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?