Wednesday, October 1, 2014

· 1940s Crocheted Hat ·

Don't tell me. I already know. It really doesn't match my dress. At all.
A few weeks back, we were at the antique store, and I happened to see a little crochet booklet full of hat patterns. It didn't take mch deliberation to know that I wanted it. There are about 6 different patterns in the book, including hats, gloves, bags, and even slippers! I have made three of the hats so far, with this one being the greatest success. 
The pattern calls for a yarn from the 1940-50s, which of course is no longer available. I used Caron One Pound yarn with an H hook and it worked great. It is thick enough to really give it body. I just love the design of the hat; the way the brim is designed makes it easy to turn it up one way or another.
Incidentally, the HSF snuck up on me this time, so I was compelled to google the phrase "poem about crocheting." Here it is, from Aussie Maria:

The rhythm of the hook
as it moves the yarn around
Calls to me in whispers
a sweet familiar sound.
My hand moves almost dreamlike
without a thought or care
As I fashion something new
for someone cold to wear.
Perhaps a scarf or cap
Maybe a blanket too
With each and every stitch
I think of more to do
So when the cold winds blow
and when the snow falls down
My yarn helps me to remember
Forgotten people all around.
I am the one who’s blessed
As my warm hands stitch away
I pray the rhythm of my hook
Will help someone in some small way.

Just in case you were wondering, the ghost-on-a-post is our bird feeder, covered with a bag to protect it from gluttonous deer.

The Challenge: Poetry in Motion
Fabric: Caron One Pound Yarn
Pattern: The Vagabond Hat from Star Book No. 79, 
Year: 1945
Notions: ----
How historically accurate is it? 100%
Hours to complete: 4-ish
First worn: Not yet.
Total cost: $2

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Friday, September 26, 2014

· An Update ·

^ My warm, fuzzy, never-ever-want-to-take-it-off  flannel half circle skirt ^

Right after I promised more frequent blog posts, I realized I had spoken too soon. The reason is, we're sewing like crazy for a upcoming trip, so I really don't have time to take pictures of all of these outfits, upload, edit, and blog about them. When I have the choice to either sew more clothing or take pictures of existing clothing, the choice is an easy one. 
Nevertheless, we will take hundreds of lovely pictures while we're on our trip, and once we're back, we'll be blogging like crazy.
I'll try to still post on here until then, but it isn't going to be as frequent as I promised. *tear* So sad!
Meanwhile, today is the last day to support Wearing History Clothing!! The campaign ends at 7:42 PM EDT, and she is less than $100 away from being able to extend the sizing of her clothing. Please support her by pledging HERE on Kickstarter.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Vintage Fall Wardrobe Inspiration · Coats

The other day my mom picked up a couple wool coats at a thrift store, so I am planning on re-fashioning one of them. It is long, big, and rather intimidating, but with a few changes, I think it will be very nice indeed. 
Here's some much-needed vintage coat inspiration:

I just *love* this blue wool coat that Lily of Mode de Lis remade. It is so pretty, and that collar is to die for! I like those side-belts too...

Many 1940s coats had tie belts, so that's another thing to consider.

I like the big patch pockets on that red coat! They would add some needed character.

I don't know if it's possible on a thick, black coat, but a contrasting binding looks really pretty around the edges.

Once again, I'm not sure if it's possible, but making an asymmetrical closure would be perfect. Mmmm. And those biiiig buttons. And cuffs.
I am inspired!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Vintage Sewing for Little Ones · 1940s Floral Dress

While I was sick, I didn't even feel like sewing, but when I started to be on the mend, I decided to try a miniature-sized project. I intended to make a different pattern at first, but I soon found out that I didn't have enough fabric to make it. This adorable little dress didn't take much fabric, and when you're working with scraps, that's just what you need.

The pattern is Anne Adams 3807, which I haven't been able to find online anywhere. It is not dated, but I'm guessing it's from the 1940s.

I didn't realize it at first, but this is actually a wrap dress! The back buttons to the front, and the front ties around the back. I just love the design - it is incredibly adorable!!
The construction was really unusual (I thought so anyway) in that the front is all one piece, which you then slit on the sides, gather, and sew back together. It's actually a really nifty design!

I happened to have some cute little purple buttons in the stash. I wanted to bring out the purple color that is in the middle of each flower. A gray button just wasn't up to the mark.

I ended up varying my version of this dress a little bit from the pattern. For one thing, I lengthened it an inch, and then narrow-hemmed it, rather than doing a 3 inch hem like the pattern says. I like dresses to be longer than they were back then, which you can see from the pattern picture were above the knee. Ideally, I will make little dresses like this with a 3 inch hem in the future so that they can be let down as the child grows. This time though, I didn't have ample fabric to do so.
Another slight variation is, I made the neck binding continue into ties, rather than sewing on a separate bow. It seemed more logical somehow (and I didn't read the pattern until I finished sewing that step).

All in all, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I can't wait to sew more vintage dresses and stash them away for future use. It's so fun!!

Meanwhile, I'm working on a dress and long-sleeved jacket from Vogue 8767. It should be a really nice fall wardrobe staple, and the dress, being short-sleeved, will be nice year-round!

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P.S. I'm going to try (emphasis on try) to start posting regularly on Monday and Friday, rather than spottily blogging like I have been doing. We'll see how it goes!

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