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Hey everyone! Hope y’all are enjoying the summer (or the coming fall for our Aussie buds). Pretty exciting news…. I recently released the pattern for the vintage style swimsuit I last posted here. I’ve been working on it all spring and I’m soooooo excited about it. The Bombshell is modeled on a classic 1950′s silhouette, [...]

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I posted this one piece swimsuit a little over a month ago. I had worked out a pattern for the 50′s style pinup suit with ruching along the sides and back hems. For my second shot at swimwear, I wanted to make a high-waisted bikini. I used a super luxurious Italian matte tricot designed for [...]

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Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying your summers. I have long subscribed to the idea that a 50′s style swimsuit (one piece, low cut bottom) is the most flattering swimsuit ever created. I set out to recreate a$500 retro Norma Kamali suit using a vintage 80′s pattern and  A LOT of pattern modification. I used [...]

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This dress was made from a re-released vintage Butterick pattern (#5605). I used a white and kelly green stripe cotton and wanted to play with the placement of the stripes. I made a chevron at the bust, placed stripes horizontally on the side gussets and tried to run the stripes vertically on the circle skirt, [...]

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This dress has been percolating for a while, ever since I admired this project on Burdastyle. I love 50′s dresses but making one with such an unexpected print felt much more modern and wearable for me.I used a mix of two rather psychedelic African wax prints. Both have a fuchsia batik background but with large [...]

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I am not shy about declaring my love for 70′s patterns. It can be a little hit and miss but for every leisure suit there is a dress like this. I snapped this pattern (Simplicity 6979) and fabric up from a big Craigslist score a few months back.   While visiting NYC I found a [...]

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Hey everyone! Hope you are enjoying your weekends. This is my last completed project: a 60′s tent dress made from Simplicity 7203. My friend gave me a stack of vintage patterns she didn’t know what to do with and this was one of them. I had also just brought home an amazing fabric score from [...]

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So excited to be posting for the first time on Sew Retro! For my second ever dress I used this Simplicity 7245 pattern. Super easy (even for a sewing rookie like me) and inexpensive since I got the fabric for $5/yd. I shortened it quite a bit and tried to take it down on the [...]

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