Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 5489 – my second #vintagepledge of five

By on December 9, 2014

Simplicity 5489

I finished my second Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge back in September, but still have three more to complete by the end of the year…unlikely! I won’t beat myself up about it though, because I’ve hugely enjoyed playing host to such fun challenge and I love how my Simplicity 5489 turned out!

Simplicity 5489

Simplicity 5489

This is a simple little pattern with three different back views to choose from and an A-line skirt. My favourite detail is the keyhole back I went for, with the sweet little bow detail. My second favourite detail Simplicity 5489 has to offer is the skirt. I love how flattering an A-line shape can be, skimming the hips without the bulky waist of a gathered skirt. This pattern offers the best of both worlds though, with gentle gathers either side of the centre front skirt.

Simplicity 5489

The neckline and back are finished with a facing, but I skipped the armhole facings and opted to finish them with bias strips instead. Shock horror, I even lined the skirt! I’m usually too lazy and can get away with it for fuller skirts, but this shape would have clung to tights like no one’s business.

Simplicity 5489

Simplicity 5489

As usual, you can check out more information and pictures on my blog and you can see all the inspiring #vintagepledge makes to date on Pinterest.

Remember, you can also be in with a chance of winning one of four awesome prizes, as long as you share your makes with me by 31 December 2014 on Twitter (#vintagepledge), through a comment on my blog, or by emailing me.

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1950s | Blouses | Buttons

Cropped Hawthorn Blouse

By on November 10, 2014

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An age and a half ago, I spontaneously bought some gorgeous vintage poly-cotton online without giving much thought to the fact that it was a very limited 1 yard long. Luckily, when One Week, One Pattern came along back in September, it inspired me to finally put my fabric to good use! Using this Coletterie tutorial, I just about managed to squeeze a cropped Hawthorn out of it.

Cropped Hawthorn Blouse

Sometimes it really pays off to be patient and hoard fabric for the ‘right’ make. In this case I think my fabric and pattern combination is a match made in heaven. I even found the perfect vintage buttons for it in my stash. Overall, I’m smitten with the 1950s vibe of this cropped blouse.

Cropped Hawthorn Blouse

Cropped Hawthorn Blouse

As always, more information and pictures available on my blog – A Stitching Odyssey.

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1960s | Vintage Sewing

Vogue 5671 – my first #vintagepledge of five

By on August 31, 2014

Well hello there, it’s been nearly six months since I last posted here! Why do I remember this so precisely? Because back in February is when I shared my Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge with you all. Heartwarmingly, well over 100 people have joined me and their inspiring progress is well-documented on my dedicated #vintagepledge Pinterest board!

Vogue 5671

As for me, I’m somewhat lagging behind on my five pledged makes, but at least I’m finally one down! I chose the rather stunning Vogue 5671 from my stash, but replaced the skirt with a fuller one from a modern pattern. I love the wiggle silhouette, but I definitely don’t feel confident enough in my shape to pull it off. I’m pretty smitten with the result though…despite the accidental 90s vibe attributed by my fabric choice!

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Vogue 5671

You can see much more of my Vogue 5671 here and you can read about the pattern and its construction here. If you too need some motivation to sew up some of your vintage patterns, you have until the end of the year to join and complete the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge. If you’re on Twitter, make sure you stay up to date using #vintagepledge!

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Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge

By on February 6, 2014

Boy, has it been a while since I’ve shared a finished project here!?! I have a growing stash of vintage patterns, yet my elaborate plans get put on the backburner each time I get swept up in the frenzy surrounding the release of a new indie pattern. To start redressing this balance I’m making a very simple Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge – to sew up at least five of my vintage patterns during 2014.

There are already 40+ plus people joining me and although I may be barking up the wrong street here, as you’re all such avid vintage pattern stitchers, will you sign up too? There are no strict rules and you don’t even have to set yourself a numerical target. You can join in if you feel you’re not doing justice to your vintage or reproduction sewing patterns, if you want to achieve a personal best, or even if you want to try your hand at a vintage pattern for the very first time!

If you’re game, share your plans in a comment on my blog (or below) and/or make a pledge on your own blog. Don’t forget to share your finished makes with me throughout the year, either in the comments, by using #vintagepledge on Twitter or via emailI’ll tweet about them and pin them to this board to keep us all motivated and to inspire others. If enough people join in and share finished makes, I’ll also compile a few round-ups on my blog throughout the year.

To find out more, join in and grab a blog button, check out my original post on A Stitching Odyssey.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some of the stunning patterns I’m toying with…

 

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Elisalex in chintzy floral

By on June 2, 2013

Yet again I’ve made up a modern pattern – Elisalex from By Hand London – using some vintage fabric from my stash. Initially, I was concerned about how the Elisalex skirt shape would suit my curves, but I’m over the moon with the end result – the silhouette feels theatrical and high fashion at the same time. And I think you’ll agree that the pattern itself has a very retro feel to it.

This sweet little pattern comes with great instructions (helpful for other projects too) and sews up surprisingly easily and quickly. Sure, the princess seams are tricky little buggers – but more fiddly than difficult really. Before cutting out a size 8 (US) / 12 (UK), I shortened the bodice pieces by an inch and took a whopping 10.5 inches off the skirt. I then dared not to make a muslin, as princess seams are easy enough to adjust. It was a gamble, but it paid off. The shoulders and back fitted perfectly and I got rid of some side boob gaping by just taking in my princess seams by an extra 1cm from the armhole to my bust apex.

I literally pulled out all the stops to make this dress as beautiful as I could – I top stitched the neckline and armholes, hand stitched the hem, hand picked the zip, matched up my princess seams and box pleats and fully lined the entire thing.

If you’re interested in more information or a gazillion more photos, pop on over to my blog – A Stitching Odyssey.

Hope you’ve all had an excellent weekend!

 

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1960s | 1970s | Skirts

Flower power sheet to wraparound skirt

By on May 7, 2013

When I’ve posted on We Sew Retro before, it’s been about things I’ve made using a vintage pattern. Today though, it’s all about a 60s or 70s flower power sheet I came across a while back. It’s been sitting patiently in my stash waiting for the perfect pattern to come along and sweep it off its proverbial feet. Thank goodness  Tilly’s Miette Skirt came along, because these two were made for each other!

Despite being modern, Tilly’s pattern definitely has a retro vibe to it, especially if you choose your fabric wisely. Best of all, this pattern is an absolute breeze to make…not a zip or button in sight, just easy wraparound ties!

I particularly love how happy this skirt makes me feel and the bright yellow flowers are far enough away from my face not to wash me out.

I’ll leave you with a couple more photos, but there’s more information (as well as an important sewing lesson) over at my blog – A Stitching Odyssey.

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Sew for Victory – McCall 4193

By on April 1, 2013

So, it’s Rochelle’s Sew for Victory deadline today and I’m over the moon to have finished my dress in time, despite sewing machine woes and other commitments conspiring against me.

I wasn’t originally sure when I’ll actually wear this dress – not because I don’t like it, just because it’s a little over the top – but it’s growing on me as each day goes by. Anyway, this challenge was the perfect excuse to use a beautiful pattern from 1941 – McCall 4193 – which I made up with some cherry polka dot polyester and quilting cotton. The pattern is really gorgeous with some very interesting details – front tucks, pleated pockets, lovely yoke, back bodice vent and back pleats.

Needless to say, the pattern instructions are very basic and assume you have a lot of sewing knowledge already. I also had to grade this pattern up a bit, but I’ve kind of lost count of what I did – there were so many changes and I even ended up reversing some of them! But I think I added a couple of inches to the width of the bodice and skirt pieces, shortened the bodice by a couple of inches, moved the back bodice pleats in by an inch, lowered the neckline by a couple of inches, shortened the shoulders by a smidge, shortened the skirt length by a lot…you get the idea!

Believe it or not, there are many more photos and lots of additional information on my blog!

Did you take part in Sew for Victory?

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