Kristin

I made a cape and so far it’s perfect and I love it! I used Vogue 6032 from 1963 and I used a charcoal wool with purple satin lining. It’s fairly warm, except for the no-sleeves bit so it’s perfect for the spring now that it’s starting to warm up. I had a bit of [...]

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I’m obsessed with The Hour, an incredible show set int the 1960s, and this is the first dress (hopefully of many!) that I’ll be recreating from the show. The inspiration: This is a heavyweight cotton fabric with a fun lace print. I used Bluegingerdoll’s Billie Jean pattern for the dress. It was originally an off-the-shoulder [...]

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I feel like I’ve been working on this swimsuit all summer and I’m so glad I’m finally done. (And a little sad I don’t have more time to wear it this season!) I wanted a retro bikini and I found that in Ohhh Lulu’s Ginger Bodysuit. I didn’t change anything to the pattern, and while [...]

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As part of the Show Off Your Skivvies Challenge, I made a pair of French knickers and a matching pajama top. I got both patterns from Vera Venus, but I mixed genres somewhat. The knickers are based on 1940s patterns and the top is from the 1930s. I love the patterns but I cut them [...]

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For the Great Gatsby challenge, I made a draped dress from a 1924 publication. The instructions were surprisingly easy, though it was challenging not having enough of my gorgeous silk chicken fabric. I also decided to also make a hat and a brooch to tie the whole look together. The hat is from Simplicity 1736, [...]

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I ventured out of my comfort zone for my first ever pencil skirt and first time using printed fabric for the Mad Men Challenge. I used McCall’s 6449, and it was nearly perfect. I was terribly nervous nothing was going to fit, but it fits me exactly. I did make a tiny inch extension in [...]

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I love Chuck’s style from Pushing Daisies. After narrowing her many gorgeous outfits down to the red lace dress, I decided to use vintage patterns Vogue 9810 for the top and Butterick B5708 for the skirt. I had a lot of issues making the top, but generally I’m pleased with it. This was my first [...]

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I’ve been debating whether to post this because this isn’t exactly retro, but it’s certainly retro inspired. I wanted to create a dress for the 1920s Jazz Lawn Party here in New York City. I certainly love the 1920s style, and I did a lot of research on costumes and ideas. But with a smaller [...]

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I decided to make a vintage dress because I have always loved vintage things, and dressing up in general, but I’ve never had much luck in finding (cheap) vintage items that looked great on me. So I decided to make one, and luckily it came together beautifully! I used Butterick pattern 5708 that I got [...]

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