Retro Nightie for Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Selfish sewing is the best kind of sewing.

I purchased a pile of vintage knit fabric at auction a couple months back. Some was, of course, quite hideous, while some was kitschy retro cute. I do recognize that this is in the eye of the beholder, though.

For a quick, easy project, I grabbed a medium weight spongy retro knit and stitched up this nightgown using Simplicity 7096.

Well, I mostly just used the yoke pieces, as I cut the yardage to a length I thought would be comfortable (somewhere between views 2 and 3), and cut equal front and back panels from the width. The fabric was pretty wide, so I got both the front and back from one length. Then I used the pattern as a template for the underarm.

This was stitched entirely by machine using the “burrito method” I learned from Janet Pray’s Sew Better, Sew Faster Craftsy Class. There’s not too much to say about construction. For a sweet touch, I included some leftover ric rac trim across the yoke and pressed and stitched it down in a bow motif. I added one of the vintage buttons from my stash, and the gown was done. Now all I need are some fuzzy slippers and hair curlers!

I also recently figured out an easy method for assembling some of the PDF patterns I have been working with lately. To try my tip or just to say “hi,” feel free to stop by my blog Farmhouse Garden.

Ta ta for now!

A Little Inspiration For Your Weekend Sewing

So I went to one of those “why are you having this sale on Thursday” Estate Sales yesterday, and I’m SOOOO glad I did! I got some super-fabulous Vintage Seventeen and McCall’s magazines! Most from the mid-50s, some from the early 60s. All awesome!

When you get finished drooling you can see more pics on my personal blog!

About the author: I started sewing in 2005 when my husband borrowed his mother’s sewing machine for me and told me that I could make corsets for myself (instead of paying $500 a pop for them.) It was the first thing I ever made. and the first thing I ever sold! The rest is history I’m a Fashion Designer/Antique Dealer just south of Atlanta!

1930s for Summer

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for all things 1930s! I recently completed my first 30s project and I’ve been shopping for fabric and patterns for some others.


I made this 30s dress from a 1930s reprinted pattern from Past Patterns.


The bodice is made from some great rayon fabric with rings that I interlined with cotton lawn for modesty.


The skirt is cotton broadcloth which makes it quite a cool outfit for summer! I’ve got more photos and construction details over on the blog, plus a sneak peak of some of my other 30s sewing plans is coming on my blog this week.

Do you like wearing 1930s fashions?

About the author: I’m a 20 something Chemistry professor who loves the fashions of the 30s, 40s and 50s. I’m also completely obsessed with Downton Abbey. Aside from sewing, I also love to knit, scrapbook and read.

Black and White

I thought I’d post pictures of some of my favorite handmade retro clothes.  I never posted these in the first place, probably because they were in the laundry or being worn!  It just so happens that they’re all black and white!

This skirt is one of my favorites!  It’s a full circle skirt made from some lovely wool houndstooth.  I used a super wide black ribbon for the waistband and along the edge of the lining.  I love love love it!  Unfortunately, it’s a bit too hot right now in Texas for me to wear it.

Another circle skirt!  I’m a little obsessed with them.  This is made out of some sort of linen blend that DOESN’T wrinkle every time you sit down!  I recently finished it (after wearing and washing it several times) by hemming the lining, replacing a lost button, and a little added detail to the waistband.  (I couldn’t resist…my new machine is awesome!)

Finally, not a circle skirt!  This is my second attempt at Simplicity 1590, and definitely more of a success.  The fabric is a weird polyester that is stiff enough to hold the peplum out.  I used tiny black buttons down the front, and added a tie in the back.  It looks great with a black skirt, or with jeans.  A great addition to the wardrobe!

And for those of you who helped me out with my recent sewing machine crisis, thank you!  So many of you told me how wonderful your Janome machines were that I decided to get one of my own!  It is the Magnolia 7330, and I LOVE it!  So, thanks!


Happy sewing, everyone!

About the author: Knitting, spinning, sewing…I love to create! I am a Midwestern living in Texas, trying to find patterns that are fun AND heat-friendly. I love sewing retro designs because it is nearly impossible to find a good twirly skirt these days! I mainly focus on 50s clothing, though occasionally dabble in 19th century, or the 1940s.

Seventies Shift

In need of a new dress, I decided to sew one from a 1970s Vogue ‘Very Easy’ shift pattern. This pattern was true to its word as it was extremely simple to construct, with only seven pieces to cut out and sew.

As I wasn’t sure how the dress would turn out, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the fabric. In the meantime, a friend recommended Fabric Land in Bristol to me, so I did a quick trip down the M5 and found that its a haven of well-priced and quite quirky fabrics. After much ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ I brought some plum-coloured fabric with turquoise birds on it for a reasonable £3.69 a metre.

The dress was relatively quick to sew and I didn’t do any mods to it at all. The dress’s plus points are two big patch pockets, the large scooped neckline, short sleeves and well-placed darts, which give it a bit of shape. The only drawback is the back of the neck doesn’t fit as close as I’d like it to, but that’s not a big problem really.

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I can see myself re-visiting this pattern again soon as this could well be a wardrobe staple from summer through to autumn. Now, what fabric should I use next?…….

About the author: Amongst other things, I’m a freelance writer, knitter and stitcherette with a penchant for collecting vintage patterns.

An addiction….

I’ve become addicted to making Bra top and skirt sets (I am meaning to venture into adding shorts and beach jackets to the mix soon).  I love how quickly I can make them and having the versatility of separates!  I just wanted to share my latest creation with you all.

The top is based on Simplicity 1426 Version B.  I made a couple changes- like adding ties in the back and making the straps criss-cross in the front.  The skirt is just a basic circle skirt.  I made it with a leopard peach-skin rayon fabric I had, and I used twill for the lining and waistband to give it a little more body and stability.  I probably won’t be doing that again- sewing with silky fabrics irritates me to no end! I used a double fold bias tape as the hem on the skirt because I get lazy at times.  In the end, this turned out to be my favorite outfit so far!




How about you?  Do any of you have a type of clothing you can’t get enough of making?