Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sew For Victory in the Home Stretch

Just a quick post today. I'm putting the finishing touches on my Sew For Victory dress. Last night I use my mom's awesome Bernina sewing machine to blind stitch the hem of the dress. So much faster then doing it by hand! The belt is done and the collar still needs lace trim. Oddly enough, the pattern does not say how the collar is attached to the dress. So I think I'll take a few stitches here and there to tack it to the neckline, otherwise I can see it shifting all over the place. The side placket is finished and looks surprisingly neat! I ran out of silver snaps so I might have to add a couple black ones to finish it but I'm fine with that. AND! I found a slip that will work under the dress. So yeah almost done! :)



Here's a quick look at the belt and bone (maybe it's shell?) buckle. Not a great picture because I used my cell phone. Hoping for some sunshine for Friday afternoon so I can try the dress on with my hat and shoes and take some pictures!!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pattern Inspiration - Sew for Victory 2014

It took some time to decide what I wanted to work on for Sew For Victory this year. I'm really happy with the pattern and fabric I picked. So far the dress is going together smoothly. I'd say I'm about 3/4 of the way finished as of this week! Yeah! It's down to the finishing details - hemming, attaching bias facing to the neck and sleeve edges, side placket, etc. I'm not thrilled with how the gathering turned out on the bodice but that was partly my fault for not looking closely at the pattern before diving in. Ah well, live and learn.

I'm sure many of you have already picked your patterns but I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the 1930s and 1940s patterns in my stash. Some I have used but many I have not. But I swear I plan to!! Here's a quick look at the patterns I've made up.

I should really make one of these collages for the 1930s. :)
Du Barry 2413 - Here and here
Simplicity1469 - Winter Formal Dress
Simplicity 1668 - Dress for a Summer Wedding
Mail Order pattern 2588 and - Polka Dot Blouse and Slacks
Advance Pattern 4199 - The Red and White Swing Dress

Most of these I've uploaded to my Facebook album but a few I have not. I have a couple 1920s patterns to add as well. The Simplicity pattern below I started working on last year. The plan was to have the dress ready to wear for the WWII event in Stowe but the fabric I picked turned out to be a poor choice. The dress has pleats that extend from the bodice down into the skirt. My fabric wanted to shift all over the place and I couldn't get the pleats to look nice. Maybe someday I'll tackle that dress and try to finish it but I'll admit it's not very high on my sewing list at the moment.





These two I bought along with McCall 3306. Oh the hats!! I'm really excited about McCall 3143 because it includes both a dress AND coat pattern.


Dresses, pajama, and play suits, oh my! :)



Check out the novelty print on Vogue pattern 5643. It has horses! wish I could find some fabric just like it. :)

Vogue 5643
This was a very close second for Sew For Victory. Extra wide pj pants? Yes please!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sew for Victory Plans

I've finally had the chance to work on my Sew for Victory project. I'm using one of my recently acquired patterns and some vintage fabric from the stash. The pattern is McCall 3306.  I found the date April 1939 stamped on the inside of the envelope. That was a nice little surprise. :) I am making the short sleeve version of the dress. I haven't decided which collar to make but I'm leaning towards the one with the double collar as seen in view B.

The fabric is very lightweight and sheer. I debated lining the whole thing, or maybe just the bodice, but I don't have enough fabric on hand. Plus I have several other projects on my plate right now and want to be able to finish this one in a timely manner. I have a couple vintage slips that should work under this dress so in the interest of time I won't be lining it. I've seen a few dresses from the 1930s and 1940s that were not lined so I feel comfortable skipping it for this project.


And look what I found stuck to the fabric! The original price tag for $.67 a yard!! I discovered this tiny tag when I unfolded the fabric to put it in the wash. Not sure the exact age of the fabric but can anyone remember paying less then $1.00 a yard for fabric that wasn't on sale?


The pattern is one size too big for me so I'm having to make some minor adjustments. The skirt is made of six pieces with both center front and center back cut on the fold of the fabric. The bodice front and back are each one piece of fabric, also cut on the fold. I have just enough fabric for the dress! I might be able to use the remaining fabric for a blouse if I cut carefully.

The bodice has little gathers at the shoulders which you can see in the close up picture below. There are also two little darts at the back neckline. The waist section of the bodice is gathered to fit the skirt and the dress will open with a side placket. So far all the piece are cut, the skirt assembled and the bodice is almost ready to attach to the skirt. I need to cut bias strips to face the neck and sleeves edges as well as a placket for the skirt. So far sew good!


I'm thinking of brown and white accessories. What do you think? I have a pair of late 1930s brown and white shoes that are to die for, a lucky find on Esty last year. They are very similar to pair on the top left of page 35 of the March 18, 1939 addition of the Boot and Shoe Recorder. The Great National Shoe Weekly. (I posted a couple pages from these magazines back in February. See the post - "Ensembles in the Major" - Shoe Magazines!) I also have a little straw tilt style hat trimmed in brown velvet ribbon. I don't think I've shared the shoes or hat on my blog so I'll be able to share both for the first time along with the finished dress. :)


Friday, April 4, 2014

GBVS's 1920s White Lightning Ball

As promised here are some photos from the Greater Boston Vintage Society's event last weekend, the 1920s White Lightning Ball. This amazing event was held at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.

Lots of photos! :)

The British soldier and the aviatrix
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is full of great displays, including this "barn find." Discovered in an old barn, the car placed on display exactly as it was found, dust and all. If you look closely you can still see the cobwebs.



Lots of fun photo opportunities during the night. The Carriage House, built in 1888, was transformed into a 1920s speakeasy complete with backroom gambling and a bar. There was even a prohibition era moonshine still set up and someone brought it a Tommy gun to use as a prop. You could even do a little shopping at vendors Bobby from Boston and Salmagundi. Music was provided by the Hot Club of Somerville Jazz Band. They were great!


Cori caught helping himself to another drink.


If you visit the GBVS's Facebook page you will see lots of great photos from the night. There are even some video clips!

Right, so outfit details. I started the morning looking like this. Super attractive I know. I used combination of hair gel, wave clips, and lots of little hair clips and bobby pins. I started with dry hair and only added gel to the front sections. I've blogged a little about finger waves and 1920s hair styles here and here. Once all the pins and clips were set I rolled and pinned the back section of hair up out of the way. I let it dry all day.


About an hour or so before the event I took all the clips and pins out. I used a comb to very gently comb the waves, just enough to break up some of the stiffness of the dried hair gel. I then re-rolled and pinned the back section of my hair so it was neater and more secure. The brown comb was mostly for decoration. This what my hair looked like at the end of the night.


I've made a couple 1920s dresses before so for this event I really wanted to do something different. My inspiration came from photos of women pilots and motorcycle riders. I find it really fascinating to study women who take on roles that are not the norm for their time period. The end result was sort of a Beatrice Shilling meets Amelia Earhart kind of look. My blouse was made using this pattern. It's just the top section of the dress. The boots (which really started my thinking process for this outfit) were steal on Ebay, the vintage jodhpurs and leather jacket were a great thrifted find as well.





I made a cotton flying/motorcycle helmet but I didn't end up wearing the helmet very much. I don't think I have any good pictures. Fortunately, I have these amusing photos of Cori modeling it shortly after I finished sewing it together. It's based off this one I saw on Etsy. I made the pattern up as I went along. I started by cutting the pieces really big then slowly took in seam allowance and reshaped the front section where it curves around the face forming the chin strap. Eventually I just cut that section off and decided it would be better to add a separate and much smaller chin strap. My first attempt looked something like a combination between a Roman helmet and a balaclava....


Cori wore his reproduction British WWI uniform. He just joined the 1st Bttn./South Wales Borderers Great War Living History group and this was the first time he has had the opportunity to wear the new uniform in public. They only thing he didn't wear were the boots. They have some serious heel plates and hobnails, not a good combination on old wood floors.


Here are a few more photos to finish out this post. Enjoy!





Don't worry, that's not a real cigarette! It's a candy stick. :) There were a couple well dressed ladies handing out boxes of "cigarettes" throughout the evening. I didn't even know candy cigarettes were still being made.

Great Hair Fridays - April 1941

Today's quick post for Great Hair Fridays! Modern Beauty Shop magazine from April 1941. A lovely spring bride and hairstyles for "problem" hair types. Which one do you like best?

That's it for now, enjoy!

Modern Beauty Shop - April 1941

Modern Beauty Shop - April 1941
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