Hi Sew Retro community! I just finished this winter coat from McCall’s 5717 and even though it’s a modern pattern I modified it a bit to give the coat a more classic look. I really love mid-20th century coats that extended down to below the knee to cover dresses, and that’s what I tried to [...]
This is Vogue 9134. It took me about a year to make, with several stops and starts. The fabric, a Dior double wool, is extremely bright and impossible to photograph. I used Sherry’s very informative tutorial on RTW coat making for the most part, and had some help from a Courrège chef d’atelier I met [...]
Perhaps I should have gone the more sensible throw pillow route with this one, but I couldn’t help it. One 54″ wide yard of 1960s vintage home dec cotton makes for a very nice Oriental jacket. More details over at my blog.
Hi, All! See how the printed pattern is placed at angles on the skirt portion of view “2,” giving it kind of a chevron design? I’m curious to know how that was done. I mean, I understand that the print natural is straight, based on how it looks on the top portion, so I’m wondering [...]
This is the coat I have made for my daughter in time for the colder weather. It is made from Butterick 9955, a late 50s/ early 60s pattern, and a thick wool blend tartan fabric. I gave her free choice for the lining, and this is what she went with, a cotton print with flowers [...]
Discovered a thin book from Dover Publications in the library one wet weekend: Fashions of the Thirties, 476 authentic copyright-free illustrations, selected & arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton. (Still available online, also an updated version that includes a CD – such modernization!) The tiny Publisher’s note states the images were taken from the Fashion Review [...]
Here’s my new spring coat! In a dusty pastel pink wool with vintage buttons. Pop by my blog Creative Accomplishments for more pictures!
Hey everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself and share this suit recraft-project. I’ve only recently gotten into sewing/alterations and decided to dive in head first. This was my first real sewing project, but I think it came out great. I inherited the suit from my great-uncle and decided that it would make an awesome [...]
Hello to all! I’ve read SEW RETRO for several years now. This blog has encouraged me (finally!) to start sewing vintage and vintage-style clothing. I think vintage outfits are so much more stylish than the fashions of today, and I especially love vintage dresses. I also enjoy decorating my home (in a rather eclectic traditional [...]
Hello again We Sew Retro. I’m back to share my second completed project from a vintage pattern with you. I made a Burberry-inspired trench coat during the Pattern ~ Scissors ~ Cloth Ready-to-Wear Tailoring Sew-Along last spring using Simplicity 6976. I used a camel-colored gabardine for the fashion fabric, a striped Burberry fabric for the [...]