Introduction

Hi Everyone,

I’m a long time reader and want to thank you all for posting your amazing creations. They have been a major inspiration in my sewing adventures.  I have been sewing for about a year and now think I’m finally get the hang of the basics.

I hate for my first post to be a question and will post about a few of the dresses I have made next, but I saw the most amazing dress from Dangerfield

 

Problem is that it doesn’t come in my size, so I’m hoping to make a copy for myself.

I found l butterick B5603

 

 

But this was a close as I came, and it’s mostly just the waist and lower bust that are the same. Does anyone know of a pattern or two I can use to recreate this lovely 40′s ish dress?

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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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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 Dellis on March 2, 2012 · 11 comments

in Introduction

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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