1930s

I named this past year’s Christmas dresses after the Johnny Cash song because they’re frankenpatterned from three vintage patterns each.  The collar and cuffs are done with Victorian fagoting stitching, the pinafores are thirties for the bigger one and forties for the smaller one, the bodice and skirts and collars are fifties dresses, and the [...]

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Hi all! I just got back from my favorite fabric and pattern dive. I almost squeeled when I saw this pattern. It was marked as a 1940s vintage pattern but I shake my fist at that. It’s 30s if its a day. Anyway, it’s for a 30 inch bust which usually fits me so I [...]

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I decided upon a 1930′s style skirt (inspired of Sew Vera Venus post of many P’s). I started using the pencil skirt pattern I used last time from Gertie’s new book for better sewing but modified it slightly. So I changed the front pattern peice so it was cut not on the fold & added [...]

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So this hat pattern was suggested to me when asking for a retro hat that I could sew without buckram or wire involved. I was a little sceptical as to how it made a ‘hat’ so I did a mock up. (I’m making the real thing for a sew along but this is a little [...]

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I have had this pattern from the lovely Folkwear Patterns for a little while now, its Rosie the riveter #240 I decided I needed something for Christmas to wear and that one seemed a quick one to do the night before. I made it from cotton because here in Australia it gets pretty hot at [...]

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Hello everyone! It struck me the other day that I’ve been rather productive this year, and I haven’t posted here in ages. This is part of what I’ve been up to. – Another fictive uniform, because apparently I need more of those. I found a wonderful olive drab Prada cotton twill that feels more like [...]

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Hi all! I haven’t posted anything in a long time but I hope to catch up soon. We are in the midst of moving so most of the sewing stuff is either packed or in boxes and there seems like no end in sight. So, to keep myself somewhat occupied I have started to “organize” [...]

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So, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in New Orleans we like to go down to the horse track for opening day dressed in our holiday best. This is a lovely little dress I whipped up some months ago and didn’t know where I was ever going to have a chance to wear it. It [...]

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So, awhile back, I wanted to make this 1967 dress, from the vintage Simplicity 7120 pattern, which was this one: But, it ended up being shorter than I was comfortable with, so I did some “fusion cooking” after I saw this dress from the 1930s: So, I trimmed the dress with a teal colored bias [...]

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I haven’t shared anything on Sew Retro since the summer, sorry about that. I have been busy sewing though. See my blog if you are interested. Instead of posting any of the projects I have made in the meantime I am sharing my most recent pattern love with you. It’s not a vintage pattern but [...]

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