1930s

Hello. This is my first post. I’ve really enjoyed watching all of your projects and it was high time I got in on the fun myself! This is a dress I finished a few months ago. Its only a humble house dress but made up in a lightweight cotton voile I think its pretty darn [...]

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Just finished in time, my Fall for Cotton challenge dress.   Hopefully it captures a thirties’ spirit, which a gathered top, straight skirt with inverted pleat and slim sleeves with a pointed cuff, good fun all round but surprisingly wearable!   I was inspired by some deco cotton in my stash and knew I had to [...]

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I made this dress to wear at a friend’s wedding, an English summer garden wedding to be precise. It felt a bit odd to be making an evening dress, but I think the print is summery enough to avoid it looking like an evening gown. I didn’t mean for it to look so similar to [...]

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I decided to break out of the my usual mid-century sewing and try something from the 1930′s. This pattern was a free download from Sew Vera Venus; after a bit of tweaking with the fit, it went together like a dream. Here’s some details: I used a light cotton with berries and flowers on a [...]

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I wanted to share one of my latest sewing projects with you. It’s a 1938 Lutterloh pattern from one of the Lutterloh books I have. There were some difficulties with the pattern. I used the special ruler which you need to draft the minature patterns and made a first muslin. It was one big disaster. [...]

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Happy Independence Day Everyone!! (well now it’s a bit late because I didn’t get my picture up in time) This year I decided to make a dress for the 4th. M was going to take me to Community Days to walk around and then Saturday are the fireworks but we watch them from the roof. [...]

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As part of the Show Off Your Skivvies Challenge, I made a pair of French knickers and a matching pajama top. I got both patterns from Vera Venus, but I mixed genres somewhat. The knickers are based on 1940s patterns and the top is from the 1930s. I love the patterns but I cut them [...]

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Although this is a knitting project, not a sewn one, I thought that it would be of interest to WeSewRetro readers as I know a lot of sewists also knit. This sweater is from a modern book that published a collection of vintage patterns called Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters. This pattern is originally from [...]

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Well its that time of year again…the local lindy exchange and I’ve set myself quite a task. A new outfit for each dance. So that’s three for the evening dances. The themes go Casual, Vintage, Seaside. So I decided to have a general nautical feel and blues as a colour running through the outfits.   [...]

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I had wanted to work this little Crinoline Miss embroidery from one of my 1930s needlework books & thought this pretty green linen (from a set of vintage napkins) was the perfect background. I then decided to make a pair of 1930s style baby shoes & adapted a pattern for a pair of quilted shoes from [...]

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