When I’ve posted on We Sew Retro before, it’s been about things I’ve made using a vintage pattern. Today though, it’s all about a 60s or 70s flower power sheet I came across a while back. It’s been sitting patiently in my stash waiting for the perfect pattern to come along and sweep it off [...]


Hello, there! Spring has finally arrived in Chicago, and in the knick of time! I made this outfit to commemorate the first day of my very first Me-Made-May. This outfit hits on three decades. The blouse pattern comes from the 50′s, the blouse fabric is from the 60′s, and the skirt pattern is from the [...]


Hello, family of retro sewers! Long time reader; first time post. I’m Linda and I’m so happy to be here! I’ve been sewing since I was 11 years old. (I’m from the era of Home Ec classes.) I sew as an outlet for my creativity, but sewing originally started as a way to make clothes for [...]


For Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge I used vintage Simplicity 8722.  My inspiration was a dress Megan wore in Season 5. I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out.  I used some type of cotton blend (it has a slight stretch) from Joann’s.  I decided to omit the sleeves.  My favorite detail of course [...]


I was at Hawthorne Vintage when I found the blue plaid Pendleton I used for my Peony as well as this more manly 1970′s beige plaid wool. I decided it was high time I created something more inticate (well, not necessarily more intricate, but tailored in a way that I was less accustomed to) and [...]

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This is my wedding gift for my sister-in-law. I used a John Kloss pattern, Butterick 6373 :   I will definitely try again this pattern, this time for me. More details here.


My mother taught me to sew starting at about age 8 or 9, my older sisters were making most of their clothes for high school, and I was just starting junior high, so that puts me at about age 11 or twelve.  We had monthly “mixers”   or dances, and I wanted something “hip”.  My choice? [...]


The second dress I sewed as part of my vacation wardrobe is from the 1970′s pattern, Butterick 6655; the epitome of easy. Easy to make. Easy to wear. This dress served well. You can come see more photos of my second dress here and, if you missed it, the first one here. Two down. Three to [...]


this is my first post i follow ‘we sew retro’ for a while now and finally have decided to jump on the bandwagon .. so, this is a dress that i made using pattern from burda international magazine from the summer of 1978 .. i made some changes i’m always too lazy to trace skirt [...]


Hello! It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted here, but I haven’t stopped my vintage sewing! I’ve recently started really trying to post my sewing efforts on my blog and get back into blogging! I just got around to posting about a dress I made this past December so I thought I would share [...]