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 [...]


My instructor brought in to class last week this amazing, yet deteriorating book of fashion illustrations from 1940.  Hopefully next week I’ll get to scan more.  Here are a few!   More images on my blog!


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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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Hi Everyone!  I recently made a charmeuse blouse from a McCall’s tween pattern from 1985.  I really like the results! For more about the pattern and pictures, visit the blog!


Hi Sew Retro! Just wanted to remind you that the Follower Appreciation Vintage Pattern Giveaway is still going on until Tuesday! I’ve added 2 more patterns to the loot! Click the link above for rules and to see all the patterns! THanks!


Hi Sew Retro!  I’m hosting a vintage pattern giveaway over at my blog.  For rules and larger pictures of all the patterns, visit my site! Comment on my blog until next Tuesday for a chance to win! Thanks and Good Luck!


I found this awesome book at my school library and thought the Sew Retro crowd would enjoy: I have a short review and more pictures of the contents on my blog.  I really do love this book and it is great inspiration!

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