puu

      i actually would like to make a little tie for the blouse out of some leftover lantana. i feel like in the 1930s and 1940s simplicity really and truly lived up to its name. the fashions are very much of the day and relatively easy to construct, provided you don’t actually need [...]

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  9 months in the making, people.  NINE MONTHS. so, let me run you through the construction details on this new year’s baby. it started off fairly well in march of 2012. i was innocently preparing to use this as my submission for the “mad men” sew weekly challenge. i had cut it out and [...]

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for many, many moons now i’ve wanted to adapt this dinner dress of lady mary’s (circa 1918 in the show) into something wearable and a little more modern for myself. you may even recall some of my earlier ideas. after a few false starts, i settled on adapting the design to a t-shirt as the [...]

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although i’m still pretty embarassed by my sloppy skirt construction, i’m also still a pretty huge fan of my version of simplicity 1927, tackled earlier this summer. since then, however, i’d had a vision of using a tiny pucci splurge (a mere 1/2-yard from mood fabrics) to eke out the little blouse bodice so that [...]

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our office holiday party was on friday, which obviously required a new dress. not only was it my first time to dress up in a little while, my company was recently acquired and there were 300 new co-workers on whom to make an impression. i had been wanting for a while to riff on one [...]

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The Facts: Fabric: cotton eyelet from paron’s, underlined with cotton organdy from Mood Pattern: Simplicity 1507 (previously made here) Year: 1940s Notions: zipper Time to Complete: longer than it should have First Worn: august 8, 2012 Wear Again: yes Total Price: ~$60 Challenge Theme:  “olympics” earlier this year, as i was gearing up for my [...]

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i’d been working on this specimen for this week’s “sew weekly” challenge, “reality check.”  what can be more of a wardrobe staple than a black skirt and white top?  but of course i took it in a bit of a weird direction.  otherwise, what was the point?  i had some very specific inspiration on this [...]

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The Facts: Fabric: leftover liberty of london tana lawn “durie” (from modified/self-drafted simplicity 4903) Pattern: bodice portion of vintage vogue 2926 Year: circa 1950s Notions: zipper, sew-on snaps Time to Complete: 4 hours First Worn: June 22, 2012 Wear Again: yes Total Price: ~$30 Challenge Theme: “Las Vegas” this top has been a true “hangover” [...]

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  i’d been toying with the idea of purchasing simplicity 1975 for something like months when i decided to do it properly:  draft it myself.  the sizing on the pattern specimen i’d located is so off i’d have ended up re-drafting the thing anyway to get it to fit properly, and i wanted to learn [...]

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  i had a bit of a harrowing drive last weekend, but fortunately was able to complete it in true vintage style. so here is me, travel-weary and travel-stained, clutching on to my reward for surviving the drive: two words:  vanilla.  milkshake.  (if you are wondering what the white stuff on my legs is, it’s [...]

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