Mille Fleur and Mango Lassi

Hello everyone!

Even though I’m in the middle of my exams, I wanted to add to my (quite small actually) summer wardrobe. I love sewing with summer-y fabrics like cotton and rayon. It’s super easy, super fast, they’re not complicated in any way.

The first dress I’d made was done in about 8 hours. The pattern was super simple, I made it myself and simply drew it on the fabric. No fuss, maybe 10 seams in total, some elastic and pompoms :D

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4th of July dress

Not my best quality photos

I’ve really been wanting to make something with this anchor fabric from Joann’s for well over a year, July 4th just seemed like a good excuse, right? To make it more festive, I decided to line the bodice with red sateen. Originally, I was also going to make a bow for the center of the bodice and a red petticoat, but time constraints put a stop to that!

I heart big skirts

I heart big skirts

The pattern is another one from Gertie’s latest book, which is kind of a mix and match type thing. This one is the surplice bodice and 3/4 circle skirt. FULL DISCLOSURE: while this pattern is lovely, it isn’t magic, I’m wearing a corset here. For more info, check out my blog, Sewn by Ashley

1940 Sundress

This is a great dress, nice to wear, but it was hard to get it to the point where I liked it.  The dress was easy to make but there were a lot of little things to adjust, especially the bust gathers.  Eventually, I ended up top-stitching the gathers down so that it is like mock-shirring.  A Vintage Vogue reprint from 1940 (#8812) was the pattern used and some blue/tan/white plaid poly from my stash was the fabric.  To see and read more, please visit my blog page here.100_2875-comp

McCalls 4769 Shirtdress with Vintage Flare

Hello All,

I recently participated in the McCall’s Shirtdress Sew-Along and thought I’d share my project with everyone.

For this project I used McCalls 4769 pattern which I had in my stash, unfortunately it’s currently been discontinued.

Since it was the first time I made this dress, I decided to make a wearable muslin first.

Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 wearable muslin

The wearable muslin came out very nice

Once I was happy with the muslin I decided to make my final dress.

While the pattern was a modern one, I choose a floral purple print fabric and vintage buttons to give a vintage flare.

Akram's Ideas: McCalls 4769 final dress

I love the vintage look of the final dress

This pattern was  a little tricky and I had to do some pattern grading to get it to fit right. Still I love how this dress came out.

To read more about my process for making this dress over on my blog Akram’s Ideas (


Butterick #5895 – Party Pants!!

Hello everyone!

It has been such a long time since I posted anything on here. I have had a long break away from sewing, but I have slowly gotten my sewing urge back. And now,  after all the fabulous inspiration on WeSewRetro, I have a new make to share with you all!


I am sure many of you have already used this pattern by Gertie , as it was released a few years ago, but it is such a classic retro style and can certainly stand to be repeated! This was my first time sewing fitted pants/capris, something I have actually dreaded, and procrastinated for years. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that not only was this pattern easy to sew, it was also a lovely style and fitted me with only minor adjustments.


I really wasn’t sure I even wanted to sew these initially, because of the high waist style. I have made some wide legged swing pants earlier, but came to realize the high waist, palazzo-style trousers just wasn’t for me. I am actually baffled to have these look rather flattering! Don’t you just love it when that happens??

If you, too, are new to sewing fitted pants, why not give this pattern a go? Who knows, you might make your favorite summer capris! I know I’ll be making these again :)

If you want to read more about the making of these pants, and see more pictures, you are all welcome to Pinhouse!

Retro Butterick ’56 No: 5813

big vintage sewalong

So this was my contribution for McCalls Big Vintage Sewalong. A blog tour amongst other things to promote a range of patterns that will in turn raise money for The Eve Appeal.

I chose Butterick 5813, a fabulous fitted dress with a neat little collar detail. I chose view A bottom right on the pattern cover:

Butterick 5813

I used a lovely Italian brocade which had a lovely drape but enough body to hold the shape.

Butterick 5813

It’s fully lined, sleeves and everything and feels gorgeously weighty and luxurious! I feel slightly guilty about using an invisible zip instead of a lapped one. I’d have liked to have finished it properly but at least the zip is completely invisible in the side seam so you can’t instantly tell!

Big Vintage Sewalong Butterick 5813

This pattern isn’t a quick and easy one. None too difficult either but just a bit time-consuming. More details and photos over at ooobop!