Out of the Ordinary

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


• Meet the Author • Tamara

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.

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10 comments… add one

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

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

  • 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.

  • Love it!

  • Love it – great outfit!

  • Fabulous :-)

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

  • This is a very pretty pair you have made!

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

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


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