Dresses | Introduction | Vintage Sewing

Introduction

By on February 23, 2014
Hello WeSewRetro,

I posted once, years ago but have recently found the motivation to post some finished garments. I finished a Diploma in Fashion Technology last year and am now studying costume which is very exciting! I make my own patterns unless I state otherwise and every now and then I delve into my collection of vintage patterns. I’ve been very busy sewing the past few months and here are some of my more retro/vintage garments.

Pink Seersucker Dress
Day of the Dead Crop Top with Black Full Skirt (Alexander Henry Fabric)
A-line Lobster Dress with Matching Belt
Blue Floral Border Print Dress with my 1964 VW Beetle
Senorita Dress (Alexander Henry Fabric) with my 1964 VW Beetle

I’m slowly working towards my wardrobe being a majority of handmade or second hand clothes. I post my sewing and op shop finds on my Instagram: “sharpscissors” http://instagram.com/sharpscissors and would love to see other fellow retro sewers and vintage lovers there!

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1950s | 1970s | Culottes / Pantskirts | Dresses | Introduction | Pants / Trousers | Pattern Drafting | Pattern Sizing | Vintage Sewing

New to me patterns!

By on January 11, 2014

 

Hello All,

I’m new to WeSewRetro and relatively new to sewing. I thought I’d share some of the patterns I plan on making in the next few months.

There are 2 Butterick patterns and I know at least one of them is a familiar face to all of you. There are also 3 1970s Simplicity patterns. I was extremely excited to find them at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store, uncut and in pristine condition for a whopping $0.58 USD for all 3 together.

I know from reading about other’s experiences on the B4790 Walk-away dress that I’ll have to do some tailoring because it is the re-release pattern and not the original which apparently has caused some fit issues. I also know that I will probably need to grade the Simplicity 9147 from 1979 up a size, but the pattern may have enough ease where that won’t be necessary.

Have any of you sewn these patterns? Any tips for the beginner? Any suggestions for which comes first?
2 Butterick, 3 Simplicity

I apologize for the image quality, my camera has recently taken a nose-dive and I had to resort to sharing via the camera on my cellular.

 

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1950s | Dresses | Introduction

Introduction and Retro Butterick 6307

By on December 15, 2013

Hello, everybody! I am new here and have been really wanting to join earlier but never took photographs of my pieces. This dress is Retro Butterick 6307 that I think is out of print now. I made it a while ago, and it was my first set-in sleeve. I used regular medium weight cotton. Everything was pretty easy, and of course I had to take it in a bit. I would definitely reccomend this to anyone. I have under it a crinoline I also made using  Edelweiss’s crinoline tutorial here: http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=850 (sorry, I have not yet figured out how to make a regular link!). It was really easy despite my mistakes and the crinoline fabric getting jammed in my machine all the time.

I apologize for the bad pictures, I don’t know how to get good ones yet.

 

I am currently working on a peplum shirt from 1951, and will be done with it shortly in order to post it here! Thanks for looking!

 

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1950s | Introduction | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Smplicity Skirt 1952

By on October 19, 2013

Hello vintage lovers,

This is my first post here on We Sew Retro. I have been a big fan of this blog for a while now, and have just finally gotten the motivation to start posting some of the items I have made.

I have wanted a super simplistic 1950’s style skirt for fall for a while now. I knew exactly what pattern I wanted to use, which was this Simplicity 4083 from 1952.

I found 3 yards of an amazing lime green heavy weight linen at an estate sale, I knew right away that I wanted to use it with this pattern. I decided to make view 3, with the waistband on view 1. The pattern called for 3 and a half yards of fabric, so I shortened the skirt by about 6 inches and was able to make up this skirt with only 3 yards.

This skirt was a breeze to sew up. I will definitely be using this pattern again. I love how the lapped zipper in the back of this skirt turned out.

Overall I am super pleased with this skirt, it is a perfect fit and makes me feel super confident!

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1930s | Dresses | Introduction | Vintage Sewing

A House Dress Fit for Ginger Rogers

By on October 11, 2013

Hello. This is my first post. I’ve really enjoyed watching all of your projects and it was high time I got in on the fun myself!

This is a dress I finished a few months ago. Its only a humble house dress but made up in a lightweight cotton voile I think its pretty darn glamorous. When I wear it I feel like Ginger Rogers.

I used the Vintage Pattern Lending Library’s Ladies Hooverette Day Dress from the early to mid 1930’s. Aside from the 5+ yards of hemming that I did by hand, the pattern was a cinch to sew and I will be making it again. The lines are so simple that I even think it would be dreamy made up in a chiffon for evening. Then I could really channel Ginger!

 

  Oh, and look, here I am doing my best twirl a la Ginger!

I’ve got lots of recent finished projects I look forward to posting here, so i’ll be seeing  you soon!

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1920s | 1940s | 1950s | Accessories | Blouses | Buttons | Hats | Introduction | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A hello plus 4 finished projects!

By on August 19, 2013

hi dolls! My name is Ines and I’m from Lisbon, Portugal. I’m a beauty and vintage fashion blogger (you can check my blog here www.madameturbante.blogspot.com )
More recently I discovered the wonderful world of sewing! Both my grandmothers were seamstresses, and I always have been interested in this kind of art, but I was very busy learning and doing other stuff. Some months ago I decided to create a brand inspired by the vintage acessories (all decades) called Madame Turbante, and so my mother in law offered me a sewing machine! At the time I didn’t knew anything about sewing! I searched on google and a whole new world opened up for me 🙂 I’m still very new to this, but with your help and inspiration I feel that I can do so much more!

My very first sewing project were my turbans, which I’m most known for! Turbans are very easy to sew. Have you tried?
I created Madame Turbante brand and I sell it all over my country in flea markets. Its funny, because I only own one of my turban designs! :p

 

The other thing I wanted to show you is my very first attempt to sew two pillow cases from a retro fabric available at IKEA (I love IKEA, don’t you?). I loved the result! I watched a video on youtube and I was able to sew them easily!

 

Now the fun projects: Clothes! I was afraid of making clothing, I confess. I can picture some patterns in my head, but taking the measurements is kinda hard for me. Well, in a week I lost all fear and tried to make a blouse inspired by the 20’s and art deco. I drew the pattern myself based on a simple blouse I own, and made the adjustments necessary. I have to say that the most difficult part was to hand sew the buttons holes! God, what a mess! The great thing is that they are kinda hidden from the actually buttons. The fabric ripped a lot. So, it was a challenge, but I loveeee the result! Also, the buttons are vintage, I bought them in a flea market a couple of years ago and I was starting to think that I’d never get to use them.

And finally, but not least, my 40’s skirt with removable suspenders! Another challenge. I drew the pattern from a skirt I already own, sew the suspenders et voila! I didn’t have the chance to use it outside because it is freakin’ hot here in Portugal. I need the winterrrr!

I feel like such a cheater by not using actually patterns. What do you think about that? Are you used to draw your own patterns?

xxx

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1960s | Dresses | Introduction | Mad Men Inspired | Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

Hello!

By on January 23, 2013

This is my first post, so I’ll take a minute to introduce myself. I’m Allie, I’m a library science student and former archaeologist, and my decades of choice are the 1950s and 60s. I blog over at missalliemass.blogspot.com.

My current project is perfecting a few go-to patterns: a fitted shift, a fit-and-flare dress, and a loose shift, which you can see the second incarnation of today!

2013.01.19 Green Shift

It is a modern pattern (New Look 6145 in its most basic version) inspired by a dress worn by Cynthia on Mad Men and pinned here. I really like my version (yellow’s not my color) but there are still some fitting issues I am working on, namely a swayback alteration and too much fabric in the front.

2013.01.19 Green Shift

For more, visit my blog!

Thanks, and hello again!

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