Vintage Sewing

Vintage sewing – 1950s Simplicity Skirt 8446

I have always been a crafty person. I knit, spin yarn, weave, embroider, make wearing and hair accessories and I have dabbled in sewing. 15 years ago I sewed a Princess Gown for my little sister for Halloween, but I haven’t done much garment sewing since then. I decided that I wanted to start sewing my own vintage clothes, because I want more and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on them from different stores all the time. I have found several pattern companies that have re released some of their vintage patterns from the 1940s and 1950s, so I decided to give it a go.  The first pattern that I have sewn is a Simplicity Skirt pattern 8446 from the 1950s. I also found a fabric store close to my house that sells fabric for $2.99 a yard, not just some of the fabric but ALL of their fabric. It’s called Affordable Fabrics and they have stores in Uncasville, CT and Rocky Hill, CT.

I was a little nervous about sewing this pattern but it was actually really easy and it has POCKETS! I only had to cut out 4 pieces of fabric and it had you use ribbon for the waist band. Next time I sew this pattern, I will make a waistband out of the fabric because I want it to match the skirt exactly.

And here is the final product! The dress form I have is bigger then my waist size so it looks a little puffed out on the right side of the waistband, But you can also see my modeling it here. The yellow fabric that I used was a little see through, so I am wearing a white petticoat underneath, which is fine because it gives the skirt that 1950s full skirt look.

I have already started cutting out the fabric for the second skirt and I will share that when I finish it. What are your go to vintage sewing patterns?

Outfit of the Day

Outfits of the Day, May 21st to 25th

The weather continues to be back and forth. Some days were nice (mostly) but some days were chilly. I can’t wait for it to be 70 degrees when I get up in the morning, so I don’t have to worry about a sweater anymore for the mornings and then get hot in the afternoon. I did not wear vintage on Tuesday this week because it was rainy and cold, so I wore a modern trouser and blouse (I didn’t take a picture because it was boring). I still need to invest in some 1940s trousers for days like this.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Today I finally got to wear a true vintage skirt from the 1950s that I found at The Vintage Market in Salem, CT at the end of March.

Cardigan: JJ Perfection on Amazon

Skirt: true vintage from Va Va Voom Vintage in Waltham, MA

Necklace: true vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I was off from work today and it was a beautiful, warm, sunny day so I wore a dress that I wouldn’t wear to work normally. I got to spend some time in the ward with my dog, which was nice! And of course I can never take a picture at home without her at my feet!

Dress: Wish

Shoes: Target

Pearls: Forever 21

Vintage Dresses from Wish

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dress: Gown Town on Amazon

Pearls: true vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

1950s Swing Dress from Gown Town

Friday, May 25, 2018

Dress: Wish

Hat: True Vintage from Tova’s Vintage Shop in Old Saybrook, CT

Glasses: Zenni Optical

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

1950s Dress from Wish

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Vintage Tiki Party Essentials from Vivien of Holloway

This post was inspired by an event that I will be working at that was organized by Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc, The Bow Wow Luau in June in Staten Island! It got my thinking about retro Tiki Parties and vintage Hawaiian fashion during World War II. So I went on a search for the best Summer/Tiki/Hawaiian vintage inspired outfits and put together my favorites in case you need some inspiration for your summer parties or wardrobe.

The first site that I am going to talk about is Vivien of Holloway. They have the largest selection of Tiki/Hawaiian vintage style clothes that I found on one site. They not only had dresses, but also skirts and shorts. They also just came out with more casual Hawaiian dresses, if you want to wear it on a regular day.

The first dress by Vivien of Holloway, is a style that I adore. The Sarong Dress. It’s awesome because they have a tons of different prints. It also comes with a Bolero that you can wear or not wear with the dress. I love the Sarong Hibiskiss Blue Bolero Set (pictured left) with out the bolero. They also have the Sarong Malibu Red Bolero Set (pictured center) that has a super cute pineapple and hibiscus print. The even have several different color Sarong dresses with Plumeria flowers, like the Sarong Plumeria purple bolero set (pictured right).

If you don’t want a fitted dress and you are looking for a full swing skirt type dress, Vivien of Holloway has you covered there too. They carry several different Hawaiian floral prints in their 1950s Halter Neck Dress. I love the 1950s Halter neck Deluxe Hibiscus Black Dress (pictured left). You can even pair the dress with a belt like they did here in the Red Palm Print Dress (pictured center). And they just released this beautiful White Blue Pink Floral Halter Neck dress (pictured right) recently.

If you want something Hawaiian inspired that is more casual for every day, there are several cute options as well. Such as the Kitty dress shown here in Hula Girl Pink (pictured left) and Pineapple Sky (pictured right). This is a great every day, comfortable dress if you are running errands or doing stuff around the house

Vivien of Holloway just released another casual Hawaiian inspired dress that I HAVE to have! I think this is a good every day dress, but also nice enough to wear to a summer party or picnic. The Anna Sundress comes in a few different patterns so you can order more than one! My favorite patterns are the Palm Beach Red (pictured left) and the Hibiscus Royal (pictured left).

Vivien of Holloway doesn’t just have Hawaiian/Tiki Dresses they also have skirts! And they are my favorite full swing skirts at that. They just came out with the new Circle Skirt Hawaiian Sky (pictured left) that is so pretty and you can get the same floral print with a black or cream background too! When I think of Hawaiian flowers one that always comes to mind is the Bird of Paradise and this Circle Skirt Bird of Paradise (pictured center) has the perfect print. Another one of my favorite flowers is the hibiscus and the Circle Skirt Black Hawaiian (pictured right) has print ones on it!

As far an vintage Hawaiian/Tiki themed clothes go, Vivien of Holloway has the most options out of all the vintage reproduction stores that I have seen. Go to there site and you will find many more patterns in skirts and dresses besides the ones I featured here! Where do you find your vintage Hawaiian inspired clothes from?

Disclaimer: All photographs are property of Vivien of Holloway.

 

Outfit of the Day

Outfits of the Day May 12th & 13th

Saturday was my college graduation and I really didn’t know what to wear! It took me forever to decided. I wanted a dress or skirt with pockets that I could put my phone in since I couldn’t carry my purse during the graduation ceremony, but all the dresses that I wanted to wear didn’t have pockets! Honestly, it is my opinion that all vintage style dresses and skirts (swing ones anyway) should have pockets! They are so convenient!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I finally decided on this dark blue dress for my graduation. But alas I didn’t get any pictures of me just in the dress because I had my cap and gown on most of the day. I will have to get a picture next time I wear it. But you get a picture of me at graduation, ha!

2018 SNHU College Graduation

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Today was Mother’s Day and I started the day off right by attending Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with my daughter. It’s fun to have something in common that we can both do together, that is healthy for you. It’s hard getting your teenager to hang out with you and my daughter really loves BJJ, which makes me happy! Then we spent some time with my mom and went out to a late lunch. I wore my favorite color pink!

Cardigan: Mak Cropped Cardigan

Skirt: Amazon (I Can’t find the link)

Pearls & Brooch: True vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Turban: Wish.com

Vintage Floral Skirts

I promise I will get a picture of the dress I wore for graduation. It is still clean so I’ll probably wear it to work this week! Also I decided I need more pink vintage clothes in my life!

Outfit of the Day

Outfits of the Day May 7th to 11th

This week was only in the 60s compared to last weeks 70s and 80s sadly. Luckily they have not turned the AC on at work yet, so I am not freezing. The weather did give me the chance to wear some things that I probably won’t wear a lot in the summer. It’s also the second week on the Vintage Fashion Challenge on Instagram that I am participating in and this week was different colors each day.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ok so I did wear the same cardigan today, as yesterday, but I have been wanting to wear this outfit combination for a while. And it was a little chilly this morning so it was a good excuse to wear it again, besides no one at work saw me wear it yesterday anyway, haha. And I feel like this week is the last time I can wear this grey tartan dress until summer is over, so I went for it!

Cardigan: Emmy Design of Sweden

Dress: Voodoo Vixen

Avengers Pin: Hot Topic

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Today’s color for the vintage fashion challenge was Yellow/Orange. I only have one dress that is yellow with blue designs on it, but I wore that last week. I totally forgot I had this orange top, I bought it before I was wearing vintage full time and I didn’t really consider it vintage at the time, but I think it can be pulled off as vintage, paired with a swing skirt like I did here.

Top: H&M

Skirt: Unique Vintage

Vintage inspired clothes

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Today I was home in bed all day with a horrible migraine, so I did not get dressed up. But for purposes of the Vintage Fashion Challenge on Instagram, I did a throw back to my St. Patrick’s Day Outfit. The color for today was green. It’s hard to see it this picture but my petticoat is also green.

Cardigan: JJ Perfection Cropped Cardigan

Skirt: Unique Vintage

Petticoat: GRACE KARIN

Stockings: What Katie Did

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Vintage Inspired St. Patrick's Day Outfit

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I got to wear a new dress for the first time today! I have been excited to wear this dress today, because it screams ultimate 1950s house wife to me, I just forgot to wear my pearls! This dress was another great Amazon find and I am really impressed with the quality on the dress for less than $40 plus free prime shipping!

Dress: GownTown 1950s Vintage Swing Dress

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Gown Town Vintage Casual Swing Dress

Friday, May 11, 2018

Today’s color for the Instagram Vintage Fashion Challenge is special to me, because it was my Nanie’s favorite color. Purple! She had so many purple clothes, it was so cute. I only have two vintage dresses in purple and I think its time I added more to my collection! Today’s dress is yet again another score from Amazon. I am amazed at the amount of good quality vintage inspired dresses I can find on Amazon for decent prices. This dress was less than $25 and free shipping with Prime. If you really want to dress vintage but you have a limited budget like me, Amazon is definitely a great place to look. Today I remembered to wear my Nanie’s pearls and I’m wearing one of her brooches too.

Dress: BeryLove Vintage Swing Dress

Pearls: True Vintage

Brooch: True Vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

I am really liking this Instagram Vintage Fashion Challenge because its making me think about what I am going to wear ahead of time, rather than waiting until that morning to try and scrabble to pick something out. I’m excited for next weeks Challenge and to share it with you all.

Outfit of the Day

I’m not prepared to dress for the cold

Because I am on a limited budget for buying vintage and vintage reproduction clothes, I haven’t gotten to the point yet where I have purchased vintage trousers. And to be honest I have only found one pair of vintage trousers that I like on the Vivien of Holloway website. They are a company based in England and right now the British pound is more than the US dollar so that does not work in my favor. I love these trousers but they are a little out of the price range I want to pay for a pair of pants right now so needless to say I don’t have any vintage trousers right now. So this winter my days of dressing vintage has been limited to warm days of at least 50 degrees, and we haven’t had too many of those lately. If I wasn’t such a wimp, I would just suck it up and wear the dresses anyway, but lets face it I like to be war over wearing a dress! This past Friday it was close to 60 degrees so I got to wear a dress that I ordered months ago and was waiting to wear. I was so excited. Believe it or not I bought this dress on the Wish App! The quality is decent enough for the $15 I paid for it and it actually looked like the dress in the picture so that is exciting. Here is my outfit with details on where I purchased all the items I am wearing.

Dress: Wish App

Stockings: What Katie Did

Petticoat: Grace Karin purchased from Amazon

Belt: Unique Vintage

Shoes: Modcloth

I’m also wearing my first snood! These are great for days when I don’t feel like curling all of my hair or doing an over night roller set. I just threw in two victory rolls with my trusted Roll and Go Tool (Check for a post on that in the future) and then threw the rest of my hair in the snood with a rose hair clip. It took me 5 minutes to do my hair!

1940s hairstyle with Snoof