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 this pattern – maybe a repro one? Do you know the one I’m thinking of? I’d love to compare them!

If you’d like to watch more of these clips, the 1933 clips are on my blog here and here, and the 1949 ones are coming soon. There are some great clips of my great great auntie knitting on Porthcawl beach, top hats on Cardiff high street, and of my Nana as a teenager in the most amazing dress!

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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 tight as they’ll look a bit rude, but would like them to be a bit more defined. Any tips on making the fit better? Am I messing about too much with what should be a loose fitting pattern? Have I gone for the wrong fabric (denim)? Should I just give up and start again in a softer fabric? Help!

More pics and description on my blog.


by Tilly on June 23, 2010 · 4 comments

in 1960s,Accessories

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 ;)


McCalls 6120

by Tilly on June 16, 2010 · 7 comments

in Vintage Sewing

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 and info on my blog :)