leopard print

Leopard Print Capri Pants

by So Zo on September 19, 2012 · 4 comments

in 1950s,1960s

I’m super proud to be able to share my recent creation with you! No they aren’t made from vintage fabric and no, they’re not made using a vintage sewing pattern, but I think you’ll agree that these capri pants have a distinctly retro feel. My inspiration was the super-awesome leopard capri’s (clam-diggers, pedal-pushers, cropped trousers, etc.) in the vintage image below. I love how from the neck up she’s all Doris Day-innocence, and from the neck down she is a total vixen!

Source: theniftyfifties.tumblr.com via Zoe on Pinterest

My own interpretation and subsequent outfit is distinctly more sedate (and probably more comfortable) than this super-vixen’s, but I think it has something of the essence of the late-1950s/early-1960s era and look. I use the Colette Patterns Clover as my starting point but made a whole host of changes to fit my figure. If you’d like to read more about this creation and the pattern changes I made, check out this post.

Thanks for reading and happy (retro) sewing!

Zoe xxx


First Post: Leopard Print Blouse

by Vicki on February 11, 2012 · 4 comments

in 1960s

Hello! My name is Victoria Perry and I blog over here, where I sew pretty much anything & everything that catches my eye.

I have a weakness for peter pan collars, side seam pockets & vintage patterns.

For my first post here on We Sew Retro I wanted to show you all my latest project…

Simpicity 5645 is from around 1963, and comes with 5 really cute options. I chose to start with option 5 giving me a tie collar & some mid length sleeves. The pattern itself was very simple to put together and the main bulk of it only took an afternoon, so here it is!

To see more images, or for more info please visit my blog!

Vicki :)