1950s | Skirts

Working with what you got…half circle skirt

By on July 9, 2012

So I’m a thrifty girl at heart when it comes to sewing. Can’t stand waste and will always try to find ways of saving money when sewing. Even if it means cutting corners (like not lining) or changing closures. So I had 2 metres of fab kath kidson-esque 100% cotton fabric. I could see my ideal in my head a circle skirt…but it wasn’t to be. A half circle skirt would have to do. Now I needed a pattern. Brainwave: Butterick 4790 contained the right shape pattern peice.

But I did a silly thing….didn’t allow for what effect changing the waist shaping would do (changed from losenge to circular).





It meant I got a ‘dipped hem’. Making the most of my mistake I changed it to front opening, sewing up the front and using snap closure (did I mention how much I hate doing buttonholes?) I also took about an inch off the back so it was almost level but not quite.

Means when I wear it it looks level. I also found I had to put darts in the waistband as for some reason as always happens the waist seems to have grown since I cut it.











So I wore it with my belt just in case….and here it is in action…










And *drumroll* I won ‘best dressed’. I am well pleased about that. 🙂


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A bit of dancing

By on April 28, 2012

I had the fun task of making a cancan skirt for a lovely friend of mine

She is performing tonight in it and I hope to take some pictures

I have been making little posts on My Blog and if all goes well with the photo taking I will put some images up tomorrow.

Here is me having some fun with it in my lounge room

It was a very fun project, and simple enough but very time consuming.

more soon hopefully

Lady A


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1920s | Dresses

20’s inspired ‘nautical’ dress

By on April 20, 2012

I sewed up Butterick 5229 to make a 20’s inspired dress…took the ‘tunic pattern and made it long enough to be a dress. But not ridiculously long like on the pattern cover.

I used navy blue poly cotton and white bias (although I realized in the sunlight its actually cream!) binding. I also have wooden buttons. Although if I find some nice gold ones I will use those.

In addition to the basic dress I made some additions and alterations.

Bias binding on the hem

Or piping on the waistline

Pleats in the skirt (to allow for movement)

A cute bow (to cover up the join in the piping.)


Its came together fairly quickly…..I had enough left over to make a matching bow for my hair.


More details on my blog.

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1940s | Skirts

Simplicity 4044 – 1940’s Retro Skirt

By on April 7, 2012

Isn’t it the most gorgeous fabric ever? £5.50 per meter….bit more than I usually like to pay but couldn’t resist.

So this is the first pattern I’ve managed to complete with no help!

Using the simplicity pattern. Quite simple to cut out. I didn’t get confused with the cutting layout this time as I ignored it and did it how it looked right as it was quite logical. Stay stitched then put in darts and sewed the panels together.

Sewed the facing…which was a bit odd but quite straightforward. Sewed on the facing it wasn’t quite long enough one side but too long the other?

Took a bit of thought how to sew the facing on dip in the centre.

Sewed my first zip…did it all by hand. Prefer zips to buttons so much quicker.

Really Pleased. It shall now become one of my staple patterns….already planning how I can do it in other fabrics…although I may cut it shorter initially as it came up very long.

This is the skirt in full swing on the dancefloor at my first retro dance.

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