The Facts: Fabric: mystery poly blend (twill? crepe?) from paron’s annex Pattern: butterick 8170 Year: 1950s Notions: hem lace, snaps Time to Complete: 1.5 hours First Worn: April 27, 2012 Wear Again: yes, yes, yes!! Total Price: ~$15 i originally made this as part of this week’s “sew weekly” challenge–circle skirts.  this is one of [...]


i actually made this dress over two years ago, let it hang for a while, finished it in a mono-induced spurt of productivity, and then hated on it for another year.  while it’s adorable, and i love the original pattern, i couldn’t make it quite click for me.  also, now that i know from a [...]


working on my titanic-style dress for last week’s sew weekly means i actually cannot stop thinking about downton abbey and its influence on my current mood boards. i love lady mary’s formal dinner gown from series two–especially now that i can see it is blue, not black. (which should have been obvious–wouldn’t it be inappropriate [...]


it’s an obsession, and many of us have it: the clothes in downton abbey. i’m sure loads of you have been scouring the internet for thoughts on how you might get an exact look–or, if you’re like me, you’ve been collecting images and adapting them to patterns you’ve seen or may already own, modern and [...]


check the box:  i can do bound buttonholes. i’m never doing them again, though. four hours into a basic 40s blouse, i was supine, on the couch, aching in back, head and eyes, but the owner of a bodice back with bound buttonholes. Pattern Description: basic blouse has button back with neckline and sleeve variations. [...]


simplicity 5669, a great 60s cape that seems very “in” right now. i could swear i saw this hanging in the window at coach earlier this fall. it’s actually been on my to-do list since before i started my 1930s cape, and i bought the fabric in september during the PR shopping day – snagged [...]


Pattern Description (Advance 7837): Front-button shirtwaist blouse has deep V-neckline and spread wing collar. Armhole has deep shoulder and is slightly deeper at underarm. Darts at bust and torso. Version 1 has 3/4 length sleeve with soft folds, finished with wide buttoned cuff. Version 2 has short sleeve, also with soft folds and buttoned cuff. [...]


Pattern Description: Simplicity 2183 (View 1): 1947; Teen-Age Two-Piece Dress: The long torso top, styled with a back neck and side opening, has gathers at the front side seams and darts at the back waistline. The flared skirt features and inverted pleat at the center front and back and joins to a yoke. In Style [...]


(day three of my end-of-the-year UFO parade)   Pattern Description: “TEEN BLOUSE, SKIRT AND WESKIT – THREE PARTS PERFECT to wear together or alone! SHORT WESKIT, dart fitted, buttons at front. Scoop neckline narrows at shoulders. Can be worn sleeveless or over blouse. Belt at waist buttons to side-front. (Cut for plaids – stripes – [...]


day two of my end-of-the-year UFO parade. Pattern Description: Simplicity 2312; ca. 1930s; Misses’ and Women’s Blouse and Skirt. The blouse has a built-up neckline, turned back to form revers and gathers below the shoulder yoke. The sleeves may be long or short and the optional peplum may be in either of two lengths. The [...]