1980s

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 ages since I posted anything here, although I have sewing lots…this is a Julianna Sissons design created for Scarlett Canon when she was the darling of the London club scene in the 1980s. The pattern is available to download free from the V&A museum here and comes in a size 12. I think [...]

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I recently bought a small stack of 1980′s Kwik Sew patterns of of eBay. I don’t usually go for the 80′s, but there were a few that were super cute and the price was right. I didn’t have any immediate plans for them, but figured something would pop up in my fabric stash that would [...]

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So I’m working on a couple of WIP that I let fall by the wayside over the summer and have finally finished a sun dress I cut out months ago! I used a vintage curtain I found in a charity shop about a year ago to make this dress- I loved the fabric so much [...]

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Hi all! I’m not sharing today but rather asking for your help! I have been invited to a prom-themed birthday party for a friend. We are all about ten years or more out of high school. I never went to my prom, and neither did she, but I really want to make this awesome. I’m [...]

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I’m sure we’ve all seen those 1970′s patterns that imitate 1930′s and 1940′s lines, right?  Simplicity 6164, Simplicity 5844, Butterick 3174, Marian Martin 9327 . . . you get the picture.  Well, I decided it was time to turn the tables. Since I spent so much time and bother fitting 4727, I figure I might [...]

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Hello, We Sew Retro! It’s been some time since I posted here (I’ve been ill and out of the sewing game for months but am finally recovered!) but you may remember me as the artist who created the art you see on the header above. A properly fitting peplum (seam snug at the waist, skirt [...]

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The pattern for my third vacation dress was printed in 1980 (I’m not sure what the bench-marker is for vintage…I consider anything that pre-dates me as vintage, for now).  It’s quite possibly the easiest dress pattern I’ve ever worked with. There are only two main pattern pieces to this dress (plus POCKETS!) I’ve got more photos and [...]

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Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve posted. Wow. In truth, this is the first vintage pattern I’ve sewn in quite a while. How odd is it to call a 1980s pattern “vintage”?! Since I last posted, I moved back to my native New York (I was in Virginia last [...]

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It is winter break for my district, which means loads of down time for me.  It may sound crazy, but I really don’t do well with too much time off.  I get bored and the cabin fever sets in. To help quell my boredom, I am collecting spring clothing patterns and projects.  I have found a [...]

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