10 August 2012

Again 40's flowers!

After finishing the 1940's dress, I got the hang of it. It was an easy pattern to sew and I wanted to make some more. After wearing it I really wanted to make more of this dress, because it fits so good and I feel wonderful wearing it.

I remembered some fabric I used for another dress (this one|) but I hated that dress (someone once asked me if I was pregnant whilst I wore it!). So I wanted to use the fabric from the dress and some scraps I had left to make this 40's dress out of it. It took me quite some puzzling, but I managed to squeeze all the patterns pieces out of the fabric! It's rayon, I believe, and drapes nicely.

By the way, the Burda archives are accesible through the French website. Hurrah!


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08 August 2012


After my first WWII event I decided to knit something '40s. Something I could wear with reenactment and would not look bad as 2012 day wear. There are a lot of vintage knitting patterns online and after some searching, I settled for this one. The Victory jumper from the V&A!
I is an easy pattern so far and knits up nicely! I've already finished the front and back piece. Right now I'm knitting the sleeves. This project on Ravelry.


Some links to vintage patterns online:

- Vintage knitting patterns from the V&A
The Vintage Pattern Files (a really great resource for all the online links to vintage knitting patterns)
- Knit Your Bit vintage patterns
- The Date-maker cardigan (I love that pattern!)
- Free Pattern Emporium

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07 August 2012

40's flowers

waiting for the train

For years my favourite time in fashion is the 1940's and 1950's. I just love the look! And since I joined the wonderful world of reenactment I've been wanting to participate in a world war two event. Last weekend was the perfect WWII beginner-event: a steamtrain weekendevent with at every station a different period from the war. So there was at the first station a group that portrayed the military before the war, the mobilisation. And so it went on to the last station with the liberation. That was where most of the civilians were and so was I!
Of course, this event was a really great excuse to finally get to sewing 40's clothing. From top to bottom, I made the bra and drawers as well :D Perhaps some pictures of the lingerie later on...

It's made from the Simplicity 3417 pattern. There was one piece missing when I got it, but it was only the neckfacingpiece. No problemo, I could make that myself. To spare the old pattern I traced it on paper and  carefully measured it. The pattern said bust 34" and I'm a 36", so I was afraid it wouldn't fit. But after measuring I came to the conclusion that it would fit very well, because you have to gather it at the centerback into the skirt. And I always sneak in some ease at the seams, because I use a 1 cm seamallowance instead of 1,5 cm (0,5") as the pattern stated. But after sewing the skirtpieces together I noticed it was too big! Well, it fit, but just looked wrong. I just took it in a few centimeters to make it fit better. That worked and it looked much better.


The cotton fabric was a vintage find on a craft fair. I don't know how old it is, but I thought it had a forties vibe about it. The buttons are also vintage. I think they're from the 50's or 60's. Bought quite a lot of them (all different) a while back in a second-hand shop for only a few Euro's. The picture on the right is the bodice piece in making. The facings wasn't in place yet. The pattern is very easy to follow, there are a lot of drawings on how to sew it. The zipper (or slide-fastener) was a bit more tricky. In only a few sentences they explain on how to sew the zipper in place, so I had to re-read it to understand how to do it.


The belt was made from the same fabric and I covered a belt buckle in the same fabric. At first I thought the dress would look a bit psychedelic because of the colours and the flowers. But it worked out great and I love this dress! 

I posted some pictures of it on the Vintage Patterns Wiki.


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27 June 2012

Copycat dot skirt

image from Knipmode
When I finished my last sewing project, the Sorbetto top, I still felt the need to sew something new. It's like some sort of creatingmojo, when I'm in it I can't stop creating new things. And very, very soon after I finished the Sorbetto, the new Knipmode edition fell on my doormath. So I had to make something. My eyes were lured to this dotted skirt. Exactly the same fabric was in my fabric stash! So why not kill two birds with one stone: destash my fabricstash and make a new skirt!

It was an easy skirt to make, because Knipmode had an instruction on how to sew and press the pleats. I can recommend this pattern, it's quick and easy. Well, I must admit it: I didn't use any lining... That's just too much hassle for a summerskirt in my opinion. And if I want some more volume/body to it, I'll wear it with an underskirt/petticoat.

So off I went! The most difficult thing about this pattern is the drawing of it. I really hate having to draw the patterns myself and it takes me so long to figure out which lines I'll have to follow. But my mom told me I didn't have to worry and it would only take a few minutes. Well her confidence helped me!

a view of the pleats on the inside of the skirt
And the result!

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28 May 2012

Summer means Sorbetto

For the past few days the weather's been quite hot and it looks like it'll stay that way a couple of days more. So when I came across the free Sorbetto top pattern from Colette (I love the new spring and summer patterns!), I knew I had to make one. You can get it here!

The top looks easy to make and would be perfect to wear in this kind of weather. The pattern calls for some nice bias tape (or you could make your own), so wearing it solo would be best to show the bias tape off. I knew this pattern would stretch my limits, not sewing-wise, but comfort-wise. I'm not always comfortable with bare arms, but in these hot conditions I'm really forced to. OK, so I had to make this top.

I had a remnant of cherry print fabric laying around. A really cute fabric, but there was so little of it I really had to plan the whole layout of the pattern pieces. That's why I'd never used the fabric before, it was just to difficult finding a pattern I liked and would fit. But the Sorbetto top did!

It was fun making this top. Including printing/taping the pattern it took me about two hours to finish it! All the while I was skyping with my boyfriend. Hurrah for multitasking :-)

If you plan to make Sorbetto I suggest you check these links first:

- The Sew Weekly Seven days of Sorbetto!
- A tutorial on how to turn the Sorbetto into a Little bows blouse
- Check out this Sorbetto-Ginger hybrid dress
- How to turn the Sorbetto into a Toast inspired tunic
- I love Casey's (from Elegant Musings) version

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Taffy in the city

Having fun in the sun, 
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22 May 2012

Taffy blouse

I've just finished my first creation from a Colette pattern. After lusting for it for ages I finally bought the Colette sewing handbook at the ABC. I couldn't get over my luck when I saw the book in the shop, I even got student discount. Even better!

It's a great book!! I recommend it to every seamstress, even beginners. The first pattern that caught my attention was the Taffy blouse. An easy project to begin with and impossible to end in failure. This is the Taffy example from Colette:

The fabric I had in mind for my Taffy was something that had been lying around for ages and I can't even remember when I bought it. But I did remember I didn't spend that much money on it, so it wouldn't be a waste when my Taffy would fail (which would be impossible, remember?).

Well, although the pattern would be foolproof, I did make a mistake. I didn't plan the layout of the patternpieces, so when I came to cutting the backpart... there wasn't enough fabric to put it on the fold...
I had to cut to pieces of the back and sew it together centre-back. Well, nothing serious wrong, it still looks nice enough to wear it.

The binding is made of dark blue duchesse sating biastape. I think it looks better than biastape of self fabric. The fabric was a pain in the *ss to cut and sew! It was so slippery!

In progress:

The result! The neckopening is a bit to big, one end tends to slip of my shoulder. And there's the possibility of brastrap showing (something I hate). Next time I'll make it, it will be a smaller size. But in the end, I'm satisfied with it. The easy thing about this blouse are the straps at the back. You can pull them in as much as you want and gives it a whole different look. So I really suggest you try this pattern!

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