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Issue 58/March 2015 of Making magazine was released in the UK yesterday and in it is this simple front buttoning bow tied blouse pattern and tutorial by yours truly Now the issue is on the shelves I can share this version with you- available on my Free Patterns Page
27 Feb 2015 16 Comments
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04 Feb 2015 20 Comments
in 1930's, Blouses, DIY & How To's, Free pattern, Kimono, sewing, upcycling, VeraVenus Patterns Tags: blouse, free pattern, making shoulder pads, VeraVenus pattern, vintage dressmaking, vintage inspired
Left over from my recent adventures in vintage Japanese kimono deconstruction I had enough of one to also make this simple magyar/kimono blouse.
The definition of magyar blouse says that ‘…the sleeves are cut in one with the body.’ I’d also call that a kimono style top. I’m not sure of or even if there’s much difference between a magyar and basic kimono cut …if anyone does know a distinction please enlighten me.
In any event the magyar style of dress bodice & blouse seems to have been around for a long time in western fashion history from before WWI through the 30’s, into the 50’s and pops up beyond though in more recent decades maybe that’s when it began to be called a ‘kimono’ cut. Really I’m just making a supposition on that, don’t quote me. More
14 Apr 2014 18 Comments
Well hello from southern New Mexico where ostensibly I’m on holiday visiting my mum. But not to sew for two whole weeks??
I m p o s s i b l e.
Weeks before my arrival I’d been lurking on USA ebay and won some lovely vintage patterns and had them sent to my US address. It was nice to be able to buy a few Hollywood patterns particularly which I don’t come across on UK ebay that often. Believe me when I say I wasn’t planning at all to sew on my visit, honest I wasn’t!
I lasted a mere 6 days. The vintage patterns were whispering to me. I shouldn’t have been left alone in the house! More
31 Mar 2014 57 Comments
towards slips. I am a slip convert, a slip missionary even.
Do you know that these days many women don’t own even a single slip ?! More
08 Nov 2013 20 Comments
in 1930's, 1950's, Accessories, DIY & How To's, Dresses, Free pattern, Inspiration, Making Magazine, sewing Tags: accessories, bags, dressmaking, free pattern, Original vintage inspiration, vintage dressmaking
Where did that summer go? Cold, wet and nasty here in the UK now… where I am at any rate. But tomorrow morning at some hideously early hour I start the 18 hour long trip that lands me in still warm and sunny southern New Mexico to visit my mum for two weeks. A very welcome break from work and crummy weather So this post is a quicky Hi y’all with a free 50’s style dress pattern AND a cute bag to make. I did these two projects for the Christmas issue of Making Magazine that hit the newsstands yesterday. The patterns can be downloaded from my free stuff page. The dress pdf is 33 pages! I’ve put the full size A0 & A1 pattern pdfs up too for those of you with access to large format printers. I expect to be making quite a number of the bags myself soon in tweed, fake leopard fur, sequin- fab to give as Christmas presents I thought.
I’ve got lots of other posts in the works too: “Waist Not, Want not” about, you guessed it, ideas of what to do when that lovely vintage skirt/jacket/dress fits you everywhere but the waist is just too tight. I’ve spent quite a lot of time recently doing alterations on my own wardrobe tackling exactly this issue and I havea 40’s cocktail dress and a Tippi Hedron style 60’s suit waiting for me in NM that certainly will need some waistline adjustments (letting out in other words). As if I’d let a little thing like a too small waistband stop me from wearing vintage 😉
Another post coming soon is titled “All That Glitters”. It will mainly be about working with difficult fabrics like sequins and lamé since I seem to be making a number of sparkly things these days not the least of which is this sequin gown from a 1930 pattern. I added a back cowl drape to it and am making a matching cape as well. This is a personal project no less and I’m going to have to work very hard at where on earth I’ll wear it! Hmmm, maybe a Dinner At Eight themed birthday party in January? sigh A girl can dream.
16 Jul 2013 4 Comments
I’m so thrilled to see that someone has used my free Little Bias Dress pattern with such great success Click on the photo to get to Nicole’s blog for more photos of her fab results plus an interesting mini history lesson on the Great Depression and her thoughts behind making a cotton version.