50′s

This is my version of a vintage vogue pattern.     It’s Vogue 8789 which I modified slightly by replacing the skirt with a circle skirt. I also used a few ‘vintage’ techniques such as turned and stitched seams and a hand-picked zip. I have more photos and details of the fabric and construction on [...]

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I think this must have been my last dress for this winter. We didn’t really have much of a winter here and it already felt like spring when I went outside to take these pictures. Oh well, I know I’ll still love this dress in December. As usual, I drafted my own pattern. The dress [...]

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  So, I found this amazing pattern for a smoking jacket from 1951, Butterick 1769. Despite being neither a smoker nor an idle rich guy from a Hollywood melodrama, my Husband decided he needed one in classic satin and quilted velvet. He accompanied me to the fabric store on a Saturday (an event never to [...]

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I’ve had this gorgeous pattern since July and have been looking for the perfect excuse to make it and what better than a Christmas party at work? The scene is set, there will be a brass quintet and nibbles and drinks in the Atrium of our building, now all I need to do is make [...]

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Seems a bit lame to post a circle skirt on here after seeing all the latest amazing vintage dresses on here. But hopefully it still counts as retro and hand made! I really didn’t expect to get to sew much else before Christmas so I am so pleased it’s entered the wardrobe before 2014! It’s [...]

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I don’t often get chance to partake in sewing challenges. My own personal sewing list is long enough and even that is jeopardised by work and small people! But this blouse had a decent deadline and an exciting date to wear the finished shirt to. A bowling date with some really cool bloggers at London’s [...]

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I’ve always wanted a pair of red slacks so when I found this McCalls pattern in my size it was like fate.   This was my first attempt at making trousers and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out! More details can be found on the blog. x

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It is jacket weather for sure in the UK and a damn fine excuse to put this pattern to work. It has been patient enough! Such a simple one to make but beware, there is a lot of hand-sewing involved which makes it very time consuming. I used an inexpensive wool blend for the outer [...]

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knitting what another exciting hobby… yes, but sometimes it’s difficult ! No this time, no, for me, the frenchy, I’ve found a book which was translated in my language !!! “tricots vintage” from Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor this model is Jeanne, it comes from an 50′s original pull over… I wanted the sunshine always… [...]

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My adventures into pattern drafting are not as yet very adventurous but I am learning very slowly but surely. This is my first half-circle skirt. I made it from some cheap poly-crepe as a tester before I went to wool-crepe. But I am more than happy with the result. It hangs really nicely, thanks to [...]

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