This is dress number 3 from this pattern.   This time in black satin. I love this dress !!! Seen here in all its glory at the afterparty for the red carpet night opening of Hairspray the musical. But it was not all plain sailing this time, did have a drama with a crapola invisible zip [...]

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Thanks so much with all your assistance in helping me overcome the hemming issues. Finished the dress.   Went to the party.   More on my blog. I love Sew Retro!   Thanks for being here. lorex


I don’t have any of those funky gadgets that help when you’re trying to do it solo. Its a frustrating process of trying on the frock, working out where it needs to come up, taking it off, hanging it up and trimming, trying it on again.   Its excruciating I tell you. This pic was [...]


I cut out the toile in size 10.  According to the pattern envelope I should be a size 14 with my measurements. No immediate fitting dramas with this one.  I should get more 1957 reissues – they built them for my shape! For more information and a couple of extra photos you can visit me [...]


And presented to you prior to the wash – so please ignore the blue chalk marks that litter the garment.  Thanks to everyone in this wonderful community for your assistance in the fitting. I am wearing a crinoline under the skirt to give it a bit of volume.  Its not very ‘foofy’, I may boost [...]


Front skirt seam needs to come in about an inch. Waist stay and buttons still to go, not to mention hemming. But coming along nicely. And a lesson learned when you mark the pleats on this dress, do it on the right side of the fabric.   I marked on the wrong side and sewed them [...]


Thanks to all those fantastic people that left messages and drawings.  I knew you’d be able to help me! I shortened the waist by half an inch and put a dart in the back piece like so (I traced my pattern piece onto thick interfacing – its so easy to make alterations to!) and then [...]


Hi all I’m currently working on the gorgeous vogue 2960. and I wonder if I could have your valuable assistance with bodice fitting issues. The front is nice although the shoulders slip off – wondering if probably just some bra-keeping device will solve this issue.   So not too concerned here.  Do you think it could [...]


Cute full dirndl skirt. blogged here lorex

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Ok, only retro styling, not retro proper… but still cute ? more here Lorex