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  This is my Halloween costume, I’m McCall’s 6351, view A from 1962! This was super easy to do and perfect for the vintage sewing lovers out there!  Come Read all about it over at my blog: Erika Made It

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I know it’s not technically sewing, but I thought some of you might like to see my finished 1940′s victory jumper… The pattern is Patons 876, and was really enjoyable to knit!                                 ‘Victory’ clothing was worn either before the [...]

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I swooned when I saw this dress over at ButchWax Vintage – it’s divine! It would be perfect for weddings, parties and picnics – every occasion, but such a tiny waist!                       I knew I needed to make my own (modest) version if I was [...]

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There’s nothing better than finding vintage (or looks-like-vintage) fabric at an op-shop!   This pirate border print begged to be turned into a 1950s dirndl skirt (basic dirndl instructions are on my blog here). It’s a beauty, a 5 meter length with pirates, parrots, ships and treasure. Arn’t dirndl’s just the most easiest skirts to sew? I’m [...]

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Okay, this is both not-retro and beyond-retro, but since it’s newly-sewn non-modern clothing, I’m including it.  I also hope it might be helpful to anyone else who sews this pattern, since it’s a common pattern. I have a small group of friends with whom I play “old-timey” music–guitar, banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, washtub bass–a few times [...]

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For my Halloween costume this year, I made a 1970s evening dress by Givenchy, Vogue 2014. I was making my wife a Daenerys costume based on the character’s outfit in the season 2 finale of Game of Thrones, so with the help of a red mask I went as Quaithe of Asshai (the version from [...]

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After much anguish and sweat I got the beauty finished and very wearable. I sent out a desperate plea and your answers helped me make some decisions and get it finished! To read more and see more pictures, you know where to go.

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I found a bunch of these Simplicity books wedged in with the patterns. This one just tickled me pink! Denim is worn everyday out here even to church on Sundays. I’m guessing this catalog must be 70s. I cannot find a date on it. Here’s a few pages. Enjoy! Are you feeling the need to [...]

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This post is all the behind-the-scenes details of my latest me-made project, which I recently featured in an outfit post ~ My Fall Fancies Dress. I started this dress in February with an vintage Advance 9785 shirtwaist dress pattern I got off Etsy and some vintage thrifted cotton.  I think the Advance is late 1950s [...]

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This isn’t my page (I don’t work for her, we’re not sorority sisters, etc.) but I found it when I was looking for something else and it’s so awesome I have to share.  I sew for dolls only occasionally, and I’m sort of burned out on seeing stuff for 18-inch “toddler-type” dolls (short, chubby, bodies), [...]

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