1980s

I’m making matching heirloom dresses for my nieces–one is eight months and the other is three years old.  When those are done, I’ll probably post about them here, because that particular pattern has been in print for about 30 years!  Anyway, the volume of the skirt really needed some poof under it, and a full [...]

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    Slashing and spreading a couple of days before Christmas was scary, but I made it and though a little big at the shoulders, it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. A big sweater dress I can put over anything. For Christmas, I paired it with a bright t-shirt, hot pink thighs and green [...]

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Hello All! I recently had a revelation….that I could use vintage fabric to make garments with! I know a stroke of genius. I am slow, but when I finally discover something I get this feeling that I am the first person to every have such a notion (though I am probably the last)….well I got [...]

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Hello Everyone,  I am new to Sew Retro but I am super happy to find that so many other people out there share my weird obsession.  In fact there are enough of you that I don’t think I can call myself weird anymore, isn’t the internet great? I made the pattern for this dress myself, it [...]

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Hi! So, I was sharing my sewing projects with you all over at “the old” Sew Retro, and now I finally got to re-register at this new site! For those of you who don’t know me yet, let me introduce myself briefly: I’m Ewa, born and living in Sweden, and I have been sewing and [...]

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Okay, my three-year-old niece, Little Bit, insisted on being a, “nice pumpkin, not a scary pumpkin, but with big teeth and fangs” for Halloween this year and that her baby sister, Boo, wanted to be “a pumpkin just like me”.  We drew the face together–   And then I started looking for patterns.  It took [...]

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…the last few weeks. I’ve been completely MIA at my own blog because I was sewing like a mad fiend for the Pattern Review “Sewing For Children” contest. I’ve got three pieces left to make before the end of the month and then I’ll heave a sigh of relief. In the mean time, I’ll share [...]

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Take a look at what I did with this 80s-tastic ensemble! The pattern is totally awesome but unfortunately this polyester skirt and blouse outfit is huge on me. This is actually part 2 of a two-part remake. I refashioned the skirt into a summer dress using a basic pattern with ties at the shoulders… You [...]

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Hi Everyone!  I recently made a charmeuse blouse from a McCall’s tween pattern from 1985.  I really like the results! For more about the pattern and pictures, visit the blog!

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A vintage Laura Ashley rose print camisole inspired this next project. I used this 1980 See & Sew cami & prairie skirt pattern:  A few more details & photos on my blog!

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