Vintage Sewing

Astrid, Newbie from Atlanta

July 29, 2010

Hi everyone,
I’m new here and new to sewing as well. I’ve loved vintage clothing for a long time, particularly the 60’s mod look and the 4o’s/50’s pin up look, but I’ve always found finding vintage to be challenging. Sure, you can buy online, but there’s always the risk that it won’t look right when you finally get to try it on. Even in a big city like Atlanta, vintage clothing stores have hardly any stock and what they do have, often happens to be in the wrong size. So, that’s what brought me to sewing from vintage patterns.

I’m learning how to sew strictly from books, which can be a bit frustrating at times, but it’s also fun. I’ve created two dresses from vintage patterns so far and have altered another dress. I’m still not so confident that my items will actually hold together. Is this a common fear for new sewers or should I really be afraid? ; – ) Ha ha.

Anyway, I’ve spent hours looking through this blog and have enjoyed seeing everyone’s creations and input. It’s been a joy, so I hope to give back by sharing as well. And of course, I hope to get to the point where I’m not afraid that my garments are going to fall apart ; – )

Thanks for having me,

P.S. The first dress I ever made is pictured below. I hemmed it quite a bit. You can’t see it, but the hem is a little funky. Hope to perfect this process soon. Also, my actual blog FringePop doesn’t have any sewing posts just yet, because I’m very new to this.

  1. Lurrrrrrrve the dress!
    I'm also a newbie learning from books and totally fear everything I make will fall apart at the seams!

    Also have to ask, but is that rik-rak on the collar? I love the effect….This is making me want to start a new project right now!

  2. @Monique & Amy: Thanks for the compliments! ; – ) Being new, it means a lot. @Amy: You're right– that's ric rac on the collar. I used fabric glue and it seems like the hold is pretty strong. Fingers crossed. I'm glad I'm not alone in this fear that my projects are going to fall apart.

  3. As far as the seams coming apart…you'd have that happening more readily on a bought item-they use cheap thread mostly! Your dress looks so cute on you! very Modesty Blaise stuff! Keep up the 60's look, it's really you.

  4. Great job on your first dress – it looks fantastic on you!

    Use good thread and finish your seam allowances, and it'll last you a lifetime!

  5. Thanks everyone for all the compliments, and it's good advice regarding thread/seam finishing. I was trying to take short cuts at first, but I'm starting to realize how important it is to finish things off.

  6. Yep, I have that fear too… everytime I have to wash something I've made I think it's going to end up in pieces. :0) Hasn't happened yet though – touch wood.

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