1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My Sewing For Victory 40’s Challenge Dress

By on April 2, 2013

Hello dear Sew Retro readers,

Believe it or not, I too made a 40’s dress. Although sew-along planned for a while, the dress and opening a flickr account was executed the last minute, but boy, am I glad I made it.. ! I took this project very seriously and that means- applying the same limitations a 40’s seamstress would have to. I had a limited amount of fabric- had to alter the pattern to suit that, limited matching thread- saved it only for the outside seams, and used only vintage techniques while sewing. No serger, invisible zipper or hem foot, not even a fusible interfacing. What can I say- limitations work great for me! It’s like trying to cook something from whatever is in the kitchen, you always surprise yourself.






I wrote a post about the dress yesterday, and then sent the link to my mom dedicating the post to Grandma. She reminded me that 1 of April was Grandma’s birthday.. Can you believe it? I spent the whole time sewing thinking of her and then talked about her in the post.. Amazing.. Anyway- read about my inspiration here and the post itself (with lots of detail photos) here.

It was my first challenge finished on time (not on time for the giveaway, but it’s ok:). I had fun! I have my appetite for the 40’s patterns back, yay..! So hopefully more of these to come:)

All the best,




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1950s | Vintage Sewing

The Red Wiggle Dress – From Gertie’s Book For Better Sewing

By on December 19, 2012

Hello everyone! My name is Milena, and this is my first post.. I’m very exited and sooo happy to meet you all..! Been meaning to introduce myself for a while now, but wanted to wait for something special.. I think this is it..:)

Gertie (aka Gretchen Hirsch from The Blog For Better Sewing) unknowingly played a big role in my getting more serious into sewing and “out of the closet” blog-wise process. I adore her, love her blog and now the book too, so it’s only natural  that my first We Sew Retro post will be dedicated to one of her patterns.

Here is my first version of the Wiggle Dress from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing. I made this version to wear at our friend’s wedding in Paris, so it was upgraded into a  Joan Holloway number (in other words I changed the neckline into a portrait one).

You are welcome to my blog  for the full pattern review, more pictures and some of my thoughts on Gretchen’s  book.



Nice meeting you! Hope we’ll get to know each other better now.

Have a lovely sewing time, and .. don’t forget to Vogue!

yours dearly,

Milena (Milenushka) from The Home Blues.

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