Modern Patterns

Bow Print Dress

By on March 14, 2012

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 the skirt is full and pleated.

I was trying to emulate the adorable Miss Zooey Deschanel, who has a look I think most of us must like. Modern, with a retro twist.

This dress was simple to make and I didn’t need to make any adjustments for fit. The inside is finished with french seams and the hem was catch-stitched by hand. If you’d like to see more photos and details hop on over to my blog Dapper Duds

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1950s | 1960s | 1970s

Vintage Pattern Finds

By on December 16, 2011

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 getting a few from earlier eras. I can’t wait to make these up. I have a question for you retro-sewist out there. What is the best way to store and handle these? I keep my patterns in a plastic storage bin under the bed. Is that proper for older patterns? The oldest is probably nearly 60 years old and I don’t want to damage it. Is it okay to cut them out or should I suck it up and trace them? If you’d like to see my plans for them head over to my blog Dapper Duds.

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The Yee-Haw Rodeo Shirt

By on December 9, 2011

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 pattern, magically, is his same size. YAY ME! I made a men’s size 40 with a 15 1/2″ neck. I used some soft orange plaid cotton flannel from Joann’s, white piping, and pearl snaps. The yoke, front bands and cuff are cut on the bias to add visual interest. I had a lot of “first”s with this shirt. First sleeve placket and cuff, first flat-felled seams, and first pearl snaps. More photos and info can be found on my blog.



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Butterick 6582, I’m in love

By on November 30, 2011

Hi there, my name is Cynthia. This is my fist post to sew retro as I’ve been sewing less than a year and this is my first time using a vintage pattern.  

I cut a size 12, and had to make a few adjustments to get the fit close to right (I made two muslins). I shortened the waist 1 1/4″ and the length by 2″ so that it would hit below my knee as opposed to mid-calf. I also ended up making the side seams a full inch to get this bad boy to hug my curves.The adjustment I’m most proud of was figuring out how to lower the back 6″ and re-drafting the back facing to fit. More photos and details can be found on my brand new blog Thank you all! Have a lovely day.

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