Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Ooh La La Pin Up Sew Along. We finished Part 1!

By on March 14, 2012

We’ve finished the first part of our Ooh La La Pin Up Sew Along.  For those of you who haven’t heard about our sew along, Anna from a Few Threads Loose and Mrs Depew Vintage and I (Ohhh Lulu) teamed up in February to host a co-sew along.  We have just finished our interpretations of a vintage Corset Garter Belt pattern.

This was our starting point – a PDF version of a French Corset Pattern:

Here are Anna’s and my interpretation of the pattern. It was pretty fun offering different ways to sew and embellish the same garment.

We are continuing on with our Sew Along over the next few weeks with a vintage bra pattern in a short and longline style to coordinate with our corsets.  We’ve got lots of people still sewing along, so there’s always time to join in!


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1930s | Lingerie | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

1930’s Inspired Bra

By on February 29, 2012

I was so inspired by this 1930’s strapless bra from the Victoria & Albert museum that I decided I needed to make something similar, but with straps.

This is what I came up with. It has similar lines to the 1930’s era bra, but is less structured.  It is fully lined, but does not have any boning or wires.  I might add stitching lines like on the cups of the 1930’s era version.

I used plush back elastic around the band to make it more comfortable, and a modern bra back closure on the back.  It is a very comfortable bra, one of my favourites!  I absolutely love the seam lines of this bra, it contours so naturally!

I have more info about this bra, and a few other pieces I am working on over on my Blog! Thanks for looking 🙂

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1800s | 1910s

“Antique” Work-in-progress

By on December 6, 2011

My husbands grandmother passed away a couple of months ago.  Her house was a treasure trove of antiques.  My mother in law bundled up a bunch of beautiful old table runners, doilies, linens, hankies and fabric for me (I blogged about them here – I love vintage textiles), and this was in amongst all of them. It is the oldest unfinished “work-in-progress” I own! The lace down the right hand side is not attached and the neck is open (it is pinned in the picture). I am curious about the age of it.  I am not sure whether it is more Edwardian or Victorian in shape or sure whether this would have been left as a separate collar or sewn onto a garment.

The black silk is in excellent condition – in much better shape that an Edwardian blouse I have in my collection.  It is very stiffly faced and has the most delicate velvet ribbon around the neck. I would love to finish it, but I want to make sure I finish it how it would have been finished!

If anyone has any insight as to the period and how it would be worn or finished, I would love to hear it 🙂  There some photos of my other Edwardian Era finds on my blog, if you are interested.  Thanks a lot for your help!



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Vintage Sewing

Singer Model 20 Sewing Machine

By on November 13, 2011

I recently received a Singer Model 20 from my Husband’s Grandmother… I spent a little time oiling and cleaning it this afternoon and got it up and stitching again.

The Singer Model 20 was a childs “toy” machine, but it does a remarkably lovely stitch.  I have experience sewing on a variety of household machines, as well as industrial equipment… I have not used a sewing machine that does not use a bobbin – like this one!

I am absolutely obsessed with this little machine! I thought, who else to share it with than the people of Sew Retro? 🙂 I have a short video of the sewing machine in action over on my blog.

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Vintage Sewing Supplies

By on October 23, 2011




Does anyone else collect vintage sewing supplies along with their vintage patterns? I thought I’d share with you this wonderful old thread rack I was given, complete with dozens of wooden spooled thread, even some 100% Linen Thread.  I also recently came across a small tin Sewing Machine Accessories Box in robins egg blue.  It’s a little rusty but I love it all the same.




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