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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


I recently made this black Swiss Dot peasant blouse from vintage pattern Butterick 9768. This is the first of many that I am planning on making this summer. The pattern is easy to whip up and looks great with a variety of outfits. I bought the pattern on Etsy and in a size 14 which [...]


This is yet another version of Simplicity 4238 – a sleeveless blouse pattern from the 1950′s. I made it after seeing this recent picture of Betty Draper and deciding I wanted one exactly the same! As well as an almost identical vintage pattern, I also had the perfect fabric in my stash – a metre [...]


I sewed a super sweet early 60s outfit last week, using Simplicity 4912. I used a dupioni silk for the wrap around skirt and a cotton with an Art Noveau pattern by Liberty for the blouse. Both pieces were super easy to sew but I spent a lot of time matching the pattern of the [...]