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2 New Vintage Pattern Makes: Simplicity 3257 and Advance 8288

By on April 4, 2016

Hi y’all!

I’ve recently sewn/photographed/blogged about two new vintage makes. Simplicity 3257 is a c. late 1950s combo skirt/trouser pattern and went together really beautifully. I highly recommend it for the skirt, though I haven’t yet tried to sew up the trousers. The skirt only used three pieces and was very true to size. I enjoyed the instructions for certain vintage craftsmanship that we don’t often use today, like the lapped zipper. I’ve been doing it the “hard” way all this time!

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My other creation was inspired by c. 1957 Advance 8288. It’s a “sub-teen” pattern for coordinating separates. I LOVE having options and variety, and even though it looks like a dress I can wear each piece on its own! So wonderful. I didn’t actually sew with the pattern, but rather I used the art as inspiration and Frankenstein-ed two patterns from my collection to make the blouse. The skirt is a simple dirndl style with two side pockets. Both are made with vintage metal zippers from my stash, though the rayon fabric is new (from Gertie’s collection at Joann). My friend, who sewed up this project with me, did have the pattern and noted that it was simple to make but included a lot of wearing ease.

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Links to the blog posts for more pics + sewing/pattern details:

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Advance 8288

 

Thanks for looking!

xx Lauren

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That’s A Wrap! (vintage Simplicity 4130 Review + BONUS comparison to modern Butterick B6285)

By on March 14, 2016

Hi all! It’s been a long time since I’ve come onto We Sew Retro to look around and contribute, it’s good to be back.

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I sewed up vintage Simplicity 4130 a while back and just got around to reviewing it. All in all, it was a great pattern to work with. I converted it to use a knit fabric, but a friend of mine sewed it up in woven and it turned out just as lovely. So it’s a versatile pattern as well! My favorite part is that it’s reversible!

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Since it’s so similar to Gertie’s new pattern Butterick B6285, I asked a blogger friend who’s used it, Christina of Gussets and Godets, for her thoughts, as it could be a convenient substitute if you can’t locate Simplicity 4130. Doesn’t Christina look cute? It’s a great match to the vintage pattern.

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Thoughts about working with Simplicity 4130 and more photos on the blog, thanks for stopping by!

 

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“Pique-Nique” Skirt

By on July 13, 2015

Hey y’all! I hope you’re not tired of seeing me on here – I’ve been especially prolific lately because I’ve challenged myself to #MeMadeMonday (I was inspired by #MeMadeMay) and have been making a new garment weekly.

It’s another circle skirt for me this week, and I think I’ve definitely perfected the art of the circle skirt after three in a row. Hand facing the hem makes a WORLD of a difference in the professional quality and elegance of the final result, even if it does take triple the time (at least). But all good things are worth the effort!

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More photos and sewing details on the blog! Stop on by and say hello 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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“Ray of Sunshine” Dress

By on July 7, 2015

Hello all!

I’ve recently completed what I’m naming my “Ray of Sunshine” dress (the reason why is in my blog post), which was redone from an old dress I’d made back in 2011. It’s made from Simplicity 1459, a reprint from what looks like an early sixties pattern, with a couple alterations.

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More photos and details are up on my blog.

That’s it for now, until next time!

 

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Adventures in Circle Skirts

By on June 23, 2015

Hello guys and dolls! This is my first post to this lovely site after first discovering it, so I’m particularly excited (and nervous!) to be contributing myself.

My newest sewing adventure was completed about a week ago – she’s a darling full circle skirt, in navy cotton with white embroidered anchors. This is my first contribution to what I’m calling “Me Made Monday” (after Me Made May, which I loved participating in and seeing everyone’s creations), and I’d love to see y’all contributing too!

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I have lots more photos and sewing details on my blog, so I won’t repeat it all here. Click here to check it out!

I’m looking forward to participating more here in the future, hope you like this simple project!

xx Lauren

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