I have been in a retro mode the past few weeks and just finished two classic 1950s dresses. Both were constructed from vintage patterns that I had. A few years ago I was bought a huge lot of vintage patterns and up until now I haven't used any of them!
I usually don't work in plaids because of the fussiness of lining up all those pieces, but it was worth all the extra care it took to put the top one together. I did find that both of these patterns had some odd stitching and were sewn in ways that today's patterns would not have used, but with a little patience it all worked out.
I was so pleased with both of these that I started another retro dress this morning, but this one will be more Sophia Loren than I Love Lucy!