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First of all, the dress is for me to wear but the wedding ain’t mine! I was going through my fabric stash looking for something to inspire a new project and I came across a beautiful sunny yellow Egyptian cotton.. doona cover! It was perfect. Immediately I thought something with a big skirt would be the most fitting sort of dress to show off that fabulous fabric. Anyway had a quick look through my patterns and came across a couple that could easily be combined: the shirt-style top of a 60s pattern and the big skirt from a late 40s/early 50s one. I loved that the sleeves have sexy gussets and the skirt comes with pockets. So right!

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When making the gussets for the sleeves, I was very grateful to have my trusty tailor’s ham on hand. It’s a fiddly little section that does require some care and attention, as well as careful pressing. So here are a few process shots as well as a finished gusset. You’ll notice there is excess fabric, which I’ll cut later.

Oh and another tip: when garments have lots of darts and stuff that needs pinning, sewing and pressing; where possible do the jobs in bulk: pin all the darts/sections that need pinning, then sew them all and then press. This saves lots of time.

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Now onto the how-to: bound finish for a facing edge:

The pattern I’m using for the bodice instructed me to turn the raw edge under 1/4″ to finish the edge – BORING! And also, in my opinion, that never looks very nice. Specifically because there’s a curved edge around the back facing part. What a terrible idea! Anyway, instead I decided to enclose the edge in a piece of bias binding and it looks fabulous.

First I pinned the bias binding to the raw edge on the ‘wrong’ or inner side of the facing pieces and stitched in the groove of the bias binding.

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Then I carefully clipped around the curved areas, each snip being about 1.5-2cm apart.

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Next, I cut the excess off the seam, leaving about 3mm. This is really helpful for the next step.

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Because the excess was cut off, it was really easy to fold over the remaining edge of the bias tape without getting lumps of fabric inside. And the pins stayed in place.

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I then sewed close to the edge.

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The final step is to give your beautifully bound edge a good press and voila! Here’s the finished product alongside the original instructions:

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Stay tuned for updates on this lovely garment!

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So, I went to check Burdastyle today and what do I see right there on the front page? The refashioned 50’s top I posted yesterday is one of the featured projects! 🙂

 

Coming up on Burdastyle:

Here’s a sneak peak of projects I will be adding soon to Burdastyle. I don’t want to give too much away, so these photos show only the fabric with a couple of extra hints…

One of these babies is going straight to Etsy! Stay tuned 😉

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Hurry hurry hurry! The Cyber Monday SALE only lasts one day! Everything handmade in my store is 20% OFF! Who can resist that?!

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The winter refashion quest is extending into spring. So here’s the latest addition to the refashion family. The 1950’s style cutesie blouse!

Before (boo!):

I was browsing through the clothing racks in an op shop one day, when I came across a bright blue polka dot top with a lot of potential. It had a definite 80s feel to it – slouchy, with elastic at the bottom, slightly batwing sleeves. Not really my style, but the fabric (poly- t-shirt stuff) and the print really captured my interest. I thought it would look fabulous as a 1950’s style top. So began the refashioning!

I unpicked the entire thing, including the strips that were used to create the thin collar. I found a fabulous 50’s blouse pattern, graded it to my size and tried to fit the pattern pieces as best as I could on the fabric. It worked fairly well, and I could cut corners (literally!) here and there because the fabric had a bit of stretch to it. With the leftover pieces, I made some bias tape to finish the sleeves. I didn’t have enough fabric left to make the entire bow on the front, so made half in the blue and the other half of it using beige polka dot fabric that was left over from another project. I thought the contrast was cute.

I didn’t have much blue thread left, so I saved as much of the unpicked thread as I could for all of the hand sewing – neckline facing, sleeves, hem and bow.

All in all, this was a fun and easy project. The only annoying part was the visible stitching marks on the bottom of the blouse, where the previous stitching held the elastic in place (you can probably see it in the photos). But I’m hoping that will eventually soften with washing and wear.

The result (yay!):

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I have recently undertaken the making of a delightful cropped jacket using a 1950’s vintage pattern. Unfortunately, when it came to sewing gussets for the sleeves, the brevity of the instructions left me feeling somewhat frustrated. I decided to persevere with the task, and share the steps I took to reach the successful making of the sleeve gussets. Click on the image below to go to my “sew-along”:

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The quest is underway! I have made 2 jumpers and 2 turbans so far. The jumpers were inspired by 1930’s/1940’s style jumpers – the iconic snug fits, short sleeves and puffy shoulders (see previous post for reference images). I’m very pleased with how well they turned out! I also finished the 1938 matching purse and beret (see here for pattern images). The green of the yarn matches the green of the sweater knit so well – this was entirely a coincidence, but such an awesome one!

1930’srefashioned jumper, crocheted purse and crocheted beret:

Before the refashion!

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1940’s refashioned jumper!

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1940’s turban!


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Refashioned flower brooches!

I made these bad boys aaages ago, but they fit nicely with the refashion theme, so I decided to post them here. I made these flowers by sewing together different fake flower combinations, and then sewing safety pins to the back, so they can be attached to clothing. These were quite fiddly to make but turned out really beautifully. A adorned each one with a lovely vintage button. All of the flowers were found, and all other materials were either vintage or second hand. Woot! I’ve just listed them all on Etsy 🙂

I really love these types of projects not only because craft is fun, but because they involve so much recycling!!! I get to collect second hand materials and tear things apart in order to put them back together in new and interesting ways. It’s also great to be able to work with finite fabric dimensions (e.g. when refashioning old pants, coats, t-shirts etc.) to create new pieces. Although it may seem like a limitation, it really is something that allows you to consider alternative ideas…

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The last couple of days have been great for inspiration. Because it’s been such a chilly winter season, I just can’t keep my mind off knits (the fabric kind)! And I really haven’t indulged enough in the making of early 20th century winter fashion. Oh, I’ve sewn plenty of dresses, skirts, blouses and jackets… but crochet and knitting takes so long! And though I do like to try my hand at crocheting 30’s and 40’s hats and bags, anything larger (e.g. tops) usually ends up in the bottom of a bag, and quite (intentionally?) forgotten. Ah time, why isn’t there more of you?! Anyway, being a proud greenie also means I am constantly on the hunt for interesting ways to turn old things into new. So all of this has culminated in my personal WINTER REFASHION QUEST!

Step1: Gather inspiration!

Well, there’s plenty of that to be had, persusing the images available online and in my little collection of 30’s, 40’s and 50’s crochet magazines. I decided to focus on four major areas:

1) blouses and jumpers:

2) coats and capes:

3) hats and headwear:

4) ascots and neckwear:

Step 2: Collect materials.

I decided to go the re-fashion route rather than the make-from-scratch. Having op shops (aka ‘thift stores’) near work helps! For a total of $10 I purchased the following materials:

  • oversized khaki felt ladies jacket (lined) – probably 90’s era, rather unattractive; contains 2 large fabric covered buttons;
  • woolen brown tartan dressing gown (unlined) – comes with lovely twisted braid belt with tassels at each end;
  • large size mauve ribbed long sleeved jumper with boat neckline – fairly lightweight; probably also 90’s era;
  • cream knitted turtleneck jumper – heavy knit; long sleeved;
  • 2 x thick knit green sleeveless turtlenecks – hideous cuts, stretched out of shape; one bright green, the other more khaki green;
  • boys’ hawaiian print shirt – will make a fabulous 40’s/ 50’s bikini.

Step 3: Start the re-fashion!

This is where the fun really begins… Watch this space! 3 refashioned knit-based items now completed!!!

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