Vintage Sewing

"Proportioned" Skirt Patterns – Useful or not?

By on June 23, 2011
I’m a taller-than-average person, so I’m often frustrated by the fact that Petite and Half-size patterns are available but the vertically gifted have no customized options in vintage patterns.

Or so I thought!

I stumbled across a few patterns for skirts in Proportioned Sizes:
Short: 5’3″ and under
Medium: 5’4″ to 5’6″
Tall: 5’7″ and over

Of course, I had to have one. I’m a sucker. I was hoping for more length between the waist and hip, or maybe side seam pockets that had longer/lower openings to accommodate my lanky arms more comfortably.

Nope. The only thing proportioned about this pattern is the hemline. Bummer. I don’t find this proportioned pattern stuff helpful. Do you?

Crossposted on my blog, Chronically Uncool.

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Custom petticoat from Eleen Fashions has arrived!

By on January 21, 2011

Yesterday I received the custom petticoat I won in the Sew Retro giveaway. It’s exactly what I wanted. Thank you Sew Retro and Eleen Fashions!

I have big plans for this petticoat. You can see my sketch for the coordinating dress here:

I also wrote a big post on my blog about my collection of petticoats or crinolines or whatever you want to call them. I can’t believe I have five of them! If you are considering adding some swish and fluff to your vintage-inspired wardrobe, you’ll want to check out this post for tips:

Jenny at Chronically Uncool

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The Vintage Patterns Wiki Needs You!

By on September 23, 2010

Actually, the Vintage Patterns Wiki only needs your photos of your finished vintage garment projects. You could win an Amazon gift card!

Entries close on October 1. Five finalists will be chosen and the Wiki community will vote on their favorite photos between October 4-10. Winners will be announced on October 11, 2010. You can submit more than one photo, but you can only win one prize.

Psst…There are only *TWO* entries so far. Odds are excellent!

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The Victoria and Albert Museum Free Pattern Dress

By on September 7, 2010
Remember this free pattern from the V&A Museum’s Golden Age of Couture exhibition? I made it to wear to see the exhibit (now traveling the world) in Nashville.

I love the way this dress turned out and I had a great time in Nashville with Gertie and my fellow vintage clothing enthusiasts. This project is my best work yet!


Details about the construction on Pattern Review and on my blog, Chronically Uncool.

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Pattern search: Simplicity 5018, wrapped blouse from 1963

By on June 8, 2010

Update: Found it! Thanks Nathalie!!!


I’m looking for a scan of the pattern envelope for Simplicity 5018, this lovely wrapped top. I believe it is from 1963, based on the pattern number…and the hair.

I found the pattern pieces and the instruction sheet in a junk shop, but the envelope is missing. Please let me know if you spot it. I’d love to have a scan of the front and back of the envelope.

I already sent a request to Pattern Rescue and I’m cross posting this to my blog, Chronically Uncool. Any other ideas?

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Help! I need a shove in the right direction!

By on May 28, 2010

I’ve finally recovered from the Vogue 8956 ordeal. Now I’m trying to sew from the stash and make items for which I already have the right accessories (mostly that means shoes). I’d like your suggestions. My first question is: Raincoat or dress? Is it weird to sew a raincoat at the beginning of summer? I have the fabric and the cutest! retro! rainproof! shoes! I’m very tempted. But if you say dress, I’d like to know which of my two fabrics and six suitable patterns is the ideal combination. My stash is glorious but must be tamed! (Also ix-nay on the ending-spay until I can make some room in the closet.)

Here are a few pattern pictures to get you thinking…

Come on over to Chronically Uncool to see the shoes, the fabrics, and the rest of the patterns. Most importantly, give me your two cents!

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