1950s | 1970s

What are YOU wearing to the Fifties Fair?

By on August 26, 2010

Remember the loud frock made from 1970s curtains? Here’s another version. I made the collar taller and squarer for a more 50s shape and found a great yellow and grey polka dot voile for more era-appropriateness. But it’s still a 1970s pattern. I hope someone spots the 1970s shape of the sleeve caps and has conniptions.
My only regret is the underlining isn’t a bit heavier weight. I do feel particularly cunning for putting the buttons over the grey dots. Perfect match.
So, what are YOU wearing to the Fifties Fair? Or, what WOULD you wear if you were going?

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Vintage Sewing

It’s curtains for you

By on August 19, 2010

A friend of mine was de-stashing and she gave me mountains of old curtains in a splendid 1970s floral. So I made a shirtdress from 1967 pattern Style 1542 and I reckon it’s a corker! The heavier-weight cotton twill and awesome 3/4 circle skirt is fantastically swingy. Hooray for benevolent friends!
I think I’m going to cheat and make it up again in a 1950s fabric, soften the collar a little, and wear it to the Fifties Fair. You think I’ll get away with it? Or will I be set upon by militant vintage types?

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Vintage Sewing

Post-it dress missed the post

By on May 2, 2010

I worked like a demon to finish this one for the Pattern Review Vintage Pattern Challenge and went to upload it… only to find that a contest closing on 1 May ACTUALLY means it closes on 30 April. Bummer. Anyhoo, here it is, the Post-it Dress, named so because it’s exactly that yellow colour.

More details about alterations and construction on my blog here and here and on Pattern Review.

Go vote for a Sew Retro member, there are a few of ’em in the contest and they’ve made some corkers!

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