Cherry Bomb

Over the holidays I made my middle daughter a new dress. I used the Violette Fields Ginger Dress. I love the vintage chic look and it turned out very well. This description of the pattern pretty much says it all: “Ginger Misses incorporates retro elements that are figure flattering on all shapes and sizes. The bodice includes a vintage collar, waist tabs, front darts and halter tie straps.”

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Violette Fields Ginger Dress

I changed the halter tie to straps since I felt it would be a little more stable for my very active daughter! Pockets are included and since in my daughters eyes no dress is complete without them I made sure to put them in. (Sometimes I want to skip the pockets and save myself 10 minutes but no more!)

Cherry Dress pockets


If you would like to read more about the dress and see more pics feel free to stop on over for a visit at my blog.

Retro Butterick 5152 Dressing Gown

YAY! This is my very first post on We Sew Retro!  I have been silently stalking in the background, but never had the courage to post till now.

I’ve had Butterick 5152 in my vintage-inspired pattern box for quite a while and had intentions on making a dressing gown that was pretty enough to lounge around the house in when I was disinterested in wearing clothes.  (Like, every Sunday afternoon!)  But the red charmeuse in my stash was vying for my attention, so I changed my mind and went for an over-the-top gown with feathers and lace!

The pattern was not too tricky, save the yoke.  It was awful!  I LOATHE hand-sewing!  The feather trim was also a nightmare as the feathers were already attached to a strip of ribbon, but apparently they were glued to the ribbon, so the glue ended up ruining three needles and made all the stitches skip. Ugh!  : >(

Otherwise, I ADORE this gown! While it is no good for lounging, it’s perfect for a romantic evening at home with hubby and a flute of bubbly!

For more eye candy, see my blog post.

Thanks for looking!

Simplicity 4903

As part of my 2015 Vintage Pledge I made two of Simplicity 4903. This is a great pattern that I’m already planning to make a third of early this year!


Simplicity 4903 is from the 1960’s and I bought it on Etsy in perhaps 2010. I made version 2 which has a lower neckline and short sleeves, but I opted to do without the self fabric waist bows.


You can read about my first version in quilting cotton here and the second version that I made with baby corduroy here!

Paradise Playsuit

After the success of my last 1950s-style romper a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to make another – they’re the perfect summer outfit, so cute yet comfortable! Though I also based this one off the romper variation in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, I decided that this time I would make the shorts circle shorts instead. And how sweet is the result!

Paradise Playsuit

I also included in-seam pockets in the french seams, the first time I’d tried this, and it turned out fantastically. I’m never making anything without pockets again!

Paradise Playsuit

You can read more about the alterations and construction details, and see more photos here on my blog :)

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx