You know how you have that moment when you don’t just want, but NEED to make yourself a dress? I’ve learned that the urge must be obeyed. Of course the muse strikes at inpooprtune times… like right after I got home from vacation last week. (I actually made THREE dresses in one week, but the other two are waiting for shoulder pads still, while this one is ready to go.) I’m trying to work through my stash of fabric and patterns – so I can buy more fabric and patterns, duh – and sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the right match.

The fabric, in this case, is Amy Butler Hapi:
amy butler hapi

I love the colors, and the folk-art-inspired graphics. I bought it a while ago to go with my favorite blue shoes – trouble is, I only got three yards. I think I was riginally thinking of making a dirndl skirt, but I hardly ever wear skirts – I really prefer dresses. And three yards isn’t much to squeeze a dress out of for a full grown adult.


Fabric rationing came to my rescue. This pattern is undated, but it very clearly hails from the Second World War, no? I still had to cut carefully because I was working with a one-directional print AND had to match that strong vertical line at the center front. I had just barely enough of the main print to eke out the dress – in true Make Do and Mend fashion, I had to cut the facings out of something else.

I started out thinking I was going to make View 2, the non-scalloped version. I quickly came to my senses.

20150705_170528Aren’t those scallops neat? I used white Imperial batiste for the yoke – the busy print needed a bit of contrast – and added a wee self-fabric tie. The whole project came together smoothly – I worked on it for about a day and a half – and I’m proud to say the entire thing came out of my stash. I even sewed it together with black thread because I did’t have anything else that matched. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t show. Mostly.)

I wore my new creation to church today, and thought I’d share some pictures that weren’t taken in my smeary bathroom mirror. Instead I got my 12-year-old daughter to take a few snaps of me outdoors. As you can see, we had a little help.

20150705_162307(Yes, she was licking my pantyhose. Imagine if I’d done as I’m told they did when nylons were unavailable during the war, and painted my legs with gravy!)

20150705_162334That’s better…



I think she likes it, don’t you?!




Simplicity 1573 for summer

Simplicity 1573 collar complete

It’s midwinter for me at the moment, but I thought I would share a summer frock I completed a while back, Simplicity 1573 in a pretty floral cotton.

Simplicity 1573 pattern and fabric

This dress has such a gorgeous skirt!

Simplicity 1573

I love the shape of the shoulders too, the only trouble I had was with the cummerbund. It came out really bulky, so I’m back to the drawing board and will try another fabric for next summer. At the moment, I either use this wide white belt or a slim black belt.

Any suggestions for cummerbund success? (Just take a look at the shape of that shoulder…)

Simplicity 1573 bodice on manequin


Happy summer sewing!

1940s Jeans (EvaDress/Simplicity 3322)

I freakin’ love these jeans, and I love how versatile the EvaDress Wide Leg Trouser pattern is!

It might be hard to believe, but these jeans started life as very wide legged swing trousers, from EvaDress 3322.










The fabric was a medium weight denim (not as heavy as rigid denim), and I used a beige top-stitch thread instead of golden-yellow.

I also made a top of modifications, including:

  • Raising the crotch depth about half an inch (they were a fraction too low last time I used this pattern)
  • Narrowing the legs and hips a bit more
  • Removing the front waist dart (tutorial coming to my blog very soon)
  • Adding the slant pockets
  • Add belt carriers















Result = Freddies of Pinewood eat your heart out! Super comfy and I need more pairs of these in my life right now!
















As always, more details on my blog and thanks for letting me post…


50s Fringed Skirt: Simplicity 4579

Simplicity 4579

My Step Mum found this pattern for me and I instantly fell in love with it especially the fringe trimmed version of the skirt, who doesn’t like a bit of fringing after all?

To start the skirt is a 28 waist and 38 hip. Due to the lovely weather we’re having here in the UK, recently not being in the best of sorts and my love of dairy I am now sporting 40 inch hips. So I had to adjust the pattern.

Further info on the adjustments and more pics on my blog Stacey Stitch.

So ladies and jellyspoons  here is my finished, sewn up skirt. What do you think? I’m super happy with how it turned out and it’ll look great for a work as well as a Sunday mooching round the vintage shops.




Simplicity 5694

This pattern was printed in 1973. When I saw it I knew I had to make the one piece bathing suit. I tend to love the late 60s early 70s when sewing for myself.

Simplicity 5694

Head over to my blog to see more on what I made, inspiration, and tips for when you make one!

GIVEAWAY: Simplicity 1061 by Sew Chic for Simplicity


It’s been a good long while since we hosted a giveaway but when I heard about the new Simplicity pattern by Laura from Sew Chic Pattern Company I knew you guys would love it!

Laura is a hugely talented designer  of vintage inspired originals (see some of her amazing Sew Chic patterns right here in the WeSewRetro shop) and you are going to love her flirty new pattern, Simplicity 1061 which hits all the usual Simplicity-stocking retail outlets on June 12th.

But why wait? Throw your hat in the ring by leaving a comment on this post and you could win a copy of Simplicity 1061 for your very own. Just tell me what fabric would you pick for this dress/jacket combo? Polka dots? Gingham? Floral? Avengers? Something else? The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, July 8th. As always on WeSewRetro, the giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where in the world you live. 

Would you like an additional chance to win? Heck yes you would. Laura is hosting a sewalong for the new pattern and will be picking an additional winner from amongst the sewalong signups. Head over here to sign up for the sewalong – I’m signing up myself as soon as I finish writing this post! Don’t miss out on her wealth of knowledge.

Here’s the nitty gritty from the back of the envelope, because I do love a line drawing when planning things out in my head. You can scope out the details on the Simplicity site too.


Good luck!