Sort of Retro-ish?

by Simoree on October 22, 2013 · 2 comments

in Vintage Sewing

I finally finished my first vintagey dress, although I’m not really sure how I feel about it. The fabric I used had been packed away for a number of years by a friend-of-a-friend’s grandmother, and was given to me since no one in the family sewed. I’m not sure what type of fabric it is, but it’s really thin but pretty. I used a Sew Simple pattern (A2004) and the result? Eh. It reminds me of an old lady’s nightie, unless you wear a belt.

Rather frumpish, really...

Here’s a close-up of the fabric. I was pinning the bias tape to it, thus the large amount of pins.

Pinaholic, apparently...

The dress as a whole is sort of cute with a belt and cardi, but I’d definitely use a different material AND make it a size smaller. Next on my plate- for myself, anyways- is the very popular Butterick B4790 wrap dress. With dinosaurs.


Vintage Patterns!

by Simoree on October 15, 2012 · 5 comments

in Vintage Sewing

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but it hasn’t stopped me from lurking :) I have finally broken down and taken a sewing class with my mother-in-law (we made a pillowcase) as well as signing up for the next class (we get to make aprons!). She and I have also started investing in patterns that we will be sharing. We found some fantastic vintage patterns- one I bought is a fantastic Anne Adams pattern for a sleeveless jacket or shirtdress that still has the mailing envelope, postmarked 6.22.64, costing a whole 2 1/2-cents to mail :)

My question is this- this patter is marked a size-13 and is terribly small. I, on the other hand, am about a 16-18 and not-so-small. What would be the best way to resize this to fit? I absolutely love it, even though I’m usually more drawn to the 1940s stylings, and would to have this wear in the spring.



Sewing Newbie

by Simoree on November 21, 2011 · 3 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Hi all! My name is Simoree (most people call me Smee) and I’m relatively new to sewing. I was gifted a simple little Brother XL-5340 that I named Lynette, and so far together we’ve made a few simple costumes (Arthur and Patsy from Monty Python for my girl and I last year is my favourite so far).  As a WWII history nerd, I’m drawn the styles of the late 30s-early 40s with a little 50s and 60s thrown in. I’ve lurked here for a long time but have never felt qualified to really post anything, as I am mainly a knitter and am looking to get into more sewing projects as a way to preserve my wrists.

I’m looking forward to getting into my grandmother’s stash and seeing what she has collected over the years. Already she’s given me a few Christmas decorating and craft books from the 70s, and I’m sure there are some from before that hidden somewhere. I am also looking forward to getting to know everyone here and possibly picking your brains for helpful hints and tricks to become better with sewing.