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Can’t  quite believe that it’s done! This is the resulting coat from the pattern I bid for on Ebay about 7 months ago! The only alterations I made were to take 2 inches from the bust. I actually took half an inch from fronts and back panels all the way down. There was masses of [...]

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I don’t often get chance to partake in sewing challenges. My own personal sewing list is long enough and even that is jeopardised by work and small people! But this blouse had a decent deadline and an exciting date to wear the finished shirt to. A bowling date with some really cool bloggers at London’s [...]

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My adventures into pattern drafting are not as yet very adventurous but I am learning very slowly but surely. This is my first half-circle skirt. I made it from some cheap poly-crepe as a tester before I went to wool-crepe. But I am more than happy with the result. It hangs really nicely, thanks to [...]

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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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I’m on a roll with summer sewing, spurred on by the amazing heatwave we are experiencing in the UK. These style dresses are so easy to whip up, especially now that I’ve mastered the fitting on a princess seam bodice. This is the 4th dress I’ve made using this bodice pattern but the only one [...]

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I used the bodice section from Simplicity 2442 for this dress but omitted the rouched layer on the midriff. The fabric was far too busy to add any more detail! The midriff really does give a flattering shape. It’s one of my favourite vintage-style features. The straps on this pattern curve inwards to create a [...]

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This is the 3rd self-drafted pencil skirt I’ve made and I’m sure it wont be the last. I love how each one has taught me something new. This one is indeed made from a thrifted wool throw/blanket. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work out until the end but this darned cold weather [...]

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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 [...]

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I made this blouse using a 1950s vintage pattern, that came free with a copy of Woman’s Day magazine, one of a fabulous collection of 40s/50s patterns I won on Ebay. The designer was Norman Hartnell, Dress designer to the Queen and many other famous and stylish ladies. It is fundamentally a very simple pattern [...]

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I have been hugely inspired by all the pant-making activity in blogworld recently and decided to hop on board that bandwagon. The pattern is care of Burda Style magazine, issue 01/12 from their Lovely Lingerie section. And the fabric I used is 100% stretch silk. The pattern pieces are dead easy to work with but [...]

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