Posts Tagged ‘Vintage’

Memorial Day Vintage Sale & Shop Update

May 24th, 2012 | By Jen in le Shop | 1 Comment »

I’m selling some of my all time favorite vintage dresses and they’re  in the shop!  Use coupon code DRESS2012 for 15% off now through Monday night.

Ballet Shoes, 1930s Fashion Inspiration

May 5th, 2012 | By Jen in Movies & Books | 5 Comments »

Screenshots from Ballet Shoes.  Thank you, Netflix, for the suggestion.  You weirdly know my taste in fashion.

Dress Parade {Coral Rose}

April 10th, 2012 | By Jen in Sewing | 10 Comments »

My little 1930s dress is done after much tweaking!  I don’t have a lot of experience with bias and I guess if you don’t cut it perfectly on grain there will be a bit of wonkiness to be dealt with.

At first I hesitated to use such a busy print with this dress because you wouldn’t be able to see the that mid-section detail.  But I really wanted this fabric in the same silhouette so I just went for it.

Originally the dress was the same length as pictured on the envelope but after photographing it I thought the proportions would be better if it hit above the knee; because otherwise it kind of pulled me down (does that makes sense?).  I also decided to go with a more simple sleeve that was also bound at the hem.  I had to make the front of the armscye much deeper so there was some trial and error there.  The collar turned out way too short and I didn’t have enough fabric to cut out a newly drafted one so I made do; I turned the collar around (it just fit better that way) and left a gap on the front.  The fabric is actually more rosy than pictured but to get a closer match in the photo my skin turns out too pink for some reason.

In the first view I fashioned a bow by safety pinning 2 pieces of ribbon to the shoulder seams underneath the collar.  But I can wear it unadorned too.

And belt it!  There was not enough fabric to make a belt (unless I piece it together) so a skinny leather one it is.

I would totally make this again though next time I’ll take out about an 1″ in the midsection, horizontally, to raise the hipline up, and use a solid fabric or one with a more simple print.  Maybe something slightly sheer with a lower hem.

Works in Progress

April 2nd, 2012 | By Jen in Sewing | 3 Comments »

Oddly enough I’ve started making a coat.  The past few years spring has been relatively mild and drawn out so I don’t think it’s too late to make one.  It’s not a heavy coat anyway.  It’s a dark greyish-brown (seal brown?) cotton velvet that will be lined in a matching jacquard fabric (though the sleeves will be lined in a contrasting fabric, probably some kind of silk).  Surprisingly the coat fits my dress form which is about 2″ bigger in the bust but again, it’ll be lined and worn over other clothes.  I’ve tried it on with the sleeves sewn in and when I crossed my arms there was a comfortable amount of fabric in the back…I wouldn’t want it any tighter.  We’ll see.

So, the sleeves.  I’ve had some issues with setting in the sleeves, especially with the alterations I made (naturally), but then remembered (from my costuming days) that I should hang the sleeves on the form and pin where I think they should go (like shown).  Then slipstitch them on and try on again for fit.  So far that technique is working out much better.

The pattern is Vogue V8211 (out of print).  As you can see I’ve completely omitted the middle section.  The torso on the pattern is so long, and mine is quite short, there would be a lot of fiddling–and I don’t like that!  So, buh-bye midsection.  And the collar will be different too, something twenties-inspired that I’ve already started drafting.

Another sewing project I’m working on, Butterick 5076:

A 1930s juniors’ dress.  Folks, I love this pattern.  I haven’t had to do a lot to make this work which is great.  It’s not a true bias cut but some of the pieces’ edges are cut diagonally on the grain; I basted the pieces together and am letting the dress hang for a couple of days.  Oh well, not the instant gratification I was hoping for!   But if all works out I can see making more from this from the nice, drape-y floral fabrics in my stash.  These frocks would be perfect paired with wooly cardigans and clogs or Mary Janes.


Fabric & Bits in the Shop

March 16th, 2012 | By Jen in le Shop | 4 Comments »

I’ve added fabric and hankies from my personal stash to my Etsy (Vintage) shop.  This stuff is not easy to part with but I’ll never make use of it all and my stash is literally busting at the seams.  I’m hoping this stuff will go to good homes!

I hear it’s going to rain this weekend and I really, really hope it does.  Man, has it been dry this winter (much like the last 2 or 3).  I plan to stay in, make some Banh Mi wraps, hot chocolate (as usual) and work quietly work on some things.

Happy Weekend!


Make Do and Mend {Tap Pants}

February 22nd, 2012 | By Jen in Sewing | 4 Comments »

I don’t usually collect vintage underpinnings with the exception of pretty little slips but I couldn’t pass up this lace.   And I got it as kind of a Make Do and Mend experiment: because I was rather hesitant to actually wear these, yet wanted to (such a nice alternative to a mini slip), I decided to replace the gusset.   (In general, I simply have no desire to don vintage underwear, swimsuits, etc. unless I’m certain they were never worn.  So that’s why I plan to make my own, projects I’ll surely share here.)

So I used whatever fabric I already had.  Obviously, I didn’t have ivory-colored fabric that matched the tap pants.  But I think the green is fun, and since I don’t plan on wearing these out and about as regular pants, it’s fine with me.   It was really easy too: I just cut out the gusset around the sewn edge, cut a piece of green charmeuse based off the original (but 1/4″ bigger all the way around), and then tiny zigzagged the new gusset onto the pants.

There’s a part of me that wonders if my mom would be concerned that I’ve gotten to a place in my life where I’m salvaging old underwear but hopefully it doesn’t seem too crazy!

Dress Parade {Be Mine}

February 14th, 2012 | By Jen in Sewing | 4 Comments »

I think hearts are still my favorite shape, since I was a kid.

Stitching this up I followed the same formula as I did for my Little Prints dress.  I’ve been hoarding these hearts hankies (the main one in the front and the the cut up one on the skirt’s sides) forever!  This time I incorporated some of my ultra delicate white hankies into the frock for a super subtle ombre effect (reddest hankies to white).  Petersham (rayon grosgrain) ribbon for the straps, easy peasy.

(Dang, my hair is so long!  It hasn’t been this length in quite a while.)

Primitive Holidays

December 2nd, 2011 | By Jen in Domestic | 6 Comments »

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far!  I haven’t been a very good blogger lately and posting has been sporadic the last month or two, even for me.  In a nutshell life has been unusually hectic except for this week which has been gloriously slow-paced; I no longer feel like I’m constantly on the verge of having an anxiety attack.  I’ve also been considering re-thinking my blog, its purpose, etc., and haven’t had a lot to say or was feeling too lazy to write, snap photos and the like.   (I’m still in this mode actually.  These photos were taken with my phone and I didn’t even bother to open Photoshop to edit them, ha.)

Anyway, I hosted Thanksgiving for my parents which was nice especially now that we’ve got a real grown-up table, perfectly rustic and charming.  Out came Grandma and Granpa’s wedding china, their Wedgewood candlesticks (that you can see are still there because they look so festive), and a big leafy bowl to show off persimmons from Mom’s garden (she said she left the stems on because she knows I like that sort of thing).

Now it’s onto Christmas.  I HAD to share this darling old-time kitty that came in a set I bought on Etsy.  Isn’t it sweet?  I favorited another item from this shop months ago but at the time I thought it was actually vintage, I had no idea there was such a wonderful variety of these newly crafted ornaments until I spotted them on the Design is Mine blog.

Do you have any plans for this weekend?  For one thing I am NOT working!  I have to say I’m looking forward to catching up on some sewing.

Sarah Sophie Flicker {Video}

November 11th, 2011 | By Jen in Whatnot | 1 Comment »

Sarah Sophie Flicker for from StyleLikeU on Vimeo (via Helmi Otsalla).


Things for November

November 8th, 2011 | By Jen in Knit & Crochet | 8 Comments »

I finished a scarflette.  Don’t you love the color?

If you follow along on Facebook you probably know that I got a treadle sewing machine.  Singer model 115, 1921.  Bought it from the original owner (I even have the old, hand-written receipt).   Wonderful condition.  I scrubbed down the parlor cabinet which is why I took the head (machine) out and left it on the built-in in the breakfast nook.  Looks nice there though.  Check out the mermaid details.  Now I just need to learn how to use it.

I’m onto making a cardigan.   My carpal tunnel and tendonitis issues have not really gotten in the way of my knitting, even though I’ve been working up a storm (on the computer).  I’m not going to question it, just accept it and be grateful.  I mean, look how far along I am!  I’m changing up the pattern a bit: 2×2 rib instead of cables, half or 3/4 sleeves instead of short, and adding a mustard-gold stripe or two running through the cuffs and waist ribbing.  I’m looking forward to making the button band as I’ve never made one before.   The main color is “Squirrel Heather,” isn’t that cute?  Both are Knit Picks Swish DK.

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