1960s | Dresses

McCall’s 5308: My Mad Men-Inspired Dress

By on March 22, 2012

Hello again! I recently made another garment from a vintage pattern, McCall’s 5308.  I set out to make a Mad Men-inspired dress for both Julia Bobbin‘s Mad Men Sew-Along and the Sew Weekly Mad Men weekly theme. I chose this particular pattern because I really liked the neckline and because I had just enough of this vintage wool that once belonged to my husband’s grandmother to make view A (in green, below).

Here’s a close up of the finished neckline.  I really like the combination of the pleats, the keyhole, and the bow.

The dress also has kimono sleeves and a simple kick pleat to add movement into the narrow wiggle skirt.

I wrote more about both the finished dress and my planning for the Sew-Along on my blog, Sew Well.

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1960s | Coats | Skirts

A Modern Interpretation of a Vintage Pattern: Simplicity 6976

By on January 8, 2012

Hello again We Sew Retro. I’m back to share my second completed project from a vintage pattern with you.

I made a Burberry-inspired trench coat during the Pattern ~ Scissors ~ Cloth Ready-to-Wear Tailoring Sew-Along last spring using Simplicity 6976.

Image from Pattern ~ Scissors ~ Cloth.

I used a camel-colored gabardine for the fashion fabric, a striped Burberry fabric for the lining, and large black buttons.  I followed the pattern fairly closely, changing things up a bit according to the Sew-Along suggestions and the few little details that I wanted in a trench.  For example, I modified the collar to have a collar stand and I also added storm flaps.

I even made up the skirt to match.

I think it is a cute pattern that looks great as a modern trench coat, but I would also enjoy making it up just as the 1960s pattern suggests.  If you’d like, you can read more about the jacket and the skirt on my blog.

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1970s | Shirts

An Introduction and Butterick 4712

By on December 31, 2011

Hello all!  I’m Amy, and I blog about my adventures in sewing over at Sew Well.  I’m new to We Sew Retro, and I am excited to be here.  I’m also relatively new to sewing; I’ve only had a sewing machine for two years now, and it’s only been in the past year that I’ve gotten into garment sewing.  I recently inherited a large number of vintage patterns, and in searching the internet for information about the patterns, I found this site.  What a wealth of information!  I can’t wait to join in.

In 2011 I made two garments from vintage patterns and started a third.  The first was the 1970s men’s shirt pattern Butterick 4712 during the Male Pattern Boldness Men’s Shirt Sew-Along.

I used a natural linen for the body of the shirt, a fun silk for accents under the collar and such, and the backs of coconut buttons, all from FineFabrics.com.  Here is the finished shirt on my husband:

You can read more about it here. And, I’ll be back with my other completed vintage pattern make in just a little bit.

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