Dresses

Back in October I posted on here an introduction to a big sewing project I was taking on: reproducing a version of Charles James’ Tree Gown: My excuse for tackling this, apart from the challenge of it, was to wear at the 2014 Toronto Garrison Ball.  Which was actually last weekend – yes, the dress [...]

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  I’m at the final stretch of finishing this dress, but am having second thoughts about it.  I did the pink view, but used navy fabric as a contrasting ruffle – thought the flowers to be too much.  Now the dress fits nicely, but I’m getting the feeling it’s more like a fancy old-lady potato [...]

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This dress was actually intended as a wearable muslin (after two non-wearable muslins) for a dress I’m making for my high school graduation, but I’m quite happy with how it turned out! The pattern is Vogue S-4727 from 1956, which I borrowed from a friend who has the most amazing vintage pattern collection. I sized [...]

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  I finally have a finished dress to share! It’s vintage Simplicity 7705, the knockoff of the famous DVF wrap. I’m super pleased with how it turned out and now want lots of knits to make more. It makes me feel a bit like Jerry Hall at Studio 54!  

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I recently attended Dapper Day, a vintage-themed event at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom. It was a Disney and vintage-lover’s dream! I sewed two dresses for the occasion, one for me (in red) and one for my friend Andi (in blue).         For my dress, I sewed Butterick 8408 ,a [...]

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Hi guys and gals! I’ve finally finished making Gertie’s Shaheen-inspired sarong dress (Butterick B6019) and I hope you like it! The pattern:                         My version:                               This pattern was HARD! [...]

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I’m always cold in the Bay Area, so instead of wishing the weather to be warmer by wearing lightweight cotton dresses, I have decided to be more practical and start making things in flannel and wool. This dress is a wearable muslin I made from an inexpensive cotton flannel that I had in my fabric [...]

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I’m (mostly) happy with how this dress project turned out.  I had just enough fabric from a friend to squeak it out, and it’s still not totally done (it’s missing a hook and eye and one dang button), but I’m pretty pleased. The main problem I had was that once I’d gotten the whole dress [...]

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I am not sure whether to call this a mod dress or not.  I am not terribly familiar with the fashion terminology of the 60′s so I’ll refrain from attaching any labels lest they be incorrect. Anyhow, this is a 1968 pattern that I bought as part of a lot in 2009. I immediately fell [...]

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I know I’m a bit late posting this but I made a cute pink 40s dress for Valentine’s Day! I made up Simplicity 3583, an early 40s shirtwaist dress pattern, in some great pink rayon. I opted to pair this outfit with a blue knit bolero for a non-traditional color pairing. I just adore this [...]

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