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It is with great excitement that I present to you the pilot episode of The Hollywood Sew! Based on creating a dress inspired by Downton Abbey, I hope fans of both Downton and of sewing will enjoy this design video. Please like/share/subscribe etc if you want to see more, as I need enough interest to get the next episode rolling. You can see the trailer and more projects at thehollywoodsew.com. Most importantly take a break and enjoy watching!

The Hollywood Sew Episode 1 "A Downton Dress" (Part 1 of 3)

The Hollywood Sew Episode 1 "A Downton Dress" (Part 2 of 3)

The Hollywood Sew Episode 1 "A Downton Dress" (Part 3 of 3)

Any comments you have about the show and what you would like to see in the future are very much appreciated. Email thehollywoodsew@gmail.com or comment below. It is my first time in front of the camera and I am sure I must make some mistakes so be kind! Thanks for watching and stay tuned at thehollywoodsew.com for more :)

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I just adore Downton Abbey and I’m so happy that I’ve gotten to sew from some reprinted Edwardian patterns this year! :D

This dress is 1914-1915 which would be at the end of season 1 of Downton Abbey. I was able to find a reprint of this dress pattern from Past Patterns. This one is #8480.

Originally, I was going to go the whole nine yards with the bows and neck ruffle and sash but once I got sewing, I felt like it would be way too much!

For the main fabric, I choose an embroidered cotton with tiny green polka dots! From far away, it reads as white but up close you can see all the green. A more period option for the ruffles would have been green, but I like the contrast of the yellow better.

This dress was a lot of work to make since I was working with the original instructions which expect you to know a lot about how these types of dresses are supposed to go together! I also bit the bullet and worked with the original 3/8 inch seam allowance instead of adding extra.

More photos and construction details over on my blog.

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I am sewing this 1910′s blouse at the moment as a mock-up for the real deal. I just can’t figure out the instructions for the cuffs..if you click on the pictures you should be able to zoom in and read it. Could anybody help me out? I have never come across cuffs like this before!

thanks so much!

allison

www.littlethistles.blogspot.com

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I’ve been quiet on here for a while. One reason is that I’ve been super busy, but the other is that I’ve been working on Edwardian undergarments for more Downton Abbey type sewing this year!

My 19teens corset! I made it from a pattern that the blogger Festive Attyre made from an antique corset that she thinks is from 1916 or so. This is my first real corset that I made with coutil and steel boning.

I also made a 19teens early brassier from a pattern made by blogger Historically Dressed from an antique brassier and 1913 combinations made from a reprint of an antique pattern.

I adore my combinations! They are super fun to wear!

I’m already working on a 1914 dress but in the meantime you can see more of my Edwardian sewing here: Dressing Downton Projects, brassier and combinations, corset.

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