This dress is part of my 40′s wardrobe project. Making a wardrobe after the suggestions from a 1940′s book on “everything a woman need”. Originally posted on my blog where you can find more info on the project. I started this dress two years ago, for the better part of that time, the only thing [...]


When I showed my husband the fabric I planned to use for this dress, he said it looked Granny. Lol! So I proudly call this my Granny dress! (He liked the final product regardless.) ;-) I used Retro Butterick 6582. Since this was my Easter dress, I had to get an Easter bonnet to go along with [...]


For the Great Gatsby challenge, I made a draped dress from a 1924 publication. The instructions were surprisingly easy, though it was challenging not having enough of my gorgeous silk chicken fabric. I also decided to also make a hat and a brooch to tie the whole look together. The hat is from Simplicity 1736, [...]


If it’s early May, there are two things those around me can count on: 1. I’ve tormented them for the last month with a countdown to my birthday (39 this year) and… 2. The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival (8 this year) is going on. I love Vancouver’s burlesque scene.  There are some AMAZING, creative, sassy [...]


I just loved the bird ornament on this pattern from Mrs. Depew the moment I saw it. So I bought a copy and made myself one. The pdf contains instructions for drawing out the hat and bird patterns and describes how to do the other  variations pictured. Sewing instructions are minimalist to say the least. But [...]


Hi fellow sewers!!! I am currently in Year 12 and am studying Textiles & Design. For the HSC, we are required to make an item/s. I absolutely LOVE vintage things, especially fashion/hairstyles/makeup. My grandmothers fabulous dresses in the 1940s/50s/60s have inspired me to make this Vogue dress, a pair of white satin gloves and a [...]


Hello everyone! It struck me the other day that I’ve been rather productive this year, and I haven’t posted here in ages. This is part of what I’ve been up to. – Another fictive uniform, because apparently I need more of those. I found a wonderful olive drab Prada cotton twill that feels more like [...]


I’m sorry if this post is all over the place …it looks ok when i type it but looks all out of sink when i preview it but as i’ve spent over an hour on it , here goes …This month I have not had to change the thread on my machine at all …Navy [...]


Oh, 1950s dresses how do I love thee! I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while and I knew exactly what type of dress that I wanted to make with it! A great 50s double breasted dress with a great collar! And too top it off, I found a pattern with pockets (Simplicity [...]


Self-drafted hat, using cotton velvet from stash, fully lined with poly lining and decorated with a ‘yoyo’  of self fabric with a central statement button. The ‘Lucky’ button was found in a biscuit tin by my daughter, at a vintage fair we attended last year. I’m so glad it found a special home! And I’m [...]