Vintage Sewing

Strawberry retro sheath dress

By on June 19, 2013

This dress was actually a wearable muslin but I am glad I used a cute fabric as it fitted well. It is always a gamble using a decent fabric when making a wearable muslin but if it does fit and I hate the fabric it would be a shame too! When I first saw the retro sheath dress pattern posted on Burdastyle I knew I had to make it at some point, luckily the opportunity arose when I was searching for patterns that would work for a design hack I had in mind. This pattern is supposedly 60’s inspired but it feels much more 1940’s to me. I posted a tutorial for this dress and can’t wait to wear it all summer!

 

 

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Vintage Sewing

Gingham Playsuit

By on May 30, 2013

 

Hello, first time poster here but long time lover of retro. I mainly get my inspiration from movies and television costumes, and Allie Hamilton in the Notebook is one of my all time faves for style. I wanted to recycle a tablecloth that I no longer needed and a playsuit was the perfect amount of fabric. Plus who doesn’t need a playsuit in their wardrobe?! I had this particular style from “The Notebook”  in mind:

So I got to work copying the pattern of a pair of shorts I already owned, replacing the zip with a covered elastic waistband for comfort. Paired with the free Burdastyle bandeau pattern (I added halter neck ties) I came up with my own playsuit, quick to sew and very comfy! See more about it on my blog and here is a shot of me practicing my pin up pose!

 

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