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Made from Style 1077, a vintage pattern from 1976.

I’ve made this pattern up twice this month (images of the other one coming soon) – it’s quick and easy, comfortable to wear, and also works well for a small baby bump. ūüėČ (And conveniently because it isn’t ‘maternity wear’, can be worn after pregnancy as well – perfect!)

For this dress, I made the pattern up in view 2 with short sleeves. Rather than making the self-fabric sash belt, I paired it with a red belt I already own (I think a belt in this busy floral would be just a bit too much with this dress. If you could even see it amongst that print). It’s made up in an island style floral print, I think it’s a cotton but it could be a cotton blend, I’m really not sure. This fabric’s been lurking in my stash for years and I don’t even know where it came from.

There are more details over on my blog.

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McCalls 3411: Apple of my Eye dress

Apples and a 1950’s style dress – perfect combination for the upcoming summer!

The bodice is made from a BurdaStyle website pattern, and the skirt is from McCall’s 3411 from 1955.

More details are over on my blog.

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simplicity 1259

Hello, fellow We Sew Vintage members! I feel a bit sheepish about this post… I‚Äôve been a member since this blog began, but managed to be a complete flake and forget about posting! Yikes! So anyway, I hope to begin to remedy this from here forward. My name is Casey and I blog at Elegant Musings about sewing, knitting, vintage fashion and whatever creative things are striking my fancy at the moment! I’ve been sewing in earnest with vintage patterns since I was about 18 (um… 7 years ago! lol.), although I’ve been interested in past fashions for most of my life. Although I adore fashion from many eras, my favored ones tend to be the late 1930s-50s, with the 1940s being my area of primary interest (and sewing/pattern collecting).

08.03.10 {late summer dress fix }

08.03.10 {late summer dress fix }

This dress I made last week using Simplicity 1259, a mid 40s sundress and bolero jacket. What drew me to the pattern was the darling bow detail–not only is it a fun decoration, but they also are used to keep the bolero in place! There are slits at the base of the front shoulder darts on the bolero that the bows are draw through from the sundress straps. Works better than buttons! lol. I found this pattern pretty straight forward, and only had to grade it up a size and do my usual alterations (adjusting the bust to be smaller and shortening the skirt to a flattering length). I did, however, decide to flatline (or underline) the entire bodice, as the material I used was slightly sheer. I just basted the edges of the pieces together (after stitching the darts) and treated the two layers as one. I also interfaced a few pieces: the neckline facing, shoulder straps, and bows (again, because my material was sheer/lightweight). The side seam features a placket zipper. The belt was a lot of fun to create: I recently bought some buckram belting at a local fabric store (not one of the chain places) that is 1″ wide and perfect for creating those matching belts for vintage dresses (and it means I don’t have to wing it with cutting strips of buckram myself!). I also used one of the few covered buckle kits in my stash for this. How I wish they’d start making those again!!!

08.03.10 {late summer dress fix }
As for the material… it’s a 100% rayon print I picked up at JoAnn’s on clearance in June. I wasn’t sure about the colors at first, but I rather like the rich tones against the black background. It’s a nice transition for later summer/early fall. The outer portion of the bolero (I lined the inside with the dress material) is a linen-look fabric.

08.03.10 {late summer dress fix }
Overall, it was a super easy pattern to make–I didn’t have any problems or major hiccups along the way. Definitely will be going into my stash as a “make again” in the future… (I have a post on my blog about this as well…)

‚ô• Casey
blog | elegantmusings.com

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Another Simplicity 3513

I really love this pattern.¬† Princess seamed dresses may be harder to fit (be careful about your curve when doing a FBA) but once your muslin is done, they sew up very quickly.¬† This dress went from cutting to done except for hemming in 2 days.¬† I put off hemming for a few days because the skirt is HUGE!¬† I was considering entering this for the patternreview.com’s vintage pattern challenge, but competion is fierce over there and this one won’t do.¬† It’s cute and I love it, but over there, they like sleek, modern, “wearable”.¬† I have another pattern in mind that will be just the thing.¬† I have less than a week to do it, so I need to sew like mad!

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Simplicity 4887

I really love this little vintage dress!¬† It’s adorable, I think, and was so easy to fit and make! Here’s the pattern envelope:


I used a quilting/apparel cotton by Amy Butler called “Lotus” in the blue/cream/grey colorway.¬† I just love this fabric!¬† I bought it from my local quilt shop a long time ago and have been hoarding it for the perfect project.

Here’s a couple of pictures of the dress on me, while the sun was setting this afternoon.

This is a “half size” dress pattern, in size 20-1/2 or bust 41.¬† I did make a muslin of the bodice to check fit, and found that it was wonderful through the bust right out of the envelope!¬† I just had to lower the “point” about 1/2 inch.¬† The waist hits just above my natural waist and because of the style I left it as drafted. The neckline was just a bit too wide, which leads me to believe a vintage 18-1/2 would probably be perfect.

A couple more changes…the neck was choking me on my first fitting, so I dropped it by about 1/2″ in CF, tapering to nothing at shoulder seams. But I’m particularly sensitive to things tight at the base of my neck.¬† It really doesn’t “look” that different after the change, but it feels different!¬† I also lined the bodice with batiste rather than use the facing pieces in the pattern.

The skirt was drafted for 6 pleats in front and 6 in back.¬† I just barely had enough fabric to cut this dress out (I even had to seam the CF!) and I ended up a bit short when I went to pin in the pleated skirt to the bodice.¬†¬† The math to reduce the pleats equally all around hurt my head, so I went with a gathered skirt instead! I love the “just to the knee” length.¬† I took a 3″ hem, stitched by machine.

I really wish I had a nice yellow ribbon to use for a belt, a’la the pattern illustration, but I just don’t have any the right color on hand.

I love this dress for its simplicity, and for the classic boat neckline and fitted bodice, even if that closed up neck/chest and sleeveless armholes aren’t the most flattering look for a busty girl with rather full upper arms.¬† I don’t mind though, it’s a pretty style and easy enough to add some things to accentuate the good parts yet still keep me cool in the hot summer months!

I also have a vintage set of large yellow faux-pearls (I’m wearing the earrings in these photos!) and they look grand on the high neckline.

One interesting thing about the pattern that I just haven’t seen before (but I haven’t made many 60s era patterns either) was a “dart” line on the back neck.¬†¬† It’s just a printed line, not an full “dart”.¬† The directions instruct you to sew up approximately 1/8″ on either side of the line to fit the back neck.¬† I always have trouble with the back neckline gaping, so this little dart was a lifesaver!¬† The back neck fits perfectly!

Tonight, I added a J Crew mustard yellow “Jackie” cardigan (from ebay! Love ebay!).¬† This is probably how I’ll wear this dress most of the time.


My cardigan is held with a pair of 1950s gold & pearl sweater clips.  So sweet!  (Also from Ebay, although I have a pair or two in my jewelry box from Etsy too.)

I can easily see a couple more of these sleeveless cotton dresses in my near future!

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Advance 2215

This is Advance 2215. If the pattern sounds familiar, it’s the same pattern that I posted a muslin of, but never a finished dress. By the time I got around to finishing it, it was too warm to wear it. I still haven’t put the buttons on. This short sleeved version is perfect for the coming season. The alterations I did on this were common for both modern and vintage patterns. I added 2in in length to the bodice, although I think I need to trim 0.5in next time. I have needed extra bodice length in all my vintage patterns, so far. I also did a 1in FBA. This is typical for all my modern patterns. This is the biggest difference I have found between 1950’s patterns and 1930’s patterns. I generally don’t need a FBA in 1950’s patterns.

The one alteration that was needed that I haven’t had to do before was to add 1in total to the center front skirt panel between the waist and about 7in down below the waist. This pattern was very tight fitting from the waist to just below the hip.

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Simplicity 3515

This is my first foray into the 1930’s.¬† No, this is not the same dress as the muslin I posted earlier.¬† I’m still trying to find the motivation to do over a dozen buttons and buttonholes to finish that one.

For more info, see my blog at http://newvintage.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/simplicity-3515/

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