1940s

Butterick B5209 in Bare Nopal Gloom

By on August 12, 2016

Hi everyone! It’s been a loooooong time since I have posted on here.

I’ve recently started using way more commercial patterns instead of making my own like I used to when I more-frequently posted on here, but I wanted to show off my recent Butterick project! This is B5209 which is a reproduction pattern from 1947. I made it in an Art Gallery fabric, designed by Leah Duncan. It’s a very lightweight voile and was absolutely perfect for this dress!

I also usually do more 60s retro, but I couldn’t pass up making this one!

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1960s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Scallop Flutter Dress

By on July 16, 2014

Hi all – I’m back!

It’s been both a busy and rough year for me so far, however now I’m back to creating on a much more regular basis.

This is my newest self-drafted retro-inspired piece. I’m totally in love with the print! I also integrated sort of a cap sleeve/capelet feel into the yoke by doing a drop shoulder technique with the patternmaking part.

I was also really excited that the Ford Galaxie was there in my neighborhood. Someone who lives there must own it since it’s always parked on the same street.

As always, you can see more detail photos on the blog. I don’t want to be a hog and take up too much room! <3

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1960s | Hats

Tanith Dress and Hat

By on April 21, 2014

Hi all – sorry I’ve been missing for a while!

I wanted to share some super-fun photos of a very mod arrow dress I designed and made recently as well as a hat my friend Tanith made! She’s doing a whole style series based on decades of fashion and she picked me as her 60s girl! Hope you enjoy her series as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1960s | 1970s | Pattern Drafting

Peter Max-ish Fabric Top

By on January 5, 2014

Hey all!

I just finished making this top which what I assume is some late 60s fabric. It has a Peter Max-ish feel to the illustration and the selvedge edge was printed with “Rosewood Fabrics Inc”. I bought it when a vintage store in Wicker Park was going out of business back in the spring and it was worth every penny as it is soooo soft!

I used patterns I had made last April for the Judy dress which was my 1st post on We Sew Retro. The dress has a tent/trapeze shape and thisis just shortened for a slight over-sized look.

I also have a few tips on sewing the placket perfectly as I did on this top (collar stand on the other hand was a very slight struggle, but I got it now). I think I’ll be making many more tops with a placket! It’s a nice little detail.

 

 

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1960s | 1970s | Pattern Drafting

Colorwheel Skirt

By on December 22, 2013

I haven’t posted in a bit because well…. after a really busy sewing-summer I have been taking a short break!

I’m a huge fan of the 60s/70s and that’s mostly the type of retro I sew, so while trying to do some stash-busting, I came up with the idea of an 8-panel circle skirt in -you guessed it- rainbow colors! I had all this fabric in my stash already, just waiting to be made into something.

This was a really easy pattern to make and sew, but I did have to fuss with the circular hem for a bit longer than I wanted to. The top is from a thrift store which I edited for my size. I couldn’t pass up a print like that!

 

I don’t want to hog up a lot of room on here with my post, but you can always head on over to my blog to see more of the skirt!

Thanks!

 

 

 

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1960s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting

Scalloped Yoke Dress with Square Pockets

By on September 24, 2013

Hi everyone!

I just finished working on this 60’s-reminiscent scallop yoke dress. I made all the patterns for it and this is my wearable muslin of it. It’s pretty close, but I want to make the side bust dart just a classic princess dart for added fit. This dress is not unlike a 60s dress by designer Andre Courreges.

Dress by Courreges.

 Some of my self-made patterns!

 

As always, you can see more of this dress/photos as well as my comments about the designing and sewing of this dress on my blog.

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