1940’s Reprint Blouse

By on April 22, 2012

I’m sure that many of you vintage sewers are familiar with this reprint pattern from Simplicity. I’ve seen many amazing pairs of trousers made with this pattern, which I can’t wait to try myself, but I decided to have a go at the blouse pictured alongside it.This was an easy and quick pattern and I love the shape of it.It features 4 small front pleats and has a button closure at the back, I also decided to shorten the sleeves.For my version I’ve used some polyester that has been sitting patiently in my stash for a year or so. I thought the print would be perfectly matched to a 1940’s pattern, and I love how it’s turned out. Has anyone else sewn up this top? I would definitely recomend it.

More photos over at my blog

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1960s | 1970s

Double Helping

By on April 11, 2012

Hello again We Sew Retro readers!

Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter & have eaten as much chocolate as I have!

Today I have not one, but two dresses to show you.

The first being a Mad Men inspired dress from Butterick 9973 (Undated) ย in some vintage plaid rayon.

This dress was inspired by an outfit that the character of Peggy wears on the show, to make mine more like hers I made a bow out of a piece of spare fabric and attached this to the front (while sneakily hiding my poorly matched lines!) This dress also has a cute little kick pleat.

My second dress is made with Style 4151 from 1973

As you can tell I haven’t strayed too far from the pattern illustration, but I had this polka dot polyester crepe in my stash and thought it would be perfect for this 70’s dress. I also decided to add wooden buttons instead of plain blue ones or white for a change. I also decided to line the skirt of this as the crepe gets a little sheer in sunlight, so to hide my modesty I used some left over white crepe from a previous project.

For more info and photos, as always pop over to my blog for a closer look!

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Blouse Overload

By on March 25, 2012

Hello again We Sew Retro readers!

It’s been a few weeks since my last post so I thought it was about time I showed you all what I’ve been up to.

I’ve recently become a little (understatement) obsessed with vintage blouses, particularly from the early 1960’s.

I blame the cute illustrations, they’re hard to resist!

Simplicity 5285 is the latest pattern to join my collection, and I’m in love with it.

So far I’ve made up 3 versions using some cotton I’ve had in my stash for a little while, but I have plans for more!

As always, take a peak at my blog for more info! Till next time ๐Ÿ™‚




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My ‘Pearl Harbour’ Dress

By on February 24, 2012

This week I participated in the Oscar challenge set over at Sew Weekly. After thinking of multiple outfits I could make for this challenge I settled on a dress Kate Beckinsale wears for a small portion of ‘Pearl Harbour’

For this I used an early 1940’s pattern in the shape of Hollywood 785, using black polyester crepe.

I had a couple of ‘firsts’ with this dress starting with bound buttonholes (not as terrifying as I thought they’d be!) and I also made my own shoulder pads.


For more info please visit my blog!


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1950s | 1960s

Finished Project: Butterick 612

By on February 17, 2012

Hi Everyone!

This week in conjunction with the Sew Weekly theme of ‘red’ I’ve taken inspiration from the cover of one of my patterns, Butterick 612.


This pattern (i’m guessing?) is from the late 50’s/early 60’s judging by the hair, and was very simple to sew up.

This fabric has been sitting in my stash for at least 18 months now just waiting for me to find an appropriate use for it. However by a cruel twist of fate everytime I went to use it I got flashbacks of Junior School (girls in the summer were encouraged to wear the uniform of a gingham dress in red/green/blue) and I would quickly hide it back in the pile.

Fastforward quite a few months and an inspirational pattern cover, this is what you get…

For more information & more photos please come and visit my blog!



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First Post: Leopard Print Blouse

By on February 11, 2012

Hello! My name is Victoria Perry and I blog over here, where I sew pretty much anything & everything that catches my eye.

I have a weakness for peter pan collars, side seam pockets & vintage patterns.

For my first post here on We Sew Retro I wanted to show you all my latest project…

Simpicity 5645 is from around 1963, and comes with 5 really cute options. I chose to start with option 5 giving me a tie collar & some mid length sleeves. The pattern itself was very simple to put together and the main bulk of it only took an afternoon, so here it is!

To see more images, or for more info please visit my blog!

Vicki ๐Ÿ™‚

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