Modern Patterns | Notions | Skirts

Checker skirt

By on June 7, 2014

I’ve had several people telling me that this skirt reminds them of the 50’s/60’s so I thought I would share it with you, but it’s not exactly vintage. I hope it’s okay to post it here.

The thing that makes this skirt special and I think helps with the vintage vibe is the fabric. I fell in love with this motif as soon as I saw it. It is from La Modette, a new French fabric designer. She offers lots of really nice and cheerful motifs, several of which have a vintage feel to them. I think I’m not the only one around here who would love them. 🙂

The website is only in French so far but she sends her fabric anywhere, you can pay by Paypal and I think it shouldn’t be a problem to order. There are specific schedules (which you can find there) set for ordering specific fabric types. I was a fabric tester for the poplin, that’s how this skirt came to be, and I can say I had a very nice experience. And I love the resulting skirt!

You can find all my posts about La Modette here on my blog.

It’s a simple knee-length full gathered skirt with an elasticized waistband. To get enough fullness I cut two 1m rectangles that I gathered to the waistband (cut long enough to accomodate my hips), and then I passed an elastic through it.

For this outfit I combined it with a real vintage top that belonged to my grandmother and a Charter School cardigan from ModCloth. I think the skirt could use a little help to flare a little bit more at the bottom, I’m thinking of making a light cotton petticoat with maybe some frills at the bottom? I’d like for the skirt to stay work appropriate so I don’t want too much fullness. What do you think?

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Saint Ouen (Paris) flea market

By on July 27, 2012

Hello WeSewRetro!

It’s been a very long time since I last posted here. Some of you might remember Jen’s post about her trip to Paris and London in June, and how she would be happy to meet some fellow vintage lovers there. Several people here said she should go to the Saint Ouen flea market while in Paris. Since I’m not very far from Paris and never went to the flea market, I contacted her and suggested we went together. We met on June 30 and had a really lovely day! It was a real pleasure to meet her, and I have to admit I fell in love with the flea market. All those tiny shops, small alleys, looking through piles of old stuff in search of something special. It felt a little like a treasure hunt in a special universe where time didn’t flow at the same pace. ^^ So first I have to thank Jen for writing her post here, and then those people who talked about the flea market. I’ll definitely go back, even though I’m sure it won’t be as fun if I go alone.

Now I’ll stop rambling on about my life. I’m actually writing on WeSewRetro because I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures from the flea market and maybe reading the reports I wrote about it on my own blog. Here are some of my favourite pictures of the day:

There was a small wedding dresses exhibition in one of the markets. I think it’s still going on, even though the dresses might be different because they’re selling them, so they’re changing when a buyer takes a dress home.

For more pictures of the day and a detailed report on the different parts of the market we saw, please go there. The wedding gowns exhibition has it own post, you can find it here. I’ll also have a post about my findings in the coming days. And all pictures are available in bigger size on my Flickr.

I hope this is not off-topic and that you’ll enjoy those pictures as I much as I enjoyed the day!


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Question about hip bands

By on May 27, 2011
Hello fellow retro sewers!

I have a little question for you. I’m making a dress for which I don’t really have a pattern. I’m using another pattern as a basis and modifying it. It’s a drop waist dress and I was thinking of adding a hip band, as seen for example on this pattern (Advance 7043):

The thing is that I don’t have at home any pattern with such detail, so I’m not sure how it’s made.
It seems most of the time it’s a straight band cut in the bias, but not always. And from looking at the pictures, it doesn’t look like it’s attached to the bust at the top. I was thinking maybe it’s just sewn at the waistline at the same time as the skirt… But then if the seam allowance it going upward at the waisline, I would think the band would fall down if it’s not held in place at the top.

I was wondering whether maybe someone had done this before or had a pattern including a hip band, and could scan the instructions or describe how it’s made. That would be really helpful!

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

~Lholy-chan from Amelie no mori~

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Introduction & summer dress

By on November 29, 2010
Hello Sew Retro!

I’m happy to join this community after reading everyone’s posts for months. As you can guess I like vintage fashion. I’m more into clothes from the 40’s to the 70’s, with a special interest in the 70’s and, my favourite, 50’s dresses and skirts. I find fashion from the 50’s extremely elegant. I haven’t made much things yet, but here is my latest vintage project: my first dress from a 50’s pattern, made to go to a friend’s wedding.

I made it from Simplicity 1201, which is actually a blouse pattern. I loved the neckline, it was just what I wanted for my dress. I shortened it and attached a simple gathered skirt. What is funny is that the result looks exactly like another pattern, Simplicity 1192. The dress is made out of cotton.

It isn’t perfect. The top had to be taken in and it was my first time doing that kind of things. But I love it and wore it several times last summer. You can read more about it’s creation and the pattern itself, as well as see a couple more pictures, on my blog here. The blog is in French and English, the English version being in italics (usually after French parts).

Thank you very much for the invitation, I hope to share more clothes and vintage inspiration in the future!

~lholy-chan, from Amelie no mori~

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