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Minerva Craft Blogger Network: Butterick Patterns by Gertie - B6285 Wrap Top



Hi pinups! I'm full steam ahead with my Autumn sewing plans (which you can see in my latest Sew & Tell video HERE), and I'm kicking off the chilly sewing season with a cosy, retro wrap top for the Minerva Craft Blogger Network. It's no secret that I love pretty much of all of Gertie's patterns. I've wanted this one for a while and I love sewing with jersey so I'm really glad I've finally got around to sewing it.

Sewing Summary:
Notions: None.
Sewing time: An hour or two.
Modifications: None.
Fit: Great!
Difficulty: Very simple.
Watch out for: Make sure you use a jersey needle and the right stitches.
Make Again?: I think I'll be making this top again very soon!

You can also see this top in action in my TOP 5 Jersey Sewing Patterns video below...


For my full sewing pattern review, CLICK HERE

If you'd like to see everything I've made so far for the Minerva Craft Blogger Network, you can view my profile HERE.

Thanks for reading, pinups.
Abi xo
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August Sew & Tell + September Sewing Plans!



If you didn't already know, once a month I post a Sew & Tell video over on my YouTube channel to show you what I've been sewing the past month. In case you missed it, I thought I would share it on my blog too! Along with everything I made in August, I've thrown in my September sewing plans too. I hope you enjoy the video...


Links mentioned in the video:
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Simplicity 8259 - 1950s Style Dress + Sew Along!


August went by so fast I can hardly believe it's time for another Simplicity Stitch by Stitch make! This one was a little extra special though, as it was voted for by YOU! As Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador, I chose my picks from Simplicity's retro patterns to select 6 of my favourite 1950s style patterns. The 1950s is my favourite fashion era and I hoped it would make for a popular vote. I held the vote over Instagram, Twitter & Facebook and was overwhelmed by over 600 votes!

Here's a peek at the pattern that won the vote:
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Whilst I loved the style of the pattern, the thought of working which such a formal fabric like velvet or tweed didn't fill me with hope. I wanted to make the pattern work for me and read through the instructions before thoroughly to see how I could adapt this dress for cotton. The dress is also fully lined which seemed like a lot of faff for me. Again after analysing the pattern, I made a few changes to the construction.

In the video below, I discuss the changes I made and how I adapted it for cotton. You'll also be able to follow along with me as I sew the dress, finishing with a close up look discussing the fit and details and an in depth pattern review.

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 8259 Sew Along


It is my longest Stitch by Stitch video yet, but the dress has a lot of steps to it. I really wanted to do the pattern justice and help anyone looking to sew it. I tried to make the construction look as simple as possible and I felt like if I edited too much out it wouldn't be much help. So I really do hope my video will be helpful! Unfortunately my camera wasn't having an easy time dealing with the black fabric so the quality is a little off.
I'm really pleased with my finished dress. I found the sewing process a lot simpler than I thought it was going to be. I was prepared for a sewing headache, but the bodice came together pretty quickly. Then the steps like the sleeves and skirt are much the same as other patterns. So what I thought was going to be a tricky make ended up to be rather straight forward!
My favourite thing about the dress is the top-stitching and the scallop neck edge. I really enjoy topstitching and find the process really satisfying. I opted for baby pink to compliment my lovely rose print fabric. I love the finished look and the neckline and bodice shape is really flattering.
I'm also really pleased with the fit of the dress. If I were to be super picky I'd say the shoulders could be taken in and the bodice shortened slightly, but I'm really happy with the fit nonetheless and will certainly enjoy wearing this dress! I think it's the perfect retro Autumn dress!

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity Pattern 8259 Women's Sew Chic Button Front Dresses

Fabric: Vintage Style Floral Print Polycotton Dress Fabric

Notions: 5 x 1 inch buttons.

Sewing time: A day.

Modifications: See my above video to learn about the changes I made.

Fit: Really good.

Difficulty: More straightforward than expected. For confident seamstresses.

Watch out for: Tidy scallops will make all the difference for a clean neck line finish.

Make Again?: Maybe one day!

Overall, this dress is a surprise favourite of mine. The style lines of the pattern are gorgeous and I love the 1950s feel. I think the design lends itself really well to cotton fabric and the added top stitching make the creative possibilities of this sewing pattern endless.

To compliment my 8259 dress, I wore a gorgeous hair flower by Daisy Jean Floral. I'm wearing the Signature Rose Double in Peach. Shop the look HERE. It's such a perfect match!

I really hope you've enjoyed my extra special 8259 Stitch by Stitch post and video as much as I have. Will you be adding this gorgeous vintage inspired dress to your sewing list? Don't forget to tag me in your version @craftypinup!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Burda Style 7109 - 1960s Babydoll & Shorts Pj Set


Something a little different for you today on the blog, in the form of vintage pjs in my natural habitat... I've been lusting after the Burda Style 7109 sleepwear pattern for quite some time and I finally picked it up last month during the summer sewing pattern sales.

See what other patterns I picked up in my HUGE sewing pattern haul video below:


Here's a peek at the pattern:
If you weren't already aware, I have my own business My Retro Closet, a vintage inspired lingerie and nightwear store where I design and sew lots of babydolls and other delights inspired by the 1950s and 1960s. So any retro style pjs or lingerie patterns I spy online I like to snap up for inspiration and personal use. The 7109 pattern appealed to me on so many levels!

I opted to sew the babydoll style top (pattern: C) with the matching shorts (pattern: D).
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Between the pattern arriving on my doorstep and having a finished set of pjs, it took about 24 hours! It was during a point in my week where I was stressed out with work and feeling a bit overloaded. So I indulged in some self care in the form of sewing myself some quick, cute and comfy pjs. The 7109 pattern came at the perfect time! I rummaged through my fabric stash and found some gorgeous leopard print polycotton I had left over from a previous project, which lended itself perfectly to pjs. 
You might notice I've tweaked parts of the original pattern. Instead of the recommended lace neck frill, I opted to create ruffles out of my fabric and instead of binding the neckline as instructed in the pattern, I used some satin binding and turned it into a style feature. I just love leopard print and baby pink! 

For the shorts I used the 7109 pattern but I opted not to create the 'bloomer' effect with elasticated legs. I think for my figure it wouldn't be very flattering and I find the free fitting legs far more comfortable and modern. I made no changes to the pattern pieces, elasticated the waist as instructed, but for the leg hems I added more ruffles and topstitched them, to create cute frilly legs!

Sewing Summary:



Notions: Satin binding, mini satin bow, wide waist elastic.

Sewing time: A hour or two!

Modifications: Changes mentioned above.

Fit: Spot on.

Difficulty: Nice and easy, especially with my added style changes.

Watch out for: Getting even frills.

Make Again?: Yes! I see many more of this style in my future!
Overall, the Burda 7109 pattern has gone straight to the top of my favourite sewing patterns. I've been living in the shorts for comfy summer evenings and the full set just feels so nice to wear and ticks all the boxes for me. It's practical and pretty and makes me happy! So if you're a lover of retro style or just super comfy pjs, this pattern is for you.

Will you be trying the 7109 pattern? What's your favourite nightwear sewing pattern?

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo
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Minerva Craft Blogger Network: Sew Over It - Eve Dress



Hi pinups! Time for another Minerva Craft Blogger Network make - I can't believe how quickly it's come around. And true to my retro summer style, it's yet another floral vintage inspired dress! I promise my next 3 makes will be different...

Like June, I also had a wedding in July, but this time around the wedding was more casual and took place in a beautiful farm setting. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out the new Sew Over It Eve wrap dress!


Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Sew Over It Eve Dress

Fabric: Floral Print Cotton Poplin Fabric Silver

Notions: Satin ribbon/stay tape for the neck edge.

Sewing time: A day.

Modifications: None.

Fit: Pretty good.

Difficulty: I found finishing the centre front seams a little tricky, but otherwise straight forward.

Watch out for: Getting a tidy neck edge!

Make Again?: Yes! I think this is a great pattern and a flattering style.

You can see more of this dress in action in my July Sew & Tell YouTube video HERE.


For my full pattern review and images, CLICK HERE!


Thanks for reading, pinups.
xo
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See Everything I Made in July!


It's time for a Sew & Tell! I'm a little late posting about in on my blog and it went up on my YouTube channel last week, but if you fancy have a peek at everything I made in July, then check out the video below...



July included mainly vintage inspired makes featuring Sew Over It, Simplicity & supplies from Minerva Crafts. 

Thanks for reading & watching, pinups! 
xo
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Simplicity 1940s 1590 - Cherry Top & GIVEAWAY!


As part of my role of Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador I'll be giving my lovely followers a chance to win the vintage and retro patterns I sew too! This time around Simplicity have generously offered 3 copies of the 1940s 1590 top pattern for me to giveaway!



I decided to sew version A, the version without the tie or collar.
>> Read my full pattern review HERE <<

I'd recommend this pattern for beginners and beyond! This top pattern contains some great skills to expand your sewing knowledge, like facings, button holes and darts. But if you're not sure, don't forget I filmed a handy 'Stitch by Stitch' sew along video to help you along the way!

Click the below to view my tutorial video:
I'm really pleased with how my tops turned out. Especially as I made no adjustments to the pattern. They are the smart/casual tops my wardrobe needed! I especially love the super-simple sleeve, with no shoulder seam to sew, it's the easiest sleeve ever!
For your chance to win one of 3 copies of the Simplicity 1590 pattern, which includes 2 versions of this button up peplum top, here's what you need to do...
Head over to my Instagram page @craftypinup and find the above image on my profile, then follow these steps to enter:

- Repost this image to your profile (using a repost app or simply screen shot the image & post it)
- Tag me @craftypinup and Simplicity @simplicitynewlook in your post
- Use the hashtag #SimplicityThroughTheAges 
- Tell us about which garment you would make first! (I'm nosy!)

Terms:
- All the above instructions need to be completed for a valid entry.
- Your profile must be public for us to be able to see your entry.
- One entry profile.
- Open internationally.
- 3 winners will be selected at random on Friday 18th August and winners will be announced on my Instagram profile at 10am.
Thank you so much to everyone who tuned in to my Stitch by Stitch 1590 sew along video so far, it's turned into my most viewed video on my channel! Please do enter my Instagram giveaway, and good luck!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Simplicity 1590 - 1940s Vintage Top + Sew Along



It's time for my next Stitch by Stitch video & pattern review blog post as Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador! After my struggles (and surprise) sewing the 1930s, I was super excited to start on my 1940s project. I feel much more at home in the 1940s as it's an era where pinup style was born and I can certainly see myself enjoying lots of the fashions.

For my 1940s Stitch by Stitch episode, I chose the 1590 top pattern.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

I chose this 1940s pattern rather than a dress as I've been eyeing this pattern up for a while and could really use some smart/casual blouses in my wardrobe to pair with jeans. I sew lots of dresses, so it certainly makes for a nice change!

Of course this isn't your usual sewing pattern review... In the video below you'll be able to follow along with me as I sew my take on the 1590 top, along with a close up look discussing the fit and details, along with an in depth pattern review.

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 1590 Sew Along


If you have any questions about the blouse, please do leave a comment. I hope you find the video helpful and may even inspire someone to sew it!
I was really pleased to hear (from helpful Instagram commenters) that the 1590 top was a straightforward and speedy sew - certainly my favourite things! And I'm pleased to say I too found this pattern a joy to sew. There isn't anything particularly challenging in the construction of the top and it's a great pattern to learn new skills like button holes, facings and fit. 
I really enjoyed sewing the 1590 pattern and couldn't be happier with the outcome. I'm pleasantly surprised with how well it fits considering my... ahem... sizable bust. I did no full bust adjustment to the pattern which I thought I might have to do (hence sewing 2 versions/wearable toile). It fits really well around my waist, with the great fitting bust and flared hips, this blouse has me feeling all Joan Holloway.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity Ladies Sewing Pattern 1590 Vintage Style 1940's Blouse Tops 

Fabric: Cotton poplin from Birmingham Rag Market.

Notions: 5 x 1/2 inch buttons.

Sewing time: An hour and a half.

Modifications: None whatsoever.

Fit: Perfection! Weird I know.

Difficulty: Easy-peasy! Beginners should definitely add this pattern to their wishlists!

Watch out for: Clean finishing will make this simple garment look professional. Think neat button holes, under-stitched facing and beautiful hems.

Make Again?: I already did! See my video above for a peek at my second cherry version. Coming to the blog soon.

Overall, I'm really happy I got the chance to sew this 1940s blouse pattern. It's exactly what my wardrobe needed and I know I'll be getting a tonne of wear out of my two versions. 

Coming soon...
I really hope you've enjoyed my 1940s Stitch by Stitch post and video as much as I have. Will you be adding this gorgeous, simple blouse to their sewing list?

Catch up on my previous Stitch by Stitch posts:


Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

P.S. Stay tuned for more about this 1590 pattern ;)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Sew Over It - Elsie Dress



I am so excited to be able to finally share this make with you! I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Sew Over It's NEW Elsie Dress Printed Pattern, sewn with one of their equally beautiful fabrics. I knew this dress was going to be something special and it's been super hard not to gush all about it this past month!

Here's a peek at the pattern:

Again with the beautiful illustrations and beautiful Lisa!
Elsie is a stunning 1950s inspired dress (and skirt) pattern, with a princess seamed bodice and a full skirt exaggerated by the large pleats giving the dress a great structure, especially when worn with a petticoat underneath.


So the Elsie pattern is pretty good looking, but 'what about the sewing' I hear you ask! I found Elsie, overall, a pleasure to sew. There were a few techniques in this dress which I was reasonably new to. For example, when sewing the bodice lining the technique in this pattern was something I have not yet come across. Whilst I struggled with this step, the finished effect is wonderful and totally worth the bit of extra care. Also with my fabric being a weighty cotton sateen, it's a little thicker than some fabrics which probably added to my struggles.

Inside the dress, I really like the lining. It's part facing and part bodice lining and I used my floral fabric for the facings and black cotton for the lining and find the finished look to be really professional and clean looking. I'm thinking about filming a 'Behind the Seam's video on Elsie, would you be interested?


As I was testing the pattern, I didn't want to fiddle with the bodice and do an FBA and after my recent fitting success with the B5748 dress with no FBA I thought I could get away with it. But unfortunately, this dress does need a full bust adjustment. It isn't a fit issue that would keep me from wearing this dress, but I am conscious of it and will be doing an FBA next time.


Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Sew Over It - Elsie Dress Printed Dress Pattern

Fabric: Stretch Cotton – First Date

Notions: A 22" invisible zip.

Sewing time: A day.

Modifications: None

Fit: Great, other than my need for a full bust adjustment.

Difficulty: Perfect for confident beginners! There's lots of great skills to learn in this one.

Watch out for: Tidy pleats and matching them with the bodice seams.

Make Again?: Absolutely! Elsie's a winner in my eyes.


You may have noticed something in my hair.... Every lover of vintage style knows your wardrobe isn't complete without a hair flower (or 10) and the Veronica's Roses Clip in Light Pink from Daisy Jean Floral does not disappoint. It's a show stopping piece without being too large or heavy on the head. It feels so secure to wear and I think this gorgeous pink option was destined to be worn with my Elsie dress!


Overall, I'm in love with this pattern and in love with this fabric! It's shame about a bit of squashed boob, but that's my own fault and I'll be rocking this dress all the same. I can't wait to make another, perhaps in a lighter weight fabric (+ FBA) for a more casual day time version.

What do you think about the new Sew Over It Elsie Printed Pattern? Is she on your wish list?

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

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Minerva Craft Blogger Network - Retro Butterick B5748 Dress



Hi pinups! Time for another make, and I couldn't wait to share this one with you! So much so, I bumped it up from my original August schedule to July instead. I've posted lots of snaps on my social media and it even got it's own video. It is of course the Retro Butterick B5748 dress pattern from 1960.

June Sewing Update & Wedding Guest Dress Reveal!



For my full pattern review and images, CLICK HERE!

I hope you guys love this dress as much as I do!
Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo
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My Sewing Pattern Stash & Organisation (+ shopping list!)



Hi pinups! I recently asked my Instagram and Facebook followers to vote for a video on my YouTube channel. The choices were looking at my sewing pattern stash and how its organised, a full sewing room tour or my sewing room organisation. My pattern stash came out on top, and so I filmed a video showing you every single pattern I own!

My Pattern Stash + How I Organise My Sewing Patterns!


Pattern Stash Shopping List:


I really hope you guys enjoy the video! But fear not if you want to see the two other video topics, I'll be filming both at some point. How do you store your sewing patterns?

Thanks for reading and watching, pinups!
xo

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See Everything I Made in June!



Hi pinups! It's time for another Sew & Tell video and blimey June was a busy sewing month. This Sew & Tell video might just be the biggest yet! Featuring lots of lovely summer dresses, including my wedding guest dress, a Minerva Craft Blogger Network make and lots, lots more!

Watch Sew & Tell | June 2017




Thanks for reading and watching, pinups!
xo


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Simplicity 8247 - Sewing the 1930s (eeek!) + Sew Along Video!



Hi pinups! The start of the month means a new Simplicity Stitch by Stitch video! Not sure what I'm talking about? Check out one of my previous posts about becoming Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador HERE.

July is all about sewing the 1930s! The decade I was looking forward to sewing the least! Compared to my usual 1950s style, the 30s seems like a whole other world away, and is certainly way out of my sewing and style comfort zone. But you'll see by the end of this post, this dress was a pleasant surprise...

Here's a peek at the pattern:


For my 1930s project I chose this Simplicity 8247 pattern. I really liked the look of the dress, simple in shape, but with some interesting sewing details. I'd accepted I probably wasn't going to suit many of the 30s shapes and styles, but you'll see in my video below, I was actually pretty pleased with the final dress and fit.


Whenever I pattern shop, I always search google and Instagram etc for reviews and photos. But for this pattern I found one other lady who had posted a photo of her dress, otherwise nothing. Absolutely nothing. So I'm very happy to be shouting about this pattern and my experiences sewing it.

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 8247 Sew Along




Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity Ladies Sewing Pattern 8247 1930's Vintage Style Dress & Jacket

Fabric: Ditsy Floral Crepe

Notions: 22" Concealed Zip

Sewing time: Half a day

Modifications: None.

Fit: Surprisingly nice...

Difficulty: Watch my video above to see what I struggled with.

Watch out for: The center front pleats!

Make Again?: I'm not sure this pattern is for me. But in my video above, I discuss the potential of this pattern and styling options!

What do you think about 1930s fashion? Have you ever tried this pattern? I'd love to know what you think! Whilst sewing the 1930s wasn't at the top of my sewing list, I really enjoyed this experience and sewing the 8247 pattern. The decade suited me a lot more than I was expecting and I'm glad I tried out this pattern.

Thanks for reading and watching, pinups!
xo

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This post is sponsored by Simplicity. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Minerva Craft Blogger Network: Butterick Patterns by Gertie - B6453 Fitted Dress



Hi pinups! After taking a break from the network in May, I'm back with a super sassy make for June. If you follow my blog, you'll know I've already sewn a version of the Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6453 dress. I've tried the full skirted version, but for June's Minerva Craft Blogger Network make, I've opted to jump out of my comfort zone and try the fitted pencil skirt version instead (eek).


Go 'Behind The Seams' of the B6453 pattern in my latest video!


For my full pattern review and images, CLICK HERE!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo
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Simplicity 6446 - Jumpsuit



Hi pinups! It's been a while since I've done a regular old pattern review and this make was 100% selfish! I know I talked on YouTube and Instagram about my birthday outfit plans, it was part of my Me Made May pledge, long story short I wanted to keep up the tradition of sewing a me-made outfit for my birthday in May. (So you can see how late I am with this review!).

My birthday week ended up being a total wash out, so the nice summer-y dress I had lined up to sew became an unrealistic prospect! It was so wet and windy in the days running up to my birthday, I needed a back up plan. Now this Simplicity New Look 6446 jumpsuit pattern may seem like an odd choice for me. It's not particularly vintage or pinup style, but something in me said I needed it!

Here's peek at the pattern:


Being only 5"4, I opted for the cropped trouser version, halfway between being a jumpsuit and a playsuit. I certainly had my reservations with this pattern being curvy, I was pretty sure it was going to be horribly unflattering, but non the less, I gave it a go. I combined it with a floral viscose I picked up at the Birmingham Rag Market a few months ago.

I also wore the jumpsuit in my May Sew and Tell video below:


The construction of this pattern was surprisingly straight forward, and I don't remember having any difficulty making it or following the instructions. It was also a pretty speedy make, taking me an afternoon. 


As well as the nice and simple construction, I'm pleasantly surprised by the fit. I did no FBA or alterations and I couldn't be happier with the final result! Shocker.


Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity  6446 

Fabric: Floral viscose from Birmingham Rag Market & lining

Notions: Ribbon to stabilise the underarm seams, elastic.

Sewing time: An afternoon

Modifications: None

Fit: Better than expected!

Difficulty: Pretty straight forward, suited to a confident beginner and beyond!

Watch out for: Getting a good fit around the bum, fabric with a bit of stretch would be great.

Make Again?: I'd love to make a light weight denim version.


Overall, the Simplicity 6446 pattern was a surprise winner for me! I've worn it so often since I made it back in May. It's comfy, stylish, practical and can be dressed up or down. I like to wear mine styled with a t shirt underneath with converse for an everyday look.

I'm certainly very happy to have left my sewing comfort zone! Have you ever sewn a jumpsuit?

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo
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