60’s playdress

By on July 4, 2011

I just finished making a late-60’s playdress with tunic, shorts, and some super-wide pants to wear as a coverup.  I’m going to be wearing this to a retro pool party later this month.  This is my first foray into 60’s clothing, and I must say, I am quite hooked!  It was easy and fun to make, and I am so in love with the crazy prints of this era. If you’d like, you can read more about it on my blog, Festive Attyre. Thanks! 🙂


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1970’s wrap skirt

By on March 17, 2011

1977 - Simplicity 8112A great locally owned fabric store called Fabrique has hosted a remnant challenge here in Dallas for the last 2 years.  This year, I made a mock wrap skirt for their contest using one of my vintage patterns from 1977.  I made my skirt out of ultrasuede and decorated it with a cutwork design inspired by Mexican papel picado banners.  I think the simple shape of the skirt worked really well for showing off the design.

If you’d like to read more about it, check out my blog, Festive Attyre.  Thanks!  🙂

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1958 dirndl skirt

By on December 28, 2009

I was having one of those “I have nothing cute to wear” days today, so I decided to make a new skirt to go with a sweater that I got for Christmas.  I dug out this 1958 Simplicity playsuit pattern and some vintage plaid that I bought at an estate sale, and a few hours later… ta-da!  I have cute skirtage!  Woohoo!

This was by far one of the easiest garments that I have ever made.  There isn’t even a zipper or hooks – just one button and the opening is cleverly hidden in the pleats.  I usually don’t wear skirts that are this full, but this thing was so fast and stress-free to make that I’m a complete dirndl convert now!

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introduction and a party dress!

By on November 27, 2009

Hi everybody! I’ve been lurking on sewretro for a few months now, and I have been SO inspired by all the fabulous things that you guys are making! This is the first vintage outfit that I’ve sewn for myself, and I’m pretty happy with the way everything turned out. It was from a 1949 Vogue pattern and I used some kooky novelty print fabric featuring stylized gladiators(?!?!) and old bakelite buttons. 

You can read more about it at my new blog, Festive Attyre. I can’t wait to start the next dress!

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