Pattern Drafting

I bought a two-piece swimsuit a couple of years ago, a pretty red bikini in my proper cup size from Ballet, which really only served to underline the fact that I’m more of a one-piece swimsuit person. I really am not comfortable with two-pieces, and I wanted a vintage-looking swimsuit with full rear coverage and [...]

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I saw so many gorgeous 30s and 40s suspender skirts popping up here and on numerous blogs in the last few months, I just had to make one for myself. This one is self-drafted (the first thing ever I made without a pattern (-:) and it was such a fast and simple make! I might [...]

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As a pattern cutter and a collector of vintage patterns I’d been curious for quite a while about the Lutterloh pattern system and it’s similar-ish contemporaries, a French system called Eclair-Coupe Paris and The Haslam system, I think from America, but hadn’t had a chance to try any of them out. How exactly did the mini-size patterns [...]

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So initially I wasn’t going to post this due to minor fit issues (at least on me!) but it’s really just a working, wearable sample at the moment. It’s really pretty and reminds me of some sort of retro-ish almost-eveningwear sort of look. I can’t put my finger exactly on what time period and a [...]

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So here’s a modern take on a military-esque jacket with a mod twist that I just finished: Back in 2008, I made a group of 5 jacket patterns with my original intent to sell them on Etsy and this was one of the jackets I made almost completely with the exception of buttonholes and sewn [...]

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Hello everyone))), I am showing off my polka-dot 50′s dress this time. If you do 50′s style you have to have at least one polka-dot dress, so here’s mine.   It’s pretty simple, based on the basic pattern I have drafted using an old Soviet sewing book. Here it is on the right. I use [...]

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This dress is both thrifty and fashionable I bought this left-over curtain material from a flea market for 3 Euros and drafted up this vintage-inspired concoction. I’ve recently been obsessing over vintage drafting manuals and have tried various kimono + gusset shapes to make a variety of close-fitting kimono-sleeved tops and dresses. This dress has [...]

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Hi, I’m very happy to present to you my new sundress.  I designed this dress myself with the help of a (I think) 1960′s book by Enid Gilchrist – Basic Fashions for Women.  It’s a fab book that shows you how to draft your own patterns and alter them.  I used the square neck bodice [...]

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I have been admiring the amazing 50′s fashion for a couple of years at least. But never had the guts to really wear it. Here in Ukraine or almost any other post-soviet country being too different from everybody else is not a very cool thing. Especially if your work suggests a strict dress-code. You have [...]

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I decided to make a new summertime dress for my daughter.  While the silhouette of the Vogue 8788 is lovely, I just felt it was missing something.  So, I drafted a peter-pan collar for the dress!   We picked out a blue cotton lawn fabric with little white and green polka dots for the body [...]

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