Introduction

Simplicity 5566 – 70’s Sailor Dress

By on February 9, 2012

Hi everyone, this is my first post to We Sew Retro, though I have been lurking and commenting. I’ve been sewing for about 35 years. Recently, I’ve been more able to devote time to sewing. Over the past year, I’ve discovered a whole world of sewing blogs, including this one, and I started one of my own (http://seamssustainable.blogspot.com).

I’ve always wanted to do some retro sewing, though I almost hate to call it that because some of the patterns I already own in my stash qualify! So, for my first post, consider Simplicity 5566.

I completed this pattern over a course of a couple of weeks, though I always feel slow when I read about the sheer volumes of wonderful clothes created by all of you! Here’s a picture of my completed dress. For more details on it’s creation, please visit my blog!

Nice to meet you all!
Dee

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Blouses | Introduction | Pants / Trousers | Pattern Drafting | Shirts

First Post: Back Button Blouse

By on February 1, 2012

Hi Sew Retro friends!  My name is Jessie, I blog over at Some Things I Have Made, and I draft all my own patterns.  It’s a pain in the ass, but I’m dedicated (and cheap).

I’ve been wanting a back-button blouse for ages–I blame Gertie–but I knew I wanted it in wool jersey, and my comfort level with knits is pretty low.  This project came together pretty slowly, as I had a lot of research to do on sewing with knits.  Then, once the fabric came in, it turned out much narrower than I expected, and cutting on the grain was important because of the direction of stretch (and the distinct large-windowpane check)–in short, there was some jiggery-pokery involved.

 

I basically want to wear this every day now.  It’s as warm and comfortable as a sweater, but lightweight enough to tuck in at the waist.  For the next version (I’ve got more wool jersey coming in the mail!) I will probably even leave the bottom hem minimally (or even un-) finished, to reduce bulk at the hip line.

More pictures and construction details at my blog!

(The trousers, which photograph really seventies but were inspired by Katharine Hepburn, are blogged here.)

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1950s | Coats | Introduction | Jackets | Mens | Modern Patterns | Pants / Trousers

Late 80’s/Early 90’s suit recraft

By on January 24, 2012


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 Christmas present for my twin brother. The only problem was that the suit was cut for a much larger waist (I think it would have fit a 36-38″ waist rather comfortably) and the lapel styling was very late-80’s. I decided that a late 50’s mod fit was much more appealing and would lend a more modern look to the jacket.

In the end I completely reshaped the lapels, raised the notches, recut the collar (a little), shortened the sleeves, removed about 4″ from the jacket waist and 6″ from the trouser waist, repositioned the buttons/holes on the suit front, and slimed down the legs on the trousers. I also hemmed them a bit short (to a half-break) to cover a hole in the bottom of one leg.

I have a full write up on my blog including a step by step of what I did. Not bad for $3 worth of thread and a $25 thrift store sewing machine, is it?

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1950s | Introduction | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 3775

By on January 21, 2012

Hello everyone! First post here on Sew Retro although I’ve been lurking a lot 🙂 I love vintage and historical fashion and that’s most of what you’ll see on my blog.

I made this skirt last year; my friend lent me Simplicity 3775 (from 1951) and it sewed up quite well! Very easy and fun to do, one of those projects you just love doing 🙂

I got the navy fabric and the belt from the thrift store so this was a really cheap skirt to make; plus, being navy, it goes with a lot of my wardrobe and is a flattering design. You can read more about it here.

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1960s | Dresses | Introduction

Sew-Grateful Challenge Dress: Simplicity 4908

By on December 6, 2011

Hi all,

This is my very first attempt at a vintage pattern and also obviously my first post on Sew Retro after lurking  here for a long time.

So first an introduction: My name is Alana and I’ve been blogging over at Lazy Stitching for almost a year and a half. I’m a new Londoner having moved here a few months ago from New Zealand which I’m really enjoying (although I’m still in denial about the winter temperatures here). I’m plus-sized which leaves me spending lots of my sewing time grading patterns upwards and figuring out full bust adjustments.

Which leads me to Simplicity 4908.

This 1960’s dress was for My Happy Sewing Place’s Sew Grateful challenge using a pattern I won in a giveaway from Sewing Through the Motions. The various angles of the bodice pieces meant that even after grading and an FBA it still wouldn’t align so I wound up fudging it using pieces from other patterns (more details here). Still I’m happy it all came together in the end.

 

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1940s | Hats | Introduction | Mail Order Patterns | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 4700

By on November 15, 2011

Hi!

This is my first post at Sew Retro!
I’ve been sewing for years, but, am returning after a fairly long break. I am really enjoying checking out what everyone else is working on!

I made up this version of Simplicity 4700, a 1940s pattern for a couple of hats and gloves.  This is view A. I no longer had the instructions for this pattern but got them through Wearing History, where there is a version of this design for sale. I have to wear hats at work ( I am an instrument tech. at a hospital), but, am pretty bored with the bouffants and don’t like the glare from the lights. So, I think this hat is perfect for me. If you would like to see more photos or read about what I did to the pattern, I discuss it in a bit more detail on my blog.

🙂

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1950s | Introduction

Vintage aspirations

By on November 9, 2011

Hello. I’ve been reading the wonderful posts on this site for about 8 or 9 months and have felt so inspired by the beautiful dresses and other creations I’ve seen. I just recieved my first 3 vintage patterns and am excited to say that I cut out the pieces for a pair of pj’s for my sister who doubts my mad sewing skills. I’ll show her!

Will post the pics when I’m finished. Hopefully by the end of the week!

Thanks,

Mina

The pj’s are a 1950 pattern. i’m making view 1-sans lace and pockets.Here are the 2 dress patterns.

 

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