Miss Virginia

So excited to post this! I was really inspired by pictures of swimsuits from the 40s and especially loved the two-piece ones with the halter tops and little skirts.

 Before I started work on this swimsuit I was terrified of sewing with stretch fabrics and even more intimidated by making an actual swimsuit but it all turned out well and I couldn’t be more pleased!

I didn’t use a pattern; just sort of winged it. Olivia’s swimsuit eBook was a big help with the basics of swimsuit sewing. The halter top is all rectangles and was built simply over one of my old bras. The skirt is a half-circle that I drafted and the undies were traced from a pair of my grandma’s swim shorts from the late 1950s.

The spandex came from Spandex World. I love the print and think it looks really vintage but I wasn’t pleased with their customer service.  I just couldn’t resist this fabric, though. I love the combination of vintage style and modern convenience/comfort.

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I made this 1950s princess line sundress from a vintage mail order pattern and decided accessories were in order. The addition of a bolero and belt makes it look more like late 1930s to me so I don’t know exactly what is going on here, but I really really like it. There is a little handbag too, which you can see on my blog. The bag and bolero were lined with scrap linen. Many more details here.

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Hello everyone! First post here on Sew Retro although I’ve been lurking a lot :) I love vintage and historical fashion and that’s most of what you’ll see on my blog.

I made this skirt last year; my friend lent me Simplicity 3775 (from 1951) and it sewed up quite well! Very easy and fun to do, one of those projects you just love doing :)

I got the navy fabric and the belt from the thrift store so this was a really cheap skirt to make; plus, being navy, it goes with a lot of my wardrobe and is a flattering design. You can read more about it here.

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