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I can't resist sharing another #vpjuly Favorite Vintage Pattern from the 40s. Definitely on my list to make up! @kestrelmakes @stitchodyssey #vintagestyle #1940sfashion #vintagesewing

#VPJuly day 1: Hello I'm Amy! I like to sew 1940s/50s/60s inspired garments. I also like fluffy cats, tasty gins, and funny podcasts! Chatting with other sewists is the best so get in touch and say hi!! (My dress is #B5748 in carline liberty poplin)

Another film inspiration for #vpJuly is The Bandwagon from 1953. The costume designer only designed for four films, oddly, including A Star is Born. Now while there are so many films that have better costumes, I have a fondness for The Bandwagon. Perhaps it’s because my daughter was obsessed with it when she 2-3 years old. So much so that she had her own little Louisiana Hayride dress that I made for her (swipe to see last photo). The green dress Cyd Charisse wears in the last number! And if that close-up of Nanette Fabray isn’t the freshest thing ever, well, I don’t know what is. Makeup, Hair and her imperfect, but charming smile. 👌🏼#vintagestyle #1950sStyle #1950sFashion #vintagefilmfashion

#vpjuly Day 11. Inspiration. So much keeps me inspired, from Pinterest to Instagram. But boy do I love a vintage dress! 😍

#vintagestyle #1950s
#1950sfashion #vintagepledge

#vpjuly Day 4 (13) - Decade
I love the 40's but it has to be said the good old 50's pip it to the post every time. This is the first dress I made from an original pattern, few years ago now but I loved wearing it. I made the petticoat too, took hours to sew all the satin binding on, it made me late for the party 🙄

This is me #vpjuly if you like sewing you're in the right place. sometimes a little knit crochet up-cycling DIY and cooking that's me 😊

#vpjuly LAST DAY - Next
Vintage Pledge July inspired me to get going on my first ever vintage pattern. I've been working on this since the first day. Would you believe, though, that this started out as a muslin? I had some very inexpensive polka dot fabric lying around, and when I tried the bodice on as a muslin I fell in love and sewed up the rest. So next? I'd like to actually use the fabric I intended for my 1959 Advance 2952 (Swipe to see!) because I am too in love with this pattern to make just one 💕 .
@stitchodyssey @minervacrafts
#vintagedress #polkadot

#vpjuly FILMSPIRATION • I normally share full on vintage glamour with the film prompt but actually it's hard to beat Clueless!! This filmed sparked an interest in fashion for me and I still love a short kilt and fluffy jumper as I feel 'so Clueless'!!! I've also been known to 'look like a farmer in these clothes' and that's alright with me too!!! 😎 @stitchodyssey

Day 2 of #vpjuly - Inspiration (@til_the_sun_goes_down) I draw inspiration from numerous sources, and truly believe that inspiration can come from anywhere. Museums, historic houses, exhibitions, paintings, books, literature, costume in film/dance/stage, street style, fashion designers, fabric prints - all of these are excellent places for creativity. The first picture is from the absolutely excellent Jazz Age Fashion exhibition which I loved. The second picture is beautiful friends of mine that have wonderful style, and inspire me endlessly. The third picture is from the collection at the Fashion Museum Bath. Inspiration is everywhere, we just have to pause and look out for it. 😀


Spreading the word about #sewingthescene hosted by @theunfinishedseamstress - swipe for a reminder of the coat I shall be attempting to re-create, and prepare to gasp either in wonder at the beauty of my Coat of Dreams, or in horror at my sewing nightmare!!! Wish me luck 😉 and thank you @stitchodyssey for encouraging me to participate in #vpjuly , which was how this idea came together! 🇫🇷 Encore un super concours couture, je n'arrive pas à résister! Il faut coudre un vêtement inspiré du cinéma, et j'ai choisi LE manteau dont je vous ai déjà parlé (regardez la deuxième photo!) - ce sera soit le manteau de mes rêves, soit un énorme cauchemar!!! #sewingchallenge #sewingcommunity #callmecrazybutilovethiscoat #concourscouture #jecoudsetjassume #sewingismysuperpower

Oh yes! They match too. 😶😳

This vintage settee though.... get in my house 😍💚dress made by me #vintagehome

I could wear this dress forever and ever 💗 dress made by me from vintage fabric using a vintage 1964 pattern #vintagedress #ootdsocialclub #modernpinup

When I was a kid, pink and purple were my favorite colors 💗💜 so far, not much has changed 💗 #ootdsocialclub

It's beautiful! My fabric from the #vpjuly - fabric has arrived. Thank you so much @sewessentialuk for your generosity and @stitchodyssey for selecting my photo.😍. I love it! I'm almost afraid to cut it because it's sooooo gorgeous...
#vpjuly #floralfabric #isew #vintagestyle#ilovefabric

Just painting the roses red with one of my favorite gals! 🌹♠️♥️♣️ Alice inspired DisneyBound made by me from vintage fabric ✨ #disneybound #aliceinwonderland #disneyworld

I apologize for the unflattering photo here, but I'm cranky. Between painting my sewing room, preparing for my class reunion, and suffering through a migraine, I dropped the ball on @stitchodyssey's #VPJuly. However, I made the #VintagePledge to finally tackle a vintage pattern, and I am doing it! The practice bodice fit well in the bust and around the ribcage, so I went ahead and cut into my fabric before realizing how short the bodice was on me. I posted a question about lengthening the bodice on one of my sewing groups on Facebook and received some wonderful suggestions and support. One person, though, commented, and I quote, "Off hand, I would venture a guess that this pattern is not and never will be your size." While not necessarily rude or said with cruelty, I was pretty bummed that someone took the time to dismiss my question and tell me what I'm trying to do can't be done. This fits in the bust and around my ribcage, and the pattern waist measurements are the same as my waist measurements. I simply need to add a few inches of length to the bodice. I think I can do it, and with the suggestions of other dressmakers, I believe it is possible. So telling me that this cannot be done because the pattern "is not and will never be [my] size" is not going to stop me. THIS DRESS WILL BE MADE AND WILL FIT. #haters #endrant

parting ways with true vintage is difficult. swipe. this delicate summer dress with a pintuck and lace detail upper and a two-keyhole back closure should really be with someone who will wear it. cleaned out my closet and selling stuff - feels good. #vpjuly

Buckles galore! 😃😃😃 we have some really beautiful buckles in our etsy shop at the moment, these all date from the 1920s-1950s, they look great as a statement fastener on your favourite vintage pattern! 😍 They're made from a mix of celluloid and early plastics, prices start from £3, link in bio ☺ -
#buckles #emerald #emeraldbuckles #vintagesewing #sewcialists #vpjuly #1920ssewing #1930ssewing #1940ssewing #1950ssewing #vintagepatterns #celluloidbuckle #artdeco #artdecobuckle #artdecosewing #flappersewing

Finishing up #vpjuly with a photo of one of my holiday #thrifting finds - vintage stockings found in a Launceston op shop. I've gifted them to a colleague who was tickled pink. Google tells me late 1950s or 1960s (?) - anyone with insights feel free to set me straight. I'm not sure if the brand on the stockings matches the box and whether they're reproduction in an old box or actual vintage. It doesn't matter they were very cheap!
#vintagepledge #vintagestockings

Final day of #VPJuly is #whatsnext! I bought three pieces of some lovely solid rayon a few weeks ago. I'm planning on making #b6380 with one of them. Any suggestions on which color to use? I'm leaning towards the red ❤️. @stitchodyssey @minervacrafts
#1940sfashion #memadeeveryday #sewingplans

#vpjuly last day: Next.
Found this 1965 Pierre Cardin 60s shift dress with white buttons in Pinterest and planning to make it next time.
I will draw the pattern by myself and look for the right fabric 😊
Thank you so much Marie for hosting this awesome challenge. I am looking forward for next year 💙💙 .
#vintage #vintagepledge #sewing #sewingplans #sewinginspiration #vintagedress

For the final day of #vpjuly we're sharing our "next" project. While I have about a dozen projects on the cutting table, the only "next" that really matters are the dresses that I'm making for my tiki-themed 40th birthday party in September. I'm trying to embrace this milestone by planning a ridiculous Mariah-Carey style costume change mid-party. The real reason for the two outfits is that I have two great fabrics and can't choose. If I end up only making one, it will be the 1950s sarong with the rayon tiki fabric. I've made that dress twice before and know that I can make it without any issues. The Vogue dress with the yellow floral vintage rayon may intimidate me too much to attempt. I've already started to acquire jewelry (as a way of procrastinating making the dress) and bought this nut bracelet on eBay a couple weeks ago. My grandmother had a very similar bracelet that I desperately wish I had still! I also need to acquire a floral accent for my hair and think that @shazamvintagepinuphairflowers is the way to go. Any other suggestions? So, wish me luck. Thanks to @stitchodyssey for hosting this challenge for past two weeks. It's such a great way to discover other Instagram folks and foster a community on a mutual interest! @minervacrafts @stitchodyssey #1950sStyle #1940sStyle #1950sStyle #vintagesewing #vintagepatterns #vintagefabric #tikifashion #vintagetiki #sewing #simplicitypatterns

50s vintage blouse obsession, up on the blog. Link in the bio. See, I did wear it to work #VPJuly #sewcialists So it must be done! 🤔

The final prompt for #vpjuly is next! My next big event is Dragoncon. For several years I have done historical or vintage interpretation of fandom characters. Previously I've been strawberry shortcake, Totoro, batgirl, Robin, toadette and princess Daisy. This year, my show stopper will be a wild flapper (!) interpretation of Birdperson from Rick & Morty. I'm also recreating the fan art by @savannahalexandraart of 1920s Slytherin. I'm so excited about Birdperson, even if it has been a challenging mating season. #vintage #retro #flapper #dragoncon #slytherin #hogwarts #1920s #birdperson #rickandmorty #wubbalubbadubdub #cosplay #vintagecosplay #vintagepledge #vintagesewing @stitchodyssey @minervacrafts

#vpjuly 23 - Next
Just about squeezing in the last day on VPJuly, I have loved being part of this # thanks @stitchodyssey for hosting, it has got me thinking and I have discovered some forgotten gems! These are my next projects, the #orladress for #anorlaaffair, #newlook6447 in a stunning print from @stitchfabrics that I have been saving for the right pattern and my next vintage style number #b6094 by @gertie18, the contrast for the back flaps is from @minervacrafts 😍

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