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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