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In my attempt to keep up with recent goals of making things for myself and also using my vintage pattern stash, I chose this 1965 blouse pattern – View 4: This was my first button backed top pattern. I like the idea, but honestly I’m not sure why this was so popular, as doing it [...]

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Just sneaking my last bit of vintage sewing into the end of 2013 – some basic women’s summer tops using Simplicity 2118 (circa late 1950s).                                   This is what the pattern sleeve looks like – I went with View 1. [...]

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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 recently bought a small stack of 1980′s Kwik Sew patterns of of eBay. I don’t usually go for the 80′s, but there were a few that were super cute and the price was right. I didn’t have any immediate plans for them, but figured something would pop up in my fabric stash that would [...]

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Just finished this top and skirt, from the above patterns, and added some embroidery from some vintage designs my Nana passed to me. If you’d like to find out more, or advise me on the finish (not sure if the red embroidery on the black skirt lifts it enough…if at all!) please visit my blog [...]

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Although this is a knitting project, not a sewn one, I thought that it would be of interest to WeSewRetro readers as I know a lot of sewists also knit. This sweater is from a modern book that published a collection of vintage patterns called Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters. This pattern is originally from [...]

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Today I will be showing you a variation on Burda Shift Dress 09/2012 #107 This variation turns the top into a 50s/60s shell style top with a cross back. You can use Burda 09/2012 #107 or Collette patterns Laurel as your base as we only need the front and part of the back of the pattern. If you have another [...]

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I made this blouse using a 1950s vintage pattern, that came free with a copy of Woman’s Day magazine, one of a fabulous collection of 40s/50s patterns I won on Ebay. The designer was Norman Hartnell, Dress designer to the Queen and many other famous and stylish ladies. It is fundamentally a very simple pattern [...]

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I made this top from a pattern in Burda Style magazine, issue 5/2012. It’s a very simple, retro style top that is easy to make and very easy to wear. I went up a size to ensure a comfortable fit but I needn’t have done because it is very roomy. Not completely shapeless as it [...]

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This was one of those sewing projects I cut out a couple of months ago, and it’s finally complete!  Wohoo, I used the last of this beautiful fabric, a jersey knit, that my mum gave me.  I’m thinking it’s quite vintage, superb quality and I’ve not seen anything like it before. I wanted to make [...]

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