Jumpers / Pinafores

Yesterday I finished up this quick and easy pinafore for the little one. The pattern comes from a 1954 issue of Pins and Needles magazine, and I used a polycotton woven check fabric. The pattern uses a contrast fabric for the upper skirt and bib sections, but I chose to cut these on the bias [...]

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I made this a couple days ago as a birthday present for a little girl in my son’s class and it’s from fabulous 1952. the only things I changed was to bag line the apron instead of using like 7 yards of bias binding and I added a button tab instead of neck ties. The [...]

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Hello, all! It’s been a few months since I’ve posted here; If you read my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been battling the most evil poison ivy known to man, and I haven’t been able to do much else! I’ve gotten it mostly under control now, so hopefully I will be able start posting more [...]

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I just finished up this dress for the little one, from Butterick 7410 (1950s- shown right below). It’s effectively a mini version of a suspender skirt I made for myself last year: what I had left from that was only really big enough pieces for something like this, and I used the same lining, buttons [...]

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I just finished this undated mail order pattern. It was so super easy and the fit is phenomenal. The only thing I changed was adding ruffle trim to the button flap. I wanted a more house dress look instead of a classic jumper look. The material is thrifted cotton that was sewn into a tablecloth. [...]

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I’ve been lurking on Sew Retro for a while now – being inspired by everyone’s creations. I thought it was time to add one of my own. I made this back around Easter of 2011. The pattern called it a “jumper-dress” – what I would call a pinafore. It came in an envelope labeled The [...]

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I saw this pinafore over a brown dress in the Betsy McCall paper doll archives, January 1960.  I really wanted to make something ‘in that flavor’ for my daughter.  I’ve been in a sewing lull lately… she hasn’t needed new clothes at the rate she did earlier this year. The pattern the paper doll page [...]

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This is one item from my current project list, an all-new wardrobe for Autumn. It is a black and white plaid jumper or suspender skirt, for which I took inspiration from various 1950s patterns.   I drafted the pattern myself, starting with my half-circle skirt as a base. I divided the skirt into four panels [...]

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