1980s

  I was browsing the local Goodwill in the craft section when I happened upon a box that caught my eye. I had heard about the Lutterloh system many years ago and had forgotten about it, but the box was intriguing. I looked inside and saw all the lovely illustrations for patterns but I didn’t [...]

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This is the second time I have made this shirt for Mr Ooobop!, using Butterick 5007. The last one was quite literally a year ago. I added some contrasting detail this time. Under the collar, the inside collar stand, under side of pocket flaps and inside cuffs. I also added some bias trim on the [...]

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Grace’s first day of school was a few weeks ago, and, of course, I had to make her a new dress to start school in.  I had this pattern picked out a long time ago–  McCalls 8859 from 1983.  I made my standard changes to the pattern by cutting off the seam allowance around the [...]

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(Click on the smaller images to access fullsize versions) With everybody else raving about Simplicity 3688, I went to Simplicity 6433 and its ‘Fuss Free Fit’ for my first pair of ‘granny trousers’: it suddenly dawned on me that back in the 1980s trousers actually used to fit me right off the rail in addition [...]

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High Waisted Denim Love by m1khaela featuring highwaisted jeans “But you don’t want to wear MOM jeans, do you?” Said my mom, to me, after a frustrating hour-long jeans try-on-a-thon at our local Old Navy. I had just rejected yet another pair of “classic-rise” jeans that weren’t even making a serious attempt at approaching my [...]

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My extra credit project from the recent Simplicity blog hop, from pattern 2444, a modern pattern based off one from 1964. All the lovely versions floating around in the blogosphere tempted me, so I set aside my usual shyness with full skirts. The fabric is an 80s windfall from my mom’s stash, and I just [...]

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I’ve actually made these before (Here’s the We Sew Retro link!), but I wanted them in a nice neutral khaki fabric. No changes to the pattern other than what I previously did for the red ones. This sewed up pretty quick! And I love my new shorts, so yay Psst – I also made the [...]

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Pattern: McCall’s 4632 (1989) I created this top using McCall’s 4632 from 1989. Originally the pattern was to be sold in my Etsy shop but that view F in the bottom left hand corner looked attractive. I was thinking of making it in a fabric with more drape but I’m trying to sew out of my [...]

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Above: A lovely doll my mother made when she was learning to sew in the early 1960s. “She’s lost her face and is a little sad-looking but notice the fancy hairstyle and the gathers on the sleeves and bodice. She used to have a petticoat and pantaloons but they are gone now.” How much did [...]

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Been lurking for a while and enjoying seeing everyone’s creations. My daughter gave me this pattern (Butterick 4655), and when I first saw it I had visions of Joan Collins-Dynasty-1985 dancing in my head. Due to the fact that my daughter has an impeccable eye when it comes to the “bones” of clothes, I gave it [...]

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