Pattern Drafting

I finished a UFO that got stuck right after the first fitting, oh, about seven or eight years ago. That calls for celebration, doesn’t it? It’s a fitted suit jacket, aiming for a 40′s silhouette, and it was left unfinished because tailoring is, or was, kind of intimidating; but I really love the fabric, a [...]


I am a long time follower but this is my first time contributing. I have always been fascinated by vintage fashions…the colors…the prints…the materials…Just everything. I envy the people able to wear the styles from way back and have often been told that I was “Born in the wrong era” That being said…This is my [...]


Hello! It’s been a while since I blogged here for the last time. But I finally finished something to share here! I made a blouse from Simplicity pattern 3638 view 1. The skirt is a try out. I drafted the pattern myself using Simplicity 4828 as inspiration. I’m not completely satisfied yet, but I still like [...]


Vintage pencil skirt using Burda 8155. I  have made a few of these skirts, but this is my fav because of the cute little sailor buttons i added to the front dart seam. It is made in a light cotton, perfect for summer and what a breeze to make! Check out my blog for more [...]


I’d worn the same Christmas dress for the last few years and decided that I just needed something new this year! I didn’t have any fabric that really screamed Christmas in my stash but I did have some red with black velvet polka dot fabric that was quite festive. I opted for a circle skirt [...]

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Hi all! I’m finally finished with my semester at school, so I celebrated by sewing myself a dress. I decided to go with a maternity pattern because I wanted something empire waisted. I chose to make the dress in the middle of the picture. (McCall’s 6576 C. 1962) I needed to resize the pattern since [...]


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 [...]


I made a capelet for my daughter’s halloween costume… better late than never, hey?! Poison Ivy was a fictional character, enemy of Batman, created by DC Comics. She made her debut appearance in 1966. It was a very quick and easy project, self-drafted using the formula for a circle skirt with the addition of a [...]


Pages from my latest purchase, two books of drafting from the Haslam System, dating from the late 40s. One contains draftings for lingerie, blouses and skirts, and some maternity wear:   The second book is for Spring and Summer designs; lots of dresses with some coats and suits. Lots more including some drafting diagrams for [...]


  I was browsing the local Goodwill in the craft section when I happened upon a box that caught my eye. I had heard about the Lutterloh system many years ago and had forgotten about it, but the box was intriguing. I looked inside and saw all the lovely illustrations for patterns but I didn’t [...]