It’s been ages since I posted anything here, although I have sewing lots…this is a Julianna Sissons design created for Scarlett Canon when she was the darling of the London club scene in the 1980s. The pattern is available to download free from the V&A museum here and comes in a size 12. I think it’s only available until Feb 2014, so get it now while you can! I had to grade the pattern up to a 14. It’s made in a red jersey ponte and lined in tricot. While appearing relatively plain, the dress is backless and has three pleats on the left hand side. A truly iconic 80s dress.

More details at corecouture


Vogue 1137 reprint of vintage 1950 dress and coat.
I made only the coat and it’s fabulous – swingy and loose without the being frumpy or shapeless. 3/4 length kimono sleeves make it easy to sew too as there are no sleeves to insert and its loose style means there’s no fitting issues either.
I paired it with a 2012 Vogue pencil skirt for a late 1950, moving into 1960 look.


Vogue 1043 made in 100% cotton from Ikea but it was such a colourful and happy pattern that I thought it would look great as a summer dress. The pattern has a pleated mock wrap, fitted bodice paired with a half-circle skirt. During construction I lengthened the sleeves to elbow length instead of the tiny cap sleeves in the pattern. This meant cutting and fitting longer underarm gussets too – definitely the hardest thing in making this dress.the pattern of the fabric is large and directional so I had to treat it as if it had a nap and there was no way I was even going to try to match up the pattern, so I have a slightly uneven colour dispersion. By sheer happenstance all the colours are at the front of the dress – the back is positively plain by comparison. But there there exists a certain symmetry on each side: the flower at left shoulder is the same at the left hemline.The bodiceis surprisingly secure and comfortable with no gapping at all. The pattern called for a grosgrain waist stay inside the dress (that’s the vintage touch) but my middle aged tummy likes comfort so I opted for elastic and it works just as well.

There’s a lapped side zip and matching pull through belt and I don’t think it needs a flouncy petticoat, my hips do the job very well instead. More pics and details at


Vogue 2476 OOP

by sewruth on January 22, 2012 · 9 comments

in 1940s

I’ve been dipping in and out of wesewretro for ages and I’ve always admired the garments that contributors make and show. Well, I took the plunge and tried it myself. I bought the pattern on Etsy ages ago and never got round to making it so way back in November I made a start and finished it in mid January! An epic journey, though I have to admit to having sewn contemporary pieces inbetween. Anyway, the travelling is now over and I am so happy with the final outcome. What can I say – I love this suit. I love vintage styles. They are so much more feminine and cut to suit an hour glass like mine. The jacket and suit are comfortable, stylish, fit well and no-one has said “That’s old-fashioned” – what they’ve actually said is ” You made it?!” don’t know if it’s a question or an exclamation. I’ve got more pics and the actual journey documented over at, if you’re really interested in seeing the whole construction process – otherwise, just enjoy the finished article.

What I can say with absolute certainty is that I will be making more vintage patterns in the future. Thank you WESEWRETRO – I do!