by sharpscissors on February 23, 2014 · 14 comments

in Dresses,Introduction,Vintage Sewing

Hello WeSewRetro,

I posted once, years ago but have recently found the motivation to post some finished garments. I finished a Diploma in Fashion Technology last year and am now studying costume which is very exciting! I make my own patterns unless I state otherwise and every now and then I delve into my collection of vintage patterns. I’ve been very busy sewing the past few months and here are some of my more retro/vintage garments.

Pink Seersucker Dress

Day of the Dead Crop Top with Black Full Skirt (Alexander Henry Fabric)

A-line Lobster Dress with Matching Belt

Blue Floral Border Print Dress with my 1964 VW Beetle

Senorita Dress (Alexander Henry Fabric) with my 1964 VW Beetle

I’m slowly working towards my wardrobe being a majority of handmade or second hand clothes. I post my sewing and op shop finds on my Instagram: “sharpscissors” and would love to see other fellow retro sewers and vintage lovers there!

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Sassy T February 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Love all of those, the last features one of my favourite Alexander Henry designs.
Sassy Sewing Bees


sharpscissors February 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Thank you! Haha yes I’m in love with Alexander Henry, especially his Mexican themed fabrics.


Lolita Haze February 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Oh that crop top is amazing! As are the rest! Are you really tall or do you shorten the skirt hems to your preference?


sharpscissors February 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Hi Lolita Haze, thank you!
I am somewhat tall (176cm) but I also hem to my preference. I find knee length to be more flattering on me and also I wear my dresses as everyday clothing.
I’ll probably have longer hems in my winter clothes when I start sewing those :)


sorbetsurprise February 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I love all you outfits! Those dresses are darling!


sharpscissors February 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Thank you :)


Evie February 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Really cute! My uncle had a ’64 Beetle that he bought new in Germany and brought back to the states. Drove it until a few years ago after hitting the 1 million mile mark on it.


sharpscissors February 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Oh my goodness, that’s amazing! Everyone I speak to has a Beetle story and I love hearing them. Such a great car.


datura February 23, 2014 at 6:21 pm

These are all so lovely…my favorites are the Day of the Dead top and the Senorita dress. I love your choice of pattern placement for those, too. And your red shoes are perfection!


sharpscissors February 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Thank you so much! Alexander Henry is an amazing fabric designer, irresistible prints. Those shoes were a “saw it and had to buy it” :)


EmeraldErin February 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

The Senorita dress is so gorgeous- and the day of the dead crop top is super cute too! I love it all- such great fabric choices!


sharpscissors February 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I’m a sucker for quilting fabric :) Thank you!


Tami February 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I love the Lobster A-Line! What a beautiful dress!


Kyrae June 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Hi, I love your senorita dress. Do you have a tutorial that you use or have made? I’d love to be able to make one for myself..


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