Jeanie B

I made this dress for Christmas and have only managed to photograph it today! The pattern is ‘Sense and Sensibility 40′s Swing Dress’ and I’ve made one before. The pattern instructions aren’t the clearest and I had problems with the bodice first time around, this time I remembered my previous mistakes.
I’m not sure it’s actually meant to be so ‘blouson’ but I like the way the bodice looks like it’s a separate, I think the bodice pattern pieces are too large for my frame, although the skirt is a great fit.

And boy I really matched up those checks didn’t I – I unpicked the skirt panels umpteen times to get the checks to line up nicely at the centre front and back.
But after all that angst guess what – I really wish I hadn’t bothered.

I wish I’d cut the skirt panels on the bias – I think the dress would look much nicer with the plaid on the diagonal! It might swing nicer too. Ce la vie.

There are more pics on my blog and you can find the first version of this dress I made for comparison.

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How nice to be in Sew Retro’s new home – I haven’t posted on the new site yet, good to be back.

A real treat to make these. A sweetheart of a pattern from Decades Of Style pattern company (pattern no: 3008) – the instructions are bold and clear. They took me two days to complete without much fiddly finishing off.

What else can I say in praise of these overalls – they are really comfy, I went out dancing in them last night – rigorous Lindy Hopping in very hot sweaty conditions. They stood up to a lot of twisting and leg kicking – I did remember to reinforce the crotch seam mind you.
The fabric was a cheap polyester, for ease of care really – I made the overalls as a dancing outfit specifically and they’d need a good old wash after each outing. I’d make them again in a nice medium weight suiting for posh wear I think.

More sewing details can be found on my blog, I did have a few button hole nightmares!

The cheesecake photo shoot serves to show off my newest Cruiser Bike that I got in the summer.

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