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DIY Dames, retro sewing and crafts

Did you make that? Share your retro-inspired DIY projects, tutorials, patterns and hacks. 

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Showing off the newest creation

Started by Vickie. Last reply by Virginia Moon Nov 23, 2013. 9 Replies

The top is an original from the 1950s I just altered the sides so that it would fit me. The skirt was all made by me which is super light weight and comfy!

Lenghtening a circle / half circle skirt

Started by Emmy Stone. Last reply by Chrystal Allen Nov 3, 2013. 7 Replies

Hi crafty dolls,I recently bought a lovely tartan flared (I believe half circle) dress, and although it was advertised as knee-length, it was a good deal shorter than expected.It's still a dress I'd…Continue

My first dress.

Started by Chrystal Allen. Last reply by Emmy Stone Oct 28, 2013. 6 Replies

Hi ladies :)I recently finished my first dress and would love to share it here with my fellow crafty pinup lovers. I quit smoking in February and needed something to keep me busy. I can knit, but I…Continue

Altering a Skirt to Fit...

Started by Sammi. Last reply by Sammi Oct 27, 2013. 4 Replies

OK, so at the moment there's a certain Vivien of Holloway circle skirt I'm desperate to own, however on the website the only option is a 32" waist, this is 6" bigger than I'd need it and I'm…Continue

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Comment by Christina Zepeda on July 8, 2012 at 9:05am
I would like to make some Retro Clothing. Does anyone have any advice on patterns, fabric, or just general advice..Thanks
Comment by Bloodsbitca on July 8, 2012 at 3:51pm

 Hi I'm currently teaching myself to make retro clothing. I have found quite a few patterns for free, ill post the links shortly.

Comment by Brin Plourde on July 10, 2012 at 3:54pm

I sell tons of vintage patterns....check out my store kooterandflos.com

Thanks!

Comment by Southern Vintage on July 24, 2012 at 12:05pm

For printable pdf style patterns that are free or cost little try Etsy, Ebay, or BurdaStyle.com. They have some really cute vintage patterns! Just watch out for the ones that seem overly expensive just for the copy, these sellers are out to rip you off.

Comment by Brin Plourde on July 24, 2012 at 12:09pm

I totally agree!  All of my patterns are ORIGINAL vintage and I find that they are priced lower than other sellers...I just want them to go to a good home not overcharge for a pattern in good condition!  

Comment by Brin Plourde on July 24, 2012 at 12:10pm

Plus I set up a special discount code for PUG users!  Just enter "PUG15" at checkout for 15% discount!  

Comment by Gradly on August 9, 2012 at 11:33am

I am borrowing my friends sewing machine and I'm super excited. 

Comment by Ruby duVin on August 17, 2012 at 10:30pm

Those of you who use vintage patterns - is it difficult to grade them to your measurements?  Most of the ones I find are itty bitty.

Comment by Gradly on August 29, 2012 at 6:44pm

I just bought some fabric and will be sewing for the first time this week. Wish me luck 

Comment by Jen Robinson on November 13, 2012 at 9:36am

For those who haven't used vintage patterns, it's important to know that they're different from modern patterns. If you're not an experienced sewer or are new to sewing, I would recommend you do quite a bit of online research, as they tend to have fewer directions, are not multi-sized and some are not printed.

Here's a website that has help for resizing vintage patterns:

http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/resizing_vintage_patterns.html

This link is about sewing with unprinted patterns:

http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/using_unprinted_patterns.html

Colette Patterns has some nice vintage-inspired patterns that are drafted for curvier women, using a C-cup instead of the standard B-cup.

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Showing off the newest creation

Started by Vickie. Last reply by Virginia Moon Nov 23, 2013. 9 Replies

The top is an original from the 1950s I just altered the sides so that it would fit me. The skirt was all made by me which is super light weight and comfy!

Lenghtening a circle / half circle skirt

Started by Emmy Stone. Last reply by Chrystal Allen Nov 3, 2013. 7 Replies

Hi crafty dolls,I recently bought a lovely tartan flared (I believe half circle) dress, and although it was advertised as knee-length, it was a good deal shorter than expected.It's still a dress I'd…Continue

My first dress.

Started by Chrystal Allen. Last reply by Emmy Stone Oct 28, 2013. 6 Replies

Hi ladies :)I recently finished my first dress and would love to share it here with my fellow crafty pinup lovers. I quit smoking in February and needed something to keep me busy. I can knit, but I…Continue

Altering a Skirt to Fit...

Started by Sammi. Last reply by Sammi Oct 27, 2013. 4 Replies

OK, so at the moment there's a certain Vivien of Holloway circle skirt I'm desperate to own, however on the website the only option is a 32" waist, this is 6" bigger than I'd need it and I'm…Continue

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