Tag Archive: Retro Garments

An Eyelet and Entredeux ESP Dress

Hello friends! *Portions of this post originally appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog* I absolutely LOVE using heirloom techniques to add interesting details to everyday clothing. Yes, they take extra time, but they really add that extra little bit of casual couture that makes your clothing stand out. For this dress, I used my TNT […]

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The 1950’s Robin Hood Dress

Hi friends! I’m so happy to share this dress with you!  It’s a dress that I not only love immensely, but one that means an awful lot to me as the fabric is not only vintage, but it is a treasure that I recently unearthed.  A couple of months ago, I started going through some […]

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A 1960’s Floral Dress [Simplicity 1059]

Hi, friends! First, I want to thank all of you for your comments on my recent post about the terrible wildfire that burned our ranch.  It’s still incredibly sad to look out over the burned pastures, destroyed homes and areas resembling moonscapes in my county.  So many people were displaced and are rebuilding their lives, […]

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A Rainbow Seersucker Peasant Top [Scroop Henrietta Maria]

Hello friends! Surprise! It’s not a dress! 😉 I don’t often wear pants — especially in the warmer months — but I wanted a loose-fitting top to wear with jeans.  Basically, I needed a blouse that looked good with skinny jeans and didn’t cling to me.  I had seen the Scroop Henrietta Maria pattern a […]

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Lobsters and a Flashy Monogram [Cashmerette Harrison]

Hi there, friends! Have you ever been so excited about a fabric and recreating a vintage design and then just let it sit in your fabric stash for a year?  Well, I have… I had been yearning for a lobster print skirt or dress for a while and designed some fabric to make my own […]

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A Chambray Isabella Dress

Hello friends! *Portions of this post originally appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog* I’ve been a fan of 1920’s fashion nearly my entire life, but it’s only been the last five or six years that I have really gotten into actually sewing and wearing styles from that era. All of my 20’s garments thus far […]

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My Dress Like Your Grandma Dress [McCall’s 5864]

Well, hello there! I’m finally sharing my dress that I made for the Dress Like Your Grandma sewing challenge!  I intended to share this earlier, but I got so immersed in a huge project that took me much longer than I had imagined.  In fact, I was working on it up until the night before […]

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A Retro Western Denim Jacket [Butterick 6390]

* Portions of this post originally appeared on the Cali & Co blog. Hi, friends! I’m excited to share this denim jacket with you!  I’ve been steadily working on filling out holes in my wardrobe and a denim jacket was at the top of my list.  It’s such a steady workhorse for casual looks and […]

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A Black Velvet 1920’s Sugar Coat

How’s tricks, dames? After a marathon of sewing last week, I finished this fabulous 1920’s coat just in time to wear it to an event the next day.  Someday I hope that I won’t be doing last minute sewing the night before.  But someday has not yet come…. I wore this coat to an event […]

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A Black Velvet 1920’s Sugar Coat

How’s tricks, dames? After a marathon of sewing last week, I finished this fabulous 1920’s coat just in time to wear it to an event the next day.  Someday I hope that I won’t be doing last minute sewing the night before.  But someday has not yet come…. I wore this coat to an event […]

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A 1950’s Plaid Shirtdress [Vogue 9000]

Hello, friends! I hope you’re all doing well! I’ve been sick for the first time in about three years, so I’ve been down for the count.  Thankfully, I’m feeling better and have been getting my sewing and blogging on!  I also have a fun announcement later this week that I’m excited to share with you. 🙂 […]

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The Cherry New England Dress

Hello, friends! Do you ever have a project in mind and then you gather all of the materials to make it, but you don’t?  Yeah….that’s this dress!  I planned to make this last summer and never got around to it.  It was on my sewing list and yet it lingered on the bottom.  Of course […]

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A Red Velvet Baltimore Dress

Hows tricks, dames? I’m super excited to share this dress as I’ve been keeping it a secret for a while!  This is Decades of Style’s latest 1920’s dress pattern (actually one of three in their recently released collection!) — the Baltimore Dress.  It has Art Deco styling with a beautifully draped center panel and is […]

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1940’s Emerald Green and Tartan [Simplicity 8243]

Hello, friends! It’s that time of the year again, isn’t it?  I usually sew a new Christmas dress, but this year I made separates.  SEPARATES, y’all!  Both of these items coincide with some sewing goals I have for myself.  The first is Shirtmaking Month that we’re currently hosting at the Curvy Sewing Collective and second […]

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A Wool Melton Claremont Coat

*Note:  Portions of this post originally appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog. Hello, friends! I’m so excited to share this project with you!  I’ve been dreaming of a green wool coat for some time now and last winter I decided that I wanted a 1940’s coat after watching the British show Home Fires.  I knew exactly […]

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A Red Les Fleurs 1940’s Dress [McCall’s 7433]

Hi there, friends!   I guess I’m officially back on the sewing blogger wagon sharing my makes again.  I have a back-up of them, so I guess I should get a move on! I also have a lot of things I want to sew, so there’s that as well which can be a bit conflicting. As […]

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A 1940’s Polka Dot Peasant Dress [Vogue 8728]

Hello, friends! I’m still sharing my summer sewing…. Yes, I am stretching this out so far!  I still have another dress left to photograph, plus 3 that are kind of UFO’s.  I may not do anything with those until next spring as I am moving into fall/winter sewing and I don’t need another sundress right […]

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A 1960’s Inspired Phoebe Shift Dress

Hello, folks! I’ve got something a little different today — a 1960’s inspired shift dress!  This dress was made as part of Sew Your Hart Out September with Harts Fabric, along with Colette Patterns and Robert Kaufman fabrics.  I wrote a tutorial on Harts’ site on how I made the retro button-on-belt featured on this dress. […]

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A Vintage 1950’s Rose Print Dress

Hello, friends! I’m continuing to fulfill my Vintage Pattern Pledge and have sewn another of my vintage patterns!  This one is Simplicity 4667, a design from 1954 that also happens to be in my size!  Plus, I found this pattern uncut and for a steal on eBay.  Double win! I made the scalloped neckline of […]

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A Black Floral Dorothy Lara Dress

Good morning, friends! Yes, I am definitely stretching out the dresses that I made back in JULY.  Is it September already? Yeah, I’m slacking! I actually only have one more dress left to share with you that I wore on our summer vacation, plus two others that I completed over the summer.  I may get […]

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The Gatsby Summer Afternoon 2016

How’s tricks?  The Gatsby Summer Afternoon was the bee’s knees this year! The Gatsby Summer Afternoon is an event that I look forward to every year.  It’s like stepping back in time to the Jazz Age and it’s just the most wonderful period event that I’ve been to.  I love admiring all of the dames […]

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The 1929 Pansy Dress

How’s tricks, dames?  I’m extremely excited to fully share this year’s 1920’s dress for the Gatsby Summer Afternoon.  I’ve been sharing my progress in making this dress on Instagram and it was a labor of love.  The Gatsby Summer Afternoon is an Art Deco picnic held at the Dunsmuir-Hellman Mansion in Oakland, CA every September.  I […]

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The Eilis Dress [Simplicity 1459]

Hello, friends! *Note:  Portions of this post first appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog. I’m super excited to share this dress with you.  It’s one that I’ve dreamed about for a while and I’m happy to see it come to fruition.  It turned out even more delightful than I expected, with little vintage details that […]

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A 1950’s Pleated Chambray Dress [Vogue 8973]

Bonjour, readers! Note:  Portions of this post originally appeared on the Cali & Co. blog. I’m happy to share this 1950 Vintage Vogue pleated dress with you!  I chose this gorgeous red dotted lightweight chambray from Cali Fabrics for this project, which worked well with the numerous tucks and pleats that make up this dress.  I […]

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A Lemony Dorothy Lara Dress

Hello there, friends! It’s another lemon dress!  This time a 1940’s iteration with the Decades of Style Dorothy Lara dress. I used this lovely lemon print cotton lawn from Gertie’s fabric collection at JoAnn’s.  I looked at this fabric in the store and online ever since it was released, but didn’t bite until I saw […]

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A Rose Print Chantilly

Hello, friends! Whoa! It’s been a while.  I didn’t expect to be away from this space for a month, but that’s what happened.  I have SOOOO much to share with you as I’ve been sewing like I’m on the Sewing Bee and I have so much sewing accomplished.  I’m just lacking photos, and with this […]

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A Pink Gingham ESP Dress

Hi there, friends! All the gingham. All the time.  And all the ESP dresses. 🙂 Yes, it’s another ESP dress and another gingham dress.  But I don’t have a pink gingham one and I’m currently swooning over these large checked ginghams.  I really cannot get enough. As I’ve stated in a previous post, I’m really […]

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A Blue Gingham Shirtdress [Butterick 6333]

Good morning, friends! I feel like I have already shared this dress with you as it’s been in constant rotation ever since I made it.  This dress is definitely a summer wardrobe staple, even though summer has not officially arrived yet! For this dress, I used Butterick 6333, a new princess seam shirt dress pattern […]

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A 1960’s Rose Border Print Dress [McCall’s 7086]

Good afternoon, friends! I’m excited to share this dress with you! I’ve already written a review of this pattern on the CSC, but finally had time to share it with you on my blog.  This is a special dress that I made to wear to my niece’s First Holy Communion and one that’s been lingering […]

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A Lemony Stripe 1950’s Dress

Hello, friends! I’m so excited to share this dress!  I’ve been wanting a lemon print dress for AGES and until recently, I haven’t seen many fabrics that I’ve liked with lemons on them.  I wanted a lemon fabric with a white background and as I have slight obsession with 1950’s Horrockses dresses, I decided that […]

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