1950s

  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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I bought this vintage 1950s pattern a online and I bought the fabric from a thrift store for on $2, the fabric is not vintage. I love the beautiful colours of this fabric and how light the fabric is which is perfect for an Australian summer. The pattern is also perfect for summer, especially with [...]

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A couple of years ago, I found an amazing vintage Mens’ robe pattern on Etsy and fell in love. I snapped it up, ordered some gorgeous rayon fabric and some ultra-soft micro fleece to line it with. When the pattern arrived  I was so excited… and then somehow I never made it. You know how [...]

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Just sneaking my last bit of vintage sewing into the end of 2013 – some basic women’s summer tops using Simplicity 2118 (circa late 1950s).                                   This is what the pattern sleeve looks like – I went with View 1. [...]

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I’ve been busy the last couple months with sewing that wasn’t vintage.  There were a couple of zombie events where I needed to make a Pride and Prejudice costume and a steampunk-ish costume.  Then I needed to make three Santa themed costumes. I digress, this post isn’t about those projects. A bit of back story [...]

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I can’t believe how much time I spent on this sweater! At some point during knitting, I had good hopes of finishing it before Christmas… This is the second real garment I’ve made on my old knitting machine. Again, it’s based on a pattern from the 1950′s (1957, to be precise) and this one was [...]

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Firstly a frankenpattern is a PR (pattern review) term for getting several patterns and taking elements you then combine to make your own unique item. In this case it was butterick 5556 and lisette 2246. I made my usual adjustments to the bodice. Adding a little to the side seams usually doesn the trick. And [...]

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I’ve been promising my daughter a pair of pjs for far too long. Most of the patterns I own are vintage ones but I must say that a vintage pyjama is much the same as a modern one! I can’t find a date on this one. Perhaps 1950s or maybe 1960s. What do you think? [...]

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After many cold, winter days of just dreaming about this project… I finally awoke to success! I paired McCalls 3730 and a wool stadium blanket to sew up a fabulously warm and comfy jumper.  The pattern worked up easily with no major alterations.  I was smart enough to leave enough ease through the waistline so [...]

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