1950s | Introduction | Skirts

A hello and four circle skirts

By on July 11, 2012

 

 

Hello!  I’ve been reading We Sew Retro on and off for a while and it only finally occurred to me today that this would be the perfect place to share all of the sewing that I’ve been doing, as my fiancee is getting a bit sick of hearing me carry on about it!

Some introduction… I first got into vintage clothing after buying my first petticoat last fall, and then my mother gave me my very own sewing machine for Christmas!  Which naturally led to all sorts of pattern hunting and vintage sewing pattern sewing, but to keep things in order, it started with circle skirts.

After doing a little math, I made my first circle skirt out of synthetic red felt.  This, in theory, was my wearable muslin, since it was the cheapest thing to make a skirt out of.  I cut it in two pieces and put the zipper and buttons at the side.  Since I wasn’t thinking enough about the buttons (and didn’t make an overlap for buttonholes) I ended up attaching elastic loops to the opposite edge to close.

 

 

 

Skirt the second was made out of a lovely black or very dark navy cotton with a blue-ish all-over flower pattern.  Since I was using smaller fabric, I cut this one in four pieces and moved the zip and buttons to the center back.  I was a little overzealous with the waist measurement… although it buttons, it does gape quite a bit at the back.  I think I’ve lost a little weight (or a few inches) since I made it, as it closes much more completely now.  I made a wide waistband for this skirt like I did for the red one, but forgot to account for it being cotton instead of felt, and did not interface it.  Oops.

For skirts three and four I cut the fabric in three pieces (1 half circle and 2 quarters) to eliminate the center front seam.  I also interfaced the waistband, which made a huge difference.  For the yellow one I extended the waistband and made buttonholes for the four buttons I used as a closure.  For the purple skirt, I forgot about buttons entirely and just sewed the zipper all the way through the waistband.  I may add buttons to be decorative later… I’m not sure.  The purple skirt is a bit odd, because it’s made of the same fabric (one would think) as the blue one, but after pre-washing the fabric came out quite sheer and has much less body than the blue.

I’ve since started stalking the local antiques mall for sewing patterns in my size and picked up several.  Further posts with more interesting garments to come once I extract myself from reading the back archives.

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1950s | Introduction

Simplicity 3875

By on July 4, 2012

Hi! I have finally gotten the courage to post here, let me know if I am doing anything wrong! I would like to share one of my latest experiments: Simplicity 3875. I made it from some fabric I found online, the print was probably originally intended to be used for aprons. The piece was 1.75 yards x 35 inches wide. The yardage requirement was around 3 yards so I had to make a few adjustments.

I gathered a rectangle for the skirt from what was left over from cutting out the bodice pieces. I made the straps narrower, shortened the bodice (I am very short AND very shortwaisted, and tube-like). Somewhere down the line I decided to make it a halter dress.

The belt is from my closet, I was considering cutting a bit of the green from the hem to make a belt. Or maybe finding some matching navy and making a belt, what do you think would look good?

 

More pictures here

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Intro – Long time reader, new poster

By on April 4, 2012

I’ve been reading the sew retro blog for a little while now…and thought as I’m sewing my first ever vintage pattern I should take the plunge and sign up.

I love reading everyone’s posts and getting inspiration from the dresses etc. that are posted. I hope my future posts will be as interesting and useful.

I have a blog… well actually I have two but ones dance related…(if you are interested there’s a link to that one on my sewing and craft blog).

I’ve always been ‘retro’ without actually realizing it…its only recently I’ve made a concerted effort to sew my own garments after taking part in a sew along boosted my confidence that I might actually be able to do it. Since my first dress, I’ve sewn 1 blouse, one shirt, 1 skirt..I have quite a few projects vintage inspired of course that I hope to share in the future.

EDIT

As Jessamyn asked this is the vintage pattern I’m sewing.

Style 2516

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1970s | Bags / Purses | Introduction

From jacket with a past to bag with a future

By on March 28, 2012

Hi, I have been lurking here a while and this is my first post. I have become interested in sewing from vintage patterns after a couple decades of not sewing very much. Inspired by all the talent I’ve seen on We Sew Retro, I recently took a short dressmaking class.

Since I haven’t made much progress on my class project (a dress from a 1970s pattern), I wanted to tackle something quick and easy to feel a sense of accomplishment. I made a bag using Simplicity pattern 9553 from 1971 and fabric from a well-worn jacket made in India in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Bag from Simplicity 9553

Sabina of India vintage jacket

Made of hand-block printed and hand-loomed cotton, the jacket was originally sold at the upscale department store Bergdorf Goodman in New York. I bought it at a local thrift shop.

Simplicity pattern 9553

I made a few changes to the pattern and now this is my dream bag — the perfect size, shape, and color.

Although I know this period is later than what I mostly see on this site and my project was very basic, I thought readers who appreciate vintage clothes might enjoy the story of how my bag led me to meet the grand-daughter of the jacket’s original owner. Read more on my blog, Joyatri.

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Hello! Let Me Introduce Myself

By on March 18, 2012

Greetings everyone,
I am excited to start contributing here! This wonderful site always inspires me to do more sewing. My name is Karen, AKA BobbinBombshell. I write the blog Bobbins And Bombshells (http://bobbinsandbombshells.blogspot.com) which is where I share my inspirations, my projects, and my love of vintage. I’ve been sewing and dressmaking for about 20 years. In the past 2-3 years, I started teaching myself how to knit and crochet. When I’m not being crafty, I can be found at the beautiful lingerie boutique I manage in Manhattan or at home laughing with my husband and kitty Coco.
Here are a few of my finished projects. I’m looking forward to sharing more!

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A lacey question

By on March 2, 2012

WeSewRetro is the first blog I read each day, and you all have provided untold amounts of education, support, and delightfully pictured projects. Thank you all!  Now, I’d got to start sewing, and that has brought to mind a bit of a problem I need your help in overcoming.

Several years ago I was gifted with 2 identical napkins. Not much was known about them. They seem to be linen, with wide lace made for each square of fabric. The lace isn’t stitched together anywhere. (Please forgive my not knowing all the correct terms to use in describing this!)

Here’s the proverbial photo worth 1,000 words…

Lace Napkin
Lacy Napkin

I’ve 2 questions:

  1. How might I make use of even 1 of the napkins? Accessory? Front bodice? Lingerie?
  2. There appears to be embroidery (for lack of a better term) on the lace, which is 3-dimensional on both sides, with 1 side more pronounced than the other.  I’m uncertain which is the right side.

Here’s a close-up of the corner in what I think is the right side.

Lace Close-up
Lace Close-up

And what might be the wrong side, as it’s more dimensional…

Lace Reversed
Lace Reversed?

 

Any advice or assistance would be most appreciated!

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Introduction

For the first time

By on February 23, 2012

I am a young lady from Finland, currently living in London UK, having the time of my life!

Everything crafty is me, I love sewing, knitting, crocheting, paper crafts, embroidery and pretty much anything else you can think of! I have a passion for vintage, especially for 50’s and rockabilly. I work as a nanny and spend my spare time exploring the wonders of London! If that’s not enough, I also read, bake, draw, have my own blog and love watching old movies. Someone who can’t stay still, I’d say.

Enough with the talking, let’s get sewing!

Love, Anni xx

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