TBT: Bra History

TBT: Bra History

Hi All!

Today I have something really cool for Throwback Thursday! Instead of a throwback to a project that I’ve sewn, I want to show you a throwback WAY further in time!

I’ve been sitting in on a couple classes at Bra-Maker’s Supply and in one of the classes we did a little lesson on Bra History, so I thought I would bring in a couple vintage pieces from my collection!

The first thing was an old brassiere (before they were called bras), I’m not really sure how old this is, but I’m thinking early 1900’s –

You can see how it goes around your arms and fastens in the back, and has a little strap that would attach to your girdle in the front!

The whole front of the bodice is boned inside, and has these little straps with sliders and rings for shaping! SO cool! but definitely give a bit of a uni-boob effect.

The next vintage piece I had was a children’s corset- which I would say was cute if the idea of a child wearing a corset wasn’t completely against the comfort level I feel children should have in their clothing!

So itty-bitty, with only four hooks on the busk!

With the proper lace-up in the back and some pretty lace trim top and bottom

The next two things I brought in are probably my favourite! Two Eaton’s Catalogues, one from 1928, and one from 1966. – It’s amazing how much changed between the catalogues, and again to today!

The 1966 catalogue was my grandmothers, and is from the year my mom was born, and the 1928 catalogue was given to me by a wonderfully generous lady I met in a ‘learn to use your serger class’- to whom I will forever be grateful
Just look at the contraptions that they wore back in 1928!

and the prices lol!

$3.95 for the FlexOsteel Corset with Abdominal Belt!!

They had such cherub faces- and straight figures!

‘Health-Style Corsets’

Even maternity corsets! – Can you believe that! 

Things really changed when it came to 1966!

All about the hourglass figures, new stretch fabrics, and pointy boobs!

Look at the point on those cups!

It so interesting how the styles change, and even how the ‘ideal woman’ changes- there were definitely no straight-figured, cherub-faced ladies in Spring/Summer 1966!

I also got quite a chuckle at the Men’s underwear section.

‘I say chap, your onsie is the bee’s knees!’

‘Golly gee! these boxers are quite swell!’

Anyways, I thought these were so cool, I was thinking that I might do a series of posts focusing on different parts of the catalogues, – it’s just too much for one post, and I really wanted to focus on the bra history!

Hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past! What was your favourite style?

I would love to make myself a bullet bra out of the 60’s!

Hope you’re having a great Thursday!

xo erin

TBT: Nautical High-Waisted Shorts

TBT: Nautical High-Waisted Shorts

Hi All,

For Throwback Thursday I have some cute shorts!

Mom made these for me two summers ago! Aren’t they adorable!

They are from this Kwik Sew K3854 pattern- view B
They fit so well! I think these were made in a side medium, and I remember something about mom taking the leg in a little bit.

I LOVE these so much! and I’ve been wearing them quite a bit this summer- they are just so fun!

I love that they have a bit of a vintage nautical feel- and they fit really well!

Even in the bum- which can be a tricky area for shorts lol!

I love the set of triple buttons as the front fastening and the way the connect with the pocket!

Beautiful gold buttons!!!

And they are actually 100% functioning buttons- not just for show- and to add a little extra fastening power, mom added a little hook and eye further down to make sure the pockets didn’t gape when I sit down.

These shorts have been such a summer staple for me 🙂 They really class-up such a short pair of shorts!

Have you made yourself any wardrobe staples that you’ve been living in this summer? – these are definitely mine! 
Although I didn’t make them myself- thanks mom 🙂 <3
Hope you’re having a great Thursday!
xo erin

Vintage Playsuit Sew-a-long: Post 1 Pattern and Fabrics

Vintage Playsuit Sew-a-long: Post 1 Pattern and Fabrics

Hi All,

So if you didn’t know, I joined the Vintage Playsuit Sew-a-Long, which is a sew-a-long hosted in the month of June by Girl with the Star Spangled Heart. It’s a very open sew-a-long in a ‘chose your own adventure’ style, where everyone picks their own pattern and you share your sewing progress with the group through your blog and the flickr group.

As you may notice it’s nearing the end of June, and I have yet to post anything about a playsuit…  I’ve kind of let that slide quite a bit. I know I know, I’m sorry, I’m a horrible sew-a-long companion, but nevertheless I am here and I promise that I will finish this playsuit by the end of June!

I’m thinking that I’ll do this in a series of posts over the next couple of days. In this first post I’m going to show you the fabric and pattern I picked.

I’ve chosen this lovely pattern, I think it’s from the 40’s.

I want to do view A, the one on the right with the little bit of bare midriff 🙂

Naturally when I heard about the vintage playsuit sew-a-long I looked through my collection of vintage patterns and instantly fell in love with this one and had decided that I had to have it, when of course, I took out the pattern and realized it was only instructions.

So this is going to be a bit of a pattern drafting project as well, and I’m thinking that I’ll do my next post on the pattern drafting, another on making the muslin and any alterations that I have to do, and then a final post with my finished fabric. Which I have chosen to be this lovely cotton fabric:

I love this fabric, with the gold over the top and almost a grecian style motif! Maybe an unusual choice but I thought it would look pretty cool when it all came together!

So you can look forward to some playsuit posts coming up in the next few days and I’m excited to catch up with the group and see where everyone else is in their progress!

This is going to be fun!

xo erin

Mom-Made: Vintage Sewing Themed Nightie!

Mom-Made: Vintage Sewing Themed Nightie!

Hi All!

I’m back with another sewing project, and this is one that my mom made me!

You got a sneak peak of it last Saturday when I included it in my #MMMay14 Week 3 Round-Up– but here it is in full detail!

A lovely nightie (with matching sleep mask of course)! Made out of this lovely flannel- it’s SO SOFT!

and the best part is that the flannel is sewing themed! – little spools of thread and needles!

Mom used this cute little elastic with a ruffle edge for trim on the front , and to close the front slit, that goes down daringly low!

She made it from this adorable vintage pattern

It’s version C length, but with no collar, and mid-length sleeves which are not a pictured option.

I’m absolutely loving this nightie, we had a couple cooler nights this week and it has been so snuggly!

And of course, can’t have pictures anymore without me smothering my dog 🙂

He was so tired after all the snuggling that he needed a snooze
Hope you are all having sweet dreams! 
xo erin
TBT: My First Vintage Project

TBT: My First Vintage Project

Hi All!

Today’s Throwback Thursday is one of my first successful projects- and my first vintage pattern make!

I made this dress when I was 16, so almost seven years ago now *cries silently*, and this is a picture of me wearing it when I just turned 18.

 (There must have been something interesting up there. lol)

This is the pattern I used for this dress, Simplicity 5040

I think what really drew me to this pattern was the ‘Tall’ size (which I now know you can lengthen any pattern), but I was still concerned that at 5′ 11″ tall might not cut it. – but it did 🙂

This was a really great beginner project for me- so rewarding! I picked out this printed cotton from Fabricland and it was perfect- with the flowers on the bottom and using the white for the top!

The modifications I made to the pattern were all about making it easier- I shortened the skirt a little (so I would have enough of the solid white for the top. And I also omitted the sleeves and did a simple binding on the arm holes.

I remember looking at the sleeve pattern piece and thinking “no way – not going to attempt that” but I actually like the sleeveless version I made better 🙂

And the super adorable little pocket that has absolutely no practical functioning whatsoever.

I was also too afraid to attempt buttonholes, and I didn’t really have any buttons that I liked, so I would always just pin it together at the top and wear that yellow belt around the middle! It worked lol.

I’m still so in love with the print I picked out all those years ago, so summery!

I didn’t even have to hem it, I just used the edge of the fabric! 

Slightly weird photo, but I only have 3 photos of me in this dress so I thought I would include it. lol check out those jelly shoes!

I remember wearing this to highschool all the time- and I did not live in some really trendy city where that could have been normal- I lived in a small town where everyone wore ripped jeans and Hollister hoodies- people just thought I was eccentric- they got used to me after many years of my original fashion choices.

Were you an ‘eccentric’ dresser in highschool? or did you prefer to blend in with the crowd?

Also what was your first vintage sewing project?, or first sewing project of any kind?

Let me know in the comments!

Hope you’re all having a nostalgic Thursday!

xo erin