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In my spare time this summer, I’m adding lots of lovely vintage pieces to my wardrobe. I bought this pattern before Christmas. McCall’s 8849 circa 1952, an adaption of an Italian Couture Design, as it says on the front. Straight out of the movie Roman Holiday, don’t you think? I’m picturing myself as the queen [...]

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I started making this cute frock for Christmas …. last year, I mean 2012. As usual I whipped it up to a certain point & then other things (school production, 12 dance corsets, Christmas presents) took over & it sat in my sewing room taunting me for 14 months. Finally a free day yesterday & [...]

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In Australia October is known in many vintage circles as Frocktober. It’s a chance to wear a Frock every day of the month & raise money & awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. It was started by two fabulous Swing dancers. This year my aim was to go Vintage every time I left the [...]

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I had a bit of a deadline for this frock. I wanted to wear it to the wedding of a girl whose dress I made. By the time her dress was delivered, the Melbourne Autumn Winter fashion season was upon me, as well as a musical production I only had a week & very few free [...]

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Inspiration Inspired by a wiggle dress i saw online for $150, I decided to make one. It cost me $33.64 for fabric & everything else was in the stash. I trawled through my patterns to find one that wouldn’t require too many changes. I turned up this great Simplicity 3397 in a size 14. I [...]

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I decided it was time to have a day to sew for me. Not for Beauty & the Beast: my latest show, not for Alex Perry; design legend, not for the kids ballet & band uniforms, not for any styling jobs. It was time to use some stash fabric & break out some vintage patterns, [...]

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