It’s been a  while since I’ve posted here, I keep forgetting you guys are over here on WordPress. Here’s a project I finished a couple of months ago…

Once winter began here in Australia, I became obsessed with finding the perfect shade of ‘winter green’. Sadly, most of our fabric stores seem to have pretty much left out this colour altogether.

While on my quest to find the my ideal winter green, I came across some winter-weight ponti de roma in a lovely shade of emerald green and quickly snapped up a couple of metres for a dress. I already had the perfect pattern in mind - Butterick 4379s.

Butterick 4379-S

I usually need to shorten my vintage patterns in the bodice by 1 inch, so the ‘shorter length’ wasn’t going to be a problem. I’ve been doing a lot of pin-easing of late and have become quite good at it; it’s a very time consuming technique but the finish it gives is totally worth the effort.



For a refreshing change, Butterick 4379-S lived up to its promise of being ‘quick & easy’ and the ponti de roma was lovely to sew. Overall, it was a fairly fuss-free dress and it’s so comfy and warm; I think it’s safe to say I’ve another successful addition to my winter wardrobe.

More pics & construction details on my blog.

- Tamara


It looks like Eileen and I could be the start of a come-back for the pinafore dress!

Hollywood 1632

While on my little shopping spree at Easter I picked up a funky, purple and grey plaid to make this adorable 1930s pinafore and have been dying to cut out it ever since. Originally, I’d only planned to make the pinafore, I’ve plenty of things to wear with it, but the blouse looked so simple I figured, why not? Famous last words. Of course there were a couple of small issues, the sleeves gave a trouble, but I worked around it and am really pleased with the result.

More details & pics on my blog.

- Tamara


Simply Stylish

by Tamara on April 26, 2012 · 2 comments

in 1950s

Since my last post here at Sew Retro, the weather in OZ has turned decidedly chilly, making it perfect for staying inside and sewing. It also means it’s time to get started on my winter wardrobe. I have a sewing wish lish, but first I was dying to make this 1950s skirt with stylish side pleat detail.

Butterick 6188

Butterick 6188


I’m gonna be warm this winter!!

More details on my blog

- Tamara


Before I post some pics of my most recent project, I’d like to send out a big ‘Thank You’ to Lladybird, a contributor here at We Sew Retro, for the inspiration.

Back in March, she posted a top she had made from a full length silk skirt and I thought to myself: what a great idea! I’m always on the hunt for interesting fabric so I decided to see what the op shop had to offer.  It was slim pickin’ I’m afraid, but as I was about to leave I spied this fairly ordinary looking top (dress?).


It’s made of a lovely, soft spun rayon and only cost me $1.50! There’s a seam below the bust and I figured once I unpicked it there’d be enough fabric in the bottom half to make a top of some sort. I didn’t really have anything specific in mind and this 1950s ‘one yard’ blouse from my pattern collection looked promising.

Simplicity 3169

I originally chose Style 1 with the faux button front and peter pan collar but found I didn’t quite have enough fabric so a little improvisation was in order. Here’s what I came up with…


More details on my lovely new outfit can be found on my blog.

- Tamara