Intro – Long time reader, new poster

By on April 4, 2012
Style 2516

I’ve been reading the sew retro blog for a little while now…and thought as I’m sewing my first ever vintage pattern I should take the plunge and sign up.

I love reading everyone’s posts and getting inspiration from the dresses etc. that are posted. I hope my future posts will be as interesting and useful.

I have a blog… well actually I have two but ones dance related…(if you are interested there’s a link to that one on my sewing and craft blog).

I’ve always been ‘retro’ without actually realizing it…its only recently I’ve made a concerted effort to sew my own garments after taking part in a sew along boosted my confidence that I might actually be able to do it. Since my first dress, I’ve sewn 1 blouse, one shirt, 1 skirt..I have quite a few projects vintage inspired of course that I hope to share in the future.


As Jessamyn asked this is the vintage pattern I’m sewing.

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1970s | Bags / Purses | Introduction

From jacket with a past to bag with a future

By on March 28, 2012
Bag from Simplicity 9553

Hi, I have been lurking here a while and this is my first post. I have become interested in sewing from vintage patterns after a couple decades of not sewing very much. Inspired by all the talent I’ve seen on We Sew Retro, I recently took a short dressmaking class.

Since I haven’t made much progress on my class project (a dress from a 1970s pattern), I wanted to tackle something quick and easy to feel a sense of accomplishment. I made a bag using Simplicity pattern 9553 from 1971 and fabric from a well-worn jacket made in India in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Bag from Simplicity 9553

Sabina of India vintage jacket

Made of hand-block printed and hand-loomed cotton, the jacket was originally sold at the upscale department store Bergdorf Goodman in New York. I bought it at a local thrift shop.

Simplicity pattern 9553

I made a few changes to the pattern and now this is my dream bag — the perfect size, shape, and color.

Although I know this period is later than what I mostly see on this site and my project was very basic, I thought readers who appreciate vintage clothes might enjoy the story of how my bag led me to meet the grand-daughter of the jacket’s original owner. Read more on my blog, Joyatri.

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Hello! Let Me Introduce Myself

By on March 18, 2012

Greetings everyone,
I am excited to start contributing here! This wonderful site always inspires me to do more sewing. My name is Karen, AKA BobbinBombshell. I write the blog Bobbins And Bombshells ( which is where I share my inspirations, my projects, and my love of vintage. I’ve been sewing and dressmaking for about 20 years. In the past 2-3 years, I started teaching myself how to knit and crochet. When I’m not being crafty, I can be found at the beautiful lingerie boutique I manage in Manhattan or at home laughing with my husband and kitty Coco.
Here are a few of my finished projects. I’m looking forward to sharing more!

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1940s | Hats | Vintage Sewing

How do/Introduction

By on February 11, 2012

How do fellow vintage sewers and crafters, i thought it was time to stop stalking the vintage sewing blogs and actually participate a bit, in a hope that it will make me continue to tackle my ever growing sewing project pile. My sewing skill is beginner/shitty intermediate and have completed a few projects but patterns can make me feel a tad dyslexic. Im certifiably insane about everything 1940’s and 50’s and am hoping to create a wardrobe around these impecible eras. enough jabbering, here is a snood i made last year with the help of a you tube video :p

Thank you to everyone on wesewretro for inspiring me and making it look so bloody easy that ive given it a go.xoxox




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Hello! My Introduction

By on October 12, 2011

My name is Deb, though I go by Inkdork in most places online. I just signed up for Sew Retro, after being a long time reader and commenter. I am a mostly self-taught sewer, though I did take one basic sewing class to brush up and learn a few basic techniques which has eluded me. I grew up in a home where my Mom sewed almost all of my clothes as a kid, and during a rather torrid relationship, I sewed my own wedding dress with the help of my Grandma.

I have an interest in fashions from the 1940’s, 1950’s, and some 1980’s. My interest in the post WWII years is really about a time when women actually dressed nicely every day, and once the war was over, wanted to glam it up a little. The 1980’s were just a fun, if sometimes disastrous, time for fashion.

One problem I do face as a plus sides sewer is that many patterns are really not made for the larger lady even if sizes do go quite high. Sometimes this means having to make a lot of alterations to a finished item just to get the right fit. It can be a learning curve, but armed with my sewing machine, some brains, and my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing I manage to get through most things. The resources on the internet also prove hugely helpful.

I have sewn several vintage reproduction patterns already, and have a few planned for this Fall and Winter. Right now I’ve just started cutting fabric for Butterick’s 4790, which will be part of my Halloween costume as a retro housewife. Hopefully I will be posting soon with photos of that in its completion! I’m also looking forward to sewing my first Vogue soon.

If you’d like to know more about me, or see some of the things I’ve stitched up, you can visit my website at I have a photo album set up there that has photos of a lot of my sewing projects.

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