Tamara

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 [...]

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

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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.   [...]

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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! [...]

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Although summer is officially over here in Australia, we’re still having lovely weather. With any luck I’ll get another chance to wear the Blue Fans dress before the sun disappears.    The front shows off the fan print beautifully, but the back is where it’s at…   I can’t tell you how much I love [...]

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Greetings! My first post on the new site is my most recently completed project: a 1940s Mail Order pattern. It was very simple to put together, I only really glanced at the instructions and it was finished in a weekend. It did take me a bit to figure out the bodice piece though – it’s only one piece [...]

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Earlier this year I saw a BBC documentary film called ‘Spitfire Women’. I had no inkling these women even existed and was quite enamoured with their story. One comment from the documentary really stuck with me: The Spitfire was a plane you wore, a real lady’s plane. My aim was to find a garment which embodied this [...]

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It’s done!! I started sewing Butterick B5281 for a dance I was going to last October, didn’t get it done in time and went with plan B. I recently picked it up again, for another dance I didn’t get to (long story) and with the help of some the lovely people here at Sew Retro, it [...]

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I am currently trying to finish this dress, Butterick B5281, and am really struggling with the neckline.  I’ve read the instructions several times and I still can’t make sense of how the neckline should sit. Version A appears to be on an angle but Version B (short sleeves) looks to be straight. The line drawings on [...]

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Hi! My name is Tamara and I’m a long time lurker, first time poster. I have an ever-expanding vintage pattern collection and my favourite eras to sew from are the 30s & 40s because the styles suit me to a tea.   Simplicity 3162, aka The Nemesis, was a very early addition to my pattern collection and, as much [...]

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