Pattern Drafting

We’re iced in here in Texas, so yesterday I spent the day designing a dress.  I’ve made plenty of 50s era dresses from patterns before, as well as several skirts and a few blouses.  I’ve also designed my own skirt pattern using How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn.  In my opinion, the book [...]


I recently made a simple gathered skirt as a basic separate, and I’ve been wearing it as often as I can, so I thought I’d share it with you here. It’s easy as pie to make and given the right fabric can look dressed up or down, and makes a quick addition to the vintage [...]


It’s finally finished! I thought and drafted and muslined and sewed this dress over the past month. It’s inspired by the beautiful images in 1930′s sewing magazines and made from wool crepe and silk satin. The dress has raglan sleeves which form a yoke at the back. The lower back bodice is gathered to that [...]


My beautiful stunning 13 year old sister is growing up fast and getting really interested in clothes and boys and make-up etc., so I thought it might be fun to help her find her own style and design a dress (based on eras past, or I probably would have been bored ha). So we looked [...]


Earlier this month, I got pretty intrigued by a particular kind of early 1950′s dress design. The dress-with-flounce (click on the picture to go to my blog post about those). It made me decide to try and draft a dress like this. Pretty soon, I realized that this inspiration dress had to have a double [...]


Hi everyone! I just finished working on this 60′s-reminiscent scallop yoke dress. I made all the patterns for it and this is my wearable muslin of it. It’s pretty close, but I want to make the side bust dart just a classic princess dart for added fit. This dress is not unlike a 60s dress [...]


Hi there, This is my first time posting here, I credit this site with my wanting to blog as I learn to sew Vintage inspired clothing. I am relatively new to sewing clothing, but I have been sewing and crafting for as long as I can remember, really.  And I am totally hooked on crafting [...]


Hello! This is my first contribution to We Sew Retro.  I’ve been sewing casually since I was a teenager, but only decided that I wanted to get “serious” in the past year or so.  This month I’ve finished two dresses that I like. I made the first from the “Sweetheart Sundress” pattern in Gertie’s book. [...]


It’s been a rather nice weekend – warm and sunny 23 degrees which is lovely for Winter and hopefully and indicator of the next few months to come This new dress will be perfect for when the warmer weather arrives and I’m very excited to show it to you!


Oh wow…. I just realized I never posted this! I’ve been working on quite a bit in the past month or so (making a total of 4 garments) and this is the first of the 4. This dress might look a little familiar… that’s because it’s a modern adaptation of a 60s Pierre Cardin dress! [...]