A couple of years ago, I found an amazing vintage Mens’ robe pattern on Etsy and fell in love. I snapped it up, ordered some gorgeous rayon fabric and some ultra-soft micro fleece to line it with. When the pattern arrived  I was so excited… and then somehow I never made it. You know how [...]


This was a last-minute, impulse project – that’s the only way I sew anything for myself, to be honest. The pattern is Vogue 9059 – one of my favorite Vogues of all time. It took me the better part of two years to find it in my size for a price I could afford – [...]


This is my second version of this 50′s pattern.I really love the shape of the bodice, the naked back, and all these gorgeous hollow pleats! My first version was in a printed cotton and metal buttons. I made it for the wedding of my best friend. (Seen here). I wanted a new version easier to [...]


I made this dress from the Vintage Vogue pattern V8812. I made it with lavender gingham check. This is the fourth dress I’ve made so far, I started sewing about three months ago and I basically haven’t stopped since. I really loved the bodice of this dress but it was a challenge because it was [...]


I decided to join Lucky Lucille and By Gum, By Golly present… Fall For Cotton: a vintage sewing challenge for the cotton lover! The challenge was pretty simple: You needed to use a vintage pattern and 100% cotton fabric. That suited me wonderful since I love to sew cotton. I like sewing challenges. I can [...]


I needed a dress for Melbourne cup last year so I did a pattern mash up to get exactly what I wanted. Betty Draper eat your heart out!    I bought up some lovely printed cotton from Spotlight, one of their vintage reproduction fabrics with yellow roses on it. I bought about 5 metres of [...]


I just adore the summer! And when I saw this cute retro 50s inspired BBQ print fabric, I just had to have it! Fabric: quilting cotton ($5/yd) Pattern: Vintage Vogue 2960 Year: 1954 Notions: black piping, covered buttons Hours to complete: 12 First worn: May 2012 Total cost: $30 I’ve seen quite a few versions [...]


This pattern has been sitting in my pattern stash for at least a year (probably longer). I fell in love with the violet dress on the front as soon as I saw it, but the only problem was that I just couldn’t seem to find the right coloured fabric! It needed to be a violet [...]


Gosh, it’ been a while since I contributed, but everyone’s doing such gorgeous things that lurking’s been awesome!  A recent contributor reminded me I hadn’t shared last fall’s tussle adventure with rayon seam binding. Hope it’s useful! I began with lovely soft-as-butter green rayon, and used a favorite pattern, the straight skirt. Problems began with [...]


Hi there, my name is Hannah Smith and this is my first post on We Sew Retro! I am very excited.  I will start by sharing a little about myself. I taught myself to sew about 4 years ago and haven’t looked back since. It has become rather an obsession, as I am sure many [...]