1970s

  This is a raincoat I made using a vintage Simplicity pattern (5928) from 1973. The pattern isn’t specifically for a raincoat – it’s for a tailored coat – but I liked the shape so much I adapted it for my purposes. The coat has some lovely features such as princess seams and in-seam pockets, [...]

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Let’s start by saying that I hope everyone has had a very merry Christmas and that Santa brought some lovely sewing goodies to my fellow crafty bloggers. The time off from work has allowed me to get some long overdue sewing started and I didn’t want to waist another moment without sharing it …. For [...]

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A-line dress , based on 1960s retro Simplicity pattern ( n° 7131). I add some changes : bell sleeves  and classic collar . For setting in sleeves (my weak point) , i used the Cat’s tuto  and now , ladies and gentlemen , i can say  loud and clear ” Sleeves aren’t a problem anymore [...]

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The last time I made this top I’d used a vintage polycotton bed sheet and it turned out to be disappointingly stiff and unflattering but this  emerald green sari silk (surplus from my military maxi waistcoat lining) turned out just right. The 1976 pattern –  Simplicity 7569 – was fantastically easy to follow . View [...]

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This 1970s Maudella pattern (5800) was a joy to make.  The instructions were really straightforward and it took just one (rainy) afternoon to make up. I did cheat with the fastenings, the cross-over straps are supposed to have buttonholes but I’m never made any before so I cheated and used press studs – but if [...]

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  I used A vintage fabric and always the same pattern ( Burda Young 7680 ) .

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  A friend gave this vintage fabric to me  . I have just enough fabric to make a little top . I add  few alterations to the Burda Young pattern ( n° 7680)  : sleeveless , only one piece of fabric for the front  and of course i shorten it to turn dress into top [...]

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I found these 70s caravan’s curtains in a garage sale . I have much hesitated before to buy them because even they were truly vintage and cheap, they remind me the modern geometric pattern “does vintage” i really don’t like . I add  few alterations to the Burda Young pattern ( n° 7680)  : sleeveless [...]

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I couldn’t wait to get home and get to work sewing this Barbie fabric I bought at the car boot sale. There wasn’t quite enough fabric to lay the pattern pieces out properly so I had to improvise and the print doesn’t match as well as I’d like it to it have done. The 1970 [...]

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