New Member: Stoutorialist

by Archive from Blogger on September 13, 2010 · 13 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Hello all

I’ve been reading Sew Retro for a while, and decided to take the plunge and join in the fun. I’ve been sewing off and on for about 15 years. I’ve mostly done costuming and historical garments that weren’t intended for daily wear. I love vintage and retro styled clothing, especially the 30s and 50s. I’ve started sewing vintage garments for myself in part because I can’t find them ready-to-wear (reproduction clothing companies rarely make plus sizes). I also have a full bust so off the rack fit is often dodgy anyway. My measurements are about 49-42-49 and I wear a modern 20/22.

Here are photos of my two most recent projects.

This red polka dot dress was sewing from a 1930s reproduction pattern from New Vintage Lady on Etsy ( I shortened this too much. It should be at least a few inches longer. I definitely recommend NVL’s patterns.

Next is a dress based an original vintage Simplicity pattern. I used Simplicity 1577 which was published in 1956 ( The dress has kimono sleeves which I lengthened by about 2 inches, a gored skirt and two front pockets. I chose to do the collar in a contrast fabric.

To read more about these dresses check out my blog the The Stoutorialist.

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Heidi September 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I LOVE your pieces. Especially the collar on the pink outfit. Great job!


JennySlash September 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Both are waaaay cute! And I like the contrast details on the vintage Simplicity.


Julia September 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Thanks so much. I'm surprised how happy that contrast collar made me.


Sickofitcindy September 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Those look great! I have a couple patterns from NVL but I haven't made them yet. I think I must get on it ASAP now that I've seen yours.


NewVintageLady September 13, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Do you know that is the first time I have ever seen a finished garment made from one of my repro patterns?!

It looks great! LOVE the polkadots!


Bex September 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I love your blog name! Its awesome!


frualeydis September 15, 2010 at 1:15 am

Both look beautiful on you.


andreak September 15, 2010 at 6:21 am

These look great. I don't think the length on the red one is bad at all. Love polka dots!


Anonymous September 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Wonderful dresses! In response to your search for larger size vintage patterns, there are XLarge patterns at Just type in the word: XLarge in search engine at top of page.


Vande Historic Costuming September 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

They are fabulous – I love the dots, too!


Anonymous September 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Love them both! and I think the length on the red dress is perfect:-)


BConky September 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

Your dresses are adorable, love the pink and brown the most.


Julia September 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Thanks everyone! I have a serious polka dot addiction and I"m not ashamed of it.

@NVL I'm surprised you arent seeing your pattens made up. I liked using the heavy paper instead of fragile tissue, and I found looking at your own made up versions of the garments helped me in making final sewing decisions.

I hope to post more soon


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