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A 1920 Ensemble

By on March 15, 2017

This outfit is my foray into the world of the late teens and early 20’s.  I used two patterns from Past Patterns, dated to circa 1920, for both my blouse and skirt, while my purse was made from a tapestry remnant and Vogue #7252, from the year 2000.  My hat is a thrift store find which I decorated to make-do and my shoes are close reproductions from Jeffrey Campbell.  I used primarily cotton for all pieces – even thread!  There are so many fine details to this set – the blouse has my hand-stitched floral designs on the neck, shoulders, and sleeves while I used old original glass teens/20’s era buttons for the front closure of the blouse.  There are real brass buttons along the pocket panel of the skirt…and check out those awesomely enormous pockets as big as mini suitcases!  My background was one of the very first “arcade” indoor shopping malls in our country, a lovely Gothic place built in 1919.  To see and read more, please visit my blog post here.

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plaid overblouse, simplicity 3636

By on October 26, 2014

I got a plaid skirt years ago in a charity shop.  The colours and fabric were / are gorgeous but everything I ever thought to make from it fell by the way side and I was at a loss, until I figured on an overblouse.  They are brilliant – this is the first one I have ever made and I am a convert, I always like a slight tailored look, but it also has to be as comfortable as a sweater and this is.  I should have been a bit more generous when I graded up, but other than that this pattern will be used again!  I tried the collar and didnt like it as its a lie flat collar, the next one I make I am thinking of a roll top collar.  The long sleeve T was also an upcycle/refashion.fb page

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