Dresses | Modern Patterns

A Vintage Christmas Colette Macaron

By on December 12, 2011

So, I have another vintage dress in the works but grading up takes a while. In the meantime, I’ve made this winter version of Colette Pattern’s Macaron dress to wear on Christmas Day. The yoke is a plain polyester but the body is a vintage cotton twill found at a cool vintage fabric store off Brick Lane in London, called The Shop*.

For anyone who likes clambering through piles of old fabric in tiny little stores, I definitely reccomend a visit (ps. they get new deliveries every Thursday). This piece was about 3 yards long and very narrow (35in at most) and cost £6.50, so not as cheap as a charity shop score but still a good deal.

I really like the retro feel of this pattern so I also added some cute cuffs inspired by Adey’s version of vintage Simplicity 3074 on the Sew Weekly.

Image via etsty.com

They were so easy to do and now I want them on everything!


More details blogged here.

*Disclaimer: I’m in no way affiliated with this shop 🙂

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1960s | Dresses | Introduction

Sew-Grateful Challenge Dress: Simplicity 4908

By on December 6, 2011

Hi all,

This is my very first attempt at a vintage pattern and also obviously my first post on Sew Retro after lurking  here for a long time.

So first an introduction: My name is Alana and I’ve been blogging over at Lazy Stitching for almost a year and a half. I’m a new Londoner having moved here a few months ago from New Zealand which I’m really enjoying (although I’m still in denial about the winter temperatures here). I’m plus-sized which leaves me spending lots of my sewing time grading patterns upwards and figuring out full bust adjustments.

Which leads me to Simplicity 4908.

This 1960’s dress was for My Happy Sewing Place’s Sew Grateful challenge using a pattern I won in a giveaway from Sewing Through the Motions. The various angles of the bodice pieces meant that even after grading and an FBA it still wouldn’t align so I wound up fudging it using pieces from other patterns (more details here). Still I’m happy it all came together in the end.


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