I need your advice….

Have any of you wonderful sewers used this pattern making system?  I am thinking of buying the set of books, and just want to hear what others think of it.  I really appreciate your feedback, and advice :-)


I offer you another finished frock – a “costume” pattern reproduction of the dress style worn by WWII torch singers.

It was an easy pattern to put together, with only a small adjustment to the waist, and gives a very flattering silhouette.  The fabric is some type of medium weight (vintage – not sure how vintage) cotton, which did not become terribly wrinkled when worn for the whole day – YAY!

The photo doesn’t really do justice to the details in the garment, such as the frills on the right hip, and bias cut front drape.  The skirt is slightly a-line, and the bodice features kimono sleeves and sweetheart neckline.

I am so happy with how it turned out, and will be making another with longer sleeves, just in time for our winter.

As always…more info here x x x


Vogue 8686

by parismegs on April 10, 2012 · 2 comments

in 1930s,Accessories,Hats

A recent sustainability themed industry day at school had me transforming the legs off a pair of leather pants into a 1930s peplum, and trim for a sporty topper…

I used the Vintage Vogue reprint V8686, and Wearing History’s sporty toppers, view 3.  The fabric was given to me by an elderly lady, and the shoes and bag came from an op shop.  The dress was a little challenging – in a good way – with lots of design features.  I read, and followed, the instructions carefully so the dress came together very well.  I am not sure of the fabric’s composition, but it was easy to sew, and didn’t seem to get very creased.

I love these outfits, which are so obviously from another era…not just “retro” styled.  And I do love hats…

I have more pictures at my place – feel free to drop by…I do love your feedback :-)


I am excited to share another dress with you …

I used a lovely weighty stretch satin, with the nicest leopard print I have seen in a long time.  I think it is an early 60s pattern, but Vintage Pattern Wiki couldn’t help me – I would love to know the year…

The construction went smoothly, however the cape thingy and the facings were a little fiddly.  I don’t usually use facings, I use self fabric bindings instead, because I think facings add unnecessary bulk.

I made this dress for a special occasion – I was very fortunate to be awarded a scholarship towards my study costs for this year…YAY!!!

I can now go on the fashion study tour this year, which is going to Barcelona, Paris, and London in September – to say I can’t wait is a MASSIVE understatement :-)

My very fave red patent leather shoes and (fake) belt look great with the fabric, just the right splash of colour.

I hope you are all having a lovely Easter…feel free to stop by my blog