Out of the Ordinary

by Tamara on April 17, 2012 · 10 comments

in Katherine's picks,Vintage Sewing

Before I post some pics of my most recent project, I’d like to send out a big ‘Thank You’ to Lladybird, a contributor here at We Sew Retro, for the inspiration.

Back in March, she posted a top she had made from a full length silk skirt and I thought to myself: what a great idea! I’m always on the hunt for interesting fabric so I decided to see what the op shop had to offer.  It was slim pickin’ I’m afraid, but as I was about to leave I spied this fairly ordinary looking top (dress?).


It’s made of a lovely, soft spun rayon and only cost me $1.50! There’s a seam below the bust and I figured once I unpicked it there’d be enough fabric in the bottom half to make a top of some sort. I didn’t really have anything specific in mind and this 1950s ‘one yard’ blouse from my pattern collection looked promising.

Simplicity 3169

I originally chose Style 1 with the faux button front and peter pan collar but found I didn’t quite have enough fabric so a little improvisation was in order. Here’s what I came up with…


More details on my lovely new outfit can be found on my blog.

- Tamara


This post was written by...

– who has written 10 posts on WeSewRetro.com.

I have been collecting & sewing from Vintage patterns (30s-50s) for the past 5 years. My favourite era to sew is the 40s & the style suits me to a tea.

Tamara's posts / Tamara's website

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Katherine April 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

This is really cute. I love the red shoes and bag with it – great styling! :D


Jessamyn April 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

So cute! The way you isolated an element from the print to create coordinated covered buttons was genius!


D'ellis April 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

Oh, what a great idea! And the covered buttons are the perfect accent – caught my eye right away! Must remember your use of different fabric on blouse, then matching skirt. “Never make an orphan” from your blog is sound advice, and I hope I can remember it.


Lizzy April 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

Love it!


Lynn April 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Love it – great outfit!


parismegs April 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Fabulous :-)


Betty Stitchup April 18, 2012 at 3:22 am

What a super cute outfit – love the matching skirt with the contrasts on the blouse and the covered buttons. Nice job.


A.J.A. April 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

This is a very pretty pair you have made!


livelavish April 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I love the patterned collar/solid blouse instead of vice versa. Great job!


threadsquare April 20, 2012 at 8:14 am

Great upcycle! You did a fantastic job of working with the available fabric (my fav part of upcycling :)


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: