My name is Deb, though I go by Inkdork in most places online. I just signed up for Sew Retro, after being a long time reader and commenter. I am a mostly self-taught sewer, though I did take one basic sewing class to brush up and learn a few basic techniques which has eluded me. I grew up in a home where my Mom sewed almost all of my clothes as a kid, and during a rather torrid relationship, I sewed my own wedding dress with the help of my Grandma.
I have an interest in fashions from the 1940’s, 1950’s, and some 1980’s. My interest in the post WWII years is really about a time when women actually dressed nicely every day, and once the war was over, wanted to glam it up a little. The 1980’s were just a fun, if sometimes disastrous, time for fashion.
One problem I do face as a plus sides sewer is that many patterns are really not made for the larger lady even if sizes do go quite high. Sometimes this means having to make a lot of alterations to a finished item just to get the right fit. It can be a learning curve, but armed with my sewing machine, some brains, and my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing I manage to get through most things. The resources on the internet also prove hugely helpful.
I have sewn several vintage reproduction patterns already, and have a few planned for this Fall and Winter. Right now I’ve just started cutting fabric for Butterick’s 4790, which will be part of my Halloween costume as a retro housewife. Hopefully I will be posting soon with photos of that in its completion! I’m also looking forward to sewing my first Vogue soon.
If you’d like to know more about me, or see some of the things I’ve stitched up, you can visit my website at http://prettycanhurt.com/. I have a photo album set up there that has photos of a lot of my sewing projects.