Frances

I’m (mostly) happy with how this dress project turned out.  I had just enough fabric from a friend to squeak it out, and it’s still not totally done (it’s missing a hook and eye and one dang button), but I’m pretty pleased. The main problem I had was that once I’d gotten the whole dress [...]

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When my fiance and I moved to Massachusetts for school, I knew that one thing I wanted to purchase or make was a very warm housecoat.  I’d purchase the pattern for Butterick 7461 last summer and made the shorter version out of a kimono that my mother and I made while I was in junior [...]

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  Hello!  I haven’t posted in a good while, but now that summer is, sigh, on its way out… I figured I ought to stop waiting to get “the perfect pictures” and share my summer sewing project. Since I couldn’t find (or afford!) the real deal, I was on a quest to create a 1940s/50s [...]

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Pants and I don’t get along particularly well.  If they fit over my hips and rear, they gape terribly at the waist, and pants that fit at the waist won’t go up over my thighs.  Evidently, the only solution is to sew my own! I’ve seen lots of rave reviews of the wide-legged pants pattern [...]

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I’ve been meaning to fix the terribly half-a–ed facings I made on my first attempt at Butterick 7139 for a while, and when I found it in my mending pile this week I decided that better facings weren’t worth the effort.  Instead, I decided to unpick the facings, dig out my leftover fabric, and test [...]

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I have been wanting to at least try to make Advance 6993 ever since I picked up the pattern at a local antiques mall.  However, the pattern calls for something like 6 and 1/8 yards of fabric for the simpler version, which had rather put me off from making it.  But… Joann’s had a sale on their [...]

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Hello again!  As you may or may not remember, I found this pattern a while ago devoid of instructions, and wonderful We Sew Retro community member Twisted Poppy came to my rescue with the pattern for a very similar skirt.  So, I forged ahead. I was using a lime green wool remnant I’d picked up [...]

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Hello hello! I have An Idea for a circle skirt, which is probably terribly misguided, but I’m going to do it anyway, which is why I am asking the lovely WeSewRetro community for guidance.   Joann Fabrics has the most adorable teapot-print novelty fabric, which I’ve been dying to make a skirt out of.  Unfortunately, [...]

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Hello again!  I finally have pictures of the Advance dress that I was complaining about so bitterly a few months ago.  Here’s the pattern envelope again: And here’s my version! Since the pattern I have is (nominally) a little too small for me, I wanted to do a muslin first.  On the other hand, if it [...]

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Hello, hello!   I’m about to start making a second version of Butterick 7139, but I figured that I should start by showing you my first version: (I don’t really write about sewing on my own blog, so these pictures are extracted from my various other posts) I picked up the pattern for Butterick 7139 [...]

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