Saturday, May 28, 2016

Some Retro Inspire Sewing

I swear I am still around . . . still thrifting for vintage treasures and still trying to sew myself a vintage inspired wardrobe. I just took a nice long break for a much needed family vacation. Coming back rejuvenated and happier than a clam gave me the push I needed to tackle one of my biggest fears . . . sewing pants! I don't know why but I avoid sewing pants the way my children avoid eating peas! So I pulled out a super cute pattern by Gretchen Hirsch (Butterick 5895) and I got to work. And then I realized it. Sewing pants isn't scary at all! GASP! Dare I say they may have even been easier than the top? I do!

I used a stretch denim (found at the thrift store for a whopping $1.99), and added a pop of color in the pockets by using the same cotton from the blouse.

Don't mind the winkled look on the back . . . I had worn these out for the day before I got the chance to photograph them. What can I say, busy mom was just lucky enough to be dressed in time for our appointment that day.

And the back zipper on these totally reminds me of Sandy's pants in Grease. Yeah . . . I may have to make another pair of these in black, though I think I will pass on the ultra tight leather. 

The blouse was another Gretchen Hirsch pattern (Butterick B6217). Again, please excuse the worn in look. But let's just be honest . . . I wear my clothes! This top was actually fun to make as I got to play with some trim to change up the look. I love the retro vibe that ric rac instantly adds. I am still improving my skills and had a little trouble with the armhole facings not fitting right. So I actually swapped them out for the simpler finish with seam binding. The ric rac was an estate sale find and the fabric was thrifted for $1.99! And the buttons were vintage goodies that were found in the drawers of my treadle sewing machine. They were just perfect for the project.

I absolutely love the darting on the back of the shirt . . .such a nice fit! My only adjustment to the pattern itself was adding 2 inches to the length. As much as I love vintage, I just cannot do short shirts. Lifting the kids and running after them leaves me needing as much extra length as possible. Considering this was my first non-costume garment, I am soooo pleased with the result. I wore it out the entire day! It's also not too shabby for about $7 in supplies. 

I am already dreaming up the next outfit I will sew. Hoping to find some time at some point during this long weekend!