1930’s One Hour Summer Top

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Last year I purchased some fabric in a unique color blend of black, yellow, and light grey.  I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but since it was such a great price, I, of course, snatched it right up!  Well, it has finally found a purpose with this very easy summer blouse.

This is all one piece, and if you can make a hem, you can make this top!  The most important part of the construction of this blouse is with the shape of the one piece.  While you can technically do any length or width that you would like, make sure you don’t make the neckline too wide…a mistake I made on my first practice round.  I recommend a 9″ x 6″ square opening.

Here is the pattern I created for this design:

Pattern

1930's Summer Top

 

Materials:
  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 yards of fabric
Process:
  1. Hem all raw edges of the top, including the neckline.
  2. Either hem all raw edges of tie, or you can cut out double the amount of ties and stitch them right sides together on three sides, then turn out.
  3. Decide which side will be the front of the top and stitch the shorter of the ties, right sides together, to the bottom of that side.  Repeat with the back of the blouse with the longer ties.
  4. To wear: tie the front ties around the back, then bring the back ties around to the front and tie in a bow.

And that is it!  A very easy, comfortable blouse that can be worn with a skirt, flare jeans, or shorts.

Front with ties pulled back

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Tie the ties in a knot…

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….then tuck under the ends.

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Bring back ties around to the front, and tie in a bow.

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Enjoy!

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IT’S HERE: Pattern Book, Fashion Line, and Giveaway!!!

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Today is truly a dream come true….

It is a day which I have thought about, planned for, agonized over, and gained a pound or two (or three) over!  And now that it is here, I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness, accomplishment, and a wee bit, or maybe a lot, of nervousness! 🙂

So without any further ado, let’s just get right into it!  

Aimee’s Vintage Armoire 1940-1950 Pattern Book

Focusing on fashion from the 1940’s and 1950’s, this spiral bound, full color book features nine various garments inspired by vintage pieces.  Each pattern is hand created by you, using the pattern guides in the book to help you create a truly custom piece.  To learn more about the pattern drafting used in this book, please click HERE.

Front Cover

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Back Cover

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Inside of Book

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This lovingly created book is available for purchase through the Lulu Publishing Company for $25.00 (USD) plus shipping.

Simply click HERE to be taken to Lulu to complete your purchase.  To see the return policy for Lulu, please click HERE, and scroll to the bottom.

In addition, a number of books are also available on my Etsy shop.  Simply click HERE to purchase through Etsy.

But it wouldn’t be a book launch without a giveaway!  Details are at the bottom of this post!

Vintage by Aimee Fashion Line 

I am a big believer in blending touches of the past into one’s everyday, modern life.  And what better way than with your wardrobe.  Vintage by Aimee is all about taking the classic look of yesteryear and blending it together with fabrics and patterns of today.  Taking inspiration from the very designs I created for my first book, my first fashion line features ready made versions of my most favorite creations.  To purchase or see sizes available for the options shown below, simple click the name of the dress above the picture.

The Marjorie Dress 

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The Alice Blouse

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The Gloria Ann Dress

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With many options and sizes available for purchase through my Etsy Shop, Vintage by Aimee is a dream in the making.  Make sure to check back regularly, as more pieces will be added on a routine basis.

Aimee’s Vintage Armoire Sewing Kits

Available for a variety of the designs offered in my book, these kits come complete with everything you need to create one finished piece.  With fabric hand chosen by me, these kits are just the thing to get you started on the way to a new vintage wardrobe!  Click the title above the picture to be taken to the Marjorie Sewing Kit.

The Marjorie Dress Sewing Kit – $30.00

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Click HERE to see all the options available.

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!!

The first ten individuals who purchase a book will be entered into a drawing to win the Lucille Top Sewing Kit worth $36.00!

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The Lucille Top

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Interested?

 Simply click the appropriate link  below, than follow the instructions ….

Purchasing through Lulu?   – Simply email your purchase receipt to aimeevictorianarmoire@gmail.com with the email subject line of PATTERN BOOK GIVEAWAY.

Purchasing through Etsy? – No need to do anything, as proof of your purchase will be emailed to me right away.

A winner will be chosen once the first ten books (along with the proof of purchase) are sold!

 I will announce the winner on my blog and will contact you personally to let you know your gift is on it’s way!  This contest is open to all readers, regardless of location.

I am so excited and blessed to be beginning this next chapter in my life, my blog, and my business.  I want to thank you all for helping me on this journey and look forward to sharing more wonderful things with you in the future!

I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart, 

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How to Draft Paper Sewing Patterns

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Many of the patterns I have created for my blog often rely on using a pattern guide where you draft your own pattern.  It is a wonderful process that really allows you to understand the constructions of a particular garment along with a growing familiarity of the shape patterns need to be to fit your body.  I first began pattern drafting after I purchased a 1930’s sewing book which used a mathematics-based system.  Never being all that good at math, I grew overwhelmed looking at the guide provided to create what I was used to simply cutting out.  However, once I slowly went through the process I was delighted to find how easy it was to learn and how many more types of garments I could create on my own without having to be restricted to the sizes offered on pattern envelopes.

So, if you have tried but became frustrated with pattern drafting, or if you have never tried it at all, than this post is for you!

The first step in preparing for pattern drafting is to find a large table where you can keep all your tools close by.   I like to use several different types of rulers, a pencil or permanent marker, paper weights, a calculator, and a large roll of craft paper.  Next, have a list of all your body measurements as it will make it easier to draft the pattern quickly.

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Now, take a look at your pattern guide and see how the pattern picture is labeled.  I personally like to use a Alphabet system with mine….

Picture Guide for the 1943 Ruffled Blouse

1945 Ruffled Blouse Pattern

But regardless of the labeling system, use the picture as a guide for the overall look of the pieces and the pattern guide for the actual measurements.  To see an example of a guide, here is one I did for the 1943 Ruffled blouse referenced above.  Simply click the link to download the PDF.

1943 Ruffled Blouse Pattern Drafting Guide

To show you an example of how I draft a pattern, I will show you a simple 1930’s block pattern.

I always begin with the shoulder line, making sure to match the slope shown in the picture, then follow up with the armhole using a curved ruler.

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Then I begin working from the neck down using a curved or straight ruler to ensure I match the design of the pattern picture.

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If it helps, feel free to label each point as you go, including the center front and side seam, to make sure you haven’t missed anything…

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Once you have completed the drawing, go ahead and cut it out.

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Now comes the important part: pinning it onto your dress form, or holding it to your body standing in front of a mirror.  This is the time to make notes on the pattern to add or take away length, or cut out a bigger armhole, or tape more paper if the armhole is too big.  

For example, this block pattern fits the dress form, but I can tell there is not much wiggle room.  So I would either make a note to add more width when I cut out, or I can tape on a extra strip.  This is also a good time to see if darts are needed and where.

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Continue the process with the remaining patterns, then you are ready to cut out your fabric pieces!

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While it may take some practice, you will find that it is surprisingly easy and exciting to create your own patterns that can be used again and again and again.

Happy Designing!

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A Mock Up of a 1920’s One Hour Dress

1920's dress

It feels like it has been a very long time since I have shared any of my sewing projects with you all!  While it has been for a very good reason, I really wanted to share something.

So here it is! 🙂

One of my Christmas gifts was a book from Mary Brook Pickens which featured her One Hour Dress.  While I have tried many other designs from Ms. Pickens, this was my first go with this particular style.  I decided to time myself and see if it could really be done in an hour.  Well 90 minutes later I was finished, and while it did take a lot longer than the promised 60 minutes, I can see that most of it was my fault.

I wanted to use up some fabric I had lying around, but realized, a little to late, I didn’t have enough to create the dress as designed.  But I decided to forge ahead and see what I could create.  As a result, I ended up making the bodice piece too short to accommodate for the lack of fabric along with a skirt that was not wide enough to create the proper cascade at each side.  And my last mistake was picking a fabric that was too stretchy and as a result didn’t hang right (notice the belt…)

So….was it Ms Pickens fault that it took way too long and didn’t hang right?  No, it was mine and as a result I will do it right the next time.  I wasn’t sure if I should share this dress or not, but thought if someone was debating creating one on their own for the first time…they may want to learn from my mistakes.

Therefore without further ado, I bring you the mock up dress that is meant to be a learning tool for you, as well as myself!  Scroll to the end of the post to see information on the pattern itself.

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Pattern Information:  Click picture if interested in purchasing the book…

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Happy Monday!

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Deconstructing a Dress

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How many times have you spent looking for that perfect item to create?  And after much time searching, you finally find it and can’t wait to get started!  You sit down with your sewing machine, fabric, and cup of coffee and then you realize….you don’t have a pattern.  Perhaps you have something similar that you could adapt, but you just aren’t sure what the pieces should look like.

Don’t worry!  

It isn’t hard to figure out what pieces you will need to complete that most perfect ensemble!  Simply take some time to really analyze all areas of the dress and you will be surprised at how quickly all the pieces will jump out at you!

Not sure what I mean?  Just follow along to learn how I deconstruct a vintage dress!!

To start with, you need to find the dress or garment you would like to create.  I have chosen this 1930’s dress:

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Once your choice is made, it is time to take a long hard look at all areas of the dress from top to bottom.

Below is the same picture, but with notes on the major areas of construction, along with shapes and details:

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Taking all of these notes, I then would mock up a pattern of all the pieces I would need to create the dress.  Just like this…

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From here, you can then begin adding your own measurements to the patterns, and begin the fun process of completing your chosen garment!

Later on this month, I will show you how to take drawn-out patterns like this, and create full-size custom pieces based on your measurements!!

 

So don’t just let that most admired outfit remain on the page…let it come to life on you!!!

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1943 Ruffled Blouse Tutorial with Pattern

1943 Ruffled Blouse

Sweet and elegant both describe this little blouse from the 1940’s.  I had such a fun time creating it, that I wanted to share the pattern with you!  However, unlike patterns I have created in the past, this one is a bit different.  I have created a drafting guide with the hopes of allowing anyone of any size the ability to recreate this pattern just for them!

If you try this, I would love to hear from you!!  Send me an email or connect with me on Facebook!

Happy Sewing!

Tools to Draft Pattern:
  • Ruler
  • Curved Ruler for Armholes and Hip Curves
  • Pencil
  • Craft or Wrapping Paper
  • Meausuring Tape
  • Knowledge of your own upper body measurements

1945 Ruffled Blouse Pattern

How To Draft:
  1. Following the guide below, write down all the proper measurements.
  2. On a large piece of craft or wrapping paper, begin marking and drawing the patterns using the picture above and your measurements as a guide.
  3. Once completed, cut out and drape on body or dress form.  Note needed alterations and adjust accordingly.
  4. Once base pattern is satisfactory, cut out of fabric making sure to add in seam allowances and extra width on one side for the zipper.  Check armhole fit for comfort and ease of movement.
  5. I also recommend to test the pattern first out of muslin for proper fit.
Guide:

 

1943 Ruffled Blouse Pattern Drafting Guide

Cut 2 of Bodice Front Top.  Cut 1 on fold of Bodice Front Bottom.  Cut 1 on Fold of Bodice Back.

You will also need a long piece of fabric measuring 3″ wide by length of total neckline plus 10″-15″

Supplies:
  • 1-1/2 yards of fabric
  • 9″ zipper
Process:
  1. Stitch back dart if needed.
  2. Run gathering stitch along bottom of Bodice Front Top.
  3. Pull gathering stitches to fit the angle of the Bodice Front Bottom making sure that most of the gathers are closest to the top.  Pin and stitch right sides together.  Repeat with the other side.
  4. Stitch shoulder seams.
  5. Choose side for the zipper and insert.
  6. Stitch other side seam.
  7. Give a narrow hem to sleeves and to the bottom of the blouse.
  8. Turn long strip right sides together and stitch the ends only.  Turn out and press.
  9. Run a gathering stitch along the long strip of fabric wrong sides together.  Tie off one end of gathering threads and then gently gather to fit in neckline.
  10. Pin to neckline so raw edges line up.  Stitch.  Trim or serge seams.
  11. Optional: Apply a facing to raw edges of neckline for a neat trim.
  12. Press and enjoy!

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Vintage Inspired Makeup Bag Tutorial

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With such an easy design and construction, this makeup bag can be yours in as little as 60 minutes!  

Make several in different sizes and coordinating fabrics for a truly personalized collection.

Enjoy!

Pattern:

Vintage Makeup Bag Pattern 

Materials:

  • Fabric scraps in coordinating colors
  • 7 -9″ zipper
  • Ribbon/ lace trims
  • buttons

Process:

  1. Sew the two smaller top pieces right-sides together.  Repeat for other side.

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2. Attach the larger square to the smaller piece, right sides together. Press.

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3. Attach trim where desired on each side.

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4. Insert zipper on top of bag.

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Putting in a zipper5. Stitch the two sides together making sure to get the edges of the top that border the zipper ends.  Trim seams and turn right side out.

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6. Decorate the outside as desired.  Attach ribbon to the zipper for easy opening.

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Now fill with your favorite cosmetics!

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1950’s Skirt With Cummberbund Tutorial

Perfect for that tucked-in-blouse look, this 1950’s inspired skirt oozes simplicity and elegance!

The Pattern

Cut Out:

  • One large rectangle of fabric that measures 29″ by 60″.  Adjust the 29″ for desired length and the 60″ for desired width.
  • One rectangle that measures 7″ by waist measurement plus 3-4″

Materials Needed

  • 1-1 1/2 Yards of fabric
  • 7 1/2″ zipper
  • 3 hook and eyes

The Process

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  4. Attach the cummberbund to the skirt by dividing it into eight equal pieces with pins and pleating the skirt to fit as necessary.  Stitch.DSC_0072DSC_0074
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7.  Attach the hook and eyes to the cummberbund.
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~Aimee

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Pattern for Sleeveless Blouse HERE.