Vintage fabric + vintage sewing pattern = a new blouse

I’m what you’d call a sewing and craft hoarder. I keep everything. I find that as long as I stay very organized, it will eventually get used. That’s what I tell myself and my husband anyway. Case in point, is this project.

vintage sewing pattern

I bought the fabric about 7 years ago at a fabric store that was going out of business in Moscow, ID. They had tons of vintage fabric for $1/yard and I am so mad at myself for not buying more. I did buy the below five fabrics though, and have made a garment out of all of them except the one with the feather print.

Vintage Sewing Pattern

About 6 years ago, my husband’s aunt gave me a big bag of sewing patterns she used in the 70’s and 80’s, and I knew right away that I wanted to make something out of this vintage Butterick 5859 pattern, but I didn’t get the idea to combine the fabric and the pattern until about 4 years ago.

Vintage sewing pattern

Unfortunately because I only had a small cutting of the vintage plaid fabric, I wasn’t able to match the plaid at center front. That sort of thing actually drives me crazy – my poor type-A brain is exploding looking at these photos. But the important part is that the blouse was made and I’m sure nobody else has noticed the non-matching plaid. You can see what I mean in the photo below. It was so close, but I used every spare inch of this fabric just to make the shirt happen.

Vintage Sewing Pattern

Vintage sewing pattern

Vintage Shirt Pattern

I actually made the skirt too. I used Simplicity pattern 2698, and it’s one of my favorite sewing patterns. I’ve made quite a few skirts using it and they all look completely different because you can change the length, bottom band and fabric options so easily. Plus any skirt with pockets is a win in my book.

Vintage sewing pattern


 ModCloth is my favorite place to shop for vintage-like clothing items that look expensive but are completely affordable. Below are some options for Tops and Bottoms to create outfits similar to the one that I made above!

  1. Eccentric Collector Top // 2. Picnic Your Brain Top // 3. I’m on Campfire Top // 4. Miami Moments Top

5. Pathway of Life Skirt // 6. Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt // 7. Streak of Success Skirt // 8. Tulle of the Trade Skirt

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Modcloth! Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

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