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This is Vogue 9134. It took me about a year to make, with several stops and starts. The fabric, a Dior double wool, is extremely bright and impossible to photograph. I used Sherry’s very informative tutorial on RTW coat making for the most part, and had some help from a Courrège chef d’atelier I met [...]

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So this is my Craftsy Class dress. I so cheated on the process that I won’t be able to post it on their website! I used part of Butterick 9214 to make it, so I feel justified posting it here. This dress was very long in the making, I started it in March, and if you [...]

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Hello there, long time no see! I have been sewing a lot, but all of it with new patterns. This is Vogue 1394 I made with Liberty print fabric to match my Liberty print Nike’s. I am thrilled about this make and if you have a serger, come on over and see how I finished [...]

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    Hello you all! Long time no see. Meet my friend Jean-Louis the Austringer (meaning he hunts with eagles). He is modeling a year old blue Chilean eagle (who doesn’t hunt) and the vest I made for him. Though the vest was made with Burda’s Jason pattern, which is not really a retro pattern, [...]

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    Slashing and spreading a couple of days before Christmas was scary, but I made it and though a little big at the shoulders, it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. A big sweater dress I can put over anything. For Christmas, I paired it with a bright t-shirt, hot pink thighs and green [...]

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Ahoy indeed. I guess making an 18th century frock coat qualifies as an Uber We Sew Retro project. As this coat is not for Halloween but for a real swashbuckling spectacle, I had to to a great deal of scheming to make it solid which I have talked about at length on my blog if [...]

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I made a Stunt Dress to go see The Jim Jones Revue in concert… I am ready to rock! This dress feels so good! The cotton is heavenly, I really like the fit, the dress has pockets (Erin would be proud of me! She loves pockets and stunt dresses!) and though the fabric is loud and not age appropriate, [...]

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This used to be a pretty battered and mended dress and it’s now a wonderful summery French vintage quilted cotton skirt. The shenanigans involved to make it are here.

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Me! I do have a neat new dress. And Anthea, who will be receiving a size 14 pattern.  Instead of gathers, I made pleats because the fabric has a certain French Marie-Antoinette vibe that was screaming “please, pleat me”, but also, I absolutely love Watteau pleats. I want Watteau pleats ever since I saw Fanny Ardant [...]

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I opened up Simplicity 7088 yesterday and it turns out there was a 2 for 1 in the pattern envelope, a size 12 and a 14, so if you would like to make this dress, I’ll send a scan of the envelope, pattern and instructions set size 14 to whomever claims it in the comments [...]

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