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Not quite finished.

By on November 1, 2006

I haven’t finished my October project yet, but I did make a solid color skirt earlier in the month. It’s a new pattern – Simplicity 4703 – and I used new fabric. Here’s what it looks like:
It’s my new favorite skirt, I’ve been wearing it several times a week! I’m really happy with the way it turned out (ignore the hem in the photo – I’ve fixed the lumpy parts now.) I took my time and made sure to undo any crappy stitching, and only had to put the zipper in twice!

Soon I’ll have my October project done, which is a shortened version of View C:

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By on October 19, 2006

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been reading the site for a while now, but this is my first post as I haven’t actually completed any retro projects. I did manage to find this great sewing book a few weeks back at my local second hand shop.

It has great information on everything from planning, drafting patterns, choosing your fabric to refashioning and repairing existing clothes.

I really like the simplicity and thoroughness of the instructions.

If you like the Vogue cape pattern in the recent post this might come in handy… (hopefully the picture is clear enough!)

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Cocktails, anyone?

By on October 16, 2006

Here it is, my September project. The hostess apron.

I love it. I can’t believe it took me almost two years to actually put this together, but I did.

And here’s my action shot, trying to photograph the back of the apron myself. Of course, I realize now I should have just spun the apron around, but the picture shows how much of a goof I can be. Why not admit it?

My goal now is to find a pattern like these and make a few of these apron smocks.

I can see using them at home for working on my DIY projects but also as regular weekend wear, especially that red & white striped one.

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…getting there…

By on September 26, 2006

Here is my July project. I might not be able to wear it this year (though it was 83 degrees last week) but at least it has been washed and dried and is all cut out. See?

However, the big news is that… surprise!!!

I am done with my August projects. Here is the proof.

Simplicity 5914
Here is the gray skirt, front and back and the back of the red skirt.
(At this point, I got frustrated with setting my camera up for the timed shots and besides the front of the red skirt looks exactly the same as the back anyways.)

Here they were hanging in my closet last week to let the hems stretch.

Finally, the hand sewn hems.

In addition, I did start planning my September project. This one is very simple. It has been laying low in my sewing drawer for over a year, ever since I found this incredible fabric at Old Navy. It was actually a skirt, a 13 1/2 inch long skirt. No wonder there were so many on the clearance rack!

Well, when I held it up to waist to see just how short it was, my first thought was “cocktail apron” Not the apron that you actually cook in but the one you change into when your guests arrive and all that’s left to do is make a mighty fine cocktail. I definitely see mine worn with cigarette pants and ballet flats.

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By on September 12, 2006

Hi folks! My name is Rachel and I currently live in Houston, TX. I’m new to Sew Retro, but have been reading about your projects for the last month. Oooh oooh! I thought, I have an August project!
I fell in love with some lovely songbird upholstery fabric and whipped out good ol’ Vintage Vogue pattern 2267. An adventure was finding complimentary fabric for the dress. Had to settle for two extremely sheer cottons on top of one another, but I was ultimately pleased with how everything came together. The top layer falls 4 inches short of the bottom layer. Trimmed with ribbon, this made the stripe at the bottom of the skirt.

I experienced the greatness of using fancy upholstery fabric when I splashed coffee down my front at the wedding to which I wore this thing. Wouldn’t you know it? It beaded right up and wiped off with a napkin! These pictures were taken post-coffee incident, and there is no trace! There are bold and unapologetic wrinkles, however, as I have just returned to Houston and grabbed the dress from my suitcase for the sake of documentation.

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Is it too late for an August project?

By on September 9, 2006

I really did finish it in August. It just took me a while to get it documented. I think my daughter needs one size for width and another for length. We wear our dresses long so I automatically adjusted the skirt length. But I assumed the sleeve that fit widthwise would fit lengthwise. Obviously, the sleeves are too short. She loves it anyway.

The pattern is an oop Simplicity Gunne Sax.

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