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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Hi there  We sew retro readers I’m making my wedding dress and have made 2 possibilities, both based on the Elisalex (By Hand London) bodice. The first is guipure lace, lined with silk (both from Tessuti) with a pencil skirt. I think it needs a wider (and not so tight) belt. The second is a [...]

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