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 [...]


Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I posted something, but it’s always crazy to find time to take pictures of the things I make with school and work. Anyways, I wanted to share a dress that I made about a year ago and never got around to posting it. I used DuBarry’s 2154B from the [...]


This morning I finished Vogue 8767, a 30s reproduction pattern, and I wanted to share the result with you! I was really in need of a new spring dress, and I think this dress is perfect. I love the jabot, belt and puffed sleeves! The construction of this dress went so smoothly, I even got [...]


Even though it’s not exactly Spring yet here in Wisconsin, I’m soaking up sun whenever I can find it!  Last weekend my husband was kind enough to snap a few shots of my new Decades of Style 1930s Sweetheart Overalls (using his 1951 Oshkosh Truck as a most appropriate prop).  More details and pics at [...]


Hi, This is my first pot on here and also the first thing I have ever sewn! I’m 16 so I am quite proud of myself for doing this. I made a vintage 1930s-esque dress from a cotton fabric that I found at Joann fabrics. This was my first project and I dove right into [...]


Hi all! While this is not actually a sewing related post, I wanted to share with you some photos I’ve been working on scanning of my grandparents and other family. My Nana was a particularly stylish lady, and it’s a lot of fun looking at her clothes, and what she and her friends wore when [...]

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Hi–I’m Jeannie and this is my first post on We Sew Retro. I’ve always loved the lines of dresses from the mid-1930’s, so my first retro sewing project is Simplicity 1690. I haven’t been able to date the pattern, but there was a newspaper pattern inside the envelope dated 1936, so I assume the pattern [...]


Since lesson plan reviewing, cushion re-covering and dish washing are all really boring activities, I decided I wanted to make something fun and pretty for myself. I’ve got so many pieces of fabric sitting in my stash for projects that have been put on further hold because I won’t be back into my normal clothes [...]


I made some pictures of a couple of my completed projects. They are quite matching which wasn’t rally planned, but it feels good to wear an almost completely me-made-outfit! Let’s start with the skirt!  I almost can’t remember when I started making this skirt! Ok, I’m exaggerating! But it was early september when I started [...]


Hi everyone I’m writing about 1930s German fashion magazines for my homework. And all I can think about is, what will my next sewing project be? Please help me to procrastinate. I’m looking over my May 1937 issue of Heim und Kleid (Home and Dress). I want to do a project using a design in [...]