1960s

From Mad Men to Mary Quant…

Hello! Today I have a work in progress that I hope you can help me with: PANTS. I have decided to start my Weekender Wardrobe challenge off with the toughest/most intimidating part of my wardrobe pattern (Simplicity 5299): the pants! I have never made pants before, but I’ve been watching a lot of the Dick [...]

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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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Today I have my latest sewing project to show you!

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I made this jacket using a pattern released in 1962 by the Spadea company. From my research, it appears to be the only officially licensed Chanel jacket pattern ever released, and it was drafted directly from a retail Chanel jacket, that was sold in the US by the Suzy Perette company. I loved the 60s [...]

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Hey all! I just finished making this top which what I assume is some late 60s fabric. It has a Peter Max-ish feel to the illustration and the selvedge edge was printed with “Rosewood Fabrics Inc”. I bought it when a vintage store in Wicker Park was going out of business back in the spring [...]

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  For my sister’s birthday, I decided to make her a dress. Since she’s tiny, I jumped at the chance to bust out some of my smaller sized patterns (I covet size 18′s for myself) with a mod 1960′s silhouette. We decided on Simplicity 7072, which is a simple A line shift with French darts [...]

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I’ve had this gorgeous pattern since July and have been looking for the perfect excuse to make it and what better than a Christmas party at work? The scene is set, there will be a brass quintet and nibbles and drinks in the Atrium of our building, now all I need to do is make [...]

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I haven’t posted in a bit because well…. after a really busy sewing-summer I have been taking a short break! I’m a huge fan of the 60s/70s and that’s mostly the type of retro I sew, so while trying to do some stash-busting, I came up with the idea of an 8-panel circle skirt in [...]

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This is my first posting on We Sew Retro. I have been looking at all of the cool repros for a while and decided to finally post one of my dresses that I made. I only sew with vintage patterns unless I am sewing for other people. I typically sew mod era fashions, but decided [...]

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Ooh my it’s been awhile since I’ve posted an actual project! This item is a reproduction of Biba’s Pink Gingham dress

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