My name is Steph & I’ve been looking around on Sew Retro for a while, so I thought I may as well contribute a few of my own projects. Whilst I make a bit of modern clothing, I often find myself drawn to designs from the 50’s & 60’s. I’m also very interested in some of the vintage construction techniques.

I’ve been sewing for about 6 years now. I started when I was in university because I wanted to make dresses to wear to balls & parties, (I didn’t have the money to buy them ready-made). I’ve really gotten into sewing in the last 2 or 3 years though.

I keep track of all of my projects on my blog, Orchids In May.

The above picture of me, was one of my most recent vintage projects, Vogue V1137. I made it using an embroidered wool. Whilst it was fairly simple to actually sew, it took FOREVER to cut out as I was trying to get the embroidery to match up perfectly at each of the seams. Overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

• Meet the Author • orchidsinmay

Hi! My name is Steph, during the day I'm a mechanical engineer, but one of my favourite hobbies is sewing. I've been sewing for about 6 or so years now & I spend most of my spare time sewing. The things I enjoy making the most are probably the most frivolous things, pretty dresses & evening gowns, but there are some practical things that I enjoy making, like tailored jackets. Lately I've really been enjoying learning about vintage techniques & couture techniques, & applying them in what I make. I also keep a blog, you can find it here:

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  • Welcome Steph! Love your dress! I too love the 50's style and have only recently been drawn to the 60's. Keep up the good work.

  • You did a beautiful job with the embroidery matching. Very stylish and a definite eye-catcher.

  • love it! the coat is amazing.


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