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This is a little thing but it’s been nagging me forever. What do you call the kind of pocket seen in this Flickr set (Simplicity 4717, 1943).  (This is my set; I made the dress a couple of years ago.) I’ve gotten in the habit of thinking of them as “Colonial pockets” because they’re similar [...]

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I’m sure we all saw that today’s Google Doodle is in honor of Edith Head‘s 116th birthday:

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I definitely had a “look” going this spring. In May, I wore a peplum blouse made from Advance 4858 (1948) to the wedding of one of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family.  I had another wedding to go to in less than a month, which meant serious crunch time.  I decided to [...]

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I have three cousins getting married in the next few months.  Luckily, I am running out of cousins to marry off because I can barely keep up with the sewing. I had to be realistic and accept that I had procrastinated too long and frittered away too much time on non-necessary projects, and I wouldn’t [...]

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I’m sure we’ve all seen those 1970′s patterns that imitate 1930′s and 1940′s lines, right?  Simplicity 6164, Simplicity 5844, Butterick 3174, Marian Martin 9327 . . . you get the picture.  Well, I decided it was time to turn the tables. Since I spent so much time and bother fitting 4727, I figure I might [...]

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Despite the monumental fitting headache that was Simplicity 4727 (1943), I decided to suck it up and take on its close numerical predecessor, Simplicity 4718. I’m going to hazard a guess that they were not drafted by the same person.  This pattern took me less than a decade to complete. To begin with, I know [...]

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This is a bit off-topic but it’s very, very, interesting.  The video shows you how to reconstruct (as best researchers can tell) the braided hairstyle of the Roman Vestal virgin priestesses. A bit more on the Vestals, from Wikipedia (yeah, I know–not academic).

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Okay, this is both not-retro and beyond-retro, but since it’s newly-sewn non-modern clothing, I’m including it.  I also hope it might be helpful to anyone else who sews this pattern, since it’s a common pattern. I have a small group of friends with whom I play “old-timey” music–guitar, banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, washtub bass–a few times [...]

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Introducing . . . the dress I meant to wear for the Fourth of July. At long last, I have something to show for my months of work, zillions of test muslins, and shameless pleas for help.  I believe I stated that I thought the pattern had been drafted by muskrats with drinking problems.  I [...]

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My latest retro sewing project is still bogged down in pattern alteration, although I think I’m past the worst of it and can begin doing actual sewing again. Meanwhile . . . some of us knit retro, too.  Honestly, of all of us who knit retro, I probably do it least, but everybody has to [...]

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