Sunday, October 04, 2015

FO: Majorette Border Print Dress (Vogue 8789, c.1957)

Have you ever had fabric that was crying out to be sewn up?
This Majorette fabric haunted me from the shelf in my sewing room until I did something with it.

miss l fire harlow 1950s novelty print dress green majorette plus xl bakelite

The pattern I eventually went with was Vogue 8789 view A - only because I wanted to use part of the border print across the neckline.

I'll be honest, I wasn't very happy with the fit of this (similar to when I made View B last year) - it took a lot of tweaking to get the fit right. I don't think I would use this pattern again.

I am really happy with how the belt turned out though - using a proper belt kit from the 60s.

  • Small sway-back adjustment
  • Deepened the darts on the back neck
  • Shortened the under bust darts to avoid pointy boob
  • Added darts on the front neckline - there's no way this thing was laying flat!
  • Hand pleated skirt instead of gathers
  • Bust 16, graded out to 20 waist.
 Probably the most annoying mod was having to rework the neckline multiple times to get it to lay flat. Not sure how it was ever supposed to look like the pattern image!

Overall, I can't wait to wear this during summer! Green is one of my favourite colours and it's really easy to match bakelite to the colours in dress :).

Dress - Vogue 8789
Bakelite bangles - Etsy
Bamboo Bag - Southern Antiques Centre
Brooch - eBay
Shoes - Miss L Fire Harlow

Monday, September 21, 2015

Free Knitting Pattern: Smart Striped Jumper from Stitchcraft July-Aug 1948

A By-Request pattern for Sandflies on Ravelry (yep, I do take requests!) who was after this particular pattern from StitchCraft Magazine, July-August 1948.

This cute little cardigan has some great matched stripes going on - I love the way they wrap around the chest and across the upper arms.

The colour combination is pretty fantastic too!

stitchcraft magazine free knitting pattern 1940s 1950s

A cute collar matches well with the multitude of buttons down the front - something was very flashy after the war-standards of minimal buttons a few years ago.

To fit: 32-34 inch bust
Yarn: fingering
Needles: 2.75mm and 3.25mm

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rock and Roll Markets and a sneaky hat fix.

This month's Rock and Roll Markets was meant to be a vintage showcase, which meant frocking up (more than normal).

miss l fire betty white 1940s lucite wicker handbag rayon dress plus size xl large

I wore a 1940's rayon day dress, with contrast collar and cuffs - it was pretty hot today and a good breathable choice. (I can't wear the big skirts and petticoats when I'm dancing, they make me feel like a hot and sweaty meringue).

Obligatory brooch close up of my 1940's carved lucite bow - I'm so worried about losing one of the bakelite berry balls as they're still on the original string.

'Frocking up' (to me) means wearing a hat, but I suffer from a lack of hats in my life. They're hard to dance in, and I don't trust that I can pick ones that suit my face.

But what of the sneaky hat fix?
I found the 1950s straw number for super cheap at a sale, and couldn't pass up on a bargain - the only problem is that it was very damaged around the brim.

It's been sitting with my other hats for over a year, waiting for a better life and now seemed like a good time.

I carefully steamed some velvet in ribbon in half and clipped it to the brim.

Run some gather stitches around the edges (to fit the ribbon the curve better) and then stitched down.

Viola! A new life for an old hat.

It wouldn't be the Rock and Roll Markets without some rock and roll dancing - I didn't realise Jakk was taking sneaky pictures until I got home!

And Strollin with some of the Sydney vintage crew, of course...

Another good weekend over, and I'm looking forward to the next markets in November.

Shoes - Miss L Fire Betty
Dress - 1940's Rayon, Etsy
Lucite Brooch - eBay
Wicker and Lucite Bag - eBay
Bakelite Bangles - Etsy
Sunglasses - Random shop in Long Beach, CA

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Hi gang!

I'm afraid I'm not able to post as often as I would like at the moment as my work is taking all of my mental energy - sorry for the scarcity of posts!

We did manage to sneak away recently to the Western Plain Zoo in Dubbo (about 6 hours away from Sydney) with group of Sydney Dykes on Bikes. Talk about a fun-filled weekend of animals and wine-drinking!

You can stay onsite in the fancy Savannah cabins, right near the giraffe enclosure - I would definitely recommend it. You can see them galloping around in the morning mist - it's pretty special.


Yes, our friends are nuts.

Sometimes you just need to get away, and this surely is the place to do it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Free Pattern: Neckline Embroidery Motifs from Simplicity 7307, c. 1947

Do you ever obsess about owning a pattern, even if you'll probably never use it?

free embroidery pattern 1940s vintage simplicity 7307 rock and roll music notes

I bought Simlicity 7307 purely for the two motifs below - arn't they divine?   I would love to use them on a blouse or t-shirt.

I'll probably never end up using them, but a girl can dream right?
And since they're so pretty darn awesome, I thought you guys might like a copy as well.

To print, just right click and open the image in a new tab. (You might need to play with the resizing to make sure it will fit your oen garmets).

I hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern 10: Juana, from High Fashion Knits (1950s)

Well, it's end of Curvy Month and I hope you've enjoyed this year's patterns.
I've saved this one to the end, for no reason other than I love the model!

This pattern is called Juana, and comes from High Fashion Knits c. 1953. It's a beautiful boat-necked top, with a braid trim around the top.

And gee I'd kill for her bird hat and gloves!

To Fit: 32-34-36-38 inch busts
Yarn: light fingering (3ply)
Needles: 3mm

Monday, August 03, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern 9: A Fine Knit Jumper in Three Sizes, c. 1950s

Apologies for the delay lovelies! Curvy Month has run slightly over due to my hectic workload - but the last pattern will published tomorrow.

Today's pattern is from Lavenda, and is knit in a fine 2-ply yarn (heaven to wear, hell to knit).
It has a delicate lace pattern down the jumper front and sleeves, and a round neckline.

To fit: 34, 36 and 38 inch busts
Yarn: light fingering
Needles: 3mm and 2.25mm

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