1960s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

1969 Skirt

By on April 27, 2012


I made this skirt for the Pattern Review Vintage sewing contest.  I used Simplicity 8418 from 1969.  The materials are a stretch denim and a cotton double gauze.  I also used a vintage metal zipper.  I styled the skirt with a charmeuse top I made from a tween pattern from the 1980’s and I’m wearing vintage shoes too:)


More pictures and the review on my blog.

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1960s | Hats

Vintage Vogue Hat Pattern Help!

By on October 16, 2011

Hi Sew Retro!



My mom and I found this cute 1960’s head scarf pattern at the flea market today.  It was such a good deal that we didn’t even bother to open it up to check for all the pieces and instructions.  Well, we should have because the instructions are missing 🙁 Views A and B seam pretty self explanatory from the pattern pieces, but Views C and D confuse me.  I think I could figure it out, but my mom could not and she was hoping to make a hat/scarf today 🙂  Bummer, huh?
If you can help you can reach me at my blog!

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Vintage Sewing

Vintage Fabric Question

By on September 22, 2011
Pictures are coming, but does anyone know how to get the smell of old people out of vintage fabric?  You know, that musty smell in everyone’s grandmother’s house.  My mom and I just bought LOADS of fabric at an estate sale today and even after washing, it still smells funky.  
Any suggestions????
I’d greatly appreciate it!  

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Can Anyone Help Identify these Vintage Sewing Machines?

By on June 24, 2011

Hi Sew Retro!  My mom and I bought these 2 vintage sewing machines months ago and know nothing about them.  I was hoping someone could help me identify them or point me toward some resources that might be helpful.

Here they are:

1)  Model DST Deluxe Streamliner straight-stitch machine

2)  The second is a Queen (?) zig-zag machine:

More details on my blog!

Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance!

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Vintage Sewing

Pattern Giveaway!

By on June 21, 2011

Hi Sew Retro readers/contributors!

I’m having another pattern giveaway at my blog in celebration of being half way done with fashion design school.

Here’s the pattern:

The envelope is sadly torn, but the pattern inside is in good shape!
For ways to enter, check out my blog.  Good luck and happy sewing!

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