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Friday, 5 January 2018

how to make a 1940's style dress


Sewing a 1940s dress

This is a post I wrote some time ago, but I think it is worth re visiting.
Vintage fashion is very much "in" at the moment and when I was looking through my sewing room I found this Folkwear pattern for a 1940's dress. I also found some viscose floral print which hangs nicely.



For this dress I researched traditional methods and used them as for as possible. This is not a quick make and is for experienced sewers.





I have wanted to sew a dress in 1940's style for ages, I bought the vintage style fabric  and pattern ages ago but never got around to sewing it.
I am pleased to say that this pattern is now for sale in the UK and you can purchase it from MinervaCrafts. Glamour girl dress pattern
I'm suggesting that you use a heavy woven dress fabric which hangs well, this floral viscose Challis would be perfect Floral print viscose challis



When sewing vintage the first step is to take your measurements and choose the pattern size which  corresponds most closely. Do not just use your usual dress size as patterns do usually vary from these. This is true for any pattern, but more so for vintage as women were much smaller back in the 1940's.
Cut the pattern pieces out and lay them on the fabric on the correct grain, as shown on the pattern piece.
Cut out the material, leaving larger than normal seam allowances in true vintage style. Vintage garments were made to last a lifetime and so extra fabric was always left in the seam allowances to enable the garment to be let out if necessary and to be honest it is good practise to do it now.
The next step is to transfer all pattern markings to the fabric using your prefered method. Keeping with tradition for this garment I am using tailors tacks and thread markings.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A side paneled dress in softest velour. A MCBN post

This is a post for the MCBN - MinervaCrafts




This lovely Butterick Lisette dress was made in the softest printed velour with side panels in Black. 
Do read the full post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network on this link MY GREY VELOUR DRESS
The post gives full details of the pattern and fabric used to make this flattering dresses, plus a tutorial of course!

Happy Sewing

Angela


#MCBN #dress #sewingblog #grey #velour #lining #zip #sleeves 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

The BROTHER 3034D Overlocker, Rolled Hems and other things!

 This post is all about my overlocker, rolled hems , oh and a bit of history too!





 My overlocker is the  Brother 3034D and it is available from Jaycotts.co.uk.  To look at it on the web site click the link HERE  To get the current price telephone them on 01244 394 09 Jaycotts will also be happy to talk about and  demonstrate other models to you if you visit them


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

An easy way to embelish almost anything using The Circular Embroidery Attachment

Circular embroidery attachments from Jaycotts.


I do love machine embroidery but I appreciate that it is not for everyone for various reasons. I was intrigued therefore when I was browsing Jaycotts web site and came across these special machine feet.



These machine attachments are perfect for adding circular embelishing to clothing, table wear and anything else you can think of. They make beautiful quilts and make circular applique incredibly simple.
I also like the idea of circular pockets and felt coasters and tablemats.
This is the BROTHER CIRCULAR EMBROIDERY ATTACHMENT  (There is a video showing it in use on the above link.)




Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Serendipity Studio JADE Jacket a MCBN post


This is a Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post for Minerva Crafts


This is another pattern from Serendipity Studios which I have been trying out. It gives options for variations on a simple dolman sleeve jacket. It is a fabulous jacket and I have to admit that it has had several outings already. It goes with most things - smart or casual and I just love it.




The fabric is a beautiful, soft crushed velvet and on my blog post I give a few tips on working with velvet.
Do read my post, it is over on the Minerva Craft Blogger network on this link 



Thank you for reading my post, I would love your comments.



Angela