tanya maile

Hello!  I just finished this dress the other day for the Fall for Cotton challenge.  It is a vintage reproduction pattern from 1954 (Vintage Vogue 2960). I made this dress out of cotton seersucker and lined the bodice with swiss cotton dot.  I made a self fabric belt with a vintage pearl-ish buckle from my [...]

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This year I finally made up my mind to create a historically correct 1920′s outfit for the Art Deco Society of California’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon in Oakland, California.  This Art Deco picnic was held at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate and the attire is daywear from 1920-1940 (the Art Dcco period of course!).  It is [...]

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Hello fellow vintage sewists! Just stopping by to share my latest creation using Retro Butterick 5748, a pattern reissue from 1960. I made this out of tangerine cotton eyelet shirting that has butterfly print border and ivory floral eyelet.  My tangerine eyelet was in a Fabric Mart bundle, so I was working with limited yardage [...]

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Hello fellow vintage sewists! This is one of my latest retro creations made using Retro Butterick 5748.  I wanted something quick and easy to make and this fitted the bill.  I also had this lovely blue and white cotton lawn in my stash and it worked quite well to make this dress.  I lined it [...]

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Hello fellow vintage sewists! This dress is probably one of my favorites that I’ve made for myself. This dress is a 1946 reproduction Retro Butterick 5281.  The fabric I used is Anna Sui “Owl Eyes” Rayon/Cotton Challis.  I’ve never sewn with challis before and found it to be a pretty easy sew fabric.  After prewashing [...]

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Hello fellow vintage sewing enthusiasts! It’s spring and I am ready for warm weather!  I just completed this red polka dot sundress that I definitely will be wearing all summer long (and spring, if it stays warm!). This is made out of stretch cotton broadcloth and is made using Vogue 8812, a Vintage Vogue design [...]

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I’ve just finished my first sewing challenge — Lucky Lucille’s “Sew for Victory” challenge! Lucky me, I already had the pattern (Vintage Vogue 8811) and the fabric and the intention of making this dress for myself anyway.  I previously made this dress for a client and thought it would be cute to make for ME [...]

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Hello my fellow vintage sewing enthusiasts! Have you ever had a project that you started and then for some reason put it away for a year?  Well, this vintage capelet is one of mine! This capelet is made from Vogue 2934, a Vintage Vogue reproduction pattern.  I made this  in some vintage black rose embossed velveteen [...]

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I was asked to share a photo of myself wearing my emerald green taffeta Christmas dress from my previous post.  I ended up finding some red/green plaid fabric for the sash that I liked better with more yardage so I could have the sash I wanted. And here I am in our family Christmas photo

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Hi Everyone!  I have been a lurker on here for a while and this is my first post.   I fell in love with this barbie as soon as she was released and decided to make myself a Christmas dress inspired by her. I used Butterick 5556, a retro pattern from 1955, and altered the [...]

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