Blouses

Hello!  I have been following this blog for a while, but haven’t had the nerve to post until now!  I typically sew 1950s dresses and circle skirts, but when I saw Simplicity 1590, I knew I had to give the ’40s a try.  After nearly an hour of searching JoAnn’s sales racks, I found a [...]

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This is the second garment I’ve made using Butterick B5895 – one of the vintage styled Patterns by Gertie range. I’d previously made a pair of stretch denim Capris from the pattern and planned on making a gingham tie front blouse to match. Then I saw Bea’s beautiful combo on WeSewRetro and my mind was made up! [...]

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Just a quick post to show off a new top that I’ve made! I just adore this BBQ print fabric. I made a dress from it earlier this year and I just had enough extra fabric to make this sleeveless top. The pattern I used was Advance 8511 but it would be super easy to [...]

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Hi lovely Sew-Retro-ers, I have a wee tutorial up on my blog at the moment on how to make and insert inseam piping as I did on my Airelle Blouse. It’s so easy to do and piping can add such a sweet little detail to your garments. You can either choose to make it from [...]

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I love separates! But pretty dresses often distract me…… Today I’ve been good and worn two new me-made separates. The blouse is Butterick 7641 c. 1958. And the shorts are Wearing History’s WWII Overalls pattern. I love the little tab details on this blouse! They give it a bit of a western feel. And I’m [...]

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I’ve finished my first version of the beautiful Airelle Blouse from Deer&Doe - my first time using one of Eleanor’s patterns. My sister gave me this pattern for my birthday (along with the Belladone dress which I’m half way through!) and it’s really such a lovely pattern to work with. While it’s not a vintage pattern, it [...]

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You may remember my black Swiss dot peasant blouse I made a while back. In keeping with my Summer peasant blouse series, the second blouse using Butterick 9768 has been made!  This time I used a raw silk with the most adorable fruit and floral print ever!  I am thrilled with how it came out. [...]

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Just finished this top and skirt, from the above patterns, and added some embroidery from some vintage designs my Nana passed to me. If you’d like to find out more, or advise me on the finish (not sure if the red embroidery on the black skirt lifts it enough…if at all!) please visit my blog [...]

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Continuing on in my attempt at a 1940′s wearable wardrobe – the ubiquitous 1940′s Lumber Jacket!                               Really very happy with how this turned out (and really happy its stopped raining long enough so I can take photos)! I used Simplicity [...]

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I made my own version of Gerties butterick 5895 this week and I am absolutely thrilled with this pattern. So easy and so cute!!  Thanks to Rochelle, her version inspired me to go buy the pattern and make my own.  Apart from too much ease (as usual for most of the big pattern companies….WHY?) the [...]

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