All posts filed under: Vintage-Inspired Patterns

1930’s One Hour Summer Top

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   Materials: 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 yards of fabric Process: Hem all raw edges of the top, including the neckline. Either hem all raw edges of tie, or you can cut out double the amount …

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

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 Back Cover Inside of Book 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, …

How to Draft Paper Sewing Patterns

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 …

A Mock Up of a 1920’s One Hour 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 …

Deconstructing a Dress

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

1943 Ruffled Blouse Tutorial with Pattern

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 How To Draft: Following the guide below, write down all the proper measurements. 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. Once completed, cut out and drape on body or dress form.  Note needed alterations and adjust accordingly. Once base pattern is satisfactory, …

Vintage Inspired Makeup Bag Tutorial

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: Sew the two smaller top pieces right-sides together.  Repeat for other side. 2. Attach the larger square to the smaller piece, right sides together. Press. 3. Attach trim where desired on each side. 4. Insert zipper on top of bag. 5. 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. 6. Decorate the outside as desired.  Attach ribbon to the zipper for easy opening. Now fill with your favorite cosmetics!    

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 Stitch the side seam of the skirt stopping 7 1/2″ from the top. Insert zipper. Hem the 3 outer edges of the cummberbund. Attach the cummberbund to the skirt by dividing it into eight equal pieces with pins and pleating the skirt to fit as necessary.  Stitch. Hem skirt to desired length. Gather the sides of the cummberbund using basting stitches and gather to desired width.  Secure. 7.  Attach the hook and eyes to the cummberbund. Enjoy your new skirt!   ~Aimee Pattern for Sleeveless Blouse HERE.