I’m still working on the crazy bodice from 4727, but I really, really, needed a successful sewing project, for the sake of my mental health.  Since I already knew that the skirt from 4727 fit, I went ahead and hauled out the black denim remnant and made the skirt-only version seen at left: This isn’t [...]


I am such a doofus: I just realized that the illustration at the top of the We Sew Retro page represents the decades 1910′s through 1970′s. Doh! That said, has anyone else here attempted the sundress version of Simplicity 4727 (1943)? What were your results? I spent my evenings last week altering it down to [...]


This isn’t my page (I don’t work for her, we’re not sorority sisters, etc.) but I found it when I was looking for something else and it’s so awesome I have to share.  I sew for dolls only occasionally, and I’m sort of burned out on seeing stuff for 18-inch “toddler-type” dolls (short, chubby, bodies), [...]


This just popped up on my Facebook feed.  I was a Girl Scout for about a week so I could go to camp with my cousin Mary, but my mother was a die-hard Scout for fifteen years.  My brother considers himself a third-generation Eagle Scout because Mom was a Curved Bar (highest rank at the [...]


I need some advice. This pattern only has five pieces, one of which is for the tie ends, one for the back, and another for the pockets, which means it really only has two pieces that matter: The front sides and center. However, the instructions were printed on the back of the envelope, which is in [...]


I really hate the buzzword “remix” but it seemed especially appropriate here. I don’t have to tell you exactly how old I am, but I’ll at least let on that I’m authentically Grunge Era.  Generation X.  Born between 1961 and 1981.  However you want to define it.  So I can wear this in good faith. [...]


Okay, not really.  I mean, it’s not actually made from a Civil War shirt pattern, but . . . well, it sort of looks like one.  You know what I mean. I have way too many patterns in general, but the two decades that make up the bulk of my collection are the 1940′s and [...]

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My life has been a whirlwind of calico scraps lately. I was flipping through eBay recently and saw a pattern that included this skirt, which is just freakin’ adorable.  However, the back of the pattern packet showed that it was just a tube with a flounce at the bottom and an elastic waistband at the [...]


OK, let’s see if I can explain this so it makes any kind of sense at all. I need some help finding images of 1920′s fabrics, especially everyday cottons.  I have some 1920′s dresses on my mind and I’d like to approximate the patterns as closely as I can, but most of the reproduction fabrics [...]


Can you guess? Chicken Dress! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. My New Year’s project was Simplicity 4102 (1942).  I bought the fabric for this three or four years ago and have been planning it and planning it but somehow never got around to sewing it.  I was upset about this for awhile but now I’m not [...]