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?


Vintage Spring Wardrobe Essentials – Skirts

Last week I talked about good pants/trousers to wear in the spring time, but today its time to talk about skirts! Now the weather during the day is starting to warm up as Spring moves along and I can stop being a wimp and wear skirts. I don’t know why but I personally feel like spring is the perfect time to wear swing skirts. There is just something about them that screams spring to me. Below I have complied my favorite spring looking skirts and where you can purchase them.

Of course my go to Vintage online store, Unique Vintage is going to be first up. I really like Unique Vintage because they also carry most of their clothes in Plus sizes and I think that is great because I have heard from several of my friends that it is hard for them to find true vintage in their size if they are more curvy ladies. Right now I am feeling floral and light colored skirts for spring and Unique Vintage has a few that fall into this category. The first skirt I am sharing is the Plus Size Floral Mexico Swing Skirt by Hell Bunny (Pictured Left), I love vintage reproduction skirts with more modern patterns that you wouldn’t have seen back in the day, and this one definitely delivers (Link to regular size skirt). Pink is my favorite color and the perfect color for a spring swing skirt. I’m loving this Pink and White Polka Dot Circle Skirt (pictured center) on Unique Vintage’s site. It also comes in Mint and White Polka Dots too and it has POCKETS! You can never have to many polka dots! Solid colored skirts are also a great option to have in your wardrobe as well and I’m digging this light blue Circle Skirt by Voodoo Vixen (pictured right). These are just 3 of my favorite spring skirts that Unique Vintage carries. They have a ton more to choose from too! (images are property of Unique Vintage)

The U.K. has a ton of great vintage reproduction clothing sites and one of my other favorites is Collectif, based in London. If you are in the U.S. like me, make sure you check the conversion rate from pounds to dollars, because the site only lists the prices in pounds and the pound is more than the dollar, so you are going to end up spending a little more than the price you see (I made that mistake once). Also, U.K. clothes are sized differently so make sure you check the size charts to see what size you are in the U.K. For example if you are a U.S. 6 you will be a U.K. 10. I love fabrics that have a border print, and this first skirt from Collectif is a great example of that, Vintage Jasmine Floral Broder Print Swing Skirt (pictured left, images are property of Collectif), gives you just enough floral without being too overwhelming. I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I absolutely love when my vintage skirts and dresses have pockets, when ever I am looking at them I always check to see if they have pockets. This next dress not only has a super adorable pattern, but it also has pockets! The Theodora Charming Bird Flared Skirt (pictured right, images are property of Collectif) is a vintage inspired full swing skirt, and how cute are those birds?!?!

If you are on a budget like me, the next store I am going to tell you about will be great for you. They have some awesome skirts to choose from, all under $40. Lindy Bop, is another international based company but the have a U.S. site (it displays U.S. prices so you don’t have to try and figure out the conversion) and they only charge $7 to deliver to the U.S. I also love Lindy Bop, because they have sizes from XS-6XL. Lindy Bop has several different skirts with bird prints that I think are great for spring, like the Marie Pink Heron Print Swing Skirt (pictured left, images are property of Lindy Bop). Did I mention I love pockets in skirts yet? LOL. Lindy Bop has a bunch of skirts with pockets like the Daniella Pink Swan Border Print Swing Skirt (pictured right, images are property of Lindy Bop), it also has that awesome border print that I think is really neat. If it is your first time shopping with Lindy Bop, make sure you sign up for their newsletter and they will send you a code for 10% off your first order.

Believe it or not another website that I have been able to find vintage reproduction clothes for fairly inexpensive is Amazon. Maggie Tang 1950s Vintage Retro Polka Dots Swing Rockabilly Casual Party Skirts (pictured left) comes in several different colors, including polka dots and solids and is les than $30. Amazon also carries GRACE KARIN Women Pleated Vintage Skirts Floral Print CL6294 (Multi-Colored) (pictured right) in many different patterns and colors, they are less than $20 and if you have an Amazon prime account you can get free shipping.

There are tons of options for ladies of all sizes and budgets to find vintage skirts for spring. These are just some of my favorites. What is your favorite vintage skirt to wear in the spring?