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Finished Project- Air Raid Suit or Coveralls.

Ta da!

Perfectly in time for the Historical Sew Monthly, my new pattern is DONE!  So excited!

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What the item is: 1940s Air Raid Suit

The Challenge: War and Peace

Fabric: A cotton twill that is flannel on the back side.

Stashed for how long?: Bought for this project

Pattern: the new Wearing History Phyllis Air Raid Suit or Coverall!  Yay!

Year: About 1942

Notions: A gazillion buttons

How historically accurate is it? VERY!

Hours to complete: A LOT.  I was pattern testing, taking blog construction photos, and sewing. It’s a time consuming pattern in the first place with the hidden drop seat, buttons up the front, tabs and buttons, and flat felled seams.  So maybe 15ish?  Taking into account photo and testing time, it may have been longer.

First worn: Sunday! Yay!
Total cost: I think the fabric was around $28, and the printed pattern is $18 on my website, or $12 for the e-pattern.  The buttons were in my stash.  So probably around $40.

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Finished Project (and Pattern Sample): “Elsie” 1910’s Blouse

I finally have a finished project to share!

Here’s a finished project that just happens to also be a pattern sample of the “Elsie” 1910’s blouse pattern.

It went together really quickly, as soon as I had time to do it.  I had previously checked the pattern when I released it, but I didn’t have time to sew up a proper, shiny, sample.  The only difference is that I opted for a drawstring and casing on the inside rather than a set waistband, so I can wear it for both period wear (with a corset) or modern wear (with jeans).

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And with the skirt of the 1910’s Suit pattern, so you can get the period effect.

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I actually cut this out for the previous Historical Sew Monthly project (blue), but I got crazy busy so didn’t get to get it finished.  This month’s challenge, however, is “Stashbusting”, and since this has been waiting to be made since I came out with the pattern last year, and used all fabric and notions I already had, this definitely qualifies!

Here’s the info for the Historical Sew Monthly-

What the item is: WWI Era Blouse

The Challenge: Stashbusting

Fabric: White and blue stripe cotton or cotton blend shirting.

Stashed for?:  The fabric was bought for the other Edwardian/1910s blouse samples (the version of which is still a WIP), and the Cordelia skirt patterns.

Pattern: Elsie 1910s Blouse Pattern (Wearing History)

Year: 1916-ish

Notions: vintage mother of pearl buttons, rayon seam binding on the inside for a casing, and cotton twill tape for ties.

How historically accurate is it? Pattern is 100% accurate, but I assembled with modern methods.

Hours to complete: 5-ish.

First worn: Not yet!

Total cost: Pattern is $20.50, or e-pattern for $9.99.  For fabric, trims, etc, I’d say under $10.

Sample Photos! New 1930s Blouse & Bias Skirt Pattern

I have some photos to share with you of my newly made samples of the brand new 1930s blouse and skirt pattern that’s now released!!


I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this pattern!  I think it will be one of my basic go-to patterns for vintage wardrobe basics.  Between this and the Smooth Sailing pattern, my separates wardrobe is covered!


The blouse takes SO well to the cute printed cottons.  I know what I’m making more of when I come across printed cottons I don’t want to pass up.  I’d also love to try the long sleeve version in a more cuddly fabric- maybe a soft wool blend- with a zip up the front for the sporty look.  The pattern does allow for a zip-front blouse!

Although not the most flattering pic of me, this picture shows how fabulous the drape of the skirt is!  The pattern envelope shows the skirt a bit more form fitting, but I was so thrilled that it hangs loosely.  The bias makes it feel so comfy and flowy.  I really think I need one in wool, one in satin, and maybe a few more in linen, like this one is.

The skirt actually runs on the long side for the “street length”.  The sample I’m wearing I shortened three inches, and it’s still long (and I’m a bit taller than average).  But hey, don’t forget, bias skirts of pretty much the exact same cut were popular in the 1940s as well (pre-rationing), so if you want to make this work for 40s, just shorten the skirt a bit more.  It would transition great between decades!

Here’s the original pattern image again, so you can compare sample photos with the illustration.

If you missed the prior post with more info on the pattern, don’t forget to check it out!

This pattern is available as both a wide format, mailed pattern, and as a downloadable e-pattern.

You buy the printed skirt and blouse combo here.  It’s available ONLY through me, because this pattern takes up way too much paper to be offer it thorough any of my lovely pattern vendors who stock my line (woe!).  But, I’m cutting you a bit of a deal that way, so if you think you’ll want both pieces down the line, order the set.

You can buy the printed blouse pattern here.

You can buy the printed skirt here.

E-patterns for the blouse and skirt separately are available for $9.99 each.  But be forewarned, this is a mighty big pattern pack, so the pattern sheet alone (not including instructions) takes up a whopping 40 pages each!

You can buy the E-pattern for the blouse here.

You can buy the E-pattern for the skirt here.

Introducing the Newest Pattern! WWII Home Front Overalls

I’m happen to announce the latest pattern addition to Wearing History, which is now available for Pre-Order!

A perfect addition to your 1940s wardrobe, these WWII Home Front Overalls, Playsuit, and Trousers are both functional and fashionable!  Every WWII gal needed a pair of trousers or overalls when working toward Victory, and with this pattern you can make this vintage essential for your wardrobe!

This pattern features a lovely V neckline, straps that criss-cross at the back, a set in belt, and trousers with optional front pockets.  This can be worn over a blouse (blouse NOT included in this pattern, blouse pictured is from Smooth Sailing pattern), but the overalls hit high enough that you could wear them without a blouse, as in the late 1930’s “Farmerette” fashion, or as a playsuit with shorts.  The front of the pants have a tuck on each side, which is hidden when the pockets are used.  The tuck will be visible if no pockets are used.  If made without the top, these make excellent trousers, and when made in denim and with the pockets, they are great 1940’s jeans!

This pattern is a Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern based on an original period mail order pattern from the WWII era.  Unlike the other Resto-Vival patterns, which are follow the outline of original period pattern pieces, this pattern needed serious corrections in order to make the pattern fit together properly.   I have edited, corrected, and improved this pattern so you can be sure the pieces will go together as they should.  This pattern retains authentic period fit, including the lower crotch rise length that is different than the rise in today’s trousers.

This pattern includes pattern instructions based on on the original instructions.  Some notes have been added to the instructions to aid in construction.

 This pattern was originally available in Misses sizes 30″ bust to 40″ bust, but this pattern has been graded to expand the sizes to MISSES size 30″ bust through 46″ bust.  Larger sizes are based off the same misses size pattern and ARE NOT plus size.

This pattern is available in 3 sizes per packet.

 
This is the first Wearing History pattern that will be available as a mailed, printed pattern OR as a print-at-home E-pattern.  The expected release date is May 9th.

 

As a special promotion, until the pattern release date you can pre-order this pattern for $24!  That is a $6 discount off of the regular $30 price.

 

The e-pattern is not available for pre-order, but will be placed on the site on the release date for $9.99.

 

This pattern is an excellent match for the Victory Hats Pattern (which includes a factory worker cap to keep your hair in place for your Rosie factory worker impression) or the Smooth Sailing Pattern, which is the pattern for the blouse pictured here with the overalls and includes my top-rated WH original pattern for vintage trousers.  Remember, two patterns ship for the same price as one!  Patterns ordered with this pre-order will ship after the release date.

 

Thanks so much for supporting my little indie small business!  And if you love this new pattern don’t forget to share with your friends :)

1940s Bra Sample Photos!

It’s about time!  This was one of the first patterns I did as a “Resto-Vival”, back in 2010, and it’s finally time I actually sewed one up and took some photos!

At work recently, I had been given the task to create 1940s undergarments for stock (I’m currently working at a theatre), so I brought a printout of my handy dandy Wearing History digital bra pattern with me and set to work.

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Although the original vintage pattern was stated a 32 (no up size), reviewers had said that this bra ran large.  I found this to be the case as well.  The dress form is 35″ around the bust and about a B cup, and it fit very well.  I have edited the item description to note this.

A few little things I did for decoration that weren’t called for in the original pattern were the topstitching details.  I found it easiest to finish the seams with a bias binding on the inside, so decided to go with contrast thread and use it as accents, and then continue the motif on the bottom piece of the cups.  I also added real bra straps (not of ribbon or fabric as called for in the original  and added a little bow at center front.  The original pattern called for bias binding around the edges but I went with a bias facing instead, making it 1/2″ shorter at top and bottom than it would have been with facing.

All in all, I don’t know why I procrastinated on making vintage bras for so long!  It went together super easy and very quickly.  I’ve actually got a pale pink one partially constructed already, and can see making more.  It’s funny leaving a pattern review of my own pattern, but there you have it!

If you want to try out your own version, you can purchase the digital download on my website for this 1940’s Brassiere Pattern.

Finished UFO Project, and a Peek at Things to Come…

Did you know that The Dreamstress is hosting a neat Facebook sewing motivation group for this year?  It’s called the Historical Sew Fortnightly, and every two weeks there’s a new challenge.

I missed the last challenge, but I got this one finished in time for the UFO theme (unfinished object).  This jacket was based on an 1899 jacket pattern from La Mode Illustree, and I don’t mind saying now, that this is the pattern that I’ve slowly been working on in my free time as the next Wearing History pattern release.  The project was started a year or two ago, with an original pattern, but gradually morphed into a grande project, as I kept finding more and more that I needed to do to make the pattern more accessible and understandable (markings, seam allowances, grainlines, and instructions were all missing, and the pattern pieces needed alterations to get them to fit together correctly).  I’ll have more info on it once it’s completely finished and I have the pattern up on my site, but for now I’m just glad to share preview pics I took at work today :) I went all out on this jacket and did a bunch of tailoring on it to make it extra nice.

 

Early 1930s Evening Gown Made from Loretta

Believe it or not, I had this sample finished probably around two months ago but could never get the time together to take photos!  Well, finally, here she is!

This is the evening gown version of Loretta- 1930s Day & Evening Dress, which is available in size 32 or 36 bust as a Resto-Vival pattern.

This pattern is typical of the very early 1930s (I found newspaper clippings inside the original pattern that were dated 1931), as it’s a midpoint between the loose fit in the torso of the 1920’s and the tighter fit in the hips of the 1930s.  The rows of tucks at the waist create a bit of a shape at the sides, but leave the center front and center back loose.  This pattern has an optional side bow. I’ve shown it here with and without the bow so you can see the potential in this lovely old pattern.

I especially love the look of the long pointed style lines on the skirt!

You can find this pattern here on my Wearing History Patterns website.

Hope you had a great weekend!