Tag Archives: 60s

Floral Miette Skirt and Another Renfrew

IMG_7000I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite skirt. She’s the perfect little herald of spring.

I don’t think I’ve ever owned a wrap skirt, and I never thought I needed one. Now I don’t know how I lived without one! I’m not sure why, but I’ve always thought an a-line wrap skirt wouldn’t work on me. Please, tell me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s actually pretty flattering.

The skirt is made from a $1 vintage cotton sheet. I fell in love with the print from afar in the thrift store linen section, and I was ecstatic when I pulled it out to see that the material was in perfect condition: no stains, no smells, and probably very minimal use. When I bought it, I had no idea what I’d use it for, but when I decided to buy Tilly’s Miette pattern, this material begged to be made into a wrap skirt. Continue reading

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Mad Men Sewing Challenge Dress Complete…Barely

IMG_6658I finished my Mad Men Dress, just in time. I was so glad to have an extension.

I aimed to have this dress done on Friday (the original deadline), but I’ve been distracted since Thursday. We’re redoing our whole yard. We’ve been pulling out concrete, filling the pool in, clearing, pruning, tilling, etc. I’ve had to dig up and temporarily pot a lot of plants to replant when we’re finished. Needless to say, I’m amazed that I managed to just squeeze this dress in by the extended deadline…

I used Butterick 2952 as a base pattern, and made a lot of alterations and additions. Continue reading

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The Louisa Coat: Pattern and Construction Process

As I said in my previous post about this coat, I modeled it after a favorite well-worn coat that I have had for several years…

The store-bought coat is an extra-small, so it has always been difficult to wear anything too bulky underneath it in the winter. Therefore, I sized up just a tad for the pattern, to make it more like a size small.

My biggest complaint with this jacket was always the sleeves and armholes. I could hardly lift my arms in the jacket, especially when it was buttoned. It was so bad, I had difficulty extending my arms out in front of me, parallel to the ground…

There were some other changes. I widened the welt pocket opening a bit because I could hardly fit my hand into the opening on the store-bought jacket (and I have small hands). I also changed the placement of the welt pocket. Continue reading

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The Louisa Coat

Technically this was a muslin, and there are several things I will change about the pattern after making this coat, but I hope you’ll agree that this is a very wearable muslin.

The material is actually a vintage double-knit that I found at a thrift store several years ago. The pattern in the fabric is perfect for a coat. At first, I chose the material because there was plenty of it and I didn’t have plans for it otherwise. However, once I started cutting it out, I realized how perfect the material was for a coat…

The design is based on a well-worn and well-loved coat that I have had for several years.

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Sewing Casual Wear Can be Fun

Over the last few summer months, I worked on adding a bit more casual wear to my wardrobe.

I reconstructed a vintage tank top into a top that fits better and has a little more character….

I made a tank pattern last summer, using one of my favorite tank tops, but never used it until this summer. This floral tank is one of the several I made using the pattern…

I also made a couple pairs of thrift store pants into shorts Continue reading

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Talking with Turtles 60s Mod Dress

This project is in honor of my turtle friend that I made last weekend (more details later in the post, if you’re interested)…I used McCalls 2390 (one of the patterns from the free batch I received) from the 1960s, a vintage thrifted double-knit and buttons from G Street Fabrics…The total cost for the dress was about $4.

I altered the neckline, added a bit of width to the hips, and shortened the hemline. Continue reading

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Floral wrap button back dress

I made this dress a couple of weeks ago, but neglected to share it…The dress was made with a cotton floral that was gifted to me by a friend (Thanks, Jan! :)) I used a pattern from the lot that I picked up for free through Craigslist, Simplicity 8827. So, the dress was essentially cost free, except for the thread. Man, I love it when that happens! Continue reading

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“Better late than never” dress

This was my Easter dress this year. It was bright and perfect for such a celebratory day…I started making this dress a little over a year ago, and put it aside for one reason or another. In my effort to make progress on my UFO pile, I pulled it out about a month ago. Continue reading

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Flowers and Polka Dots Dress

This dress is a reconstruction, sort of.

I purchased the fabric pictured below during my visit to G-Street Fabrics. Continue reading

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Flowers and Silver Sheath Dress

A couple months back, I set out to make a sheath dress from a vintage pattern. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a pattern in the style I was looking for. I looked through my patterns again and came across the one … Continue reading

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