I finished both of these a while ago, but it took me ages to take the photos! I used Simplicity 4491. I can’t recommend this pattern enough! It’s such a nice basic style, goes together fairly quickly and is so flattering. Close up of the cherry blossom pattern, and hand-made belt (with vintage bakelite buckle). I [...]


Does anyone own this pattern? I took mine out today to start a muslin, and I’m missing the back bodice piece! I tried to substitute from another pattern, but the collar attaches in a unique way and after an afternoon of fussing with it, I’ve gotten nowhere. I’m hoping someone can maybe take a photo [...]


Finally got around to registering for the new site! My name is Barbara and I blog about sewing and other odds and ends over on MoxieTonic. I adore vintage clothes, but unfortunately just like modern ready to wear, I have a terrible time finding garments that fit my apparently strange shape. So I sew my [...]


I hate to use Sew Retro as an advertising platform for my blog – many apologies, but I’m having a give away! Vintage sewing booklets no less, so it sort of applies.Just swing by Moxie Tonic before next Friday (Sept. 10) and tell me who your fashion influences are. Singer Student’s Manual of Machine Sewing [...]


More a re-introduction actually, but it’s been so long since I posted on Sew Retro I may as well be a newbie!My Mom taught me to sew when I was a kid, and I’ve been really seriously sewing for myself for about ten years now. Nevertheless, I still feel like a beginner most of the [...]

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I have oodles of vintage patterns for this style of skirt, but they are all just big squares of tissue paper so I opted just to make up my own pattern. I cut out three panels of fabric, stitched up the seams, and gathered the waist. Easy and fast and oh so cute!   MoxieTonic


I’ve been working on this dress for what feels like ages! I really didn’t expect it to be such a struggle; apparently the planets were aligned against me on this one. I had to ditch my vintage shirtwaist pattern due to some insurmountable fitting issues, but I was able to use it as a jumping off point for altering [...]


My no more buts project turned out to be finally starting my own sewing blog (and knitting and whatever else comes along).  My mom taught me the basics so I have been sewing since I was a kid. But I never really started honing my craft until recently. For the longest time I was content [...]