Introduction

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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Introduction

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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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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