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Sunday, 10 January 2016

My favourite makes in 2015

I had a wonderful 2015 sewing some beautiful fabrics, and I wanted to share with you some of my favourite makes.


I just love this holiday dress. I came across  a length of vintage seersucker and made it into the best holiday dress ever. Every time I go away it comes with me, it doesn't crease, washes easily and I feel wonderful in it,
Click here  for instructions on how to make it.




In May I had a big birthday,  I turned 60,and I wanted a special dress to wear on the day. We spent my birthday in Lanzarote and I wore the dress and jacket when we went out for dinner in the evening. I love bright colours and this outfit now has very special memories.
I introduced some very basic couture features on the bodice to help support the neckline too. See the post HERE


Thursday, 7 January 2016

how to make a 1940's style dress



Vintage fashion is very much "in" at the moment and when I was looking through my sewing room I found this Folkwear pattern for a 1940's dress. I also found some viscose floral print which hangs nicely.









I have wanted to sew a dress in 1940's style for ages, I bought the vintage style fabric  and patter ages ago but never got around to sewing it.


When sewing vintage the first step is to take your measurements and choose the pattern size which  corresponds most closely. Do not just use your usual dress size as patterns do usually vary from these. This is true for any pattern, but more so for vintage as women were much smaller back in the 1940's.
Cut the pattern pieces out and lay them on the fabric on the correct grain, as shown on the pattern piece.
Cut out the material, leaving larger than normal seam allowances in true vintage style. Vintage garments were made to last a lifetime and so extra fabric was always left in the seam allowances to enable the garment to be let out if necessary and to be honest it is good practise to do it now.
The next step is to transfer all pattern markings to the fabric using your prefered method. Keeping with tradition for this garment I am using tailors tacks and thread markings.