Summer Sewing Round Up!

by - 9/28/2016

Something a little different today, my Summer sewing round up! Right now I'm planning my handmade Autumn/Winter wardrobe, so I thought as September is coming to an end that I would do a little round up of my highlights of Summer sewing and what I've learnt so far on my dress making journey.

I only started my blog and regularly sewing for myself back in April but I feel like I've been making a garment for myself every week since then! At the beginning of the year there was only one handmade piece in my wardrobe, a very poorly made Lilou dress, but I was still proud of it at the time none the less! But fast forward 6 months and my rail is bursting with handmade pieces that I love to wear and feel really proud of.

Along with a whole selection of new handmade clothes, I feel my skills & knowledge have improved dramatically. Starting a sewing blog has totally inspired me to be creative, it spurs me on to keep sewing for myself but having this little bit of selfish sewing time has really improved my mood and work/life balance. (I'm self employed & sew for a living at My Retro Closet, so taking the time to make something for myself every week or so has been wonderful).

So with approximately 20 new handmade pieces in my wardrobe, let me show you some of my favourites from the Summer!


Retro Butterick '53 B5708 - Shoulder Tie Dress & Butterick B5930 - The Ultimate 50s Party Dress!

It wouldn't be Summer without a load of bright and beautiful florals! I love this shoulder tie dress from 1953 and this super Mad Men style dress (that collar is my fave!). Although I never did get an invite to any glamorous garden parties!


Burda Style 7179 - Vintage Style Shirt Dress & Simplicity New Look 6180 - #Ginghamalong Shirt Dress!

I'm shirt dress and gingham obsessed. I love the Burda pattern but definitely need to make this again with a waaaay softer collar. And on the right is one of my latest makes, my Summer staple style!

Also this is the contrast between my first ever pattern review and one of my newest!


Sew Over It - Vintage Shirt Dress & Tilly and the Buttons - Mimi Blouse & Delphine Skirt

These are two of my new favourite sewing skills. I like to think of myself as a collar sewing pro now after all the shirt dresses I've been sewing. I loved the curved styles of the Sew Over It pattern and the simplicity of the Tilly one. Both I want to make again ASAP. Self covered buttons and button holes are also fun new skills in my bag, both of which I used on these makes.


The Retro Tiki collab was so fun to be a part of and started me on my pattern hacking journey! This dress is still the sassiest thing I've ever made! And this Gable dress is one of my most worn handmade items, so comfy and cute! I'll be making more.

Sew Along Madness!

When I started my blog, I had no idea that this amazing sewing community was out there! I've met some truly wonderful people and feel constantly inspired by the work of others. So when I saw any kind of sew along with a vintage edge, I jumped on board! They've been so much fun and pushed my sewing skills and got me out of my comfort zone. Here's to lots more!


I hope you've enjoyed my Summer Sewing Round Up! I also just want to say a HUGE 'Thank You' to everyone who has followed my little blog or taken the time out to comment on my posts. It still baffles me anyone would be interested in reading my sewing ramblings! And another huge thank you to the wonderful haberdasheries and pattern designers who I have collaborated with so far, half of these makes wouldn't exist without you!

Thanks for reading, pinups! Stay tuned for an Autumn sewing plan blog post too.

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  1. What gorgeous dresses! I particularly love your Gertie b6354 hack,the minmi blouse & Delphine skirt.The style,fit and fabric choices are all fab, thank you for sharing!

  2. You have such a cute style, I love it. I'm struggling to pick a favourite, but I have a lot of love for your pink gingham shirt dress and the contrast covered buttons on your Mimi blouse are adorable. Looking forward to hearing about your autumn sewing plans.

  3. It's hard to believe that you only started in April!! What an amazing selection of creations (and thank you for showing the Tilly and the Buttons top, because you've reminded me that I want to make that, and also that the book is due back to the library tomorrow!!). I am hoping to dive further into sewing over the winter months, but you obviously have a natural aptitude for this. I look forward to getting more inspiration from your blog in future. x