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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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), [...]
Okay, so the whole ‘shepherdess’ thing is just a ruse. If you find me in the barn, odds are I’m spending some quality time with the Sawzall. That truck won’t modify itself afterall! Oh yeah, and I made that satin skirt. Stop by the Willow Homestead if you want to read about it.
I’ve been a jobless, stay-at-home seamstress for the last several months. It’s really hard to get a job as an American here in Norway and my best options have been grocery clerk or waiting tables… not exactly easy to swallow when I’ve worked so hard for my (apparently useless) education. I’ve been sewing this dress [...]
If I had a penny for every time a new poster said “I’ve been reading for ages but I’ve been so nervous about posting pictures!” I would have at least $1.37 It can be nerve wracking putting yourself out there, but there’s really no need to feel shy. It’s a proven fact that WeSewRetro fans [...]