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  For my   entry in Julia’s challenge I decided to channel a bit of Joan.   The pattern is Burda 7178 which I think is quite authentic to the period.  I love the huge collar and pretty pleased overall, though the skirt could be tighter (or my curves bigger).  For more details please visit my blog [...]

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A Burns’ night supper, some red taffeta in my stash and Simplicity 2444 in my unmade pattern pile; mix the three and what do you get a ruby dress.  I was pretty pleased with the result, but I made a really silly mistake.  I took half and inch from the shoulders rather than shortening the [...]

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  This is my favourite make so far, a dior inspired suit from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing.  The jacket was made from a vintage find which cost £5, and its pictured with two six panelled skirts; one in crepe and one in boiled wool, lovely and cosy. I really like the nipped in waist [...]

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As usual I’m rather late to the pattern love party, but here is my Hawthorn.  I wanted a cold weather version, so made this from a brushed cotton (this did mean that all the layers in the collar and facing became rather unwieldly).  I found aspects of the pattern challenging, but I love the result [...]

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Just finished in time, my Fall for Cotton challenge dress.   Hopefully it captures a thirties’ spirit, which a gathered top, straight skirt with inverted pleat and slim sleeves with a pointed cuff, good fun all round but surprisingly wearable!   I was inspired by some deco cotton in my stash and knew I had to [...]

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My first pattern from Gertie’s book and I love it.  A six gored skirt which makes your waist look tiny.  Easy to wear without a petticoat (and probably the first vintage make I feel I can wear for work)  or dressed up and more vintage with a full fluffy petticoat.  Although its a straightforward pattern [...]

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I’ve been reading and admiring others’ wonderful makes and finally am posting my first post.  This is the dress I made for my son’s wedding.  I found the pattern in the USA (I live in the UK) an original fifties pattern described as a cocktail dress.  I used some very reasonably priced satin-backed crepe (using [...]

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