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In the process of tinkering and upgrading the site, I realized our tutorial videos were woefully out of date. So I just rerecorded them (amateurishly, with frequent use of the word “so”). If you’ve been wanting to sign up and post on the site but haven’t been sure what to do, here’s the scoop:

How to Register to Post on WeSewRetro.com

(…this one also explains how to change your avatar, add a link to your website etc…)

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Hunting for Simplicity 3302

I am trying to obtain a copy or an original of this pattern. I am willing to pay if someone has it and would make a copy for me. Looking for size 36 bust (18) or close to that. Appreciate any assistance.

Simplicity 3302

1930s Vintage Costumes for Theatrical Play & the Dance Floor

~ 1930s Vintage Costumes for Theatrical Play & the Dance Floor ~

By Tam Francis

I recently posted a new bog post about my adventures in sewing vintage. I usually blog about EVERYTHING vintage from swing dancing to classic movies, to sewing. I had the pleasure of making two costume for a play I was cast in and hoped at least one of them would transfer to the dance floor.

The first one I tackled was supposed to be a 1930s vaudeville outfit from a song called: Turn on the Heat! (I’ve got a video of the original 1929 clip on my website)

Here’s the pattern I used (with modifications), to attain the 1930s look. It doesn’t match the video exactly, but has the art deco feel I think?

pattern for Turn on the heat

I lost the collar and shortened it quite a bit. In fact, I kept going between the video and my garment, inching it up my leg until it looked sassy and theatrical. I couldn’t find fur so I had to use several feather fur boas. I didn’t want to do a hood, (like in the video) because of a quick change right after and no time to fix the hair-do. It turned out pretty cool I think and the director was thrilled! What do you think? Does it have a 30s theatrical feel? Does it evoke a touch of humor? Did you watch the video to compare? Have any advice on what I could have done differently?

turn on the heat costume

This is the success story, at least I feel like it is. The other dress: The Blue Dress, for my final scene, was an EPIC fail. If you’d like to see how that went wrong and what I learned in the process. Pop on over to my blog  about this crazy adventure in sewing!

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Have you ever felt something you made has crashed and burned? Feel like you rip out more seams than you sew? I’d love to hear about here, or on my blog :)

 

 

Beautiful 1950s Vogue patterns

I purchased 5 beautiful 1950s Vogue patterns last week. I received them in the post this morning and I just had to share them with you all.

Vogue 458

Vogue 458

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue 274

Vogue 274

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue 231

Vogue 321

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue 638

Vogue 638

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue 1205

Vogue 1205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, Vogue 1205 is a Schiaparelli pattern. Ahhhh! I own a Schiaparelli pattern!!!!!!! It didn’t cost me a fortune and it’s in my size!

As far as I can see patterns 458, 321 and 638 are not yet included in the Vintage Pattern Wiki, so I will add them when I get a chance.

I got these patterns for an absolute steal compared to what they would go for on etsy. They are all my size too!

I purchased these patterns to use them, so to avoid them being added to my stash and never actually made, I will make these up over the next 12 months. As I don’t have a blog, I will post the results here for anyone who is interested.

1953

I recently made B5708 with a lovely floral fabric that my boyfriend gave me before he went off to school. I fought with this dress to get it how it is but I am so happy with it. If you would like to know more, you can check out the full post on my brand new blog(!) rosiesews.weebly.com

1953 carnation bodice

1950′s blouse and capri pants – Butterick 5895

I'm so happy with how these fit :-) I read on various posts that this pattern has a lot of ease.  I made them as to my measurements on the pattern envelope but did take the side seams in quite a bit.  I've used stretch denim so this may be different with unstretchy fabric.  I chose to use an invisible zip on the back seam so everything is nice and smooth.

Butterick B5895 capri pants. I’m so happy with how these fit :-)
I read on various posts that this pattern has a lot of ease. I made them as to my measurements on the pattern envelope but did take the side seams in quite a bit. I’ve used stretch denim so this may be different with unstretchy fabric. I chose to use an invisible zip on the back seam so everything is nice and smooth.

This is my 'umbrella's' blouse.  I used my Enid Gilchrist book again to draft this pattern. A simple blouse to make and even easier with the grown on kimono sleeves.

This is my ‘umbrella’s’ blouse. I used my Enid Gilchrist book again to draft this pattern.
A simple blouse to make and even easier with the grown on kimono sleeves.

This is the pattern for my blouse.  I love this book as there are lots of variations and the patterns are simple to draw out and make. Enid Gilchrist - Women and Teenagers.

This is the pattern for my blouse. I love this book as there are lots of variations and the patterns are simple to draw out and make.
Enid Gilchrist – Women and Teenagers.

These are made using Butterick B5895. I used black and white gingham to line the pockets to avoid bulk and because they look nice!

These are made using Butterick B5895.
I used black and white gingham to line the pockets to avoid bulk and because they look nice!

 

As the capri pants have turn ups I chose to hide the seam edges with some strips of micro gingham in my stash.  I think this gives a little extra detail and keeps it all looking tidy.

As the capri pants have turn ups I chose to hide the seam edges with some strips of micro gingham in my stash. I think this gives a little extra detail and keeps it all looking tidy.

 

 

 

 

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