silk

Back in October I posted on here an introduction to a big sewing project I was taking on: reproducing a version of Charles James’ Tree Gown: My excuse for tackling this, apart from the challenge of it, was to wear at the 2014 Toronto Garrison Ball.  Which was actually last weekend – yes, the dress [...]

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Let me preface this by saying that this is my first post to date! I’ve been sewing for a couple of years and this was actually the first dress I ever sewed. When I got engaged, I jokingly considered “just making my own dress” as a way to ease the financial burden that a wedding [...]

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As mentioned in my recent Autumn Apron post, here is a post dedicated to my Thanksgiving dress.  I used McCalls 6473 from 1962 – it’s been in the pattern stash for years and I’d always been curious to try it. I used a piece of burnt orange/rust silk dupioni that was also from stash that I’ve [...]

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Hi there  We sew retro readers I’m making my wedding dress and have made 2 possibilities, both based on the Elisalex (By Hand London) bodice. The first is guipure lace, lined with silk (both from Tessuti) with a pencil skirt. I think it needs a wider (and not so tight) belt. The second is a [...]

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There is something so fabulous yet terrifying when sewing with plaid. Even more so when said plaid is 100% silk! But when everything comes together, it’s worth it!   Yay for plaid! One trick to using plaid is to find a pattern that is going to work well with plaid. One easy way to know [...]

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It’s been a rather nice weekend – warm and sunny 23 degrees which is lovely for Winter and hopefully and indicator of the next few months to come This new dress will be perfect for when the warmer weather arrives and I’m very excited to show it to you!

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I made this dress for the wedding of friends recently–it’s from a 1956 Butterick pattern. I adjusted the yoke on the waist–the somewhat scalloped, swinging drape look wasn’t exactly what I wanted, so I just straightened it out. The fabric is a light blue silk dupioni that’s been washed and air dried–it created wonderful texture [...]

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So, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in New Orleans we like to go down to the horse track for opening day dressed in our holiday best. This is a lovely little dress I whipped up some months ago and didn’t know where I was ever going to have a chance to wear it. It [...]

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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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It’s been a very long time since I posted anything on here (or on my own blog for that matter) but I have several projects from the last few months that I’m working on getting photographed and posted. One of my favorite (and most recent) projects from the past few months is this 1943 nightgown [...]

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