Butterick 6541. An original Butterick pattern from the 1950s. Size 16. Bust 34.
I love this dress. If only the pattern were my size. If only I had the patience to grade up that far. Anyone out there looking to make a chic scalloped swirl dress? The pattern is available in my shop – see the link in my bio.
In the 1920s, sheer and lightweight dresses were usually finished with a picot hem. A picot hem is a hemstitch cut through the middle: "Many of the daintiest summer frocks for the young girl are […] trimmed in machine picoted ruffles of self-material. The machine picoting […] is machine hemstitching cut through the center". (Ruth Wyeth Spears, 1920s) Picot edging and "hemstitching is used on blouses, dresses, lingerie, etc., to put together seams, finish hems and put on trimmings such as bands, etc. It is neat, durable and gives a garment a dainty, finished look. […] Prices for the work vary, but it is not expensive. It can not be done at home, as the machine required is too costly" (Butterick, 1921) Because I don't have a hemstitching machine I came up with this imitation picot hem (tutorial on my blog). I use the imitation picot hem on all my sheer 1920s dresses. Day 19 of #artdecoapril - technique.
I'm not usually a fan of animal prints for myself (though the 13-year-old-me who covered everything in leopard print faux fur and rainbow glitter would be disappointed in that fact). But this leopard print practically yelled at from the shelf and I knew it simply had to become a 70's leopard print wrap dress!
I made this from a vintage @simplicity_creative_group pattern from 1976. And obviously I kept the deliciously gigantic collar and cuffs untouched. Because #gobigorgohome . This was my go-to dress when I wanted to look dressed up this winter. More photos and details on the blog today.
Which fabric should I use???🤷♀️ Vote and let me know what you think? All fabrics are 1930s reproduction cotton prints. Pattern is a 46 bust! Be sure to check out today's story for better pics of all the fabrics.
When I list a pattern, I always check the pieces to be sure none are missing. In this one, I found a receipt for the pattern and some fabric. Pretty interesting because the yardage required for the dresses shown in the size 16 ranges from 2 1/2 - 3 yards. Look at the prices paid for fabric- $1.62, 3.40, and $2.72. Pretty crazy! The receipt is dated July 6, 1968 from a fabric shop in Marysville, CA. I love this stuff. Also, did you know my patterns are listed in a separate Etsy shop? Link in bio. I am debating maintaining a separate Instagram feed for the pattern shop. What do you think?
Simplicity 8253, a 1960s repro pattern, finished last night! Made in a wool plaid with a great waffle texture from @chicfabric.
I usually go one size up in the waist (size 12) with wovens, but decided to go with a straight size 10 since the pattern has a looser fit. In the end it was the hip area that needed more room — I ended up taking out the side seams below the waist as much as I could, leaving me with 1/4” seam allowances. #makeitwork In my rush/panic, the nicely matched lines across the side seams were thrown off a bit when I re-stitched, but at this point I’ll just have to be okay with it.
The pattern has a neckline facing. Because the wool’s texture easily hides stitches, I decided to catchstitch the entire facing to the bodice so it won’t flip to the outside as I wear it. I also shortened the skirt by 2” to about knee length since I prefer that look (even though I was trying to be as respectful to the ‘60s design as I could, I also wanted it to be something I would wear!).
Belt is attached by machine-made chainstitches. I should have hand-sewn the sleeves and skirt, but I’m wearing it tomorrow night and wanted to make sure I finished in time. Perhaps I’ll go back later and hand sew. 😊
Last weekend we went to the Paris flea market and it was full of stalls brimming with treasures. I found myself in @ninonretro ‘s stall where I bought this cute dress she made and a special vintage cardigan. She’s so nice and fun to talk to, too! Check out her work, she’s great! Wish I could go back and get more. #ninonretro#vintage#vintagesewing#ootd#svenclogs#dressup#parisfleamarket
There is so much to celebrate! It’s Friday, I’ve got a bunch of new followers recently and I want to see everyone’s classic sewing machines. If you don’t have a vintage machine you can still totally enter this contest, just keep reading for the details. 😉
Up for grabs is this sweet sewing swag bundle. It includes the 1976 Complete Guide to Sewing, five vintage fabric fat quarters, four wooden spools of thread, two vintage sewing patterns, a thimble, a vintage advertising tape measure, and the cutest little set of wooden mice buttons ever!
To enter, just complete all three of the following steps.
1. Follow me 🙂
2. Tag a friend or few in the comments below who you think might want to participate.
3.Post! You can post a picture of your vintage machine or your favorite sewing machine memory. You have to use the hashtag #myvintagemachine and tag me @rosepettijohn for it to count as an entry. ✔️✔️✔️
I can’t wait to see everyone’s vintage machines and read about your sewing memories. 💕
This contest will end and a winner will be chosen at 8 pm central time on Sunday, April 22nd 2018.
My next post will be me showing off my own machine 😉
Back in the 1930s, a lady sat down at her kitchen table and made this. During the Depression, every single scrap of fabric was saved...every single scrap. And this lady, whose name I do not know...pieced together over one thousand scraps, over one thousand triangles...feed sacks and worn out dresses and old aprons and whatever she could find...to make this large table mat. 36" x 17" with exactly 1024 fabric triangles, all sewn together with pride and survival. Almost one hundred years later, it is in our store. $85 The Gatchellville Store #antiques#textiles#feedsack#1930s#quilting#quilt#womenswork#gatchellvillestore#vintagesewing#folkart#vintagefabric
I have a few vintage tools I’ll be trying out. I need to find a suitable base cloth first. Looking at the instructions it appears to work the same as a punch needle. Loop on one side of the cloth stitch on the other.