1930s Sewalong


I made this dress in 2010 from a 1930s pattern. It’s made from a high quality navy and white cotton. I wore it once or twice and then dyed it French lavender and wore it again.

Although I liked it I was never really happy about the quality of the sewing. It was a wearable toile at best and I’ve always thought I’d like to make the real thing. I think it would enhance that not so pared down wardrobe of mine.

Emily Ann Frances from RetroGlam is also going to sew 1930s and we’re hoping that you would like to join in. There are no rules or deadlines so please go over to She Sews You Know if you’re interested in joining us or you’d just like to follow our progress.


1950s Sewing Giveaway

One of my giveaway patterns.

Who doesn’t like a gift?  If you like vintage sewing then this one is for you.

The suit pattern is from 1958 and in really good condition.  It’s a size 38 inch bust but I know lots of you can regrade patterns easily enough if the size isn’t right.  It even has a lining pattern. Weren’t patterns amazing back then?

This one is a fabulous blouse – much used by a previous owner.  It would be fun to see it made up again.   It’s from 1955 and a size 36 inch bust.

I’m giving them away as one package to someone who would like to make at least one of the garments and show the finished item on their blog.

If you would like to take part please leave a comment on this post saying which item you would like to make. I’m going to make the deadline midnight British Summer Time on 12th October 2012 and I’ll choose the lucky winner the next day.    You must have a live blog to take part as I would love to see the results of your sewing and link them here.

Good luck!

Me Made May 2012 Days 1,2 and 3

Day 1

Me mades: jeans bag, self-drafted skirt and shoes made by me at Green shoes.

There are several variations of this skirt.  I made the pattern by drawing around an old pencil skirt & adjusted it to have a button front.  I don’t know how to make a pattern from scratch.

Day 2

Scruffy jeans for mucking out with Vogue 2634 blouse.

I have to wear lots of layers with these sleeveless blouses but I don’t have any me-made long sleeved ones – I bought most of them from charity shops.

Day 3

Even scruffier jeans today with another Vogue 2634 – this one made from an old linen skirt.

I had to make a dash for my cardigan after this – I hope the weather warms up soon.  I’ll be wearing versions of these blouses every day for walking the dog and for mucking out.  I like them better than tee shirts because it’s much easier to get the inevitable stains out of the fabric.

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.

Old wrap skirt to new blouse

I had a once much loved linen wrap skirt that I hadn’t worn for years.  It was faded on the outside & in any case was difficult to cycle in – wrap skirts tend to fly open when cycling.

I  decided to turn it into a blouse for every day wear & turned to Vogue 2634(adapted). I’ve made this pattern up at least half a dozen times in various guises.

 There wasn’t enough fabric for conventional cutting out so I cut everything singly & cut the back into 5 pieces so that I could use the edges of skirt panels.Back view

I needed to use the hem of the skirt to get the length but had to use the inside to avoid too faded a look.  This led me to the leftovers from a not very successful linen dress – made about 15 years ago – I used it for flowery strips to cover the hem edge & then cut bias strips for the armholes & collar trim.

Front View

There’s hardly anything left from the skirt now & I’ve got a blouse to wear over jeans or jodphurs for everyday wear.

The leftovers

Self Stitched September Continues

10th September

Off out on Friday night

The top is a remake.  It was a silk dress bought in Laura Ashley’s sale & worn for just one special occasion.  I turned it into a much loved top & a useful but dull skirt.  The bag is my favourite at the moment.

Before I converted it.

11th September

Off to the shops on Saturday morning

 Blouse from Burda 2934.  Jacket  I think was a Simplicity pattern made in a silk mix tweed that I think I bought in Soho. It proved too hot for a jacket after all but it made a change.

I make a lot of blouses, I think it’s because they are useful.  I used to make dresses & hardly ever wore them.

12th September

Sunday morning at the allotment. Vogue blouse – I like the spotty fabric but it doesn’t show up very well here.

I don’t have lots of self stitched outfits, but I have nearly finished the Vogue 1950 dress and will be showing it soon.  Buttonholes to finish, buttons to cover and hem to do.

Self Stitched September

I’ve been on holiday so my photos are a bit late and I still haven’t worked out how to add the Self Stitched September button to  this site.  I hope to do it before the month ends.  Meantime see http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com for more details.

1st September

 Paddling at Camber Sands 

Blouse from Vogue 2634 in blue & white check cotton.  Tucks added to shape.

Skirt is New Look 6843 lengthened quite a bit in heavy ticking.

The bag is my own design made of tweed, felted wool and artificial suede.  The individual blocks were based on photographs of my horse.

2nd September Still on Holiday

Just the blouse this time.  New Look 6598.

3rd September Still on Holiday

That blouse pattern again! Blue & white spotted version of Vogue 2634.  Random patchwork bag made quite a few years ago from offcuts & the good bits of my old clothes. 

4th September About to go Home

Another version of New Look 6598.  I made savage changes to the fit of this – it was very baggy around the arm holes.

5th September In the Garden

About to take Gus for a walk.

Blue flowered version of Vogue 2634 & my dog walking bag made from the leg of an old pair of jeans – holds  treats, bags, my keys & so on.  The pockets are very useful.

I think most of my self stitched wardrobe consists of blouses & bags.  I must look for something else to wear – but the sleeveless blouses are so useful I just keep making them – especially Vogue 2634.