Mermaids Purse

The fabulous Bobbie Barret was the inspiration for my entry into Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge 3. I chose Butterick 9497, with this lovely purple fabric from an op shop. I decided to make a hat to accessorise, as ‘business’ Bobbie is rarely seen without a perfectly styled hat, fortunately I had the body [...]

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Another new favourite dress, I love this pattern, I made a version in lovely green and black houndstooth over here.  And when I found this lovely blue crepe in an op shop, I had to make the slim skirted version, it was the perfect colour.  I’m sure you all know how exciting that can be! [...]

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I started this project nearly a year ago, hit a bit of a roadblock on account of ah, not quite know what I was doing!  I figured I’d just use the bodice from one pattern the skirt from another and well just put them together…  I made some adjustments, to accommodate the differences, but it [...]

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This is not a post about vintage fabric or a vintage pattern project, but it is certainly inspired by vintage fashions, fabrics and patterns!   I wanted to share with you all, my most recent project.  When I started vintage sewing about five years ago, I would never have taken on a project like this! [...]

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This gorgeous dress, Simplicity 2491, has been languishing in my project basket since last summer, I’m so glad to have put in the time this month to tackle the fitting and finishing problems that were bothering me.  Nothing major, just enough for me to need to take a break and find some instant sewing gratification. It [...]

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Some belated photos of a dress I finished last year… Simplicity 3107 in Crimplene, I had to wear it today, so better grab a moment for a quick few photos before Rob was off on his bike. My first project working with crimplene, in this pretty pale blue that came from my Nana’s stash.  You can [...]

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Hey there We Sew Retro community.  I had a fabulous time at The Auckland Vintage Textile Fair, I pick up some lovely sewing patterns a pair of gloves and I came across some mail order ‘cut out dress’ packages, complete in their original packages. This one with lilac fabric is a ‘Woman and Home’ cut-out [...]

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I have not posted any finished projects for far too long, but of course, I’m checking back here everyday or so to see what You are doing..  So I will share some photos of my favourtites and link back to my blog if you want to see even more.  By the way, it’s chilly mid-winter [...]

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I’m really enjoying everyone’s Sew for Victory projects!  I’ve never joined a sew along like that, but it sounds cool, I’m keeping my eye out for 40s patterns.  It’s been a long time since I’ve shared my sewing, as usual, no photos, and I’m also working on two dresses for the World of Wearable Art [...]

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This is my second time around working with this pattern, and this time, I opted for the full skirted version, my first dress with this pattern is still waiting to be hemmed! The dress is so beautiful, and I love how it comes together, the bodice has a highish rounded neckline, dropped waist, is well [...]

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