1943

Rayon is perhaps my favorite fabric to sew with! Love it! And it’s absolutely perfect for 40s dresses! When I saw this fabulous tropical printed rayon in the garment district in LA, I knew it had to be a 40s tiki dress! And I promptly bought 7 yds. lol. I used Eva Dress 3863 from [...]

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I’m sure we’ve all seen those 1970′s patterns that imitate 1930′s and 1940′s lines, right?  Simplicity 6164, Simplicity 5844, Butterick 3174, Marian Martin 9327 . . . you get the picture.  Well, I decided it was time to turn the tables. Since I spent so much time and bother fitting 4727, I figure I might [...]

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Despite the monumental fitting headache that was Simplicity 4727 (1943), I decided to suck it up and take on its close numerical predecessor, Simplicity 4718. I’m going to hazard a guess that they were not drafted by the same person.  This pattern took me less than a decade to complete. To begin with, I know [...]

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Introducing . . . the dress I meant to wear for the Fourth of July. At long last, I have something to show for my months of work, zillions of test muslins, and shameless pleas for help.  I believe I stated that I thought the pattern had been drafted by muskrats with drinking problems.  I [...]

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I am such a doofus: I just realized that the illustration at the top of the We Sew Retro page represents the decades 1910′s through 1970′s. Doh! That said, has anyone else here attempted the sundress version of Simplicity 4727 (1943)? What were your results? I spent my evenings last week altering it down to [...]

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