Hello! My name is Emily and I am so pleased to be participating in this blog. The many talented seamstresses here on Sew Retro have been an inspiration to me for a long time.
I am finally fed up with shopping. My last 5 years of trips to clothing stores have yielded less than a handful of purchases and nothing I actually love. Clothes these days don’t fit me, they are expensive, and they are poorly made. I just don’t like them.
This, on the other hand:
Besides the fact that I just can’t relate to most modern clothing styles, I’m 5’1” tall, pear-shaped, and very short-waisted. And I’m 30-something. So, nothing fits and nothing looks right.
But this might change things:
All this fruitless shopping has brought me great inspiration to sew my own clothing. I’ve been sewing on and off since an early age, but consider myself no more than intermediate in terms of skill level. I’m finally getting the hang of fitting, but I’ve never lined a garment. I have installed zippers somewhat successfully. But I try and avoid them at all costs. I’m still learning which styles look good on me.
This, I’m thinking:
I’ve been sewing clothes from vintage patterns for the last few years. Because I’ve only more recently been learning fitting techniques, I’ve especially enjoyed making sleepwear, which doesn’t require such a precise fit. My favorite pajamas ever:
And, the last thing I made from a vintage pattern, a nightgown from the 40’s:
I have quite a large collection of vintage patterns and I am obsessed with vintage sewing machines and their attachments. Currently, I’m working on sewing a 1940’s dress pattern. I look forward to sharing the results with you soon.
Thanks to the founders here for allowing me to participate. I look forward to sharing the new wardrobe that I’m planning on making for myself. Many, many dresses. Oh, and if you’d like, you can see more of my sewing and craft projects on my blog here.