Modern Patterns

I picked up this beautiful fabric as my souvenir from MOOD while I was visiting L.A. I was really concerned I was going the fudge up the whole thing once I got to the button holes, but everything went way better than I had expected! I think if I make this dress again I would [...]

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Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  After making my Red Polka Dot Dress  a short while back I knew that it would not be the last time I would make something using polka dot fabric. You should have heard the squeal I made when I saw this fabric. I got it when I went to Birmingham for [...]

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After some uncomfortably warm temperatures and my poor fella only having one decent cool-weather shirt, I decided to try something new and sew a men’s shirt. I used a contemporary pattern with a classic, ageless style (Vogue 8800) and picked a blue and brown tiki print cotton fabric. I thought the combination evoked a very [...]

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I love this kitchy vintage pattern, burda re-issue 7109. A loose fitting top with bloomers! I used a silk cotton blend with yellow flowers which is super soft, but very sheer! I underlined just the front of the top with a cotton voile. It goes perfectly with my feather slippers! see more on my blog [...]

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Hello there Sew Retro-ers! I hope you are having a lovely summer. Mine is surprisingly summery and sunny and gave me a chance to flaunt my new Bombshell Swimsuit on the beach. This is the first swimsuit I ever made and despite some extra engineering steps that went into supporting the bust, sewing this swimsuit [...]

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I have developed a passion for polka dots and it is all down to this dress: Do you ever have times where things just come together perfectly when sewing? When you haven’t done anything differently, but things just seem to… well…work! Well I appear to be having one of those times in life where exactly [...]

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I made my own version of Gerties butterick 5895 this week and I am absolutely thrilled with this pattern. So easy and so cute!!  Thanks to Rochelle, her version inspired me to go buy the pattern and make my own.  Apart from too much ease (as usual for most of the big pattern companies….WHY?) the [...]

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So the top of this dress is based on the Colette pattern’s Macaron dress. For the skirt I followed the instructions in Gertie’s book for a gathered skirt. While not a vintage pattern, I feel it has a vintage look of sorts to it! If you’re interested in reading more, please check out my blog! 

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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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I originally started off with this pattern some time ago – a vintage 1970′s (Simplicity 6883) shirtdress, with big promises of making me ‘look slimmer’… But once I had cut the pattern out and tacked it together, it was doing nothing for me (this is the second time I have tried this pattern, so maybe it is [...]

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