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January 23, 2013

What’s Coming Up For 2013 on Retro Pattern Review!

By Andrea

I’ve been going through my pattern stash and planning some of my upcoming sewing projects – I thought I’d share what I’ve got planned!

I realized that I’ve done a lot of Simplicity Retro Pattern Reviews previously, so I am going to make sure I bring you more reviews from other brands as well.

I have been in love with this pattern ever since I acquired it a couple of years ago, and I’ve decided this is going to be the year I finally get it sewn. This pattern is from the 40s, but I think it’s a really timeless look.

I really dig the button look on the shoulders, so this is one I’d definitely like to make up as well. I’d like to find some striped fabric to do something similar to the look on the envelope.

Although I’ve done a fair amount of hand embroidery, I’ve never tried smocking – time to learn!

Ella’s starting to really get into Barbies, so I am thinking some sweet retro Barbie duds will definitely be in order.

I am thinking that this hooded robe done out of stretch terry will be super practical for Ella, especially as a swimsuit cover up come summer.

This one I plan to get to sooner rather than later, as it would be a good dress for the remainder of winter.

These pedal pushers are utterly adorable and will be fantastic for spring/summer. If this pattern turns out well, I can see myself doing up this one in a few different prints!

I think the dress with the sailor style collar is fantastically cute – this will be another good one for summer, I think!

I do plan to do some sewing for my husband and older daughter as well – so stay tuned for those Retro Pattern Reviews as well! What sewing projects do you have planned for this year?

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8 Responses to What’s Coming Up For 2013 on Retro Pattern Review!

  1. Tasha Reply

    January 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Very cute patterns! The little pedal pusher outfit is adorable, I can totally see it with a matching mom set too. lol Those Hollywood bilingual patterns are really interesting– I have a few Hollywood patterns and they don’t look like that. I wonder if those were meant to sell in Quebec?

    My goal is to try and fill out some wardrobe gaps with my sewing this year. Lots of separates!

    • Andrea Reply

      January 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks, Tasha! I am a big fan of Capri pants, so you never know, Ella and I may end up with something matching! You know, it’s funny, I never thought much about the Hollywood Patterns being bilingual, since I am in Canada, where everything nowadays is always bilingual. But I just took a look at the patterns from this post – it looks like Simplicity started making them bilingual in 1976, and none of the others were. You’ve got me wondering now, too!

  2. Betty Crafter Reply

    January 23, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I can’t wait to see how the smocking goes! I’ve always wanted to try that but for some reason it intimidates me. I’m glad you’re going to be the guinea pig!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      January 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

      I second the smocking! It is in my “to try” pile, which I never actually touch. I’ve heard it is really fun, so I am excited to see you give it a try!

      • Andrea Reply

        January 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        Well here’s hoping my smocking attempt will turn out to be something decent to show, LOL!

    • Andrea Reply

      January 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      LOL, Betty – the whole reason I’ve never smocked is because it intimidates me as well! Something about it just looks difficult, so we’ll see if it is or not!

  3. sablemable Reply

    January 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Andreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! I like the first pattern as well, looks like it would be nice and cool for the summer.

    Yes, the peddle pusher outfit has Ella’s name on it, LOL!

    Digging the anglais/francais, too!

    • Andrea Reply

      January 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Saaaaaaable! I think so, too! I forgot all about the pedal pusher pattern, but once I pulled it out, I knew it had Ella’s name on it for sure 🙂

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