1960s | Children | Kids | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 4836 – A Sentimental Make

By on March 22, 2017

Hey lovelies,

I’ve been reading We Sew Retro for some time now, and I’m excited to join the ranks of you who contribute! I want to share a recent-ish project with you. It isn’t by any means my first retro project, but it is special, and you’ll soon see why 🙂

A few months ago, I was thrifting at a secondhand store out of town. I love scouring thrift stores for their sewing patterns – they’re a goldmine! Anyway, I stumbled on this cute pattern Simplicity 4836. It’s a little boys’ pants, vest and jacket suit pattern from the early 1960s. I originally bought it to put it in my shop, but on closer inspection I noticed something amazing.

Simplicity 4836 – you’ll make one little boy so stylish!
Can you see that? This pattern was used for a little Michael too more than 50 years ago 🙂

The original owner had scribbled some notes on the front (as sewists often do!) and made it for a little Michael in 1965. What were the chances – I have a little Michael in my life! At two and a half years old, my nephew is a big strong boy, so I figured child size 4 might be on the big side, but it would make sure there’s growing room. I just couldn’t resist. I set out to make the vest as it’s the most versatile.

I had some leftover navy blue wool/poly twill from a skirt, and enough lining for the project. It was such a quick sew and great use of those awkward leftovers that are “too big to give away but too small to make something”. Based on this logic, I think I’ll be making many, many more things for my nephews!

Kid – you look good!

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1950s | Dresses | Kids

Vintage for Halloween and Everyday

By on November 1, 2016

I just love when I get to do a Halloween costume that will be worn as an everyday outfit as well. Because who really wants to put a ton of work into a dress that will only be worn once. I was beyond thrilled when I asked my 2 year old daughter what she wanted to be for Halloween this year and she responded with an enthusiastic, Lucy!! Followed by her favorite quote, “do you poop out at parties?”.

Her dress was created by altering a pattern I already had on hand (The Dainty Darling dress) in one of my favorite sewing books, “Sew Classic Clothes for Girls” by Lindsay Wilkes.

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My dress was created using Butterick’s B6018.

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I have to admit, I am so beyond pleased with this pattern. I think I am going to have to sew it up again in view b.

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But the best part of our costumes, is the fact that only the aprons were the costume-y bits and we can wear our dresses out again for a wonderfully vintage mommy and me look!

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You can read more about my make at my blog, Seams Sew Retro.

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1960s | Children | Dresses | Kids | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity Pattern 6995 pattern review- Still Adorable

By on October 7, 2015

Excited to share the dress I made for my youngest, little one this past spring.  The Simplicity 6995 girl’s dress pattern has been sitting in my stash for a while.  When I found the cotton eyelet fabric, I knew I had to give it a try.

 This pattern (Simplicity 6995) was super fun because I am sucker for anything vintage, especially fashion!!!!

Don’t you just love the artwork on the patterns and the styling.?  z

Please read more on my pattern review here: http://acitygirlcountrylife.blogspot.com/2015/03/saint-patricks-day-dress-part-2.html

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Children | Dresses | Kids | Vintage Sewing

Making a Little Girl’s Dress

By on June 4, 2014

bodice of child's dress

 

This is the bodice of the dress that I have made for my three year old god-daughter.  In real life the dress is finished apart from a tiny bit of hand stitching to neaten off a few details on the inside.  However in blogland it is still a work in progress because I have been showing the construction step by step to demonstrate the dressmaking techniques I use. Because I only use straight stitch machines – hand machines and treadles – zigzagging and overlocking is a mystery to me.  I didn’t know what an overlocker looked like until I watched the Great British Sewing Bee recently, and I had been reading American blogs for ages before I worked out that sergers were what we call overlockers.

bound armhole seam

Today I have put a post on my blog, lavishly illustrated with 18 photos, showing how I do bound armhole seams.  Previous posts include photos of how I have drafted the pattern piece for the collar and done the felled seams.

 

I hope my posts are helpful to keen retro fans.  There is still a way to go before I have posted all the stages of construction.

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1940s | Children | Dresses | Kids | Vintage Sewing

Girl’s Easter Dress and Another Sew for Victory Project

By on May 2, 2014

I sewed up an Easter dress of my daughter’s choosing from 1940s Simplicity 1573 pattern for girls in size 6. I modified it slightly, but it’s mostly true to the pattern. It’s also another projects for Sew for Victory 2.0, and I’m hoping I’ll have more projects completed before the deadline.

While the fabric pattern is completely modern, the idea is definitely vintage and 1940s.

Read and see more about it on my blog.

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1940s | 1950s | Children | Kids | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Easter Sewing for Boys And a Sew for Victory Entry

By on April 16, 2014

These are some matching Easter shirts I made for my boys. Both are made from vintage 40s/50s patterns and will work for my Sew For Victory entries. (I’m hoping to sew up some more 40s patterns before the April 30th deadline.)

They were so easy to sew up and I already have plans for a few more shirts for them.

See more on my blog.

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