Cynthia

I know everyone has been making the bombshell suit, and I’m no different. I made it a little different than most people have, by making viw C, the high waisted bikini. For the halter top, I used McCall’s 5400. These are both modern patterns, so this can easily be made by anyone. Even though this [...]

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This is made from a modern pattern, Simplicity 1873 (one of the Cynthia Rowley patterns). I feel that with the full pleated skirt and short puffed sleeves this has a very 1960′s silhouette. This is a great little pattern for lovers of a retro look. I added 3/4″ to the bodice. I accessorized with a vintage [...]

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I finished the bra top to my 1950′s playsuit. It turns out I was a little premature in posting the shorts, but I honestly didn’t think I would complete the. To recap this was made using Butterick 8197.  As drafted this gave me freakishly pointy Madonna boobs. I had to do a SBA and lower [...]

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I picked up this vintage 1950′s pattern at a local fabric shop and was so excited to have something so old to work with. This was uncut and still in its factory folds when I got my grubby hands all over it. Like a good girl, I traced my pieces and then carefully folded them [...]

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I made another version of McCall’s 6383 for my husband. This is a groovy pattern from the 70′s I’ve made once before. I used a dark chambray for the the body and a colorful plaid for the under-collar, collar stand, and the inside of the pocket flap. The only pattern changes I made were to [...]

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  I’ve been wanting to make a nautical Ceylon by Colette Patterns for a while now. My inspirations were the little sailor play suits worn during WWII. I finished this in honor of Portland’s Fleet Week. I only made some minor changes to the pattern (raising the armscye, lowering the sleeve cap, and widening the [...]

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I just finished a second version of Simplicity 2444. I think the combination of the bright fabric and 1960′s shape, gives it a mid-1960′s feel. It’s Megan meets Betty Draper. I fully lined this dress and completed every stitch by machine (Yeah! no hand sewing). I love this versatile pattern  More photos and info can [...]

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So this isn’t a vintage pattern (I hope I don’t offend with my post), but made with Simplicity 2444. I think it has a definite vintage vibe and would be good for anyone who might not have access to vintage patterns to still get the *look* they want. The bodice features very striking angled darts, and [...]

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I almost died today when I chanced upon a basket of  vintage patterns at the snooty fabric shop I dislike. They were all marked $2 and I showed a lot of restraint by only purchasing 8 of them. I’m starting to develop a little collection. Most of my patterns are from the 70′s, but I’m [...]

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The Christmas season is upon us and I was inspired to make this shirt for my husband (especially since I never got around to making one for his birthday). He’s always loved western shirts and I was pretty stoked when I found this legit pattern from 1978 at a yard sale. It’s McCall’s 6383. The [...]

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