Vintage-ing a Modern pattern…sort of?

Well I took a few trips to some 2nd hand stores in my area and came up with some fantastic finds this weekend! several vintage and 1 modern pattern that were all 1.00 a piece! they are all complete…one of them is a little wrinkly but they have all instructions and everything included. the top left one has got to be my favorite!

The top left one is my favorite!

I also found a nice little stash of vintage and modern fabrics while shopping…a lightweight burgundy wool (I believe..not 100% sure on that) a semi-sheer cotton with flowers, a black/blue checked rayon/polyester blend, and some fabulous vintage curtains with diagonal strips and flowers on them. Super excited…there is enough of the curtain fabric, and the polyester to make dresses out of each but the others were only about a yard and a half each…but hey for a total of 6 dollars on fabric I think I got a steal.

The package of stockings was only .10 so I couldn't pass them up...they are the wrong color but the picture on the package is great to look at :)

Which leads me to the project I just completed! a fun wiggle skirt out of the burgundy fabric that I am rather proud of. I used this modern pattern and lengthened the hem to just below knee length, brought the sides in rather than keeping it completely straight and repositioned the waistband so it sat higher on my waist.

Like most of my sewing projects as a beginner it had a few issues…for instance when sewing the darts on the front I sewed one set to the right side and the other to the wrong side. It was rather upsetting I had to very carefully use the seam ripper there! Lol But at the end it turned out alright…I need to fix the back a bit the top of the zipper gapes before you get to the hook and eye. I think all i need to do is reposition it? not 100% sure on  that one any advice on would be appreciated. I also sewed my first button hole and added a white vintage button to the back of the waistband…the button hole isn’t perfect either but hey…I tried. :)

I also thrifted the lace shirt for .50 :) the picture doesn’t show it but its actually a light gold color.

All in all I would say my thrifting trip and sewing as for the week of 5/20/13 was pretty successful :)

• Meet the Author • Shaysierae


I am a 24 year old just learning the in's and out's of vintage sewing! I was so excited when i discovered this website and absolutely love the posts that I have found. Currently I am working on a few projects and look forward to posting some of them soon! :)


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  • The only people who don’t make mistakes are those who don’t do anything.
    Be proud of the fact you are a doer. It only gets better with practice. P.S. I have found for my body type, putting the zipper at the side works best for me.

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    • Agreed! You’ll get better with practice, and the fact you’re doing it says something!

      I’m still not great at zippers, but each one I put in gets a little better. Side zippers also work better for me as well as a curvy lady. :)

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    • Thanks! I didnt think about trying to put in a side zipper instead …that may work a lot easier for my body type. I will have to try it with my next project. Zippers and I just don’t get along lol.

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    • That is so true, the ones who say they are perfectionists usually haven’t actually made anything, they are too scared to try in case they aren’t perfect.

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  • I really like your skirt and that button. Looks so nice with your white lace top

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  • You’ve done a great job, keep on sewing….. you’ll have skirts mastered in no time.
    Bravo!

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  • My first zipper was when I was 10 and my mother (the perfectionist) made me rip it out and put it in at least 5 times. LOL Surprised I still like to sew…. It does get easier. Love the color and love to hear about other bargain shoppers.

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