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After listening to the blog world flip out over this trouser pattern, I finally jumped on the bandwagon & made some for myself. You guys – they are TOTALLY deserving of all the fuss! Such a great, simple trouser pattern, with a nearly perfect fit out of the envelope. Consider me in love Mine are [...]

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I’ve actually made these before (Here’s the We Sew Retro link!), but I wanted them in a nice neutral khaki fabric. No changes to the pattern other than what I previously did for the red ones. This sewed up pretty quick! And I love my new shorts, so yay Psst – I also made the [...]

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Here’s another dress to add to my closet – a cute little minidress, in a pretty watercolor floral I used McCall’s 2185 from 1969, in the shorter length, and pulled another 1/2″ or so off the waist seams for a more fitted look. The hips, on the other hand, had to be let out to [...]

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The fabric for this dress is pretty hit-or-miss – both my mom & boyfriend HATE it, but I think it’s kinda cute! What do you think? The pattern is Simplicity 2458, a sweet little shirtwaist dress with sleeve & skirt options. I went with view 2, although I significantly shortened the sleeves & the skirt [...]

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I made this top out of a long silk skirt I picked up at the thrift store for $2. The pattern is Simplicity 4400 from 1958, and the embroidery is from the fantastic Flickr group Hoop Love Vintage Transfers. The top was a little billowy for my tastes, so I added vertical waist darts to [...]

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Happy first day of spring, y’all! Here’s my contribution – a daisy print sundress, made using Simplicity 8345 (can we consider 1996 “retro” yet? ACK I remember wearing this stuff the first time ’round… and I’m young!) It’s a very simple dress – princess seams, scalloped neckline, flared skirt. Right up my alley! I just [...]

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When I was putting together my Spring/Summer plan involving this dress, I mistakenly referred to it as the Leopard Wrap Dress. Except it’s cheetah print, and the dress is a mock wrap! MY BAD. Whatever, I like it anyway I used Simplicity 6268, which I believe is from the 70s (don’t have the envelope in [...]

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I’ve been working on this coat for what seems like FOREVER! I finished up the muslin in 2011, started sewing at the beginning of the year and had it ready in 3 weeks… then my self-covered buttons broke (dumb cheap kit!) so I had to get someone to make them for me which took another [...]

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i’ve been looking for a pair of trousers like this for a few months now, with no luck. after winning this pattern in a giveaway, i decided to just up & make my own i used vogue 2925, making them up with denim instead of the suggested suiting fabrics. there is minimal top stitching – [...]

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i’ve been hanging on to this pattern for about a year now, dying to make it up but a little apprehensive (bound buttonholes? eek!):i finally got up the nerve (& some lovely navy linen :3) to cut it out & sew it up. the bound buttonholes weren’t so bad – i ended up making 4 [...]

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