1970s

McCall’s 7456 & Simplicity 6693, from the 1980s & 1970s, have been getting lots of use at my place…ever since I saw the guitar gods in Cracker, both wearing Western shirts at a concert & thinking, “Hey, the Roommate should be able to dress like a guitar god, even if he doesn’t play guitar!”  A request [...]

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It’s been a while since we last spoke. Truth is, I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing. Who knew that moving house would be such a time consuming task? Not me. That’s for sure. After my routine is broken, I have a hard time getting myself back into rhythm, and the things I was [...]

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  I finally have a finished dress to share! It’s vintage Simplicity 7705, the knockoff of the famous DVF wrap. I’m super pleased with how it turned out and now want lots of knits to make more. It makes me feel a bit like Jerry Hall at Studio 54!  

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I’m trying to find a modern pattern equivelent for the dress in the image below. I’d be happy if I could even find the correct ‘shape’ to cut out to get that 1970′s collar. But I can’t find a tutorial anywhere….surely someones done it before. I’m hoping you can help me. I think I can [...]

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Hi All! I wasn’t at all certain this post would be welcome here because this baby is not a garment but an accessory! Anywho here goes, hope you all still find it interesting and inspiring! This gorgeous retro-inspired bicycle saddle bag was not actually made by me… but by my ridiculously clever husband! I just [...]

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I’m always cold in the Bay Area, so instead of wishing the weather to be warmer by wearing lightweight cotton dresses, I have decided to be more practical and start making things in flannel and wool. This dress is a wearable muslin I made from an inexpensive cotton flannel that I had in my fabric [...]

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Check out my vintage 1970s maternity dress. Made from Butterick 5572 Check it out here.

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  This is a raincoat I made using a vintage Simplicity pattern (5928) from 1973. The pattern isn’t specifically for a raincoat – it’s for a tailored coat – but I liked the shape so much I adapted it for my purposes. The coat has some lovely features such as princess seams and in-seam pockets, [...]

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  This post is about a muslin I have made for a vintage blouse.  The pattern came from ebay. And I think the ladies look rather stylish, don’t you?! I’ve made my muslin from a rather thin old sheet, as I wanted to test the fit and style before cutting into good fabric. I think [...]

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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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