Tag Archive: vintage patterns

A 1930’s Floral Caped Dress

Hello lovelies! I am thrilled to share this dress with you that I made to wear to the Gatsby Summer Afternoon this year.  This is actually the first 1930’s dress that I’ve made!  I did make a 1930’s skirt two years ago, but that’s it for my 30’s sewing.  It seems quite odd that I’ve […]

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1940’s Green Slytherin Dress

This dress has gone through the ringer.  So much so that I completely forgot to post this when I finished it because I kept thinking that I would alter it some more.  This dress started out as the 1940’s Vintage Simplicity pattern 8050. Now the fabric I used was a knit and a thick one…

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The 1950’s Robin Hood Dress

Hi friends! I’m so happy to share this dress with you!  It’s a dress that I not only love immensely, but one that means an awful lot to me as the fabric is not only vintage, but it is a treasure that I recently unearthed.  A couple of months ago, I started going through some […]

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Well Hello!

Long time no see. A year and a bit since last post but I’m still here. Over the last month I’ve been giving the blog a visual brush-up and dust -off. Lol, that’s been fun… fighting with themes, wrangling with css and making some big messes under the WordPress hood. Along the way this site … Continue reading Well Hello!

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Winter/Spring 2017 wardrobe plans

TinyAngryCrafts, vintage patterns, vintage wardrobe, 1930s, 1940s

The last thing I sewed and loved was my graduation suit.
I was hit with a terrible sewing block. Some days I would start a project, and immediately hate the direction it was going in. Some days I would finish a project, only to find it didn’t fit, despite sewing with the pattern a couple of times. I doubted myself many many times. (Even to the point of screeching the ‘Years of Academy training, wasted’ line from Toy Story.)
After Dapper Day, I tried to make a wearable muslin from a new pattern I purchased. I loved it. I drafted a small pattern for tap pants, then sewed up a wearable muslin. I loved it. I made a basic black skirt, which I still have to hem. I love it. It fits.I’m happy.

I showed my mother and grandmother the wearable muslin, and they adored it, which gave me a huge confidence boost. I told my mom about my sewing block, and she gave me some motherly encouraging words and told me ‘go slow, baby’. I now put this on post-it notes, and place them on my sewing machine.

With this newly found confidence, I set on working on my Winter/Spring 2017 wardrobe.

Now, I put myself on a self-imposed dress buying ban. I get this weird mindset after I purchase dresses. “I need a certain outing to be at to wear it, otherwise it’s useless,” or some nonsense my brain makes up.
To counter that, I’ve been thrifting more separates, and have some patterns in place to sew some as well.
But, I can sew dresses. I usually have a certain idea when I sew a dress about where it will be worn. If I make some basic dresses, I will more than likely wear them more.

Here are the tentative ideas about what I intend to create this winter and spring.

TinyAngryCrafts, vintage patterns, vintage wardrobe, 1930s, 1940s
Some of the patterns I want to use, but didn’t photograph are:
VeraVenus’ Circular Knickers
Wearing History’s 1930’sstep-ins
OhhhLulu’s Jasmine Bra
Self-drafted hat patterns
Self-drafted skirts
I’m still unsure of the actual colors I’d like to use, but I know I want/have already created some things which are celadon green, so I can go from there. (grey, pink, navy blue?)
So, I think I have a nice little starter wardrobe which I can mix and match for these next few months. And I can work on new skills with making lingerie. Ya know, as one does.

Do any of you have wardrobe making plans?
Have you put yourself on any purchasing bans for certain items?
What are you most excited in seeing me create?
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The Dark Side

An attempt to turn dark thoughts into light thoughts. A work in progress, like my sewing.

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The Dark Side

An attempt to turn dark thoughts into light thoughts. A work in progress, like my sewing.

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The Wednesday Showcase

Have you ever had a dream where you dream about something and think it’s real, only to wake up and be disappointed that it was a dream?  I had that happen last night. I dreamed that I had this lovely garden room and in it were the loveliest hangin…

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My Vintage pledge – you decide!

Another year, another pledge.  The Vintage Pledge as hosted by Marie of A Stitching Odyssey and Kerry at Kestrel Makes.  It was rather an adventure last year with all sorts of giveaways, vintage themed blog posts & of course many many Vintage makes.  This year it is here again & here are my thoughts about […]

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Completed: Vintage Simplicity 1799

Raise your hands if you’re ready for spring! This is the time of year that I spend the majority of my day wrapped up in a robe, at least those days when I’m hanging around the house. My old fleece robe has truly served me well during these trying times, but its really starting to […]

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Meanwhile Back on Planet VeraVenus…

I recently read a Blogging Tips article and I now know it’s terrible that I don’t write regularly (five months of silence is pretty bad so thank you to those who had faith and stayed with me), apparently my SEO is terrible, while starting to write this I should already have a title ( I don’t) to help […]

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Meanwhile Back on Planet VeraVenus…

I recently read a Blogging Tips article and I now know it’s terrible that I don’t write regularly (five months of silence is pretty bad so thank you to those who had faith and stayed with me), apparently my SEO is terrible, while starting to write this I should already have a title ( I don’t) to help […]

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Vintage McCall’s 6497 // A shirt for Miss Seven

My original plan was to make Miss Seven a pair of pink cigarette pants to go with her new coat. However, I fell in love with every view on the front of this pattern cover and I thought I’d try out the shirt first. I used more of my vintage sheet set to make this shirt. The print looks so lovely in a shirt that I’m planning to make myself one now too. The pattern went together beautifully. My only complaint was to do with the sleeve cap ease, but I find excessive sleeve cap ease a fairly common feature of old patterns. Next time I’ll shave some height of the sleeve cap so it can be set in a lot easier. I made this pattern up in a size 8, which corresponded quite well with Miss Seven and a half’s chest measurement. I expected it to be a little bigger on her than it is though. However, it would stand to reason that she has lovely broad shoulders like her mother. The torso fit is lovely and it looks comfortable. I …

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Fall/Winter Wardrobe Inspiration

(center image -source )Hello everyone!Remember when I said I was going to attempt to get through a ridiculous amount of patterns in a year? Yeah. Yeah. So I decided to be a bit more practical, and split it.I sat back, and looked through my closet …

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Vintage Patterns – Use Or Abuse?

I had an interesting conversation with a colleague today, who was asking about my vintage Vogue 5098. I described some of the work around fitting and adjusting this 1960s pattern to a 2015 body. Not only was I pulling the pattern … Continue reading

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PATTERN GIVEAWAY WITH LOVES SEWING

Hey y’all. I have a fun giveaway for you today! Loves Sewing specializes in out-of-print [Read More]

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Vintage custodian? Or weakness?

I’ve been sewing quite a lot lately. I’ve got at least three projects waiting in the wings. Opportunities for taking photos has been limited and, to be honest, I’m tired. I hate photos when I feel like I’ve been hit … Continue reading

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Dressed up to get groceries

Or last minute Xmas gifts. Same thing.I recently snagged a remote for my camera as a ‘yay you survived midterms!’ gift to myself. It is well past finals, and I’m finally using it.This is the Dapper Day dress, which I wore again for a business class pre…

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My Pajama Party Plans

Thanks to being a student, my education comes first, so I still have my ideas sitting about (good show  me, for my own sew along. oops.)I intend to use this 1943 Simplicity pajama pattern. It’s un-printed, and from quickly skimming over the instru…

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Vintage pattern party

It’s sunday night and I’ve spent most of the weekend doing chores, so I’ve not gotten any sewing or fun stuff done. Boo!However, I did get to enjoy sorting through a bunch of new patterns that I bought from Stratostreak Vintage (Check out the video wit…

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Pattern and Fabric Inspiration

Hello all,I am going to apologize for the radio silence, I had a bunch of things due for classes, but I’m back and ready to help you all with some inspiration for patterns and fabrics.Now where to go to get patterns. If you decide to utilize vintage pa…

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Joan in Shocking Pink Mad Men Dress Challenge 3

Last week I described my plans to attempt a little va va voom for the Mad Men Dress Challenge 3. Here I am with a bit of wiggle in my walk; my version of Joan’s shocking pink dress. The fabric is a pink and black floral rose ja…

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Peggy’s Black and White Ribbon Dress Mad Men Dress Challenge 3

Mad Men Dress Challenge 3: inspiration for this dress came from the character Peggy in an office ready LBD with stripe ribbon detail. The dress was worn in Season 5, Episode 1.Obligatory office reprimand stance. My dress fabric is a solid bla…

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Plans of Shocking Pink for The Mad Men Dress Challenge 3

Yes, it is that time again and I am in. Believe it or not I am working on a JOAN dress. The dress is from season 5, episode 2. One to always make an entrance, Joan wore the shocking pink beaded cocktail number into the office at mid day to introduce the new baby and receive reassurance of her place at the firm. I found the over dressed emotional wreck that is Joanie in this scene extremely endearing and the wiggle dress in my favorite colors to be right up my sewing alley. I have decided to use a floral for my fashion fabric a la Joan.  
My floral fabric has yet to arrive but my plans are in motion. 
First I attempted to find a pattern in my stash that matched the dress outline. 1960’s Simplicity 4650 was very close. 
I need to redraft the bodice and neckline as well as elongate the sleeves. 
Pattern adaption: 
I decided that because my bodice front would be two pieces I would also make my bodice back into two pieces. To do so I traced my vintage pattern and then adjusted for my broad back. I added my broad back width at the upper back shoulder dart and adjusted for my square shoulders. The shoulder dart was 1/8″ (0.32 cm) originally and  the dart became 5/8″ (1.59 cm) once my additional back width was added. Then I connected the upper dart point to the waistline dart point dividing the bodice back two pieces and adding seam allowances at the new seam line. 

 The bodice front was divided in a similar manner. After tracing my vintage pattern I extended the darts to the apex point and then shifted the side seam dart to the arm using a curved line to achieve my princess line. The bodice front was divided and seam allowances were added to the new seam line.
I made a muslin and will spare myself inter-webs embarrassment of personal photos. But it did not turnout half bad.

The only big fix was a gaping neckline, I had to wedge out 3 little darts. I also decided to adjust the neckline scoop.

Sorry this 1980’s scrap quilting cotton is SO busy you can’t really see my darts
Once the fit was set I was able to adjust for the bodice front gathers. I traced the side pieced then added lines across the pattern piece about an inch apart. 
The lines are slashed and spread from the curved bust line with 1/4″ in between each slash. The new slashed and spread pattern is traced and the gathered curved edge is connected. 
Note the difference in the pattern pieces. The original bodice side pattern piece will be the lining pattern without any gathers. My pattern is drafted. 
Making neckline piping: 
Joan’s dress has black satin piping, I am using a cotton sateen in shocking pink for my version of the dress.  

To make I first have to make bias strips. I fold my yardage on a 45° angle press the fold and cut the fold.

Then I measure and cut the bias strips. For the piping I used 1 1/2″ (3.81 cm) bias strips.
The bias strip is merely folded over rat-tail and stitched to form piping. I used an adjustable piping foot for stitching, it is similar to a zipper foot but is completely flush on the side to not to interfere with the cording. 

Finished piping for the neckline.

Wish me luck I am hunting for beads and have yet to decide on the belt. Should I use the bow belt from the pattern or the fabric wrapped closure belt like Joan? 
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Emerald Polka Dots and Bows Butterick Retro 5748

Just in time for the “holiday” that demands wearing green, I finished my Butterick Retro 5748. I have attempted quite a few of the Butterick Retro patterns, and this pattern in the series would be best for beginners. The biggest challenge is …

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