Vintage Sewing

Lil’ Vintage Homemaker Introduction

May 19, 2011

Well it looks like when Blogger went down last week it deleted my introduction and membership to this blog. So here is my second attempt 🙂

Hello out there in Retro Sewing land. My name is Reagan and I am an avid sewer and lover of all things vintage. I was so happy to come across this site and have spent some time on here now being inspired by everyone’s beautiful work. My grandmother was a seamstress and so she taught me at a very young age to sew and I haven’t stopped. I even turned my love for sewing into a career. I have a BA in Costume Design for Theatre and was fortunate enough to get a full time job for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA where I create all the headpieces, hats, and anything crafty that our cast members wear for our summer performances. Not only do I adore to sew, but I am obsessed with most things vintage. Most of my wardrobe consists of items from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Here is something I recently created:

I used the bodice of this Vintage Vogue pattern…
Which worked out great and was a perfect fit. I just did a full circle skirt, rather then the pleated version that the pattern had, because I was using a piece of silk that I had shoved away in my fabric bin and didn’t have enough yardage. Plus I also changed to straps to criss-cross in the back because I prefer that style. 
Also what vintage outfit would be complete without a hat? I took a purchased straw hat and covered the inside of the brim with some gathered fabric leftover from my dress. What you can’t see is the ribbon I created to go around the hat with a little bird nesting in the bow.

I’m looking forward to sharing and learning on this site…and please check out my new blog:

I’m off to create!

  1. What amazing timing, I am about to purchase that very same dress and am mulling over sizing because I am caught between the two size options! May I ask how you found the actual garment size compared to the envelope measures? In the past I've found them to run big.

  2. Molly I found the sizing to be pretty dead on. I'm usually a perfect 12 for the bodice and have to alter for hips but since this is a full skirt I didn't have to worry about that. It fit like a glove with no alterations needed!

  3. Thank you Reagan for the feedback. Your version is lovely, I especially like your fabric choice and the hat is divine, I've never thought about matching fabric hats, its a great idea!

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