Bags / Purses

This is a little thing but it’s been nagging me forever. What do you call the kind of pocket seen in this Flickr set (Simplicity 4717, 1943).  (This is my set; I made the dress a couple of years ago.) I’ve gotten in the habit of thinking of them as “Colonial pockets” because they’re similar [...]


About a week ago I had this crazy idea. What if I made another half-circle skirt, but I made it fully reversible? Little did I know that it wouldn’t be as easy as I first thought when it popped into my head, but I made it work, and I think its pretty fab! I ended [...]


Hi, I have been lurking here a while and this is my first post. I have become interested in sewing from vintage patterns after a couple decades of not sewing very much. Inspired by all the talent I’ve seen on We Sew Retro, I recently took a short dressmaking class. Since I haven’t made much [...]


I was so inspired by Handmade Jane‘s super awesome pants that I wanted to make something in a blue knit and sailor-y. So, I brought out good old Simplicity 1924 from 1947. I have never made this one before and was worried it would look like a paper bag on me. There were only 4 main pieces and I [...]