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If I had one piece of advice to aspiring costume makers, it would be BUY PATTERNS!!  Doesn’t matter if you think you will use it anytime soon or not.  If you like it and can afford it buy it.  My compulsion to buy patterns is really working in my favor right now.  I am a [...]

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Well I loved the first dress so much, that I decided to make it again. This time in a seasonal Liberty tana lawn called Becky Jane. I love this dress – it’s just perfect for spring! As with my first version of this dress, the bodice was made with Simplicity 3461 and the skirt from Simplicity [...]

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I had so much fun making this dress! My boys are having a Halloween party for their friends and as Mom-hostess, wanted to make something fun AND appropriate! The skirt is from a Halloween cotton, “Bellknobs and Broomsticks” by Alexander Henry. The bodice is dupioni silk, embellished with decorative stitching and black glass beads at [...]

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 It seems early to be thinking about Fall, but it has rained here all night and drizzled the best part of today. When I look up on the Mesa it is covered in snow. How did October already get here? Here is my version of Simplicity 2591.  The fabric is vintage and was from my [...]

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I’ve been itching to make a cape for the mild California fall weather and had seen some vintage designs that inspired me to check there first.  I went on the hunt for a cape pattern and stumbled upon Simplicity 5359.  The pattern includes two cape options (one with a collar, one without) and a wiggle dress. [...]

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The pattern isn’t vintage, but the look and style of these sailor trousers definitely is. Oh yes, and so are the buttons!  I’m really happy with the drapey 1940′s feel of them and they’re SO comfortable to wear.  To read more about the construction process and see more pics, please hop over to my blog [...]

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I can’t wait for fall! Here is my new coat I made using Simplicity 5103. Please stop by my blog Creative Accomplishments for more pictures!

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I was taken totally by surprise at the number of kind offers I had to take over the reins of Sew Retro. Thank you to all of you who emailed me! The final decision turned out to be about two things for me: advertising and independence. I wanted the blog to remain ad free and [...]

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I feel like I’m slightly cheating by not having created this from a vintage pattern but I’m convinced the end result has a 40s twist to it. I have been drawling over vintage patterns and dreaming of my next dress but a reality check reminded me that I need some wardrobe basics to replace the [...]

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   Hello everybody!! I wanted to share with you my latest project, it´s a dress called “Lavender Dreams” , this dress is part of a triligy that shares the same design of lavender, the dress has a collar hand painted by me and then embroidered to highlight the picture.  The other two pieces of this [...]

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