Pattern: Retro Burda 4632 Catty found for me at a local op shop
Made before? I made a pair back in 2016 which didn’t fit very well and I ended up throwing out.
Will make again? Yes, these are perfect for work and work/night transitions. I have some more check fabric, and I’d like a black pair too. Do you think I could make these in a stretch cotton and have them be more fitted?? Comment below!
Adjustments? I ended up fiddling with the pleats at the front a bit, and sewing them down.
Inspiration: Definitely post The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel bingeing… You can also check out my Pinterest board on this style!
Fabric: Cotton from Remnant Warehouse
Pattern: Simplicity 1370
Made before? Yes, I’ve blogged about it here.
Will make again? yes, I love this view & I have another version in the works with a slightly more retro feel.
Adjustments? Raised the waist seam to make it sit at a high natural waist, and graded between size 10 at the waist and 12 at the hips.
Inspiration: Check out some of my inspiration here.
Fabric: Suede backed scuba from Remnant Warehouse – they don’t seem to have any more in stock, but you could try this super cool fabric. Continue reading
Pattern: Vintage Simplicity 6700, picture below
Made Before? This was my first attempt
Will Make Again? Yes – 100%!
Adjustments? shortened it to make it a mini skirt and to fit it on the fabric
Fabric: Stretch crepe bought yonks ago from Spotlight
Pattern: Dove Blouse by Megan Nielsen
Made before? Yes I have, but I haven’t blogged it yet…no, this blog is never in make order!
Will make again? Yes, although I am starting to doubt the practicality of these sleeves!
Adjustments? I hacked it to make a dress, more on that below
Inspiration: Check out some of my inspiration here
Fabric: This was a jersey from Spotlight, but this polyester crepe from Minerva Crafts would be a beautiful version in a woven. Check out what I used that fabric for here. Continue reading
A few months ago now, my long-lost godmother visited me in Glasgow. We spent a wonderful afternoon checking out all the vintage and charity shops in Glasgow’s West End. I found this retro fabric that afternoon, so it’s extra special.
Pattern: Victoria Blazer from By Hand London
Made before? no
Will make again? I’d love to try the duster coat hack the BHL girls have blogged about. I’d also love to do one in silk-backed crepe, with the silk side showing on the labels and cuffs. And, of course, more retro fabric versions!!
Fabric: Retro polyester of some sort from Glasgow Vintage
At first I was planning on a shift dress, but I eventually decided with Yvonne that a blazer would be more practical – in Melbourne, as in Glasgow, you’ll often find a fairly sunny day where the wind is just a little too strong for only a t-shirt. Given that this is a retro polyester, it also is slightly warmer than it looks – I can see myself in this on a night out in Spring or Summer back home, too.
The Victoria Blazer pattern is well explained, beautifully presented, and a lovely fit for me with no alterations. I think that with the spongieness of this fabric you do lose some of the effect of the lapel and the seams/ darts that run from the neckline down to the bust. I did have to sew my lapels open to keep them flat.
I wore this blazer out for drimks with a couple of (male, non-sewist) mates of mine and blew their minds when I told them it was hand-made. “Irish Dave” has since brought this blazer up when I haven’t even been wearing it, which to me is a sign I have become a Successful Human.
Anyone know of quality vintage stores in Scotland? What’s your most brilliant fabric score?