1950s

  This is my favourite make so far, a dior inspired suit from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing.  The jacket was made from a vintage find which cost £5, and its pictured with two six panelled skirts; one in crepe and one in boiled wool, lovely and cosy. I really like the nipped in waist [...]

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Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I made this white gypsy top… I had been wanting one for agessssssss and have always loved them! I made the cropped version as it is perfect for summer and can be paired with high waist skirts, short or jeans etc. I found the pattern at a op-shop (thrift [...]

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It’s summer down here in Australia, so it felt like a good time to make Anne Adams 4705 (circa late 1940s/early 1950).                               My version is made from quilter’s cotton purchased at Spotlight last year, and took about 4m of trim. [...]

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  Hi guys! I’m back. I have Butterick 8321 from the late 50′s. It’s wool, has a nice scarf bow I made, and a belt. It was really easy and I’m pretty proud of it. I went on a mad hunt for vintage buttons and even ordered some that were the wrong size, but ended [...]

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  So, I found this amazing pattern for a smoking jacket from 1951, Butterick 1769. Despite being neither a smoker nor an idle rich guy from a Hollywood melodrama, my Husband decided he needed one in classic satin and quilted velvet. He accompanied me to the fabric store on a Saturday (an event never to [...]

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For the holidays, I made a green and red dress. I picked up this wonderful festive green fabric while in Ghana, West Africa, and it has served me well for several projects. I started with a sloper from 1961, and I turned the tight round neckline into a boat neck with a slight scoop. I [...]

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In my spare time this summer, I’m adding lots of lovely vintage pieces to my wardrobe. I bought this pattern before Christmas. McCall’s 8849 circa 1952, an adaption of an Italian Couture Design, as it says on the front. Straight out of the movie Roman Holiday, don’t you think? I’m picturing myself as the queen [...]

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Hello all- So this post is not about something that I have made but about something that I plan on making! I am going to make my prom dress and I am so excited. This is a large project that I am taking on and I was wondering if any of you had advice for [...]

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  Hello All, I’m new to WeSewRetro and relatively new to sewing. I thought I’d share some of the patterns I plan on making in the next few months. There are 2 Butterick patterns and I know at least one of them is a familiar face to all of you. There are also 3 1970s [...]

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I just wanted to share with you all what a little vintage flare can do for costuming. Last Easter some friends and I dressed up as the avengers for a role playing convention. But with a sweet vintage twist. By using a vintage 1950′s reprint (Butterick 5603) pattern we created our favourite superhero’s super classy. [...]

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