cotton

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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It’s summer down here in Australia, so it felt like a good time to make Anne Adams 4705 (circa late 1940s/early 1950).                               My version is made from quilter’s cotton purchased at Spotlight last year, and took about 4m of trim. [...]

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For the holidays, I made a green and red dress. I picked up this wonderful festive green fabric while in Ghana, West Africa, and it has served me well for several projects. I started with a sloper from 1961, and I turned the tight round neckline into a boat neck with a slight scoop. I [...]

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  For my sister’s birthday, I decided to make her a dress. Since she’s tiny, I jumped at the chance to bust out some of my smaller sized patterns (I covet size 18′s for myself) with a mod 1960′s silhouette. We decided on Simplicity 7072, which is a simple A line shift with French darts [...]

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I’ve had this gorgeous pattern since July and have been looking for the perfect excuse to make it and what better than a Christmas party at work? The scene is set, there will be a brass quintet and nibbles and drinks in the Atrium of our building, now all I need to do is make [...]

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There are times when you can already see a finished dress before you even start; you know the fabric, pattern, and the way it will fit. What details you’ll add, how you will look in it. This dress started out this way–I had this marvelous 30′s inspired cotton and waited until I found the right [...]

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Hey guys! My latest make is another project which used vintage cotton- I love working with vintage fabrics more than I like working with vintage patterns, couldn’t tell you why, exactly. So, anyway, I found this fabric in my local vintage clothes shop which has a secret room full of old linens, notions and other [...]

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Hello there, I couldn’t resist this cotton drill fabric from Tessuti. I made a half circle skirt, self-drafted. It has pockets and waistband lining made from a pretty quilting cotton. Perfect for a bit of ukulele playing. I have some more photos on my blog, thanks for reading

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For this dress I used vintage pattern Simplicity 4432.  From what I could glean on the internet (and correct me if I am wrong) this pattern is from the early 60′s. I used 100% cotton of course! It was a piece of fabric I fell in love with on a recent trip to Oregon. It [...]

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This is the first time I have used the luscious lawn fabric and it didn’t disappoint! I used the Elisalex bodice (once again), an elbow length sleeve and a full gathered skirt to create this 50s style dress. Looking at the picture above, I think the silhouette would be better emphasised with a petticoat. Another [...]

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