Vintage Sewing

Allow Myself to Introduce… Myself

June 6, 2010

More a re-introduction actually, but it’s been so long since I posted on Sew Retro I may as well be a newbie!
My Mom taught me to sew when I was a kid, and I’ve been really seriously sewing for myself for about ten years now. Nevertheless, I still feel like a beginner most of the time! I’m fascinated by history: whether it’s film, art, interior design or fashion, and my favorite decades are the 40’s through the early 60’s. I built and decorated my house inspired by mid-century architecture and interior design, but it never occurred to me until I started coming across all of these wonderful sewing and retro blogs, that I could actually dress mid-century all of the time as well.
What an epiphany!
So that’s been my goal as of late: to remake my wardrobe, and dress vintage as much as possible. Considering that I’m probably the slowest seamstress ever, it could take awhile…
My most recent creation is a pair of vintage inspired dungarees. I used the Simplicity re-issue pattern 3688 as the base, and drafted my own pockets. As much as I like the pattern, by the time all was said and done, I had taken so much fullness out of the leg that I’m on the look out for one more suited to that heavy denim fabric.

Inspired by this photo.

I kind of moved into these this weekend! Check out the wrinkles and baggy knees I’ve got going on day 2-1/2, LOL!

The waistband has been giving me nothing but trouble, but the pockets turned out perfect!
I’ve got a lot of other projects piled up (sew many ideas – sew little time) but considering how comfortable and practical these are, I probably need to move another pair up in the sewing queue.
And if you’ve been coveting vintage style dungarees of your own, save the $$$ and sew your own!

Please swing by and say hi over at my blog, moxie tonic. I’m usually sewing or posting pics of my adorable dog, sometimes I’m traveling, and once in a while I’m just plain rambling 😉

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