Monday, 10 March 2008

Is this worthy of Sew Retro?

I hope so, because I have now joined Sew Retro and this is my first project I posted there. I'm in total awe of the amazing things people sew and post there, some of the turn of the century clothes look so complicated, others get such a good fit with their fabric and pattern choices and some talented (gluttons for punishment?) use actual vintage sewing machines as well.

Anyway, my contribution is a 1960s Simplicity pattern skirt, purchased from an op shop of course, hence the 50c price sticker on the front. I used a black, white and yellow houndstooth check wool purchased from an op shop, as well as thrifted buttons so all in all a skirt made for probably 1960s prices.

I only made a few changes to the pattern - using an invisible zip and installing a lining, two things that I think make skirts look just that little bit more professional. I also didn't change the pattern sizing because even though my measurements are almost 3 inches more than the sizing on the pattern, it had far too much ease for modern day pencil skirt styles and it fit perfectly the way it is.

Now I feel a need to make up more vintage patterns to keep up with the Sew Retro-ers. Oh the pressure............

7 comments:

  1. Hi Kristy
    Just came over from Sew Retro and thought I'd say hi from up north (brisvegas) - love the outfits so far, looking forward to seeing more.

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  2. The skirt is great. The pockets are such a cute detail and I love that you paired it with those fantastic yellow pumps!

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  3. The yellow shoes really seal the deal! Good choice. Also, good call on sizing -- the skirt fits you perfectly. Just as you experiences, my sewing teacher has advised me to beware of ease in vintage patterns. Hope to see other cool vintage from you!

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  4. When you use the vintage ladies patterns do you have to alter the sizing at all?

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  5. i love the yellow accent...and of course those yellow shoes!

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  6. Hi Kristy: Saw your post on Sew Retro and came on over. Your skirt looks fab. Your blog is quite cute and I love the LONG LONG wip (in quilting we call them UFO's). I haven't ventured into retro as yet, but then most things I'm making now are very similar to what I sewed in my teens and twenties in the late 60s/ early 70s - so sort of retro!!

    I also recently got into blogging. Everyone come see me at:
    http://sallysews.blogspot.com

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  7. I love the whole outfit - you look super chic!

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