1950s | 1960s

Butterick 5603

By on June 11, 2015

Hello, to make it quick as I’m actually heading out the door now, I wanted to show you my last project. I finished this dress yesterday and I’m still not sure if I like it or not. So, all in all: it’s lined in light blue, has a side seam zipper, two of these loop-snap-button-things […]

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Butterick 4948 jumper, c.1970

By on May 27, 2010

I haven’t made anything from a vintage pattern for awhile. Well, let’s say I haven’t finished one in a while. However, I have now, Butterick 4948. I picked up this little 1970’s gem some time ago, in part because it reminded me of these modern Sabyasachi Spring 2007 designs. Also, I was in love with […]

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Vintage Sewing


By on July 22, 2013

Just a quick question – is it possible to take the bottom half of a dress – add a waistband and create a skirt. – I am looking at butterick 5281 but only have just enough fabric for the bottom half.

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1940s | Dresses

1946 “Owl Eyes” Challis Dress

By on April 15, 2013

Hello fellow vintage sewists! This dress is probably one of my favorites that I’ve made for myself. This dress is a 1946 reproduction Retro Butterick 5281.  The fabric I used is Anna Sui “Owl Eyes” Rayon/Cotton Challis.  I’ve never sewn with challis before and found it to be a pretty easy sew fabric.  After prewashing […]

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