Vintage Sewing

Allow me to introduce myself…

October 17, 2013

I’m Lauriana and this is my first post here on We Sew Retro. I’ve been reading this blog for a while, admiring all the lovely creations. I wasn’t even really a lurker, I sometimes left comments 😉

Eventually, it dawned on me that I really should join this great group.

It would probably be a good idea to tell you a little about myself: I’m pretty obsessed with sewing. I make just about everything I wear.

I also make my own patterns. I love pattern making because it allows me to make whatever I want and determine the fit I want/need. Nowadays, I may occasionally try a vintage pattern but other than that, everything I make is self-drafted.

About those vintage patterns… For years, I’ve been admiring vintage style creations I found on other people’s blogs. And sometimes, I tried to imitate vintage styles in the dresses I drafted. Then, about two years ago, I started collecting vintage fashion and sewing magazines. This gave me access to a great resource of vintage style and some original patterns as well (patterns included in vintage magazines tend to be there in one size per item, recorded on very densely printed pattern sheets, without any sewing instructions). The collection now contains sewing magazines (some with patterns) from the 1920’s to the 1970’s and fashion magazines (the majority of those are actually ladies’ magazines with some articles about fashion. Dutch fashion magazines didn’t exist until the mid-60’s) from the 1939 to 1960.

I mostly use the vintage magazines as inspiration for my own designs. The patterns, and the occasional vintage pattern making book, are used to get an understanding of the shapes and proportions of the day. My main inspiration are the looks from 1947 to the early 1960’s. So, the iconic 50’s stuff. That said, I also really want to try out some designs from the (early) 1930’s this year. And I love the draping in some 1940’s designs, but not the shoulder pads.

A lot of this sewing and collecting activity is recorded and shared on my blog:

And what is an introduction, or indeed a blog post, without pictures?

Some vintage inspired creations, maybe?

I think this is my most “vintage” item to date:

the redingote

The redingote I made last year. I actually had the original pattern for this coat but I was disappointed to find out that the muslin looked like a very watered-down version of the picture. So, I drafted my own coat to based on the image I had fallen in love with.

the original
redingote - in color

I’m still very happy with this coat and look forward to wearing it again this winter.


Again, I’m very glad to meet all of you and I’ll keep you posted on any upcoming vintage inspired stuff I make.

    1. It’s my home city: The Hague, in the Netherlands.
      In fact, my neighbourhood isn’t particularly pretty but the combination of the trees and the low sun shows it off really well.

  1. Oh my! That is rather lovely. You did a great job recreating that image. I’d love to be able to draft patterns. One day I’ll get onto practicing more.

  2. Beautiful, beautiful job. One of the lovelier garments I’ve seen on here. Your tailoring is gorgeous. Keep going and posting more!

    1. They are raglan sleeves – sort of, at least. I imitated the sleeves from the original pattern: they are shaped at the shoulder like two-piece raglan sleeves but they end in a point at the tops of the princess seams, rather than extending all the way to the neckline.

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