retro

After all of the indecision over the buttons, I settled for some plain black ones! So here’s a photo of the dress finished and the nice little godet on the back. I would have used a plain black fabric but I didn’t have enough leftovers so houndstooth it is  

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Hi guys!   I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I clapped eyes on it! I finally got round to sewing it last night, im still deciding on buttons (it’s always a big decision for me) so it’s not completely finished yet. I had to do quite a bit of adjusting on [...]

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I made this dress from a rather large shift dress. It’s a self drafted bodice with retro styling paired with Gertie’s Pencil skirt from her book. The fabric is satin backed crepe. It’s a lovely dress to wear and feels silky smooth.   More details over on my blog – ragbagsandgladrags

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Finally, I have been able to sit down in my studio and get something accomplished! Lately, it’s been all school, work, and no fun. This was a fairly simple garment to make. I thought it was to perfect project to get inspired to work on more challenging items. Something interesting that happened, was me choosing [...]

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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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For the holidays, I made a green and red dress. I picked up this wonderful festive green fabric while in Ghana, West Africa, and it has served me well for several projects. I started with a sloper from 1961, and I turned the tight round neckline into a boat neck with a slight scoop. I [...]

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  For my sister’s birthday, I decided to make her a dress. Since she’s tiny, I jumped at the chance to bust out some of my smaller sized patterns (I covet size 18′s for myself) with a mod 1960′s silhouette. We decided on Simplicity 7072, which is a simple A line shift with French darts [...]

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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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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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