When do you think this pattern is from? I found this vintage petticoat pattern in an antiques shop in California, but I’m having a little trouble identifying the date. The pattern is numbered 7661, a “ladies’ six-gored princess slip or foundation”. It’s made by the Standard Fashion Company – some internet research tells me that [...]


Greetings, vintage fans! I made this dress from Simplicity 7341 from 1976, in a lovely Japanese double gauze. It was pretty simple to make and is the kind of thing I’d wear all the time, so I’m already planning a bunch more in different colours and fabric types. More details on my blog, Tilly and [...]


It must be Mad Men day in Sew Retroland! And here’s my contribution… So I was watching Mad Men a few weeks ago, when there was a shot of Betty wearing this: I jumped off the sofa and went to check my patterns, and behold! The pattern is Simplicity 7032 from 1967. I found it [...]


Hey everyone, there’s a giveaway over at my blog to win 2 metres of lovely Cloud 9 or Birch Fabrics organic cotton if you’re interested. Enter here!


Hi everyone, I’d like to make use of your collective vintage pattern knowledge to help me find something. I’ve recently found out my family has some home movies from 1933 and 1949. In this clip, the lady on the far right is wearing an amazing 1930s dress with bows on it. I’m sure I’ve seen [...]

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   Hello retro sewers, I need your advice! Has anyone sewn these pedal pushers or a similar vintage pattern? I’ve taken mine in quite a bit to avoid the balloon trousers look, but while the front view is fine, the backs of the legs have gone all wrinkly. I don’t want to make them too [...]


Hello retro lovers, I’ve written a tutorial on how to make a bow belt like the one above. I made this to go with my McCalls 6120 dress, simplifying the process a little as I couldn’t understand the instructions. To make your own bow belt, see my blog, Tilly and the Buttons


Hello retro lovers, here is the result of my latest sewing project, using the pattern below, McCall’s 6120. I’m not sure what year the pattern is from as I can’t find it on the Vintage Sewing Pattern Wiki – any ideas? I made the red bow out of leftover fabric from another dress. More pictures [...]


I think about the ladies who weren’t allowed to sing Sewing all their pretty rows of thread instead of seed ['The Alder Trees'] I’ve become a little bit obsessed with Alela Diane, in particular the song above.Can you think of any other contemporary songs which mention sewing? Or crafting? I’m on a mission to compile [...]

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I found two copies of this pattern inside an Italian fashion magazine from 1952. I’m giving one of the copies away – if you’d like it, head over to my blog for more details. Buona fortuna!