Giveaway: Cheap Chic 40th Anniversary Edition

Let’s celebrate the long weekend with a chance to win a fashion classic that will help you cultivate your own signature style!

Cheap Chic
Cheap Chic is a great vintage fashion title coming back into print for the 40th anniversary. With a brand new introduction by Tim Gunn, Cheap Chic is the ultimate fashion bible, full of hundreds of timeless tips and tricks for developing your own unique look. Originally published in 1975, this little book has been inspiring designers, attracting fashion lovers, and gaining a reputation as a cult classic for decades now.

Whether you’re a lover of designer labels or a master thrifter, Cheap Chic is about cultivating your personal style on any budget. There’s advice for stocking up on must-have items, interviews with icons like Yves St. Laurent, and fabulous photos of stylish celebrities from Greta Garbo to James Dean to Cher. Packed with style ideas and shopping tips,Cheap Chic is a go-to for fashion inspiration – both a fascinating artifact and a timeless style guide.

To win your very own copy, just leave a comment below telling us what you’ll be doing this weekend. Could not be easier to get your hands on this fashion classic! The winner will be drawn Sunday the 13th of September. As always on WeSewRetro, this giveaway is open worldwide. 

Turning a vintage curtain into a frock, Simplicity 6220

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I have been working my way through some unfinished projects over winter, and this is one project I have finished, and am very happy with. I picked up this lovely vintage curtain, in excellent condition early on in my vintage style sewing days.


I love the body in the fabric and decided that it would be challenge to sew up a dress from it. I used the original lining from the drop to line the bodice, but needed more to line the skirt, so used some polyester from my stash.


Simplicity 6220, pattern.

I’m so glad I completed it! Do you have projects that sit for a while? Sometimes I have some challenges that I cannot overcome, or I just get a bit bored, or, ahem, distracted by some new exciting idea.


I have more photos on my blog, I accessorize with some vintage gloves, my nana’s hat, vintage faux pearls.


1930s Cotton Butterfly Day Dress – Butterick 5764

I was able to snag this pattern, and loved the variation of the dresses.

butterick 5764

I wanted to make this a true 1930s day dress for view C, so I constructed the dress of a quilter’s cotton. I wanted to keep the natural drape of the collar, so I made that piece of a poly peachskin.

butterick 5764 fullI made a few changes, and there were a few challenges with this pattern. One change I made was that I added a slight elastic waistband instead of making the belt. Some of the challenges included having to make a back yoke as the collar did not come close to reaching the back bodice. Also, the french cuffs were designed to be very small, the construction was odd and the end result was not practical. I ended up just scrapping them, and making a keyhole construction while keeping the gathers at the button cuffs. You can read more of my trail of tears here.

butterick 5764 close up

I fully lined the dress, and am most pleased with the finished product.

butterick 5764 side

Teal Polka Dot Dress for a Tea Party

I was invited to a tea party with instructions to wear a colorful dress, which meant, of course, I had to make a new one for the occasion. ;-)

Butterick 5603

I chose Butterick 5603, and found just enough of the polka dot fabric to make the bodice, and paired it with a matching teal.

Butterick 5603

The bodice was a bit of a brain teaser, just because each piece looked so similar, it was a bit tricky to keep straight what was the front, back, left, or right! But I managed eventually. :-)

Butterick 5603

Apologies for the wrinkles, pics were taken after the party!

Apologies for the wrinkles, pics were taken after the party!

All my raw seams were encased in rayon binding, which took a bit of time with all those skirt panels! But it’s worth it.


I certainly recommend the pattern, I really love the shape of the skirt! More pics and details on my blog here.

Butterick 5603

A 1950’s Late Summer Dress

Hello again! I’m back with another me made dress, and this time instead of the 1930’s, I have jumped to the 1950’s!


I have made many summer dresses over the years, but I tend to always stick with a wiggle/pencil skirt shape. I wanted to branch out this summer and add a few full skirted dresses to my wardrobe! To make this dress I used a basic kimono sleeved bodice pattern and a full circle skirt. The dress is made from a lightweight cotton print from India (ordered from a now defunct shop on etsy) and is lined with off white cotton. I hemmed both the sleeves and the skirt hem with self bias tape I made from the same print fabric. I usually like to use bias tape folded over for an invisible hem on circle skirts but with the print being so busy on this dress I figured I could get away with just a bias tape hem. It feels a bit lazy to hem with bias tape, even though it takes some effort to make the tape itself!


Sadly I forgot to put on a belt with the dress before I took these photos, it looks even better with a thin black belt! I am excited to accessorize this dress with other colors in the future even if it looks good with basic black. I think red could be a fun pop against the neutral palette! I made one other dress this summer with this same exact pattern, only in a different tropical leaf and parrot print! You can see more of this dress and its tropical twin on my blog The Closet Historian.


STYLE 2283 – When is a jumpsuit not a jumpsuit?

When it’s a 2 piece! but I love it anyway.

Hello everyone, this is my first post on the site after lurking for a long time, so I hope I do everything right. I started sewing 2 months ago and have been playing with self drafted patterns and online tutorials, I finally built up the courage to try my first pattern (style 2283) and thought I would share it here.

At first I thought this pattern was a jumpsuit, its actually a two piece culottes set which is even better. I can use the pattern over and over because I love culottes and want to make some with a more wartime feel.



I was a little nervous about following a pattern and trying a lot of new techniques so I behaved myself and followed the pattern almost to the letter. For comfort I decided not to interface the waistband or the weird polo neck area thing? Instead I finished the neck and armholes with red bias tape which I think works really well.

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The pattern was printed in 68 so I felt safe pairing it with these awesome 70’s platforms I thrifted. I also thrifted all the materials for this project, Overall i’m really happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to make some more. more pictures and information are on my blog if you are interested.

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