Hi all! I’ve been meaning to join Sew Retro ever since I discovered it in 2008. That’s… a lot of procrastinating.
My name is Susannah, I come from the US and I currently live in London. I’m mildly addicted to vintage patterns, especially from the mid-30s to early 60s, and spend a lot of time compensating for the lack of quality women’s workwear nowadays by buying and making wardrobe pieces from previous eras. I’m happily working my way through my pattern backlog while holding down a job that doesn’t involve sewing and is therefore obviously of minor importance except insofar as it allows me to wear the clothes I make.
I first decided to join Sew Retro when I read this post by Notamermaid and decided to revolutionize my work wardrobe with a dirndl skirt. So elegant! So easy! Appropriately enough, I made my first dirndl in a mermaid print by Heather Ross. It was a breeze to put together — I didn’t even need a pattern. It was also my first experience with the new quilter’s cottons and sparked a passion for fabric that has stayed with me (and my overdraft) ever since.
Bonus: the cowboy dirndl!