day dress

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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October brought me to towards the purple cotton that I had in my stash, lovely against the Autumn colours of red, yellow and brown. I love Autumn, when the leaves turn and the mornings get frosty and you can smell winter is coming. I managed to make myself a dress that Prince would be quite [...]

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Just finished this rather fetching blue cotton day dress from vintage Simplicity pattern 4980 (late 50s/early 60s) I was not defeated by the hidden collar, by the soft pleats or the side zip closing (all firsts for me!) More about this on my blog, please do pop over and have a look, as usual any [...]

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I definitely had a “look” going this spring. In May, I wore a peplum blouse made from Advance 4858 (1948) to the wedding of one of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family.  I had another wedding to go to in less than a month, which meant serious crunch time.  I decided to [...]

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I call it the shirt dress with a difference, because, well, its a little bit different! Here’s the original from 1953: And here’s my slightly modified version: My version uses a stretch cotton sateen to get a nice fit – and a self drafted circle skirt. I have a strong feeling the pleated wiggle skirt [...]

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