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After listening to the blog world flip out over this trouser pattern, I finally jumped on the bandwagon & made some for myself. You guys – they are TOTALLY deserving of all the fuss! Such a great, simple trouser pattern, with a nearly perfect fit out of the envelope. Consider me in love :)

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
Mine are made with a very lightweight denim chambray – probably a bit *too* lightweight, as all the wrinkles show (and then some that don’t even exist in real life, ahaha) & they sort of look like pajamas. But they are classy pajamas… right? It’s 100* here right now, cut me a break :)

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
The only alteration I made was to extend the back crotch about 1/2″ to make some extra room for my butt, and taper in the waistline to fit my waist. I don’t understand why the smallest size offered is a 10, by the way. Where is the 4-8?

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
I also made the crop top – it’s McCall’s 4488 from 1975. It’s a little scandalous for every day wear, but totally works with the super high waist of these trousers :)

Thanks for looking! As always, there is more info/pictures on my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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I’ve actually made these before (Here’s the We Sew Retro link!), but I wanted them in a nice neutral khaki fabric. No changes to the pattern other than what I previously did for the red ones. This sewed up pretty quick! And I love my new shorts, so yay :D

Khaki Shorts & Green Striped Renfrew
Psst – I also made the stripey shirt, it’s a Renfrew!

Khaki Shorts & Green Striped Renfrew
The pockets have polka dots :)

Khaki Shorts
I know, I need to push the hooks over closer to the edge so the waistband doesn’t flip open like that.

More info & pictures on my blog, LLADYBIRD :)

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Here’s another dress to add to my closet – a cute little minidress, in a pretty watercolor floral :)

Floral Minidress

I used McCall’s 2185 from 1969, in the shorter length, and pulled another 1/2″ or so off the waist seams for a more fitted look. The hips, on the other hand, had to be let out to the smallest 1/4″ seam (and they are still a little tight – definitely not A-line! Ugh!). I originally planned on making the matching fabric belt buuut I got frustrated & ripped a hole in my fabric… fake leather turquoise belt will do :) Hehe!

Floral Minidress
The fabric was given to me by a friend’s grandmother, so it may very well be vintage too! It is very sheer, so it is underlined with white batiste.

Floral Minidress

Floral Minidress

I’m not 100% thrilled with it buuut it is a nice little dress that will be cool in the summer so I can’t complain!

More pictures & info at my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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shirtdress

The fabric for this dress is pretty hit-or-miss – both my mom & boyfriend HATE it, but I think it’s kinda cute! What do you think? :)

The pattern is Simplicity 2458, a sweet little shirtwaist dress with sleeve & skirt options. I went with view 2, although I significantly shortened the sleeves & the skirt (the original hem came down to my ankles. Ew!). The only fitting adjustment I made was to add about 1/2″ to the side seams below the bust dart – everything else fit beautifully straight out of the envelope!

Shirtwaist Dress

Shirtwaist Dress
I need to change the buttons out because I think the white ones cheapen the look. Buttons are so expensive, though!

Shirtwaist Dress - with petticoat
Here is the dress with a petticoat. How very Betty Draper of me :)

Shirtwaist Dress - no belt

As always, lots more pictures & info at my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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