Always Alice

Here it is, finally done! A couple snafus but no dress is complete without them. I seamed the back to save fabric (I really should not have, I think that was where my snug shoulders come into play). It’s a bit smaller than the other one I made, only by about 1/2 inch. The only [...]


I’m having a hard time with this one y’all. The perpendicualr nature of the stripe allignment was taken right from the cover of the pattern. I initially wanted to make 40s pajamas with this lovely estate sale find fabric. Then I said “no way, look at those cool stripes. A dress you shall become!”(Simplicity 4640). [...]


I have been on a mad hunt for a dress with a bodice similar to this. Anyone have a recommendation? eBay and etsy are hit or miss; I’ve been doing mostly 1950s dress searches thinking I would have the best luck with that era.


I have Been busy busy busy! Let’s get this thing rollin’. This baby is a Ladies Home Journal mail order #2853 from the 50s. I used a thrifted and probably vintage sheer cotton with bright pink flowers. I finished the dress with French seams. The buttons are from my stash and the buckle is very [...]


Ok, so, while this post isn’t specifically sewing related it’s up our collective alley. I just finished watching “My Crazy Obsession” on TLC. One of the stories was about a 23 year old woman named Doris who was obsessed with the 50s. I immediately got sweaty. I love the 40s and 50s. Loooove with a [...]


Hi y’all! I am about to start this great early 50s mail order shirtwaist dress and need your thoughts. The dress itself is only one piece, its fitted through the waist with 8 darts on the front and 4 at the back. The fabric is very shear and very floaty, cotton or a cotton blend [...]


I just finished this undated mail order pattern. It was so super easy and the fit is phenomenal. The only thing I changed was adding ruffle trim to the button flap. I wanted a more house dress look instead of a classic jumper look. The material is thrifted cotton that was sewn into a tablecloth. [...]


Hi all! I have this lovely unmarked Advance 3664 undated pattern (I’m guessing early to mid 40s). The envelope has seen better days but the pieces and instructions are in good condition. In fact, I’m not sure anyone has even used this one before. I was hoping someone out in vintage land had this pattern [...]


Hi all! Just wondering if anyone has made up the new Butterick 5716 swing coat yet. I checked Pattern Review but without any luck. I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty roomy but those awful Butterick stock photos never really show you how it’s going to look. I was thinking of doing it [...]

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Hi all! I am going to NYC for a couple of days next week and would love some fabric store recommendations. I have never been to the city before (although I have lived in NY for 11 years!!) and the only one I really know of is the infamous Mood. I have heard Gertie (via her [...]