I was at Hawthorne Vintage when I found the blue plaid Pendleton I used for my Peony as well as this more manly 1970′s beige plaid wool. I decided it was high time I created something more inticate (well, not necessarily more intricate, but tailored in a way that I was less accustomed to) and [...]

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Hi guys! I recently completed McCall 6717 – who doesnt love a pretty 1940′s blouse? I’m trying to focus on the gaps in my wardrobe, and vintage clothing that I can wear to work is a must.                  My version uses viscose georgette, and it only took 1.25m [...]


Hi my name is Bea and I am addicted to bow blouses, oops!! I’m not sorry though as they are just too much fun to make and most of all wear. So I made another one. This time I used a vintage pattern, McCalls 7385 view B, mint green poly cotton and red buttons. The [...]


Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve posted. Wow. In truth, this is the first vintage pattern I’ve sewn in quite a while. How odd is it to call a 1980s pattern “vintage”?! Since I last posted, I moved back to my native New York (I was in Virginia last [...]


I hope all of you in the States had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend! I did! Now, I’m not too excited about Christmas stuff out and about around Halloween, but I do start to get in the mood around Thanksgiving and I did rock a Christmas vibe this year for turkey day! I used Butterick 8078 [...]


Hi, How you all doing ? I have just completed a shirt for my husband, I’ve got to say he is NOT into vintage in any way and has had to learn that I will always dress the way I do But as he is coming with me to Twinwood at the weekend I said I would make [...]


Congratulations to the winner of our vintage button giveaway…. …..kittysdrawings! Looks like all that finger crossing worked! Check your inbox for an email from me. If you didn’t win, fear not: Marin is offering a 15% discount on any buttons for our readers. To claim the discount, just write WeSewRetro in the message to seller [...]

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850 of you who are fans of our Facebook page already know (thanks to my poorly composed iphone pics) about my recent pattern-hunting roadtrips around southern Indiana and Illinois, where I picked up some awesome vintage buttons still on their original cards. I could sum up everything I know about buttons with the phrase “Ooh, [...]


I made this top from a pattern in Burda Style magazine, issue 5/2012. It’s a very simple, retro style top that is easy to make and very easy to wear. I went up a size to ensure a comfortable fit but I needn’t have done because it is very roomy. Not completely shapeless as it [...]


⁃ Fabric: some cheap cotton blend thing that should have been better used just as a toile, as i know the weight of the fabric is not really conducive to wearable garments-as i have made a top out of this stuff before. Dont worry i wont do it again. As you will notice from my  pics, there is a [...]

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