Mail Order Patterns

I made this dress for Christmas and have only managed to photograph it today! The pattern is ‘Sense and Sensibility 40′s Swing Dress’ and I’ve made one before. The pattern instructions aren’t the clearest and I had problems with the bodice first time around, this time I remembered my previous mistakes. I’m not sure it’s [...]


This Sunday, I highlight the savvy and efficient advertising of patterns from early to mid 1940s war-time pattern companies. You gotta love the idea of getting inspiration for an entire wardrobe from the back of your pattern envelope. Enjoy!  


A version of this post originally appeared on Sew Retro and my own blog, but when I received an email earlier this week asking for the link to it I realized I’d stupidly deleted it from both places. Here is a new version with updated pictures. Mail order patterns are a too often overlooked treasure [...]


On November 19th I had a belated Halloween party to go to. It’s been ages since I last went to a Halloween party, so I just had to make my costume myself. Add to that my rekindled love for sewing and my love of all things mid-century, I picked something that was fitting for my [...]


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 [...]