Vintage Sewing

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure I should publish this here. Some vintage inspiration definitely went into making this jumpsuit but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a bit of a mish-mash of styles. The leg shape was inspired by some of the hobble dresses from the 1910′s. Because I wouldn’t much [...]

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I made a cape and so far it’s perfect and I love it! I used Vogue 6032 from 1963 and I used a charcoal wool with purple satin lining. It’s fairly warm, except for the no-sleeves bit so it’s perfect for the spring now that it’s starting to warm up. I had a bit of [...]

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Is there anything more frustrating than finding the perfect vintage button for that project and only finding one when you need 10? Or a button on your favorite shrug breaks in the wash? Or you find an awesome button but want it in a different color? Well, I found a solution! As promised I have [...]

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Hello everyone! I just launched a collaborative Google map which might interest a lot of the readers here – it’s a collection of costume and textile museums from around the world. You can open the map here or by clicking on the image below. I was inspired by Vicki’s Map the Sewintists project which has been [...]

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I’m always cold in the Bay Area, so instead of wishing the weather to be warmer by wearing lightweight cotton dresses, I have decided to be more practical and start making things in flannel and wool. This dress is a wearable muslin I made from an inexpensive cotton flannel that I had in my fabric [...]

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Hello everybody!! Here in northern France the spring is almost there. And also it is still very (too much!) cold, I had a sudden will to make me a “paradisiac island dress” ! I used a 1950s pattern from “New style” for the top, and a retro high waisted skirt pattern to make my perfect [...]

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This is my first post, but I have been a longtime lurker. This is a 1950 blouse pattern I made out of some turquoise polycotton, if I make it again it will be with something with more drape in it. it went together quite easy, the only adjustment I made was to take half and [...]

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I am not sure whether to call this a mod dress or not.  I am not terribly familiar with the fashion terminology of the 60′s so I’ll refrain from attaching any labels lest they be incorrect. Anyhow, this is a 1968 pattern that I bought as part of a lot in 2009. I immediately fell [...]

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Hi there, I wanted to share another sewing project I finished recently. It’s Vogue 6136 a blouse with lots of pintucks and lace.  For some time I wanted to sew a white/cream colored blouse, but never came to it. But when I found this pattern on Etsy I knew this would be perfect. I really [...]

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I made this dress from a rather large shift dress. It’s a self drafted bodice with retro styling paired with Gertie’s Pencil skirt from her book. The fabric is satin backed crepe. It’s a lovely dress to wear and feels silky smooth.   More details over on my blog – ragbagsandgladrags

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