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Can I start by saying I’m loving the new Sew Retro vintage sewing patterns board over at Pinterest?! Without it, this dress would never have existed… You see, I recently was cruising around on Pinterest & found this pattern on the Sew Retro board; And I thought that dress would be perfect to make & [...]

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I made this dress using Vintage Vogue Pattern V2962. I made quite a few alterations to the pattern, I took a bit of the fullness out of the halter neck & the skirt. I’m still thinking I should have taken a little more out of the halterneck as it’s a little puffy. I also added [...]

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I had an awards dinner to go to recently with a dress code of ‘black tie preferred’ so decided to make a new dress. I had some silver lace in my stash that I was really keen to use, so I decided to make a version of Vintage Vogue V8729. I thought the skirt might [...]

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For my birthday this year I decided to make a 50s/60s styled dress with full skirt. I also made a petticoat to go underneath. For more details, check out my blog, Orchids in May.

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I’ve had this fabric in my stash since August when I got it in Shenzhen. It’s a double sided cashmere & I’ve been wanting to use it to make a short coat since then, it’s just been a matter of finding the right pattern. In the end I settled on a Vintage Vogue V1137 (reprint). [...]

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This year the theme for Melbourne Malanka (Ukrainian New Years Eve Ball) was ‘Carnival’, like the circus or fun fair. Originally I was feeling flowy vibe for Malanka, I wanted something that would just drift across the room on the faintest of breezes. But then the theme for Malanka was announced & I also realised [...]

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Last night was Geelong Malanka, (a Ukrainian New Years Eve celebration). This Malanka party is fairly relaxed & so the dress code is more semi-formal, the girls tend to wear short party dresses & the boys in a nice shirt & tie or maybe a suit. This is the dress I wore, these pics were [...]

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I got married earlier this year in March. I decided to make my own wedding dress, it was something I’d always wanted to do (plus it meant I could have the dress of my dreams at a relatively low cost). My husband & I had our ceremony & reception at an old mansion in Melbourne, [...]

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My name is Steph & I’ve been looking around on Sew Retro for a while, so I thought I may as well contribute a few of my own projects. Whilst I make a bit of modern clothing, I often find myself drawn to designs from the 50′s & 60′s. I’m also very interested in some [...]

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