Tag Archives: summer wardrobe

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines…

13 Jan

This dress was actually inspired by the little straw hat I am wearing, which I found at Sportsgirl of all places. Together with the faded blue of the dress and cream bib, it reminded me of a lovely book… Madeline!

I used the bodice pattern of the Brown Birds dress, which has proven to fit me so well, and added a basic gathered skirt made of two rectangular panels. The fabric is from an op-shop and feels like a cotton/linen mix; it drapes so beautifully. At the moment I am becoming more and more attracted to plain fabrics that feel lovely, rather than busy prints – although I don’t think I will ever stop loving them!

The cream bib is a piece I cut out of a 1930’s blouse that had become so tattered and stained there was no wearing it in public. It still has a few stains on it, but I figure that gives it character, right? I simply made up the bodice and hand-stitched the bib onto it. Originally I wanted to cut away the fabric behind the bib (an idea I am playing with in more detail at the moment) but decided that the stability lent by the blue fabric would help hold the shape of the vintage piece.

I learnt a new technique! At the top of the back zip I made a thread loop for a hook closure. I didn’t take a photo, but this involves making a few loops with stronger thread and covering the loop with blanket stitch. I hate sewing on metal eyes for hooks, and I see this little detail all the time on vintage blouses, so it’s going to be a handy skill I think!

I had to resort to self-timer photos here… you will probably get to see my whole house eventually! Ok… and you will see me using that 1960’s pattern a lot too because it’s so adaptable and well-fitting!

Wardrobe Crisis 16/12/2009

16 Dec

It’s always a crisis, isn’t it!? No matter how inflated the closet, there’s never anything to wear. I want to keep this blog focussed mainly on sewing and crafting, but the occasional outfit post is ok, right? It’ll probably force me to be more creative. So here I am, about to go to work, dreading the Christmas retail hell.

– grey t shirt – Myers

– pink 1950’s skirt – Red Ruby Vintage

– white & silver belt – Gymnasium vintage (sadly closed)

– leopard print ballet flats – Hobart

Not sure what’s going on with the hair! Also, it’s 40ÂșC outside today… what do you do when the thought of any clothes, let alone layers of perspiratious (is that a word?) vintage, makes you go red like a tomato?

Playsuit Love

7 Dec

Playsuits, rompers, onesies – I’ve seen so many in shops this season but for the most part they seem to be elastic-waisted 80’s inspired creations that are not really my style. Summer gets so hot here that some cute overalls seem mighty attractive right about now. There are a few suppliers of lovely 1950’s – style bathers around, like the all-Aussie My Sister Pat, but they are a little out of my price range :(.

Of course, a crafty gal always options, so I’ve done a bit of research for the purposes of making a playsuit that suits me! They’ve turned up in various incarnations every decade since the 1930’s, with variations on the theme of ‘shorts attached to a bodice’, and there are plenty of vintage patterns around to provide inspiration.

Some come in two parts, wth a bare midriff, but I want to be able to wear my playsuit at work (with stockings) and around town without worrying about my tummy showing too much. So as cute as this 1940’s ensemble is, it’s not quite right. Love those sleeves though. From Sandritocat

So cute! …so costumey! Maybe for swing dancing or a photoshoot, but while I love dressing up, a hardcore sailor-girl outfit is never terribly versatile! I’ve determined to sew more clothes that are wearable on an every day basis. Sigh! From WearingHistory

I do have a bit of a soft spot for this tennis dress, but sleeveless tops with a big collar are not my favourite thing ever. Culottes are cool though, right? From Missretromodern.

Separates! A dress, shorts, an overskirt… so many options! I really do like these 50’s wardrobe packages where they give you everything to make several outfits. The playsuit pictured is also nice and plain, which appeals to me because its enough of a standout item that it doesn’t need to have too much extra detail. From DeLaBelle.

Yes yes… I know I said no bare midriffs! I had to put this in, I have such a soft spot for it. Those bubble shorts! So good! I have a feeling they won’t do my thighs any favours but a girl can dream. Such a cute pin-up look, I may very well let myself be inspired by this pattern.

There are a few options for my playsuit project. So far I prefer one piece suits with a waist seam, with wider shorts and perhaps shoestring straps rather than sleeves. Maybe buttons up the front? Definitely a high waist. There are some more great patterns to study on the Commercial Pattern Archive, where they have done a feature on bathing suits and playsuits


Now all I need is the perfect fabric, some perfect buttons, and a sunny weekend to look forward to…