A jacket / cape by StinaP

Well, even if I haven’t posted here lately I’ve been sewing quite a bit – a silk blouse and lace skirt - and having a sort of wardrobe identity crises. You can read all about it on my blog. But I haven’t been sewing so much retro, until my most recent make – a jacket or cape from a 1950’s reproduction pattern.

Just before Lisbon, I whipped it up in a blue-grey wool with an ivory silk lining and some vintage rhinestones buttons as a final touch. For once, I used a commercial pattern (Vogue Vintage Model V2934, an original 1950’s design). Although I didn’t change the design – much – I did sew it differently from the directions.

And I’m just saying – I really love it. Please come over to my blog StinaP and get all the nerdy sewing detailsVintage vogue V2934 jacket front www.stinap.com

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1950s Inspired Minty Bridesmaid Dresses – McCalls 6466

Last year I was honored to make 5 bridesmaid dresses for a dear friend of mine who loves vintage style as much as I do. She chose McCalls 6466, a super fun dress with TONS of tulle.


They came out so well, and I love the shape of the super full tulle skirt! This took dozens of yards of tulle per skirt, it was no joke, lol, but it was worth it. :-)


We had to mix and match the colors of tulle to find just the right combination to match the other fabric, that was an adventure.


A friend of mine came and took a few pics while I was fitting one of the bridesmaids, it was fun to have some photos of the process!


All the ladies looked lovely (and yes, one of them was expecting!! We added a stretchy waist along the back, I was a nervous wreck until the day of the wedding, lol, hoping the dress would fit and remain that way!)




This is definitely a dress to twirl in!!


More pics and details on my blog here. :-)

Christmas Outfit – Sencha from Colette

Hello ladies!

I know it’s not even Halloween yet but I’m already thinking about what to wear for Christmas xD

A few days ago I found this golden Satin-y fabric in my stash which didn’t look cheap at all. It’s not the polyester kind which is often used for cheap Halloween costumes. I think it’s cotton? In German it literally translates to “cotton-sateen” or “cotton-satin”. Basically, cotton which was manipulated to look shiny and then woven like satin (it’s called Atlas here.)

So I thought, why not use it for something that looks more festive. The past couple years I only wore loose fitting sweaters and a pair of sweat pants to Christmas. We’re not  very formal during the holidays. This year though, I asked if we could go somewhere to eat or if we could cook something nice and big.

Yadda yadda, we’re still going to stay at home but I decided to be all nice and fancy anway.

I chose the Sencha blouse from Colette. This is my third time makin this blouse and yet I still make the same mistakes!

If the sleeves look odd to you…well they are. I don’t have the mojo to change them right now but I eventually will.


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1919 Brown Plaid Dress

I thought I would share the 1919 Brown Plaid outfit I finished a few weeks ago!

While it proved, at times, to be a challenge, I thoroughly enjoyed creating my first from this particular year.

More pictures and information on how I made this dress on my blog.

Have a wonderful day! :-)





All the World’s a Stage: Elizabethan Corset

It’s a little more “retro” than what I normally would normally sew – or what’s normally posted here for that matter – but as lovers of fashion history, I thought you’d all still appreciate my latest make – an Elizabethan bodice!

I made it for my sister for her theatre performance, and she was so pleased with it! You can read more about it here on my blog :)

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x