My dream 40s Noir dress – complete!

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This was one of those projects that scared me a bit, and was on the go for ages….But it’s a much loved dress now!

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This dress is the first vintage couturier pattern I have completed, it is so lovely and elegant, it is also my first vintage sewing project using a 40s pattern. So, despite sewing for a few years now, lots of firsts!

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I enjoyed wearing this with some of my favourite vintage accessories, a fascinator with a net, earrings, kid gloves that were my nana’s.

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And some lovely 40s shoes!

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Overall, this pattern was fairly straight forward to make, I talk about some of the challenges over on my blog post about this project, including concerns about the fabric choice (curtain fabric, which just felt so right for this…..) and having to baste and check those lovely draped folds at the front.

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While there were some challenges, this dress exceeded my expectations! I enjoy wearing it soo much. And I can’t wait to make another one..or two.

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I have photos coming up soon of another one of my vintage vogue jump suits. After making this dress, I decided that the bodice from this pattern would team up perfectly with the pants from my go-to 60s jumpsuit pattern…

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On the go…

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Butterick B6167 – My Birthday Dress

Finally, a real shelf bust dress! This is Butterick 6167 from the Patterns By Gertie line. This also happened to be my 34th birthday dress – yay! The fabric is also from Gertie and I picked it up at JoAnn Fabrics.

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I won’t lie, I had a heck of a time with fitting this thing. I made so many alterations that it was hard to keep track of. You can read all about the headache on my blog. I actually almost gave up – but I’m glad I didn’t because I think it turned out really cute!

Simplicity 8051: Red Rockabilly Dress

I am fairly new to garment sewing so it took me a bit to work up the courage to share my most recent make. Without further ado, I would like to present my red polka dot rockabilly dress!

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I created it using Simplicity’s 8051. I know I didn’t get very creative with my fabric choice . . . what can I say? I just loved the pattern envelope so much I decided to completely mimic it. I just love the unexpected peek-a-boo back.

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You can read more on my make over at my blog: Seams Sew Retro! Thanks for letting me share with you!

Great British Sewing Bee Colour Blocked Dress

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So here is my version of the GBBS colour-blocked dress which is a copy of the YSL Modrian dress, famous in the 60s.  I loved making and wearing this, but certainly didn’t make it in 3 hours!  Lots more details on my blog.  Is anyone else making this?

Retro Butterick ’47 – B5209 – 1940s Tea Dress

Hi everyone!

I made the Butterick B5209 dress as part of the Big Vintage Sew Along. Overall, this dress gave me a headache but it was all my own fault. The fabric is beautiful and suits the style perfectly. Even though I know the dress has mistakes, to the untrained eye I think it looks very nice indeed and I’ll still be very proud to wear it! I find the style flattering, it fits me nicely and will be great for dressing up and dressing down.

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For my full pattern review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.

Thank you!
xo

GIVEAWAY: Your Three Favorite Simplicity Vintage Patterns

First, congratulations to Kim who won our Mondrian giveaway last week. Be on the lookout for an email from me, Kim…

Everyone else, don’t fret if you didn’t win because your next chance to snag some gorgeous patterns starts right now….

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This week we’re looking at the Simplicity Vintage range. I’ve picked out pictures of some of my personal favorites in these pictures but there are tons more on the Simplicity site….aprons, baby layettes, jackets, dresses, doll clothes and more.

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It’s so awesome to see these often very hard to find (and single sized) vintage beauties reissued as multisize patterns that fit a wider range. Make sure you check out the full Vintage Simplicity range because this is a pick your prize giveaway – you decide what you get.

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The winner will receive three patterns from Simplicity’s vintage range. As always on WeSewRetro, this giveaway is open worldwide – no matter where you live you are eligible to win.

To enter, simply pop over to the Vintage section of the Simplicity site and decide which 3 patterns you just have to have. Come back here and let me know in the comments and when you win, those three patterns will be your prize!

The lucky winner will be selected at random this weekend (June 26th) so don’t miss out – go make your picks! :)

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