The Betty Skirt pattern is the debut pattern from Shaffer Sisters! I thought some of you retro sewists might like the 1920′s inspired deep yoke, and 8 or 16 gore pleat options. It goes up to a girls size 10, but I hear rumors that it may be sized up to teen & women’s soon! [...]
Hi lovely people at wesewretro, this is my first post on this amazing site and I would like to introduce my latest make to you. It´s a babypink satin dress in the style of the roaring twenties here in Berlin. As a vintage lover I wanted to attend a party dedicated to this era and [...]
I made this dress to wear to a Downton Abbey inspired tea, but also as an entry into the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #3 Pink. The pattern itself is a repro of an original 1921 Butterick pattern and it went together very nicely. For being such an old pattern the instructions were much better than [...]
This is my contribution to the second challenge in the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014, which was “Innovation”. I’ve written quite a lot about why this dress is a sign of social change in my blog, and also have pictures of my inspiration etc, you can see it here.
As most of you already know, one of the greatest satisfactions of sewing your own clothes is having a fabulous occasion for which to wear them! Such an occasion was this past New Year’s Eve, when Wild Kat hosted a glittering Prohibition Party. We even convinced our men to dress the part! Wild Kat [...]
Last Christmas, I made this flapper dress and matching head band by attaching fringe to a thrift-store dress. I was surprised how heavy the fringe was, and it difficult spacing the fringe out evenly. And I learned the silk is a pain to sew! But the dress worked out for her.
I recently got to pattern test the new Gatsby dress pattern from Heidi&Finn. It’s such an easy, fun sew! I read every post at WeSewRetro, but I rarely get to contribute. I’m sort of sneaking this one in, since it’s a modern pattern and modern fabrics! But there’s a distinctly vintage flavor to this dress [...]
I missed the Great Gatsby Challenge but couldn’t stop thinking about making a Daisy inspired dress. I loved all the colours Casey Mulligan wore in the movie and had some pinky prints and solids in my stash. I used the Burdastyle double layer dress pattern I had already assembled for my Downton dress but this [...]
I made myself a vintage 1920s swimsuit using Vintage Fashion Library 145, which is a reproduction of Simplicity 7041: I made the one-piece with scoop back, using some lightly textured, black swimwear fabric and matching white fabric for a contrast belt. The repro is a B38, so I needed to grade it down to fit [...]
In Australia October is known in many vintage circles as Frocktober. It’s a chance to wear a Frock every day of the month & raise money & awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. It was started by two fabulous Swing dancers. This year my aim was to go Vintage every time I left the [...]