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 [...]


Hi Guys I thought you might like to see the picture of the 1940s princess coat in green baby cord…I have just finished it ..yey!! all but the button holes which I am going to have done professionaly at D & M buttons in london. I took the day dress pattern in the picture ( simplicity 2161) as a referance then drafted [...]


I pulled out one of my favorite wool pencil skirts to wear this week, made using Simplicity 4047.  This skirt makes me want to sew up a bunch of blouses to match. The wool is what was leftover from my construction of Butterick 5281. I love when I can squeeze two projects out of one [...]


Hiya, I’ve been (slowly) getting on with my 1920s coccoon coat, hampered only by Ofsted (school inspectors), eczema (on my hands, how cruel for an artist?), and a lack of Betty (my mannequin). I eventually decided to use the Folkwear Poiret coat which had been discontinued but I found one on good old Ebay. I [...]


Ahoy indeed. I guess making an 18th century frock coat qualifies as an Uber We Sew Retro project. As this coat is not for Halloween but for a real swashbuckling spectacle, I had to to a great deal of scheming to make it solid which I have talked about at length on my blog if [...]