A sixties dress

Sixties dress

So, I’m kinda terrible at picking fabric. I get hung up on whether it will suit the era, the mood, me, and then I end up taking forever to decide. This fabric was originally supposed to be a skirt, but then I saw this pattern and decided it would be so much better as a dress.

Simplicity 4429

This is Simplicity 4429 from 1962. I made view 2, but raised the hem line and change the fabric tie belt so that it closes at the back with snaps. The fabric is cotton with a small amount of spandex that I got from a local shop for $10 a meter.

Sixties dress back

I really like this pattern. A definite remake, but next time I’m making version 1 with the added pocket.

1940s honky tonk shirt

Hello fellow seamstresses !!
I post here to show you my first 40s-50s western project : a honky tonk shirt !
I don’t know if some of you like this style, but personaly I am completely crazy about it !


Trying to get some class like those country singers had

(such as the great Charline Arthur in the picture below)



I used a recent pattern, not vintage, but inspired by this era. (The magazine is the french BURDA , july 2010).

I changed it a bit : I drafted “pistol” western cuff instead of the straight ones proposed, and removed a part of the front, to keep just one piece of yoke. And I hand embroided it, yes ma’am I took patiently the time to do it ! haha

I used burgundy gabardine, and beige plain cotton (I won’t again, I don’t know why I did it, I forgot my previous mistakes : wrinkles, everywhere, only on he beige parts, always …)

And yes, I am planning on making the pants matching the shirt, of course 🙂




Here is a front view of the shirt.


It is not perfect but I am really happy with it and wear it a lot ! I can’t wait to make me others !

Oh ! By the way, I need your precious help : if some of you know a website where I could buy  good quality light rayon gabardine (any colour, plain would be better) it would be so great ! (And I know many of you here are some serious fabric experts 😉 )

Thanks for reading !

Here’s he link to th post on my blog : https://wildchildsophie.wordpress.com/

A jump(er) into a deep end


Lately I’ve been convinced by the freezing November temperature that it’d be a good idea to sew something warm to wear around the house or/and in my informal time. I had some soft, fluffy wool that I’ve bought few years ago; I decided to give Burda Vintage 50s inspired Mary jumper a try.


Because I only had a small piece of the fabric, I had to squeeze in the pattern pieces. So I shortened the sleeves, got creative about the facings (I’ve pieced them) and omitted the belt (I already had one in almost the same color as the one of my fabric). I like that the armhole is quite tight and high, which helps to look slimmer even though the jumper is trapeze-shaped. What makes Mary stand out is her collar-cut on the bias. It’s easy to mould; to retain the draping quality I decided to omit the interfacing. I stabilized the edge of the neckline with a strip of cotton selvage.



Because I don’t like the fuss of having many buttons to fasten at the back, I’ve sewn the opening shut except for the last 5cm; that is closed by two hidden snaps. I decorated the back with 3 big buttons, which are purely ornamental. To make them unobtrusive, I had covered them in the main fabric.

In invite you to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com, to see and read more. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Black Friday Sewing Sales


Fancy a little sewing shopping while you’re digesting your turkey this year? Here’s a rundown on the Black Friday sewing sales…



35% off at Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coupon code: holiday2016

Code should be applied at the top of the “checkout” page. Valid now until November 27th.

Swoon patterns are available as PDFs or paper patterns. I’m particularly fond of the bags in the Swoon Vintage Collection – I have quite a few Donna bags floating around my house and the Maisie Bowler is up next.




30% off ePatterns at Wearing History

Coupon code: Thanks2016

Valid November 25th through November 28th.

The lovely Lauren from Wearing History is actually on maternity leave right now (go see her gorgeous little girl on the Wearing History fb page – she’s precious) but she’s opening up for Black Friday-Cyber Monday so you can snag some ePatterns. The Smooth Sailing trousers are a perennial favorite in our WeSewRetro Sew & Tell Facebook group so I recommend starting there!




15% off everything at Atomic Sisters

No coupon code required. Valid November 24th through November 28th.

Lots of 1940s patterns all for less than $10 (and that’s before the holiday discount!) in this section here and look – feedsack fabric!




30% off everything at Sewing Emporium Co

No coupon code required. Valid November 25th through November 28th.

Lots of factory folded retro reissues here and a lovely selection of handmade lace trim.




20%-30% off patterns at Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop

Coupon code: JOLLY20 for 20% off all patterns or JOLLY30 to take 30% off 5+ patterns.

Valid from November 23rd through November 28th.

If you sew for kids, you probably already know about Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop but they have patterns for the entire family, extending up into plus sizes. They’re great for knit basics like tees, sweatshirts, hoodies, swimsuits and pajamas. My oldest spends her summers in rio racerback dresses and our new baby was kitted out with the entire lullaby line when she came home from hospital.




30% off at Mrs. Depew Vintage


Valid November 24th through November 28th.

People often pop into our WeSewRetro Sew & Tell Facebook group asking where to find patterns for vintage lingerie and the answer is always Mrs. Depew! She has an extensive line of digital downloads  plus paper patterns too. Tons of gorgeous stuff here.




15% off everything at Bessie Miller Vintage

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Valid from November 25th through November 26th.

Bessie is an absolute sweetheart and she has all kinds of vintage patterns, vintage zippers and even some holiday sweaters.




25% off everything at PatternsFromThePast

No coupon code required. Valid now through November 30th.

No mental arithmetic required here – everything in the shop has been automatically marked down by 25% If you’re a Vogue patterns fan, there are lots to be had!




25% off everything at Faded Primadonna Vintage

Coupon code: cyber25

Valid November 24th through November 30th.

Vintage sewing patterns, vintage advertising and all kinds of vintage clothing.




15% off all sewing patterns at Keepsakes Studio

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY2016

Valid from November 25th through November 28th.

300+ vintage and out of print patterns to choose from!




Everything on sale at Redcurlzs

No coupon code required.

Bonus for our neighbors in the Great White North – this shop is based in Canada.




20% off at ClairebearToo

No coupon code required. Valid now through December 2nd.

This shop will be closing for vacation after the sale so get in and get your bargains now!




30% off everything at Mode De Lis

No coupon code required. Valid November 25th through November 28th.

Not only does Lily at Mode de Lis have some really gorgeous vintage patterns, she also sells her handmade vintage dresses. You’ve seen her work pop up on the blog for sure – she’s awesome!




 30% off everything at Megan Nielsen

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY2016

Valid now through November 27th.

When we stocked these in the WeSewRetro shop, the Cascade skirt proved so popular I sold out constantly. Megan Nielsen also has an extensive maternity range so if you’re busy making babies, definitely check those out.




Craftsy Classes all $17.99 or less

No coupon code required. Valid November 24th through November 28th.

I just took Beverly Johnson’s Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit class and loved it. She’s a fabulous teacher! Definitely picking up one of her other classes during this sale!




25% off all Bubblegum Dress patterns at Candy Castle Patterns


Valid now through November 26th.

If you sew for girls, you’ve probably already seen the Bubblegum dress pattern by Candy Castle. It’s a sweet little wrap dress (flexible fit makes it last longer before they grow out of it!) with a variety of options. Incredibly fast and satisfying sew – my oldest daughter lives in these.




Deals on Fiskars & Christmas Fabric at Joann

No coupon code required. Valid now through November 25th. 

Nothing majorly exciting going on at Joann Fabrics it seems but with 60% off Fiskers products it’s a good time to pick up a few replacement blades for your rotary cutter. I recently replaced mine and realized how long I had been struggling with a dull blade. It’s also 70% off Christmas fabric.




25% off everything at Pattern Treasure Chest

Coupon code: Blackfriday25%

Valid now through November 28th.

Lots of 1960s patterns here!



10% off orders of $20+ at Starlet Patterns

Coupon code: BlackFriday16

Valid November 24th through November 27th

Aussies, this shop is down under so cheap shipping for you guys!




50% off everything at Grey Dog Vintage

No coupon code required. Valid November 25th through November 28th.

Big discount on a bunch of vintage and out of print patterns here.




35% off at Retroactivefuture

No coupon code required.

Nearly a thousand sewing patterns here so you’re sure to find something from your ‘to sew’ list!




 25% off at Tilly and the Buttons

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY

Valid now until November 27th.

Brits, Tilly is based in the UK so cheap shipping on printed patterns for you. Digital patterns available for everyone else.




Free shipping on all Ottobre back issues

No coupon code required. Valid from November 25th through November 27th.

Ottobre is a completely awesome sewing magazine, chock full of thoughtfully designed patterns – separate mags for womens and kids. Shipping can be an absolute beast because they’re coming from Finland, so this is an awesome chance to snag some!




40% off everything at Violette Field Threads

No coupon code required for 40% off, but if you spend over $125 use code BLACKFRIDAY to take an additional 15% off. Valid now through November 28th.

VFT make frilly and feminine patterns for girls, tweens and ladies. They just released a range of matching 18″ doll patterns too.




20% off at Houndstooth Fabric

Coupon code: COUPON20OFF

Valid now through November 29th.

Not just vintage patterns – lots of fabric here too including plenty of Pendleton!



25% off at Fox Vintage

No coupon code required. Valid now through November 27th.

Another one for the Brits: UK-based Fox Vintage.




20% off at ZipZapKap

Coupon code: FRIDAY16

Valid now until November 30th.

Out of print and vintage patterns for women, kids, men and even dogs



25% off fabric & kits at Cashmerette

Coupon code: GIVETHANKS

Valid now through November 28th.

Cashmerette designs specifically for the curvy lady and go up to an H cup.



20% off at Grainline Studios

Coupon code: GIVETHANKS16

Valid now through November 28th. 

PDF and paper patterns for ladies. Lark tee and Archer shirt are popular staples.



30% off at Serendipity Vintage

Coupon code: GIVETHANKS30

Valid now through November 28th.

All manner of vintage patterns. Shop by decade or bust size.



35% off at Greenstyle Creations

Coupon code: BlackFriday2016

Valid now through November 26th.

Greenstyle is great for women’s athletic wear like the Stride tights (XXS to 3XL) and the Endurance Sports Bra.




50% off at Stitch Upon a Time

Coupon code: Thankful4Me

Valid now through November 25th. 

The scrundlewear undies pattern (available for ladies and kids) is a great basic for turning your knit scraps into some underoos.




40% off at Lil Luxe Collection

No coupon code required for 40% but if you want an additional 15% off, join their fb group for an additional code. Valid November 25th through November 28th.
Girls and ladies patterns. The Northwest flares already jumped into my cart.



Everything $2.49 to $4.99 at McCall Pattern Co

No coupon code required. Valid now through November 28th.

Butterick, Kwik Sew and McCalls patterns are $2.49. Vogue patterns are $4.99




30% to 50% off everything at Colette Patterns

No coupon code required. Valid now through November 28th.

30% off everything and 50% off the sale section.

Making Peace


Do you ever have one of those projects that just fights you at every turn until finally you have to resign your own opinions on the matter and let the project call the shots? This skirt started out as a rather cute 1950s style dress, but it apparently wasn’t meant to be….


More details on the skirt as well as some shots of this darling original wool sweater (and a few ramblings, for good measure!) on my blog. 🙂


And please share! What was a project that didn’t go according to your original hopes? Did you end up liking it more after all, or are you still a bit resentful? 😉

A pattern mash up, 50 plus 70s equals 40s


Perhaps the pièce de résistance that a woman might have in the 50s, that rather special pattern in the stash of work and household clothes. Advance 6190 was a delight to work with! And I am so pleased with the results.


I was very short on fabric for this project, but the fabric, a wool blend crepe, given to me by a friend, was perfect, so perfect, I had to use it, so I teamed the 50s bodice up with a simple skirt from a 70s pattern, and voila!


I now have a very 40s looking dress, win!


I have more photos and making details over on my blog.

I hope your sewing projects are going well as we approach the end of the year.

Happy sewing, Angela x