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I used retro Simplicity 2154 and Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing to create this classic outfit. I used a beautiful floral charmeuse for the bow blouse.  It has a side lapped zipper and a keyhole opening on the back neckline.  Gertie’s pencil skirt is made from a cotton sateen.  When I was assembling the [...]

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To recreate a shirt dress I’ve oogled on Pinterest I used McCall’s 2282 printed in 1970.  I used a Donna Karan cotton from Mood that is super soft and comfortable to wear.   This dress is perfect for the changing temps.  In the Fall I can wear it with a chunky scarf and boots and in [...]

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I’m so excited to be able to show you the new pattern by Christine Haynes, The Emery Dress.  This vintage inspired beauty paired very well with my retro floral cotton sateen from Mood.  I had been saving it for over a year for the perfect pattern and I believe I found it, don’t ya think? [...]

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Last summer I spotted the cutest vintage/retro cherry print swimsuit.  I held off on buying it because I didn’t want to spend the $90.  I’m so glad I did because I was able to make an almost exact copy using the Bombshell Swimsuit pattern by Closet Case Files. This pattern is just that, the bomb! [...]

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For Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge I used vintage Simplicity 8722.  My inspiration was a dress Megan wore in Season 5. I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out.  I used some type of cotton blend (it has a slight stretch) from Joann’s.  I decided to omit the sleeves.  My favorite detail of course [...]

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I used retro Simplicity 4044 pattern to create these 1940′s style pants.  The fabric is a wool suiting.  I absolutely adore the front pleats.  The construction was fairly simple with only 4 pieces and can be completed in a day.  If you love 40′s style I highly recommend this pattern.  The only alterations I made [...]

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I wanted to share Gertie’s Portrait Blouse from her book Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing.  I can’t stress enough how awesome this book is! Tons of vintage patterns and techniques. Run out and get it now!!     I found this fabric on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics and I’m really pleased with how it [...]

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I recently finished Colette’s Peony and I love the vintage vibe this dress has. I always love it when I put on a dress and my husband says. “Where you going to wear that?”  I say, “Work, why? Is it not work attire?” He says, “Well yeah, you just looked like you stepped out of [...]

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I finished up Colette’s Macaron and I used the cutest vintage print I wanted to share with you.  I found this kitty woven cotton on Etsy at PumpkinTruck’s shop.   For the bodice and skirt I used a lightweight blue corduroy I picked up at Joann’s Fabrics. Read all the details and see more pics [...]

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I completed the Sassy Librarian Blouse by Christine Haynes on Craftsy.com.  This was a fun blouse to make.  I chose the sleeveless version with the pintuck detailing and contrasting bow. The fabric I chose was a quilting cotton.  To go along with the vintage feel of the blouse I used some vintage buttons I got [...]

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