Craftster Community

CLOTHING => Clothing Sewalongs => Topic started by: knotty_girl on January 09, 2007 09:01:24 PM



Title: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on January 09, 2007 09:01:24 PM
I'm addicted to buying vintage patterns from thrift stores.  The only problem is I never make any of them.

So, I'd like to have a sew-a-long with anyone else who has some really cool old patterns they've picked up but haven't been brave enough to actually start.  We don't all have to do the same pattern, just as long as its a pattern that's pre-90's.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Julz on January 09, 2007 09:05:07 PM
I'm one of those people. I bought a crud-load on ebay from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Now I've got about 50 and I just need a kick up the but to use them. Do you want me to list the ones I have?


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on January 10, 2007 07:41:35 AM
Oooh, yes.  When I get home tonight I'll dig through mine and post them as well.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Julz on January 10, 2007 01:00:20 PM
Ok, here goes:

Simplicity 6186 ~ dress ~ size 12 ~ 1973
Simplicity 6953 ~ dress ~ size 10 ~ 1975
Simplicity 5552 ~ nightgown/p.j.'s ~ size 12 ~ 1964
Simplicity 6993 ~ swimsuit ~ size 12/14 ~ 1975
Simplicity 6952 ~ halter tops/pants ~ size 12 ~ 1975
Simplicity 5763 ~ skirt/wide leg pants ~ Size 10 ~ 1973
Simplicity 5823 ~ jumper/tunic/pants ~ size 10 ~ 1973
Simplicity 5944 ~ jacket/skirt/wide leg pants ~ size 10 ~ 1973
Simplicity 6994 ~ hooded caftan/bikini ~ size 12/14 ~ 1975
Simplicity 6867 ~ dress ~ size 12/14 ~ 1975
Simplicity 6911 ~ hip-hugger pants/shorts/skirt/midriff top ~ size 10 ~ 1975
Simplicity 5600 ~ bathing suits ~ size 10 ~ 1973
Simplicity 6308 ~ top/bell-bottom pants ~ size 10 ~ 1974
Simplicity 6423 ~ pinafore top/pantskirt/shorts ~ size 12 ~ 1974
Simplicity 7416 ~ vest/pants/skirt ~ size 12/14 ~ 1976
McCalls 3759 ~ dress ~ size 10 ~ 1973
Anne Adams ~ dress ~ size 10
Simplicity 4492 apron pattern.  Size Small.  NEW!
Simplicity 2073 playsuit and wrap-around skirt.
Simplicity 4252 dress.
Simplicity 4512 muu muu/dress/beach dress.
McCalls 3280 ~ shirt-jacket/top/pants/skirt ~ size 12 ~ 1972
Simplicity 7030 ~  dress ~ size 10 1/2 & 12 1/2 ~ 1975
Simplicity 5987 ~ jacket/top/skirt/pants ~ size 12 ~ 1973
McCalls 3061 ~ dress or tunic/pants ~ size 12 1/2 ~ 1971
Simplicity 5798 ~ jacket/vest/skirt/wide-leg pants ~ size 12 ~ 1973
Simplicity 5196 ~ skirt/shirt/top ~ size 12 ~ 1972
McCalls 4250 ~ dress/jacket/pants ~ size 8 ~ 1974
McCalls 7615 ~ jacket/top/skirt/pants ~ size 10/12 ~ 1964
McCalls 9472 ~ robe ~ size 12 ~ 1968
Simplicity 8098 ~ culotte-dress/jacket ~ size 10 ~ 1969
Simplicity 8462 ~ dress/jacket/scarf ~ size 12 1/2 ~ 1969
Simplicity 7025 ~ dress ~ size 12 ~ 1967
Simplicity 7692 ~ coat-dress/beach-coat/swimsuit ~ size 12 ~ 1968
McCalls 4278 ~ dress/pajamas ~ size 12 ~ 1974
Simplicity 9028 ~ dress/jumper ~ size 12 ~ 1970
Simplicity 8541 ~ dress ~ size 12 ~ 1969
Simplicity 7139 ~ pantdress ~ size 12 ~ 1967
McCalls 3733 ~ dress ~ size 12 ~ 1973
Simplicity 3698 ~ scooter skirts ~ size 10 ~ 1970
McCalls 5925 ~ dress ~ size 12 ~ 1961
McCalls 6740 ~ dress ~ size 14/16 ~ 1963 (this envelope is in very bad condition but contents are ok.)
Butterick 5687 ~ blouse ~ size 14
Simplicity 8493 ~ dress ~ size 10 ~ 1969
McCalls 2586 ~ blouse/dress/pants/skirt ~ size 12 ~ 1970
McCalls 4501 ~ pants/swimsuit/bikini/top ~ size 12 ~ 1975
McCalls 5569 ~ skirt ~ size 25" waist ~ 1960
Simplicity 7991 ~ dress/cardigan coat/jacket ~ size 12 ~ 1968
Simplicity 6621 ~ vest ~ size 14 ~ 1984
McCalls 3741 ~ jacket/pants ~ size 12 ~ 1973
Anne Adams 4790 ~ dress ~ size 12 1/2
Anne Adams 4800 ~ jacket ~ size 12 1/2 - no instructions

I just cut and pasted them from the ebay page I bought them on cos there are so many. Let me know if you need any more details or pictures.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on January 11, 2007 09:01:30 AM
I really like the Simplicity 8541 and McCalls 5925. I think I might have some similar patterns in my stash.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: cleandirty on January 11, 2007 11:28:35 AM
I'm in, if that's cool! 

I have a ton of vintage patterns, and really want to make some up . . . I'll list them when I get home, and maybe post some pictures of some of my favorites?


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: acoover on January 12, 2007 08:54:36 AM
i'd love to join you guys as well.  i have a few i've been meaning to make and this would give me the perfect excuse!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on January 12, 2007 12:33:04 PM
Yay!  The more, the merrier. :)

Ok, so far out of my stash these are the ones I was able to find pictures ofon the web.  Of course, the one I like the most (McCall's 5279 from 1976) I can't find a picture of anywhere, so Il'l have to scan it later.  



Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: cleandirty on January 13, 2007 10:54:28 AM
Here are some of the patterns I'm considering for the sew-a-long . . .
http://cleandirty.com/patterns/dickie.jpg
http://cleandirty.com/patterns/gatheredneck.jpg
picture1: the dress (illustrated in red)    picture2: short sleeved view
http://cleandirty.com/patterns/pockets.jpg
http://cleandirty.com/patterns/molyneux.jpg
picture3: the yellow skirt (with pockets)    picture4: the dress
http://cleandirty.com/patterns/sheath.jpg
http://cleandirty.com/patterns/turtleneck.jpg
picture5: black dress    picture6: second view from left

Hope there aren't too many pictures, it's the first time I've been able to post images!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: thevampirehanna on January 13, 2007 05:37:06 PM
Ooo ill join! I have a fair share of vintage patterns, 50's  mostly and then some  not so vintage 70s patterns. I need to figure out what to work on!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Julz on January 14, 2007 02:08:39 PM
Here are scanned images of my patterns. There're a few extras in there which I hadn't listed.



http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q160/itsbloodyhardtofindauniqueusername/3.jpg



Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 14, 2007 04:06:38 PM
65 cents for a pattern back then...wow--I have some of these as well--they brought back memories--uh, and I still use some of them but change them up a bit to look more modern!!

I love Simplicity 3733--there was a style very very similar this fall, but of course the price was much more!!

I am glad I never throw anything out...


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Carmin on January 15, 2007 12:56:18 PM
Fantastic collections you all have, i would join in if i had the time to do it.

Its tempting. :P


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: sarahtar on January 15, 2007 09:20:55 PM
LOL, well, I have a collection of about 150 patterns, all pre-1955, and another probably 30 that are 1955-1960. I won't post pictures of the collection, but I'm happy to sew along! I have the fabric for an awesome early 40s pantsuit that I have on my list for this month or next (hopefully).


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on January 18, 2007 11:08:10 AM
Ok, that's it.  I'm going to have to buy more thrift store patterns.  I'm jealous of your collections. :P


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: tickleagangster on January 18, 2007 01:00:04 PM
I have a few but they look pretty complicated.  I'll see what looks the easiest and join along! And Sarahtar! You must share your patterns from the 50's-60's era! I looooooove that time, things were so glamorous!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: BrightEyes_PR on January 18, 2007 01:17:28 PM
me loooooooooooooooves red n white dress in clean's pattern pic #5                         ;D


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: shorty3boys on January 19, 2007 09:03:22 AM
OH! OH! OH! Does making about 6 dresses count?!?! HAHA! I am the costume mistress (weee!) for our play set in the 50's. I just won 30 patterns on ebay. I will scan them later. One question? These are all size 14 (vintage), any tips on how to make them a wee bit larger for today's sizes?  Most of them are bust 34" and waist 26-27", so they only need to be a small bit larger, but I've never made a pattern bigger.

Thanks ladies! Can't wait to get started!

Shannon


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: GrandTheftUno on January 21, 2007 09:26:04 AM
I have the Mccalls 9742  (or is it 9247???) I want to shorten the shorter robe and make it a cool shirt!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Ali_oops on January 22, 2007 01:46:28 PM
the green dress on 8541, looks so adorable! I'd love to join..but I dont know how to use a sewing machine (well I only sew by hand)

good luck though


Title: My Vintage Sewing
Post by: tigerlounge2000 on January 24, 2007 12:50:47 PM
When I first started sewing by myself (instead of under my Mother's wing) I sewed almost exclusively vintage patterns from the local thrifty.  I'd also buy fabric remnants and notions there, so the end results were exlusively 'vintage.' 

I had one tennis dress pattern from the late 60s that I made many times, and was super cute, with a deep V-neck and miniskirt.  Sadly, I got rid of all of them when I hit my 30s and realized I was never going to wear again. 

I do have some great, mod, Vogue Couture dress patterns from the 60s... maybe this sew along will inspire me!

Currently I'm sewing a dress that is a copy of a 70s cocktail dress - does that count?


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on January 25, 2007 07:35:29 AM
OH! OH! OH! Does making about 6 dresses count?!?! HAHA! I am the costume mistress (weee!) for our play set in the 50's. I just won 30 patterns on ebay. I will scan them later. One question? These are all size 14 (vintage), any tips on how to make them a wee bit larger for today's sizes?  Most of them are bust 34" and waist 26-27", so they only need to be a small bit larger, but I've never made a pattern bigger.

Thanks ladies! Can't wait to get started!

Shannon

Hmmm.  I know how to make torsos and stuff longer.  Not sure how to make patterns wider.  Not much help, eh?  Anyhoo, I have a guidebook thingy at home I can consult and see if there are any tips in it.

As for me, I'm going to start with the wrap around skirt in Simplicity 9541.  And Julz!  Omg!  I'm in love with McCalls 5925 (the one with the poofy skirt).  It's gorgeous.  I'm going to see if I can track down a copy for myself somewhere. :)


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: GraceOblivious on January 27, 2007 04:37:16 AM
Are you all getting started on this?  Vintage patterns, oooooohhhhh yes, adore them too.  There is an apron and some nightgowns I've been wanting to make.  Maybe joining you in sewing up vintage patterns will be the kick in the butt needed to get me moving.

For the person who asked about making patterns bigger.  Grading patterns to larger sizes may be covered in some fitting books, or try googleing.  There was and article in Burda Moda magazine about 5 years ago - not sure I have it anymore, but if found will let you know.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: thevampirehanna on January 27, 2007 03:03:44 PM
Ok so My costume design teacher told me this for patterns that have multi. sizings on them, And from what ive found it works. You can make patterns up to four sizes bigger. Look at the difference of the pattern btwn sizes like on a skirt side the difference btwn one size to the next could be an inch ( i dont know im just guesstimating) get your paper bag out trace the patter onto it and then add the inch on that side, make sure you measure each side as you go along though! its quite often not the same measurement! I know for the older vintage patterns they dont have the multiple sizing but some of the retro stuff does.

And from what i did for resizing for the ones i couldnt do this trick I compared my measurements to theirs for that size seen how much more i needed added a bit for ease and then just enlarged where needed while making sure to put in seam allowances, that allways ended up with some adjustments, but its easier to make something smaller than bigger and if you work with muslim the first time round you will be able to use that as your pattern once you got all the kinks out!

Right now Im working on simplicity 2646 from i belive 62? Ive just got to put the zip in and then decided on where im going to hem it because it is going to be super long...a little to long for my tastes...and possibly an alteration on the neckline?

Anywho hope this is helpful!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: cleandirty on January 27, 2007 11:45:23 PM
Hrrrm.  The best way to completely upsize patterns is to grade them, but that can be quite tedious, so I'm not sure if I'd suggest it if multiple patterns need to be resized in a short period of time.  If you'd like to try, the book I've used in the past is Grading Techniques for Modern Design, and it's relatively easy to understand . . . they probably have a copy buried somewhere at your local library.  Basically, since both length and width are usually expanded when changing pattern size, you end up having to redraw all the curves. :(

An easier way might be to simply change measurements you know have to be larger (do pay attention to waist and hip length), and then make necessary adjustments during your first fitting -- which you would probably have to do anyway.  Good luck!

You can also compare your pattern to a modern fit pattern in your target size, which has helped me a lot in the past.  But this technique depends entirely on the complexity or simplicity of your original pattern . . . okay I'll shut it now.

I have sort of started working on a pattern, though it's not one of the ones I originally photographed.  It's a nifty coverall apron from (I'm guessing) the early fifties, which I'll prolly wear as a dress.

http://cleandirty.com/patterns/apron.jpg

I decided on this one 'cause I have fabric for it in my stash.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: GraceOblivious on January 30, 2007 05:21:42 AM
cleandirty,  That pattern is fab - it will make a wonderful sundress.

Here is the nightgown I want to try in linen.  Have a bag for a swap to finish up and then will get this on the cutting table. 


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: shorty3boys on January 31, 2007 08:15:48 AM
GraceOblivious - gorgeous pattern! i sooooo need that for one of my costumes for this play! i have to wear a nightgown/robe and maribou slippers!

Here's #1! Yay! One down, 5 to go.....
pattern:
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m227/shorty3boys/50sdress.jpg
I got the "material" from our base thrift store...if we, the theater, find stuff to use, they give it to us. It was a full flat and fitted sheet set! For FREE! Yay! The button and belt buckle are from a boot sale and I paid like 10p for them! I had to make the long sleeve version because of the tattoos on my arms...they don't fit in with our "50's housewife" theme! HAHA! ;D ;D ;D
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m227/shorty3boys/IMG_2446.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m227/shorty3boys/IMG_2448.jpg


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: ihatemyusername on January 31, 2007 08:21:40 AM
I have about 100 vintage patterns and still getting more. But one problem, i am afriad to cut them. Half of them are still factory folded. =[ But I might have to find one that has been cut and try it. Ive never used a pattern or made any clothing but i own a sewing machine. Gotta get started soon. lol


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: GrandTheftUno on February 01, 2007 06:38:14 AM
you could always trace your patterns onto new paper if you want to leave the vintage ones intact.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: GraceOblivious on February 01, 2007 06:50:02 AM
Shorty3boys,  WOW, your finished dress is gorgeous.  Wonderful design detail- fab with the blue belt too- it really accents the dress.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: shorty3boys on February 01, 2007 11:03:17 AM
 :) awww! thanks!  that made my day!  i hope the play judges think so too!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: MyDestny on February 14, 2007 08:33:34 AM
Hey CleanDirty,

I think that's the original style of the Retro Whirlaway dress that butterick has released about 5 times. It looks just like the dress I made for my daughter's 8th grade graduation. See here:

The original post
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89632.0

And my daughters:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89632.220

It's really cute but if it's like the pattern that they have out now, watch the area that comes together. The size I cut was an 8 and my daughter is a 0. When I got it all together, we barely had enough fabric to close it with clips at the front!!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on February 14, 2007 09:53:13 AM
Yay!  That's so cute, I love it!  I'm almost finished with my wrap-around 70s skirt. The wrap around belt thingy was such a pain and after getting it on, it's not long enough to wrap around my waist and tie.  Ugh!  So as soon as I'm finished with that I'll post up a picture.  I was even able to make it with some vintage fabric. :)


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: epilepticlemur on February 14, 2007 12:23:11 PM
I have about 100 vintage patterns and still getting more. But one problem, i am afriad to cut them. Half of them are still factory folded. =[ But I might have to find one that has been cut and try it. Ive never used a pattern or made any clothing but i own a sewing machine. Gotta get started soon. lol

Definitely trace your patterns!  That's what I'm doing.  I feel bad about damaging the vulnerable patterns, when they've already been around so many years. 
I bought pattern tracing cloth.  It's see through and has small red dots on it.  (which is there so you can check the grain.) 
I used crayon to trace.  Marker bleeds though, and pen wouldn't show up. 
The tracing cloth is durable enough that you can pin the pieces together to get a good idea of the fit, without having to need to make a whole practice garment. 
My pattern will need some adjustments, or else it will be a little too small. 

I bought fabric, and have traced my pattern pieces.   
   
I took some pictures, but I'm great with the computer.  The computer will not acknowledge me trying to upload.  I'll have to wait to post, until someone comes home. 


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: gsdbooks on February 15, 2007 12:29:24 PM
I have always been leary of buying old patterns in fear that some of thoes pieces will be missing. How often do you find that to be the case? Or do you feel like you can tell if all the pieces are there?


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: cleandirty on February 15, 2007 02:51:18 PM
Hey CleanDirty,

I think that's the original style of the Retro Whirlaway dress that butterick has released about 5 times. It looks just like the dress I made for my daughter's 8th grade graduation. See here:

The original post
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89632.0

And my daughters:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89632.220

It's really cute but if it's like the pattern that they have out now, watch the area that comes together. The size I cut was an 8 and my daughter is a 0. When I got it all together, we barely had enough fabric to close it with clips at the front!!

Hee.  Yes, it's pretty close, but although the principle is 'xactly the same this one wraps to the back.  However, I will be sure to watch for any looming button placement issues, as you suggest.

BTW, your daughter looks great!

I have always been leary of buying old patterns in fear that some of thoes pieces will be missing. How often do you find that to be the case? Or do you feel like you can tell if all the pieces are there?

A lot of the old patterns that are still around have never been used, believe it or not.  This is easy to tell, 'cause the pattern will not have been cut, if it was printed, or will still be in "factory folds" (which are generally very crisp) if it is perforated. 

If the pattern has been used, you will have to count the pieces to insure they are all there.  If you're at a thrift store/yard sale it is not at all a big deal to take patterns out and do this.

However, I frequently engage in a little cost/benefit analysis . . . if patterns cost 10 cents or whatever, I'll frequently just buy them without confirming completeness.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on April 09, 2007 10:13:18 AM
Finally.  I finished this a while back but have been unable to locate the cords to my digital camera.  So, I justdecided to take pictures with my cell phone instead.

Anyhoo, I did a wrap around skirt from a 70's pattern with some fabric that's also from the 70s (leftovers from some curtains my grandmother made a long time ago).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/rhudasia/misc/Knotty%20Girls%20Club/skirt.jpg



Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: GraceOblivious on April 09, 2007 10:34:50 AM
Oh man! that brings back memories.  Yep, the print is definitely right for the wrap 70's skirt.  Great work!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: sarahtar on April 09, 2007 10:35:17 PM
I have always been leary of buying old patterns in fear that some of thoes pieces will be missing. How often do you find that to be the case? Or do you feel like you can tell if all the pieces are there?

If I have time/desire, I just pull out the pieces and count them. But generally, I don't worry about it unless I"m paying a lot for the pattern. I am such a bargain hunter, I think the most I've paid for a single vintage pattern was $5.

I have found, though, that if I am missing pieces, I can usually find something similar from my collection to substitute a piece for. I'm currently sewing a 40s pantsuit and the pattern was missing one of the larger pieces. I have a similar pattern in my collection, and was able to use the piece from that pattern with a few adjustments as a substitute for the missing piece. Not a huge deal! Mostly, though, missing pieces are like facings or pockets, which are REALLY no big deal, and can easily be drawn out.


Title: 1930s suit for toddler
Post by: sarahtar on April 09, 2007 10:50:03 PM
It's a size too big (it's for next winter), but here's my son in his 1930s suit made from corduroy.

(ok, apparently I don't have enough posts to post pictures, so just go to my crafting blog for pictures of the suit and of the pattern (Hollywood from the 30s, I believe).

http://onecraftygirl.wordpress.com/2007/03/26/39/ (http://onecraftygirl.wordpress.com/2007/03/26/39/)



Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: GraceOblivious on April 10, 2007 04:07:18 AM
Wally's suit is adorable. The overall pants are so neat as a suit component. 


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: GraceOblivious on April 12, 2007 04:53:08 PM
Never have gotten the nightgown patterns ready to make.  But have done an eye glasses case from wool felt.  Found in in a transfer pattern page from maybe 1945 to 1950 - no date on the sheet so am just guessing.




am also working on a purse from the same sheet.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: sarahtar on April 24, 2007 11:54:38 PM
And now you can see the 40s pantsuit I got finished last week. Again, I don't post enough on here (yet) to post pictures, so I can only provide you with a link.

http://onecraftygirl.wordpress.com/2007/04/20/completed-40s-pantsuit/

Thanks!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 01, 2007 11:52:41 PM
Are you guys still doing this?  I have a few boxes patterns at home, about 95% of them are vintage.  My thrifty vintage fabric stash is coming along well too.  Trouble is, I seem to have trouble finding the motivation to get myself in front of my sewing machine most of the time.  A sewalong may be a big help in that department, if you guys are still doing this. 

I'd like to make dress to wear to my Mum's Luau themed 50th Birthday party, but I am having a lot of trouble narrowing the field pattern-wise.  I am thinking of going with a 40's or 50's style and using a Hawaiian print (of course).  I have quite a few 70's patterns that are contenders too, on account of them being very simple and summery.  They remind me a little of mu-mus but in a pretty and strappy way.   :-\


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 02, 2007 10:52:03 PM
Well, OK here is my pattern shortlist (for the dress I mentioned in the post right before this one), just in case there is still some interest here.



Any thoughts?


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: MyDestny on July 03, 2007 02:28:45 PM
Hi Miss_Vicki

Yep, I'm still working towards doing this! I'm so busy that I have to prioritize and like you, won't get around to something unless I have a reason. Right now my priority is making a dress for the Prince Concert on Saturday. I'm copying a dress by Rowena Sartin that I saw in Blueprint magazine. I have the sample done except for the hem. I have the silk almost cut out so once I'm done with that dress, I will be diving into all the yummy vintage patterns I've picked up.

I love the first pattern you posted! I think the first style with the little bow is really cute and would look great in a Polynesian print!! Make sure you post pics!! I can't wait to see it. Oh, and let me know how it goes with the vintage pattern. I think people were freakishly skinny back then and feel like I will need to make some adjustments when I start.

Good luck!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 03, 2007 04:02:41 PM
I do often find old patterns to be a bit on the small side but I have never been one to trust sizing in the first place MyDestny.  I go off the measurements to be safe.  Which ever one I do I am going to alter it to be wider in the skirt, especially if I end up going with a design from the first pic.  I am quite the pear  :)


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: knotty_girl on July 05, 2007 09:07:52 PM
Oooh, I love the long dark green dress.  I just tried making some pants from an old 60s pattern today.  I need to lose 5 pounds before I can fit into them, however. :P

I think I might attempt another one of my older patterns here shortly.  I have a few sundress patterns that would be perfect for summer.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: somanyideas on July 08, 2007 11:47:07 AM
who's still in on this?
i'm working on Vogue 2267..


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: krazy4katz on July 08, 2007 12:06:53 PM
I'll have to find a pattern but I'll play....Off to see what ebay's got for me today!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: ihatemyusername on July 08, 2007 05:29:21 PM
I'll play :)


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: MyDestny on July 25, 2007 02:27:24 PM
I'm still in! I made a 50's styled dress from a drape last weekend but need to finish the lining. I will try and take pictures soon.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: causticmuse on August 05, 2007 05:21:02 AM
I'll give this a try, too!  I only have three vintage patterns and two Butterick Retro patterns (wrap dress-B4790 and apron-B4945) on hand unless I can locate my 80s stash at my parents' house, but it's a start.   :D


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: MyDestny on January 28, 2008 03:35:14 PM
Okay so I still need to post pics of the drapery dress I made and now I think I want to shorten it a bit. I also posted about two items I purchased that I will be making over in the Ugly recon sew-a-long. One is a tartan plaid knit, huge men's pullover and the other is a 70's style rose taffeta, floor length skirt that I will be making mini.

Also, I have a purple floral polyester dress that had a drop waist. I have already cut it so I don't have before pics but I will be making it into a babydoll with 3/4 length sleeves.

Last month I took a dress I made for myself when I was pregnant (1991) and some satin tie-bottom pants from target and redid the dress. I will post pics soon. It turned out great!!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: saxifrage on February 16, 2008 09:50:40 AM
I scored these babies at a garage sale...





They had been cut already, but luckily the previous pattern-user was my size.

Too late to join?


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: LookingForOz on February 16, 2008 10:46:56 AM
I made a dress using S8588 when it first came out. It was a crinkly, lightweight cotton fabric and I loved that dress. I wore it until it started falling apart! I hope you enjoy it, too. Thanks for the memories.    :)


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: elamberdor on April 01, 2008 05:40:35 AM
oh i love them all! =D
have a few patterns too:
mostly from the 70's (thnkx mum)!
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=120627 (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=120627)
simplicity 8701 & 6934
butterick 4326
looking around for more 40's 50's ones!
really like this halter no pattern -  dinasaur dress (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118888.0)

i have some bright fabric with retro leaves, its a bit see through, so ill have to do two lalayers, white under, i'll  start on it this weekend!  =)

count me in!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Kimmberrrr on April 19, 2008 09:16:25 PM
I"m in! I just started a 60's wrap dress.. i'm not sure i like how it fits just yet.. i might have to modify it a bitt


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: lindsoriah on April 19, 2008 09:55:24 PM
i want to try!


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Glitterimage2 on June 17, 2008 10:30:33 AM
i want in


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: jessvict on July 17, 2008 08:35:31 AM
this sewalong is just for me, I have a ton of vintage patterns! (i'll post the numbers later. I cut the fabric for a few i just need to get my act together an sew them.


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: Divabunny on July 30, 2008 02:46:34 PM
I'm in! I just picked up a vintage Betsey Johnson for Butterick Big floppy hat pattern that I need to get started. I even bought the fabric and interfacing for it, just have to do it :)


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: faithsmama on August 05, 2008 06:21:03 PM
i'd love to join in too, i have several vintage children's patterns i want to try for dd for this fall. :)


Title: Re: Retro/vintage/thrift-a-long
Post by: fyrefairee on October 12, 2010 05:20:37 PM
I'm so jealous of all of you who have found those awesome 50s, 60s or 70s patterns at thrift stores. My local thrift stores seem to be populated by 80s patterns, an era that I don't like aesthetically, and really doesn't suit me even if I did like it. Sigh.