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Working with vintage patterns

August 27, 2017
Working with vintage patterns And She Made

I’ve got a couple of vintage patterns in my stash. I’ve picked a few up on my travels around craft fairs and charity shops, been given some by friends or family members and most recently sought some out on Ebay. The above two, for example, were Ebay finds.

The great thing about using vintage patterns is how cheap they are – usually around £2/3 plus postage on top. But it’s important to know what you’re looking for and check the measurements. The pattern may say a certain size but with vintage it’s best to size up at least one size as vintage sizes are significantly smaller than our modern counterparts.

The first one I picked up was a suggested buy I think (Ebay knew I was on the lookout for vintage patterns) and it was soon in my shopping basket. I have all the heart eyes for the back of the dress too. It has no zips or buttons! I’ve actually made this one up in a Liberty fabric but it needs a few adjustments before I show it off.

After missing out on another vintage pinafore pattern, the second one – this sweet 70s number – came up on my feed and I couldn’t stop thinking about its pinafore style. This one was uncut, slightly too small and a bit pricier than the first one, but I eventually caved in and bought it and I’m glad I did. I made sure to adjust the skirt slightly on this one (it’s a 70s size 12 but the measurements were more like a modern 8) and it’s one I again have yet to show off, but will soon be on the blog.

And vintage need not mean an old pattern either. Some of the big four companies have reproduced some of their vintage patterns, like the below dress which was originally a 90s pattern I think. I’ve gone on about my love for the New Look 6866 many times before and now I have four different versions including this purple beauty and one I made in fabric that looks like it belongs in the 90s.

Have you worked with any vintage patterns lately? Which are your favourites?
Working with vintage patterns And She Made

Dressmaking & sewing, Featured

Purple power

June 21, 2017
Purple dress NL6866

DSC_0180Anyone who knows me knows of my love for purple. It’s a colour that I’ve always loved, ever since I was a child and when I found this fabric in my stash I knew what I wanted to make with it. it’s basically the brightest purple ever and I love it!

You may remember the fabric from this top which didn’t quite work out (and you’ve also had a more recent sneak peek of this dress here). I bought it a few years ago from eBay. It’s viscose so has a lovely drape to it, which maybe didn’t lend itself well to the Marthe top I made, but definitely works for this beauty.

I used the New Look 6866 pattern (a reproduced pattern from the 90s I believe) to give it the grungey edge I look for in most of my summer dresses these days and it’s been on my to-make list for ages. I literally obsessed over this dress for ages before I made it!

And She Made May sewing plans

One thing I would say for this pattern is it comes up large. I made a small which is meant for a size 8/10 and it was still too big. I’d definitely recommend sizing down with this one, although had I used a sturdier fabric perhaps I wouldn’t have had the same issues? I made view E but the back is V necked, kind of like the front of A and B (minus the bow).

Purple New Look 6866 dress

I’ve made a second version of this now and a modified version, but next up on my list is the midi version. I basically visualised myself wearing this in a teen movie from the 90s – that was the look I was going for. I’d also love to make a version with vintage fabric! Hmm, lots of plans!

Crafting ideas, Dressmaking & sewing, Featured, Inspired by

Named Clothing’s new Playground collection is out now

March 2, 2017
Named Clothing Playground collection

Hot on the heels of the recent preview, Named have released their new sewing pattern collection online.

The Playground collection is inspired by the practicality and simplicity of children’s clothing but, better still, this collection is just for adults! Modern yet elegant and both simple and playful, the sewing patterns all look incredible and I can’t wait to make these up!

The collection includes dresses, tops, culottes, a wraparound playsuit, a denim jacket and even a pair of dungarees! Let’s take a look at some of the pieces.

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