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It would be wonderfully circular if someone committed to making every pattern from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing in the same manner that Gertie herself tackled Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing. I don’t think I’m the person to do that, but I did make up her Sweetheart Sundress pattern which turned out delightfully, [...]

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I’m back! I haven’t posted since we were on blogger. Katherine’s done some brilliant work migrating us all over here, hasn’t she? Bravo. Finally, now, you can aggregate posts by author. I just looked through all my posts (63! Yowsers!) and the comments and got all overcome with the loveliness of the (We) Sew Retro [...]

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I bought a new toy, a Singer 201K made in 1945, on a whim recently. It’s a beaut little machine and and I’m enjoying playing with it and learning its quirks. I had an idea as I was sewing on it – what if I made it my mission to find a pattern from 1945 [...]

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The 1950s were all class. The 1970s were all clash. Let’s throw ‘em together and see what happens: The pattern is Simplicity 4232 and the fabric is a startlingly loud printed corduroy. I love it to bits. And the two-era mashup will offend vintage pedants no end. Maybe their heads will explode. Tee hee. More [...]

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I wanted something purple, green and white for IWD to pay tribute to all those women who fought the good fight for us so that we could vote. Fancy that, not being allowed to vote? A Butterick 5032 frankenfrock was just the ticket. I noticed Tiger Feet put up a gorgeous sheath version just this [...]

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Nora, it’s all your doing!! Three whole years ago, Nora posted a dress here on Sew Retro that was so splendid I’ve been hunting for the pattern ever since. By chance I found it online and snapped it up, and now I’ve made it. And I love it. Thanks Nora! More pics and details on [...]

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I’m starting the shiny new year by finishing a new frock. This could establish a worrying trend of a new dress made every day. Sweatshops do it, why not me? It’s frankensteined from 3 New Look patterns. Sleeves from New Look 6728, bodice from New Look 6968 and skirt is the tried and true, best [...]

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Simplicity 7876 wrap skirt. I’m utterly delighted with the results. More details on my blog, Make it til you Fake It. Gotta go and make another one, now…

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Me and Headless Esme modelling my two most recent dresses. Neither of them particularly successful. Ever have a spate of mediocrity? Seems to be what I’m experiencing. More details at my blog, Make it til you Fake it.

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You pack of genius readers, you, can you help? I am making up Simplicity 3833 60s retro reissue for a friend and need to do a small bust adjustment. But, there are tricksy seams and modified French darts at the front and I’m a bit intimidated. (Link above has a tab for technical drawings.) I [...]

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