Pattern Sizing

Hi all! I’m finally finished with my semester at school, so I celebrated by sewing myself a dress. I decided to go with a maternity pattern because I wanted something empire waisted. I chose to make the dress in the middle of the picture. (McCall’s 6576 C. 1962) I needed to resize the pattern since [...]

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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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  Here are two sheath dresses I made from a vintage 1958 pattern, Advance 8617. The yellow “tropical dress” has kimono sleeves and the fitting is more relaxed in general, and I think it is better for it. The blue dress has gussets in the sleeves and a more fitted bodice. The original 1958 pattern [...]

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Hello again!  I finally have pictures of the Advance dress that I was complaining about so bitterly a few months ago.  Here’s the pattern envelope again: And here’s my version! Since the pattern I have is (nominally) a little too small for me, I wanted to do a muslin first.  On the other hand, if it [...]

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  Hello again!  Thank you all for the very warm welcome.   I’ve been working on a bit of a “wearable muslin” for the bodice of a dress pattern I picked up a while ago.  I’m using up remnants from one of my circle skirts, and if the bodice turns out properly I plan on [...]

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I am such a doofus: I just realized that the illustration at the top of the We Sew Retro page represents the decades 1910′s through 1970′s. Doh! That said, has anyone else here attempted the sundress version of Simplicity 4727 (1943)? What were your results? I spent my evenings last week altering it down to [...]

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Welcome! This is my first blog post! I am so excited to be able to be a part of something as amazing as WeSewRetro. It’s nice to be able to talk sewing and ooh and aww over patterns and fabric with people who also enjoy it instead of boring my brothers and the local ranchers [...]

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So… I want to make Simplicity 3503. It looks like this: I want to make the lovely halter dress down here in the left hand corner. Only… I don’t want to use knit material as the pattern dictates. Rather, I have this really lovely vintage cotton-blend fabric that has a pattern along one edge (which [...]

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