Shirred Skirt Fabulousness from the 1949 Sears Catalog In between muslining my Sencha blouse, schmoozing over falafel with the fabulous Bloggers and Blogettes (more on this later!), fighting off a nasty cold and decluttering the apartment for Cartoonist Baby, I’ve been working out the pattern-free pattern for my reversible shirred-waist full skirt: This skirt is [...]


Today is officially Muslin Monday, and here’s the first one of the day–a maternity modification to Colette Patterns famous vintage-style cap-sleeve Sencha blouse. Gertie recently described some different ways to play with a basic button-back blouse pattern like this one, and I’m so far planning to do the following: Scoop out the neckline (high necks [...]


What was I thinking? Last night I sat down to wash the fabric and tape together the skirt pattern for my mini-wardrobe contest entry–it’s an elastic-shirred waist circle skirt in a purple lawn print, which I planned to make reversible by lining with a black dotted swiss cotton lawn. Here are the flats and planned [...]


(Click image to enlarge to much bigger and more readable full size). As I mentioned before on my own blog, I’m super excited about PatternReview.com’s Spring Mini-Wardrobe contest. None of these patterns are technically vintage, but the wardrobe has many vintage-inspired elements–the dress is from Colette Patterns, the top is B&W polka-dot, the skirt is [...]

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The Pattern:Vintage (1978) McCall’s 5921 “Carefree” Maternity Dress in Orange Floral Silk Twill. It’s done and I (mostly) love it, but there was NOTHING carefree about the weeks of blood, sweat and tears I poured into this dress. As I detailed earlier this week on my blog, I’m not sure what possessed me to attempt [...]


Greetings, Sew Retro readers! Mikhaela here. I’m a cartoonist and graphic designer with delusions of making as many of my own clothes as possible and an irrational attraction to bright colors, bold prints, stripes, polka dots, spirals, peplums, sweetheart necklines and sewing projects far out of my skill set. I’ve recently gotten back into sewing [...]