Plans for Sewing The Scene Challenge - 1950s Swing Jacket

I like to watch DVDs while I sew, usually programmes that I’ve seen before which don’t require too much concentration to keep up with the plot. I tend to watch lots of 1940s/50s dramas (Call The Midwife, The Bletchley Circle, Murder On The Homefront, Partners In Crime etc). So when Jo at The Unfinished Seamstress  posted about the ‘Sew The Scene’ challenge I knew it was one for me!
1950s TV drama

Sewing The Scene challenge

Allied Inspired Buchanan Dressing Gown


Have you seen the film Allied? If you’re a fan of 1940s fashion then you really ought to check it out. Set in 1942, it stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt as a Resistance fighter and Intelligence officer and is full of intrigue and tension. The plot really has you guessing until the end but it’s the clothes, worn by Marion, which stole the show for me. The costume designer, Joanna Johnston, modelled the designs on original vintage pieces.

Allied Film costumes


Ray Stitch Pattern Cutting Weekend Review



As I've become a more experienced seamstress, I'm a lot more critical of fitting issues. To resolve any problems, I’d totally bodge things – add width at the side seams or shave excess fabric off the shoulders. In the end, I decided to wanted to create a custom dress block (or slider) that I could alter to create different styles of dresses. So, last year I booked myself onto the weekend Beginner Pattern Cutting course at Ray Stitch http://raystitch.co.uk/sewing-classes-london This weekend course has been designed so that you not only create a dress block but you also understand how patterns work, how to pivot darts, create design lines and make alterations. 

Sew Over It Elsie Dress



Sew Over It Elsie Dress made in cotton fabric with matching jacket


The Elsie Dress has featured as a Sew Over It class for a while now so I was thrilled to see it being released as a paper sewing pattern. It features a ‘curved v-neckline, princess seams and dramatic pleats’ a.k.a everything I LOVE in a dress. This pattern didn't disappoint - it's gorgeous! 

My Favourite Sewing Patterns

More Complex - Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress

Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress sewing pattern

I’ve just counted and I have a total of five Vintage Shirtdresses in my wardrobe and a further two which I altered into shirtwaisters. It helps that I went on the shirtdress course at Sew Over It so have a pattern which has been fine-tuned and altered to fit me perfectly.  For example, I’m pretty much a straight size 20 but had to blend down to a 14 around the shoulders and neck to avoid lots of gaping. I love how versatile this pattern is, my denim dress looks so different to the Liberty one and my crepe version has a real 1940s feel to it. It works for winter and summer.
Adapting it into a shirtwaister was pretty easy, I just cut the skirt front on the fold and completely finished the bodice (buttons and all) before attaching the skirt. I really like the way the skirt pieces hang on this dress and I doubt I’ve sewn my last!  

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