1960s | 1970s | Blouses

A vintage blouse

By on January 12, 2014


This post is about a muslin I have made for a vintage blouse.  The pattern came from ebay. And I think the ladies look rather stylish, don’t you?!

I’ve made my muslin from a rather thin old sheet, as I wanted to test the fit and style before cutting into good fabric.

I think the sleeves are rather snazzy – a real statement.  They remind me of the Tilly and the Buttons Matilde blouse that is everwhere in the sewing blogosphere (can’t see how to do a link on here, but it’s easy to find).

The exposed zip is another key feature that I feel marks the make out as retro.  I really like it (it’s only my second zip so I’m rather proud of it).

It’s rather snug; I’m thinking if I do make this in good fabric I will maybe add a bit of width on either side.  Would you continue on to make the finished item?

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My 1960s dress

By on December 1, 2013
Economy design

This is economy Design E233.   I found it in my Nan’s  stash.

Economy design
Economy design

I thought the picture sheet was lovely and I decided on design A.  I had all the pieces but no instructions!  I used a plain cotton drill in purple.  I’d have loved to use a wool crepe but I was worried I’d mess it up without those instructions.

I added the braid  to the neckline and hem.

I thought this made the dress look more 60s. I like the dress and it’s fun. If I were to make it again, I’d shorten the bust darts as they are too long

This was my first vintage pattern and I really enjoyed sewing it.   I’m looking forward to my next vintage make.

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Vintage Sewing

A hello and a vintage patterned skirt

By on November 26, 2013
Vintage curtain fabric

Hello retro stitchers, this is my first post on here.  I have been a reader of “we sew retro” for a while, and now I want to share one of my makes which I hope you’ll like.


Vintage curtain fabric
Vintage curtain fabric

The fabric for this skirt used to be my Mum’s curtains in a previous life!  She says she had them up in the early seventies.  And the print is fab – really bold and autumnal.

A-line skirt
The curtain skirt

I love this skirt. It has an elasticated waist, and an easy A-line shape.  But the thing I love best about it has to be the fabric.  Whenever I wear it (and that is a lot) I get a real kick from knowing I won’t see anyone else wearing the same thing. I guess that is the joy with vintage finds.

vintage a-line skirt

I can’t imagine what my Mum’s living room looked like with this print covering the bay windows.  It must have been very busy, but its perfect for my skirt. The other good thing about using curtain fabric for clothing in the winter is that it’s nice and thick and warm. Perfect for the cold snap we are having.

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