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And The Winner Is…

By on May 14, 2011
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 turn in her Franca Squarciapino designed purple coat in the movie Colonel Chabert. Now that was an exit!

In fact, I will make this dress again and will make the pleats historically accurate so the back looks more like Petit Main Sauvage’s Watteau
Everybody should be able to make a grand exit once in their lifetime.

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A 2 For 1 Informal Giveaway

By on May 6, 2011

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 on my blog. If there are more than one person, I’ll draw a name.

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The Infinite Dress – McCall’s 5360 – The Wrap Up

By on April 11, 2011
I had so much fun. 
We had amazing weather all weekend and I got to play with my new dress… and played, and played …
… and then played some more. There are a few style that fit me better, but once you have it on, you actually forget about it. Wrapped up properly, I can even wear it without a bra! 
It doesn’t pull, tug, squeeze, it’s awesome comfortable and I don’t think I own another garment so playful and fun!
The Infinite Dress is very modern for a 35 year old! I knew it was a winner!
The whole saga is right here, properly tagged, so you can see all the posts in French and English!

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I Need A Little Help

By on March 28, 2011
This is Muslin n° 2 of Butterick 9214, a 50’s housecoat pattern with which I want to make a great big red wool winter coat.
I am not entirely dissatisfied with the muslin save from the fact that it’s way too small for a winter coat. How do I add the necessary ease? How much? Where? Do I cut through the middle and widen it? I don’t know how to do this, so I’ll take advice if you have any, or a link.
You can visit my blog for more information on the project. Thank you all so much in advance.

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