Vintage Sewing

I’m in the market for a new iron, and since I’ve never actually owned a “new” iron (yes, I’ve been using other people’s castoffs, for shame), I’m not 100% sure what I want to get. I don’t mind spending a little bit more, because I want to get something that’s going to work really well and last a long time. What are your favorites?



This is my second post on We Sew Retro. My first posting was way back in December and I plan to post more often. I used two 1950s patterns: one for a Simplicity circle skirt and the other for a Simplicity blouse with a bow. The circle skirt has a petticoat underneath to make it more fluffy. I made the circle skirt brown with white rickrack on the waistband, as I feel it would be more versatile to wear during all of the seasons. If I left it just plain brown, it would look only best for fall. I usually try to make clothing I can wear for more than just a season per year. The bow blouse is also something I can wear for all seasons. In the winter, I will wear a vintage cardigan with it. Both patterns were relatively easy and I didn’t have any issues with them. The circle skirt did take a long time to hem, as I hem clothing by hand.


Being a log time lurker and admirerer of all your work, I thought I should finally get around to contribute myself.
Not entirely sure if the 90-ies count as retro yet (kinda hope not since that seriosly makes me feel ancient :) ), anyway I recently made up a floral cotton dress after a Burda pattern from 1992 (M10435 F 513 and 514). I was originally a top and skirt but I knew I would get way more use out of a dress and therefore combined the two. Otherwise I changed absolutely nothing, it was a perfect fit.

The fabric has a slight stretch to it, which made the fit easy and the dress very comfortable to wear.

It has a full skirt, which makes it perfect for a twirl – and who doesn’t like a twirlly dress :)

Happy sewing ye all :)



Hi, Ladies!

Hope your spring has been filled with lovely sewing projects!  I am excited to share photos of two vintage dresses I sewed, both made from out-of-print vintage designs.  I’ll share the 1950s dress first, which I just recently had photographed at the beach.

This one was made from an original 1956 Vogue design that I purchased at a hefty price a few years back, and it has some very unique details for a 1950s dress.  There are diagonal tucks/darts in the upper bodice, and the pattern actually calls for a ribbon bow to stream down the front of the dress.   It also features a square neckline and working buttons down the front, although the main opening comes by way of a side zipper.

Believe it or not, I was actually wearing my largest crinoline petticoat underneath, but the strong winds at the beach (and the fact that this was a heavier twill fabric) made the skirt kind of “flop” instead of standing out.  Oh well! ;)

There are LOTS more pictures and a full pattern review of the design I used on this blog post.   Old Vogue patterns are really the best!


Then there’s this dainty spring frock that I sewed using a Hollywood Pattern – my favorite vintage pattern brand hands down!

I wore this dress for Easter, and while the lighting doesn’t show quite how pink this voile fabric really is, at least you can tell in the photo below.

This pattern was a breeze to use, but I really love the flattering cut shown on the cover!  A peasant style bodice, gathered skirt, and fitted, curved waistband panel make it so feminine.  The fabric is a cotton voile, lined with blush pink China silk lining.  It closes with a side zipper and is rather fitted, but I’ll definitely be using this pattern again.  You can see MANY more pictures and my pattern review on my blog post about it.

Happy sewing!

Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns