Fleur of NOLA ~ Butterick 8080

By on December 3, 2013

Hello WSR!

I recently served as Bridesmaid for my gorgeous girlfriend’s destination wedding in New Orleans! I received Butterick pattern 8080 as a gift, and was very excited to make this pattern. I have many tattoo’s and needed to cover them for the conservative Catholic wedding mass.

I couldn’t believe I found this amazing grey satin with embroidered Fleur de Lis for $6 a yard. It was in the back area of Joann’s! It was originally 20$ a yard. What a score!

Upon opening the pattern, I was missing the back lining piece and the INSTRUCTIONS!! It was my first time flying blind, but everything came out pretty fantastic! I jimmy rigged the front enough for it to lay right. I almost want to purchase another pattern to see how it really goes together!

The rest of the dress and my New Orleans adventure can be seen on my blog!!



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Hello Sailor!!!

By on September 10, 2013

This is one of my favorite playsuit patterns! Simplicity 1605.

This pattern can be used as a playsuit, or I’ve even made the top and shorts into separates.


I really fell in love with this fabric. Now, I must make a confession and let you know that this is outdoor fabric. Yes, the material you use to make lawn cushions. I will tell you, that it was quite comfortable. The only down side is that you MUST overlock it, and it needs to be dry cleaned.

My little helper, overseeing my project


Another aquatic outdoor material I fell in love with. I’m making a two piece playsuit out of it!


Such a comfortable and EASY pattern to sew!



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Simplicity 2105

By on August 20, 2013

In the attempt to expand Hawaiian pieces in my closet, I paired Simplicity 2105 pattern with this amazing fabric I found at Joann’s for 5$ a yard on sale!

This dress calls for a whopping 5 yards of fabric. I made this dress in white brocade fabric for Christmas. I cut all 4 skirt panels, which were impossible to sew unto the bodice. Each skirt panel is 35 inches in length (size 18). So, as you can imagine 140 inches of fabric sewn unto a 30 inch waist is quite bulky. This time I only sewed 2 panels. If you don’t wear a petticoat, it will be fine. However, if you like the shape of a stiff underskirt — I think I would recommend 3 panels. 2 panels of skirt plus the bodice called for 3 yards of fabric.

The dress itself was so easy to sew. I put it together in about 3 hours (cutting time included).

Full length

Walking with my 11 month old! This was the best picture I had of the back!

More of this dress on my Blog



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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Novelty Felt Circle Skirt Tutorial

By on August 8, 2013

Hello All! Wanted to invite you over to my blog to participate in an almost no-sew 1950’s novelty felt circle skirt tutorial. Super easy! If you already know how to sew, you can pump one of these babies out in an hour!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

 I  taught this tutorial to my Vintage Ladies Group! Here they all are with their novelty skirts!

<3 Missy


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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Pastel Floral!

By on February 13, 2013

Like so many of us out there, I have cracked open my Viva Las Vegas sewing! I wanted to start with this skirt pattern, which I plan on Chevron’ing for the actual event (as pictured in the pattern).

The skirt itself is very easy to sew. I will say that the skirt is SO LONG. I am 5’7, all leg – and even I look a little on the Amish side. If you want it to be closer to the illustration, I suggest you measure and then cut appropriate.

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1940s | 1950s | Vintage Sewing

Highwaisted Trousers

By on December 3, 2012

Hello Sew Retro Community!

10 weeks ago I had a baby. I have lost most of my weight, but my body just isn’t the same and I barely fit into my vintage clothing. Also, with strictly breastfeeding – my vintage dresses are out since they are side or back zip. What did that mean for me? SEWING!

I decided to break out my FAVORITE Evadress.com pattern

I cheated and placed a zipper instead of the buttons. I would like to make a denim version with cute buttons next!

More on my Blog! Also, follow me on Instagram (Technicolorcutie) and on Facebook

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Vintage Maternity Do-over

By on July 4, 2012

Hello We Sew Retro!

I recently mourned the loss of an amazing 50’s maternity top. Tragically I lost one of the fabric covered buttons and splashed hair tint (I am a hairdresser by trade) on it. No use crying over ruined vintage, right?! At least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself 😉

Myself wearing said vintage top

I decided to take apart the top, and remake it using current – vintage inspired fabric! I love the construction of the top, although I do wish I could have found that amazing chartreuse fabric again!

The 50’s shirt. LOVE that collar!

The Fabrics I chose

I carefully seam ripped the entire shirt and ironed out the pieces

Using the shirt as a pattern was so easy!

It took me longer to seam rip, than sew. But, here is the final product!

More about it on my blog – http://technicolorcutie.blogspot.com/

Thanks everyone!

Technicolor Cutie

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