Category Archives: vintage sewing patterns

First Birthday Party Dress Fit For a Princess!

I was given this pattern by my pattern cutting lecturer at Morley College last year and I like the fact that it is was a simple style, and wanted to make it up but was waiting for the right occasion. My Little One is now 5 and I made most of her clothes far too big (as in the early days I was worried I would not finish them before she outgrew them! My worst nightmare) Consequently she has loads of summer dresses she had hardly worn.

So when I heard my cousin was having a baby I fished out the dress pattern to make for her little one. It’s particularly good for smaller children as it doesn’t have a zip or buttons or hooks. Also, the bows on the shoulder mean that it will go up and down a size or two. I also wondered what it would be like made up in party fabric. I asked my cousin what her favourite colours were and then I was off to one of my happy places Sewing and Craft superstore

And here she is all finished. I was really happy with the way she came out. I would make her again for sure. The only thing I did differently to the instructions was cut the bodice twice (i wanted the lilac and pink to show in the bows and stitched them together and then bagged out the bodice. Then I cut the skirt twice, once in satin and once in organza.

Perfect for a 1-year-old Princess. And fast and easy as Butterick claim.

Butterick 3859 Fast and Easy

china plate, dinner date

I fell in love with this stretch cotton brocade from sewing and craft superstore  

It reminds me of china plates my Grandma used to collect, always in these colours. I used

I don’t often make clothes from vintage patterns, but I do have a soft spot for duster coats and 1960s fashion, so this Simplicity 1284 was ideal.

I found it really easy to both cut and sew, even with the slight stretch.

I love a duster coat as it an alternative to cardigans and it means that the warmer months are on their way.

I even found matching sunglasses…already for a summer dinner date.

 

 

End of the Year Clean Up Surprise

I came across this beautiful pattern in my pattern stash whilst tiding up my sewing space to turn it back into a dinning room for the Christmas holidays.

Its on my list to make for 2017 but I am going to have to hunt high and low for the right fabric…I can feel another fabric shopping session on its way!

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