This robe was made using a pattern I drafted myself. However, I still think it has a place here because a shape like this, ankle length and flared, is something I see all the time in ladies’ ¬†and sewing magazines from the late 1940′s and 1950′s. And those can have any kind of sleeve, set-in, [...]


To be honest, I’m not entirely sure I should publish this here. Some vintage inspiration definitely went into making this jumpsuit but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a bit of a mish-mash of styles. The leg shape was inspired by some of the hobble dresses from the 1910′s. Because I wouldn’t much [...]


I think this must have been my last dress for this winter. We didn’t really have much of a winter here and it already felt like spring when I went outside to take these pictures. Oh well, I know I’ll still love this dress in December. As usual, I drafted my own pattern. The dress [...]

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I can’t believe how much time I spent on this sweater! At some point during knitting, I had good hopes of finishing it before Christmas… This is the second real garment I’ve made on my old knitting machine. Again, it’s based on a pattern from the 1950′s (1957, to be precise) and this one was [...]


I’ve just finished my first real machine knitted garment! I bought a second hand knitting machine last year, but only had it serviced last week. And now, it is working properly. The machine, a Brother 710, is vintage itself. It is at least 35 years old, and likely to be even older. Like from the [...]


It’s finally finished! I thought and drafted and muslined and sewed this dress over the past month. It’s inspired by the beautiful images in 1930′s sewing magazines and made from wool crepe and silk satin. The dress has raglan sleeves which form a yoke at the back. The lower back bodice is gathered to that [...]


For the past two years or so, I’ve been collecting vintage sewing- and fashion magazines. I love them for inspiration. Easiest to find (and cheapest) are ladies’ magazines. So, I’ve got several volumes of those (people would save these weekly magazines and have them bound per year). Not only do these magazines include knitting patterns [...]

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Earlier this month, I got pretty intrigued by a particular kind of early 1950′s dress design. The dress-with-flounce (click on the picture to go to my blog post about those). It made me decide to try and draft a dress like this. Pretty soon, I realized that this inspiration dress had to have a double [...]


I’m Lauriana and this is my first post here on We Sew Retro. I’ve been reading this blog for a while, admiring all the lovely creations. I wasn’t even really a lurker, I sometimes left comments Eventually, it dawned on me that I really should join this great group. It would probably be a good [...]