Friday, May 24, 2019

See it Sewn - Ladies Home Journal 1952 Featuring Vogue Sewing Patterns

Today for you, my lovelies, I have a couple of gorgeous fashion pages from a May 1952 Ladies' Home Journal Magazine. The patterns advertised are by Vogue, which had a long-standing relationship with Condé Nast dating back to 1905. Sorry if the images are a bit grainy - this was the largest I could get them for you.

Above: Vogue Junior Design 3470 Dress,

Above, Vogue 7545 Blouse and Vogue 7583 Skirt.

Above, Vogue 7597 Dress. Below, Vogue 7608 Coat.

Above, Vogue 7669 Dress. Below, Vogue 7685 Dress.

Above, Vogue 7689 Dress.

And last but certainly not least, my favorite, Vogue 7696.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

And the winner is...

Congratulations to the lovely Kitty Ann for winning the pattern giveaway!
The prize was a copy of Depew #3046 1920s dress pattern. If you didn't win, here is a coupon code for 15% off at that will run this week and expire on April 17th.

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A 1920s Dress with Embroidery Using Depew #3046 and a giveaway!

Today, my darlings, I am celebrating the fact that I have finally finished my 1920s dress with embroidered cuff and collars. This one sat unfinished for over two years as we moved to Georgia, remodeled our house, and dealt with me being seriously ill for a year. Now I'm slowly getting a bit better and working some more, and I have tackled some much-missed sewing!

The pattern I used is my favorite Depew reproduction of all time, #3046. And yes, love, this is a giveaway post!

Depew #3046 reproduction 1920s dress in multisize!

But first, can I just show off a bit? I'm super happy with how the dress turned out!

The pattern goes together really easily and the most time-consuming part is probably that gently-flared hem. I used a beautifully drapey rayon from Jo-Ann fabrics in the closest color (coral actually) I could match to the original envelope art. The rayon made pressing a perfect hem a bit tricky.

Embroidering the cuff and collars was by-far my favorite part of sewing this little gem. They are nice, crisp white cotton that I had left over from my Ikea fabric shopping days in Norway for my Picture Perfect Apron Pattern.

The shoulders have small tucks that are concealed underneath the collar instead of using bust darts, which weren't quite common in 1925.

And the sleeves are so easy because they are cut-in-one with the dress body.

Side skirt inset panels can look tricky at first but the best way I have found, is to turn seam allowances on the panel, press, and flat fell the panel right onto the skirt.

This dress is perfect for the intermediate sewist, or a good bridge from beginner to intermediate for someone who is looking to learn more and expand their skill.
Frustratingly, it no longer fits me because I lost 15 lbs when I fell ill. 

(To make a long story short, I got sick, almost died, stayed sick, developed a couple of not-fun conditions as a result *friggin' yay* and am now starting to get it all under control.)

But enough about me...
How about you? Have you ever made a 1920s dress? Do you have a favorite pattern?
Would you like to win a free multisize pdf copy of this one?

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4. Mention this giveaway on your blog, Instagram etc or share it on Facebook.

I'll announce the randomly chosen winner from the comments section
on Tuesday, April 9th!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A 1920s Full-coverage Apron Using Depew #3091

For those of you that hadn't already noticed, I have a huge thing for the 1920s. 1920s aprons, in particular, are a passion of mine and I'm currently sewing my way through some of my apron pattern collection. This time I used Depew#3091 which is a repro of an original.

For the fabric, I picked up a pre-cut two-yard length of cotton by Waverly (a steal at Walmart of all places!) and it was the perfect amount for a propper full-coverage "canning apron" (as my mother called them).
I remember once asking her why she called them canning aprons when women certainly didn't use them only for canning. "Oh sweetie", she said, pulling a piping hot jar of garden tomatoes from a cauldron on her stove, "It's not just for canning, it's for protecting your cans!" and then she winked at me. My mama, I tell you what...

So without further ado, here is my canning apron!

The neckline uses an inverted binding technique.

And it has POCKETS!

 It really does provide a lot of coverage which is great for messy jobs. The buttons I used on the back are large vintage mother-of-pearls that came from my late mama's stash.

A tip if you make this one. Stitch your buttonholes in the back BEFORE you bind the edges. If you use a buttonhole foot like I do, the buttonholer will catch on the binding and you will get some really messed up buttonholes.

How about you? Have you ever sewn an apron before? Do you have a favorite apron that you just can't do without?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Use and Abuse of The corset - A 1909 Delineator Article By Charlotte C. West, M.D.

Today my darlings, I have found for you a fascinating article about the proper and improper use of corsets. This article comes from my collection of Antique Delineator Magazines.

The September 1909 issue of the Delineator Magazine.
It was originally published in the September 1909 issue of the Delineator Magazine (as produced by Butterick) and I have transcribed the original for you to save your eyes from evil small-print. It gives an interesting medical perspective in favor of the corset from the viewpoint of a female M.D.!
(According to one source, women at this time made up about 5% of the medical work-force in the United States.)

The Use and Abuse of the corset -
The September 1909 issue of the Delineator Magazine

It May Give Strength and Support if Rightly Worn

"THROW that into the furnace when you get home," was the invariable comment of a noted medical man, as with a disdainful gesture he indicated the corset of each clinical patient who was presented to him for examination, at the same time casting a sidelong glance of disapproval at his woman assistant, who was obviously always well corseted.
The woman physician worked along silently in this clinic until an opportunity enabled her to show one of the patients that her condition-gastroptosis and en­teroptosis (prolapse or falling of the stomach and intestines)-was caused by the improper use of corsets.
"Yes," quickly remarked the professor, "throw them into the furnace when you get home, and don't wear them home!''
"But I can't 'do' without my corsets'." wailed the patient, whereupon the well-­corseted woman physician said:
"The improper use, not the use of it. You are abusing the most sensible and most hygienic garment women wear, because you don't know how to wear it.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A few small things... Woman's World from 1935

Hello my dears,

Today for you I have some scans from a sweet little edition of Woman's World Magazine.
They offered a small selection of mail order sewing patterns and the illustrations were charming enough to merit sharing.

This particular issue is July 1935.

I hope you enjoy.

July 1935 Woman's World Mail Order sewing pattern ads.
 Don't you just love all of the details that have gone into the bodice designs? Bows, capes, button trim and pleats galore - what fun!

July 1935 Woman's World Mail Order sewing pattern ads.
 Notice that even the fashions for young girls have larger shoulder details reminiscent of the women's clothing designs above.

July 1935 Woman's World Mail Order design ads.
I'm really all about those aprons though...

Happy sewing,

Saturday, August 4, 2018

See It Sewn... Simplicity 3511 from a 1960 Catalog

Hello my dears,
In our last See It Sewn Post, we got a look at two sewing patterns with rather underwhelming illustrations. These were patterns that one might normally write off as not-worth-the-trouble; that is, until we got a look at how stunning they could be when cut from the right fabric and styled to perfection.

Today for See it Sewn, we have another pattern from the same 1960 catalog, but the envelope illustration for this dress is far more charming.

Meet Simplicity 3511.

Image courtesy of Pattern Peddler on Etsy.
 The envelope back reveals that the pattern has several nifty features:

"JUNIOR AND MISSES' ONE-PIECE DRESS WITH DETACHABLE COLLAR AND SLEEVE TRIM: Dress has kimono sleeves, with underarm gussets, softly pleated skirt and front button closing. V. 1 has elbow length sleeves, self fabric belt, self collar and contrasting detachable collar and sleeve trim. V. 2 has stand-up collar, short sleeves and purchased belt."

Our first glimpse from the catalog points out that the pockets are indeed as gloriously large as the illustration would have you believe. Just think of all the things a modern girl could fit in those... no need for a purse! No, this lady has it all on her including keys, cell phone, day planner, a snack, lipstick, garage door opener and Glock 19, all with room to spare!

Our second catalog picture does the "American Classic" coat dress even more justice in a forest green print and crisp, fresh white removable collar and cuffs. One could really have so much fun also making this dress in a demure solid fabric and then letting large, stand-out vintage buttons in bold contrast do all of the talking.

Happy sewing,

Copies of this pattern can usually be found from your favorite pattern sellers on Etsy.
Below is a link to a search that will show you who currently has it for sale.

Simplicity 3511