barbarajanemade

For Julia’s third Mad Men challenge, and my first, I tried my first ever knit dress. I was after a look inspired by Joan. Joan wears many gorgeous figure hugging frocks and often some amazing long necklaces to complement her look.

I used Simplicity 1653 which is a mock-wrap style with wool modal knit. It was a steep learning curve sewing knit for the first time. I have more info over on my blog. Thanks for reading and happy sewing.

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This is my version of a vintage vogue pattern.

 

 

It’s Vogue 8789 which I modified slightly by replacing the skirt with a circle skirt. I also used a few ‘vintage’ techniques such as turned and stitched seams and a hand-picked zip. I have more photos and details of the fabric and construction on my blog barbarajanemade.wordpress.com

 

Thanks for reading and happy stitching

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retro 60s shift

by barbarajanemade on January 30, 2014 · 2 comments

in 1960s

Hi retro sewers,

Inspired by Gerties many versions, I thought I’d give this retro shift a try.

 

It took a while to get hold of the pattern (Simplicity 1609), I think it must be very popular and Addicted to Fabric ordered it in for me.

It made up easily and because the material had some spandex I didn’t need a zip. I even used bias binding rather than facings.

It’s a very practical summer dress. I even made another, in blue and white.

 

More details of both on my blog Barbarajanemade.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing.

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Hello there,
I couldn’t resist this cotton drill fabric from Tessuti.

I made a half circle skirt, self-drafted. It has pockets and waistband lining made from a pretty quilting cotton.

Perfect for a bit of ukulele playing.

I have some more photos on my blog, thanks for reading

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