Vintage Sewing

Hello all!

I am super excited to show you all my latest make. It is a beach outfit made up by the Mrs. Depew 50s sun top, and shorts using the Wearing History Sailor Girl pattern. The fabric is just regular cotton fabric from the remnant bin. It is great when things just work out ;)

To read more about the construction, my inspiration and of course; more pictures, you are all invited to visit my blog . Click the picture, or this link!

Thanks for looking, and happy sewing!


Way back in February, I took the Vintage Pattern Pledge and promised I would sew up at least five vintage patterns this year. And I added that I wanted to make one from each decade from the 1920′s to the 1970′s.

So far, I haven’t done anything yet. I could make excuses, but I guess it’s more important and more interesting to get started. And I’ve decided to start with the decade which is the most alien to me, and probably the least suited to my body type: the 1920′s. My one source of patterns for this era is a big pile of sewing magazines called Gracieuse. They are kind of like Burdastyle magazine today except that only a selection of the designs from each issue is included on the pattern sheet, and each pattern is in one size only. And the pattern sheets are endlessly more difficult to trace and the instructions are rudimentary at best.

Anyway, I’ve looked through all the issues from the 1920′s and picked out the designs I like. The ‘long list’ is on my blog┬ábut I’ll show you my favorites here. These are not only my favorites because I like their look but also because I think they could be made from fabrics I have in my stash and I could wear them straight away.

These are all very lovely, but the one on the right with its clean lines is my favorite.

Here, I’m looking at the third dress.

In this picture, it’s the first one. Now that looks like a real flapper dress.

And here it’s the first one but without the cape.

As you can see, all the dresses on my ‘shortlist’ are more or less party dresses and I don’t really mind about that. The 1920′s silhouette is way out of my comfort zone so I thought I would just start with something I love the idea of and then see if it will work for me. Looking at these four, the choice seems to be between a fairly quiet or a more eye-catching one…

What do you think?


Hi Holiday Girls !
Here is my picnic shirt based on a burda pattern (2014-05).

More pics and details on my blog !

Have a beautiful week.
Sunday afternoon

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Hi guys! The Betty Skirt pattern from Shaffer Sisters will be re-released next week with extended girls sizes, up to size 16x. The skirt is knee length with a deep yoke, inspired by the 1930s.

Betty Skirt for 18" doll | SewsNBows

There’s a pleated, gathered, or button placket version.

Betty Skirt

This is a girls button placket version I made last year.

As you can see, I like to use a vintage inspired (or just plain vintage!) patterns and pair them with modern fabric. Sometimes crazy notions add a fun look. I’m not bold enough for some of my favorite looks, so making for kiddos is fun.

Anyways, the Betty Skirt re-release includes a bonus 18″ doll pattern so I thought I’d pop over and show you. I don’t get to sew as much vintage (inspired, or otherwise) as I’d like; so any excuse to come say hi:)

PS there is a free pattern for this skirt in newborn size here.

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