A lot of nature and a bit of sewing

flowersGorgeous aren’t they?

We went to Down House, home of Charles Darwin this weekend.  If you are at all interested in science or nature I really recommend it. I think children would love it too: there’s lots of interactive stuff to explain the theories and the cakes in the tearoom are yummy….

The flowers were just outside his greenhouse / lab.

Darwin's greenhouseThis picture has the “bit of sewing” mentioned in the title. The top was once this dress

After alteringI altered it to this length but I still didn’t wear it; so now it’s a top and I’ve worn it a lot. I also raised the neckline a bit.  I’ve lost a tiny amount of weight and that made the dress gape a bit at the neck.

What is this?Another plant caught my eye but I don’t know what it is. It looks like it’s been painted pink and white.

It was a bit cold yesterday and I had intended to wear this:

1930s dress overdyedThis is my 1930s dress which I’ve now overdyed with Dylon’s French Lavender.  I think it will get a lot more wear now.  Somehow, the white background put me off and it’s such a shame not to wear something you’ve spent hours slaving over. The pink shoes are from Hobbs’ sale a few years ago.

I haven’t been sewing much for myself recently because my little sewing business has started to get busier nad I just haven’t had time. Plenty of plans in my head though.

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1930s Clothes

1930s Suit

I bought this 1934 copy of Home Journal about 20 years ago.  Included in it is this 1930s suit pattern – complete with blouse.

I’ve been recovering from an evil chest infection, so apologies if I haven’t been round to your blog recently.  To be honest, I’ve done hardly anything but I am catching up now.

All the sewing I’ve done recently has been for other people – presents, so secret and I might be about to start up a little business as I’ve had a few requests from other people.

In the absence of much sewing, I thought it might be interesting to look at some 1930s patterns and magazines.  Just click on the images to get a bigger view.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Pattern instruction page.  The pattern is on thin brown paper – a bit stronger than tissue paper and looks unused.  I’d love to make it, but I never wear suits so it would just sit in the wardrobe if I did.

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This is a 1933 Vogue pattern that I’ve actually made and worn.  I will definitely make it again some time.

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My version.

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Fabulous fashion ad for 1934. I fancy the “are you coming?” coat – second from the left on the top row.

Me Made June 2011 – Days 1-5

Day 1 with Joey

New Look blouse 6598

 

Day 2.  Dress New Look, fair trade hand crocheted cardigan from People Tree

Day 3. Dress Vogue 1171 from 1950. Taken at Trent Lock, Long Eaton on a glorious summer day.  My favourite dress.

Day 4. Dress Vogue 2671 from 1933.

Day 5. Another version of New Look 6598.

I am enjoying trying to chose my me-mades each day.  I have a few more things to choose from this time so it’s a bit easier than September.

The 1930s dress is finished

This is it!  My first attempt at a vintage pattern.  I like the dress but I think I should have made it in a darker colour –  it would make me look slimmer, I think.

It taught me lots of  new things including patience.  The pleats were a really long job & it took me a lot of thinking to work out the yoke.  It’s not easy to see the yoke details but you can just about see the tucks here.

This was my first covered button too.  

I think it was just as well I used a modern version of the pattern (Vogue 2671 from 1933) because I needed to understand the vintage techniques. I think those of you who start with the original patterns are very brave.

Will I wear it?  Yes I think so.

Will I try vintage patterns again? Definitely.