Bex

If anyone reads my Blog they quickly figure out I have a soft spot for the 1940s! This jumper took me 5 months to knit, and I hope it’s OK to post here on SewRetro.                                It’s the Bell-Stitch Jumper from Stitchcraft [...]

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Hi again guys! I feel a bit spammy for the two posts within two days – sorry! Here’s my version of Gertie’s 1950′s-inspired Sundress, in an Alexander Henry quilter’s cotton (I think its called ‘Tattoo’). I know her pattern’s arn’t strictly vintage, but the styling is pretty close. I’ve made four of her design so far [...]

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Hi guys! I recently completed McCall 6717 – who doesnt love a pretty 1940′s blouse? I’m trying to focus on the gaps in my wardrobe, and vintage clothing that I can wear to work is a must.                  My version uses viscose georgette, and it only took 1.25m [...]

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There’s nothing better than finding vintage (or looks-like-vintage) fabric at an op-shop!   This pirate border print begged to be turned into a 1950s dirndl skirt (basic dirndl instructions are on my blog here). It’s a beauty, a 5 meter length with pirates, parrots, ships and treasure. Arn’t dirndl’s just the most easiest skirts to sew? I’m [...]

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It’s only 7 days into the New Year, and i’m already two finished dresses in! Hopefully this bodes well for the rest of the year! Firstly, the pattern Butterick 6815 (I made the version on the far left) - Afairly fitted dress, with split kimono sleeves, turn back collar and gored skirt with box-pleat at the front. And [...]

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While not true vintage or retro, I think Gertie’s patterns from ‘Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing’ are so close that most people wouldn’t know! So here is my inspiration (a late 1940′s sundress)…                             And here is my version! Not sure [...]

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I’m slowly trying to build a wardrobe of  ‘wearable’ vintage clothing from the 1940s-early 1950s (SewRetro is great for inspiration). I love this look, its so cute and practical:                           And here’s my version:                   [...]

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My overall opinion – amazing! This is the blouse pattern from Smooth Sailing #1002.                              The blouse fits well (even for a bigger girl) and works for anything from a mid thirties to early forties style. It goes with every high waisted [...]

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HI there new-SewRetro! My name is Bex, and I blog over at Subversive Femme (I also have an Etsy storeof the same name). I normally stick to late 1940s to early 1950s styles, but am starting to explore the late 1930s (pre-WW2) looks. Here’s my interpretation of the slim skirt and cardigan that would have [...]

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