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 week too. A most versatile pattern.

More on my blog.


Nora? Are you there?

by livebird on January 17, 2011 · 3 comments

in 1970s

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 my blog.


Best of three

by livebird on January 1, 2011 · 3 comments

in Vintage Sewing

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 ever not-too-heavy, not-too-light skirt from New Look 6557. The fabric is a vintage seersucker.

From the front it’s quite plain and simple, but the back is a bit more fun!

More on my blog! Happy new year, Sew Retroadsters all!


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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