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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1940s | Dresses | Introduction | Sewing Machines

DuBarry 2205B

By on September 30, 2012

Hello everyone! I’m new here. I’ve been a “stalker” for a few weeks now, truly enjoying all of your creations and somewhat envious of your talent! Here is my first project I plan on making. It’s a pattern I won on Ebay, with the backdrop of my Grandmother’s 1947 Domestic sewing machine. I plan on starting this soon, and because I won’t be quite thin enough yet to wear it when it’s finished, I’ll probably use my 18 year old daughter as a model (and hopefully inspire her to sew retro too!…that’s her crocheting in my profile picture). I’m so excited to get started!

 

WWII era dress pattern
Du Barry pattern #2205B

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