Ok ladies. I know there are alot of very skillfull sewists over here. I am working on a 1940s dress wich requires shirring like in the photo but I don’t know how to do this this neat (though it was a very common back in the day). Anyone who can help out with a tutorial [...]


For the first time in my life I’m flying to the other half of the world. I’m going on holiday to Miami! And boy, do I look forward to that! I’ll be arriving there June 3rd and am staying for almost 2 weeks. Now, ofcourse, I must be checking out some cool vintage stores and [...]


Are there any new sew alongs or sewing challenges (vintage/retro related)? I always find out about them when they are near the closing date.. Thanks!   [EDITED TO ADD: Audrey I hope you don't mind me jumping into your post like this, but I think you've hit on a common problem - I'm always missing [...]


Hi there! I’ve tried several times to make me a pair of gloves using vintage glove patterns but everytime they end up in the wastebin. I jjust cannot make gloves… Around the knuckles just above the palm I measure 8.5″ so finding vintage ones is almost impossible. Is there someone who CAN sew gloves (for [...]


Hi you all! I saw this dress, worn by Betty Draper in the MadMen series, and fell in love with it’s fabric (love the model too but that is not an issue). Does anyone know what kind of fabric it is and by what keywords I can search for it. I like the fading watercolour [...]


This was my first attempt working with vintage patterns using a McCall’s 6020 pattern. It worked out pretty good, easier then I thought. Though this is a muslin version from a scrap fabric, it’s nice enough to wear because I made it as I would make it with a more expensive fabric. Next time I [...]


Hi everyone! The other day Nava posted a thread, sizing accuracy about the Simplicity patterns in the 60′s and 70′s. Now I wondered if the ease is huge too in de 1930′s 40′s and 50′s? And what about the difference in sizing between the brands? McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue a.o.? Can someone tell me more [...]