish this dress. Quite a while ago I started sewing the top part but then stopped due to lack of motivation. Now that my finals are around the corner and I’m so very tired of learning, I decided to whip up a skirt pattern and finish the dress. Barefoot this time as it was sunny and warm outside. I would wear this dress with simple white heels or wedge sandals, also in white. The back isn’t all too interesting... http://ow.ly/2WXuAP
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Call The Midwife Inspired Top - I planned on making this top before I signed up for the vintage pattern pledge but by the time I found the perfect fabric it seemed like fate had stepped in and now I’m amending my pledge to include vintage inspired as well! For my vintage pattern pledge I vowed to sew up at least six of my vintage or reproduction sewing patterns. Since Coco says right on the pattern envelope that the optional funnel neck is sixties inspired and my inspir... http://ow.ly/2WHUEd
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New robe, 1954 style - I made a new robe using a Lutterloh pattern from 1954. In the book, it is described as “a decorated robe for the spoiled taste” (my book is the Dutch version, I’m translating literally here). It is also my second make for this year’s Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge. The fabric I used is a bright blue cotton jersey/sweatshirt fabric which has just a little bit of stretch. The nature of the fabric allowed me to fit the waist piece at the side seams in... http://ow.ly/2WD8DJ
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Western Jeans (Butterick 5895 meets Advance 8341, c. 1957) - I’m a little bit obsessed with Butterick 5895 (Gertie’s pants) now that I’ve gotten the fit perfected – so I thought I’d try making a pair of western jeans (ranch pants) from the same pattern. The inspiration was this pattern – Advance 8341, View 1 – Frontier Pants. I guessed what the pockets should look like from a pair of Freddies Jeans, and added them to the Butterick version (and lengthened the legs).     ... http://ow.ly/2WCe9S
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Summer Sewing - Hey guys, lately I’ve been enjoying the warm weather and have put away my winter patterns for a few months. Yesterday I began this bra top, and today I finished it! It was super easy and quick, not to mention really cute. Where do you all wear your retro bra tops? I think they’re really neat, but not as practical as a full shirt. I really liked the small amount of fabric it required- about 1 yard and 1/2 yard of lining. I used all scraps for it!   The fi... http://ow.ly/2WqoZi
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