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Dressing for “Canadian” Spring

Sewing has slowed down to a trickle for me in the aftermath of the Tree Gown (I didn’t touch my sewing machine for a whole week after the ball! lol) so I thought I’d do a post on my blog about a project for my wardrobe that I’ve been pursuing gradually for a few years featuring past makes.  It also seems especially appropriate for this (polar vortex – oooooOOOOoooo) year.  That is, dressing for “spring” when it starts on the calendar in a climate where it doesn’t feel like it for another couple months: “Canadian” spring.  Basically, what this involves is making winter-weight clothes in spring colours; for me, this primarily means wool fabrics.  I’m sharing here because several of the pieces in my “Canadian Spring” wardrobe are made with vintage fabrics and/or vintage patterns.

For example:


This skirt is a piece of vintage wool I found at a thrift store.  I used this 70s pattern to make it:

Simplicity 8241 front

And this one (also fabric from Goodwill/Value Village):


This wool satin dress is based off a 1950s pattern that I’ve altered a lot over time:


The fabric for this green wool blend dress isn’t vintage (it’s from Fabricland a couple of years ago)…


but is made from another cute 70s pattern:

Style 3994

All of these pieces are warm enough to wear when there’s still snow all over the place, but help to perk me up when I’ve gotten really tired of winter by March 1.

More pics and info over on my blog

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • WendyBee April 10, 2014, 5:28 pm

    YeS! You have identified something I never thought of as a “thing”! I live in Maine, which, as my son would say, is “practically Canada”. People speak French, and plow their “daw-yahds”, and rue Mud Season, and shovel the ballfields so the kids can have Little League Opening Day. I have often felt cheated to see the new fashion offerings for spring. Sleeveless? Voile? Eyelet? What, are you kidding?
    I love your winter-weight Spring wardrobe, and I thank you for giving voice to our plight!

  • brocadegoddess April 10, 2014, 6:35 pm

    Lol, thanks WendyBee!

  • Fiona April 10, 2014, 6:50 pm

    I love the brocade and piping details, and the green dress is just so lovely! Thanks for sharing. I hope they keep you warm (yet looking Springlike) in your cool Canadian season. Thanks for sharing here!

  • Evie April 10, 2014, 7:49 pm

    These are great!

  • Deanne April 10, 2014, 9:13 pm

    Your dresses and skirts are amazing!!! I love them all. I would love to have a beautiful wardrobe like yours I hope one day I can accomplish making some of these dresses. Your red dress is by far my favorite. Good job!

  • Sara April 12, 2014, 10:01 am

    These are all beautiful–the detail is great! I never would have guessed they were made from 70s patterns.

  • seamsoddlouise April 12, 2014, 10:18 am

    Wow these are all beautiful I love the decorative piping I could never get it so neat.

  • Claire April 12, 2014, 10:43 am

    I love all of these! I especially like the cording details you’ve done – I must have a go at that.
    I too am surprised you’ve used 70’s patterns because these garments don’t look 1970’s.
    I want your wardrobe 😉

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