Simplicity

Finally, I have been able to sit down in my studio and get something accomplished! Lately, it’s been all school, work, and no fun. This was a fairly simple garment to make. I thought it was to perfect project to get inspired to work on more challenging items. Something interesting that happened, was me choosing [...]

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Let’s start by saying that I hope everyone has had a very merry Christmas and that Santa brought some lovely sewing goodies to my fellow crafty bloggers. The time off from work has allowed me to get some long overdue sewing started and I didn’t want to waist another moment without sharing it …. For [...]

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  For my sister’s birthday, I decided to make her a dress. Since she’s tiny, I jumped at the chance to bust out some of my smaller sized patterns (I covet size 18′s for myself) with a mod 1960′s silhouette. We decided on Simplicity 7072, which is a simple A line shift with French darts [...]

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I’ve had this gorgeous pattern since July and have been looking for the perfect excuse to make it and what better than a Christmas party at work? The scene is set, there will be a brass quintet and nibbles and drinks in the Atrium of our building, now all I need to do is make [...]

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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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I made myself a vintage 1920s swimsuit using Vintage Fashion Library 145, which is a reproduction of Simplicity 7041: I made the one-piece with scoop back, using some lightly textured, black swimwear fabric and matching white fabric for a contrast belt. The repro is a B38, so I needed to grade it down to fit [...]

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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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A-line dress , based on 1960s retro Simplicity pattern ( n° 7131). I add some changes : bell sleeves  and classic collar . For setting in sleeves (my weak point) , i used the Cat’s tuto  and now , ladies and gentlemen , i can say  loud and clear ” Sleeves aren’t a problem anymore [...]

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A-line dress with raglan sleeves , based on 1967 Simplicity pattern ( n° 7219) I choose the view 2 , without welts and novelty braid trim : the fabric is textured so better for basic shape Remember the fabric found in a yard sales in Champigny Sur Marne : here         

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The last time I made this top I’d used a vintage polycotton bed sheet and it turned out to be disappointingly stiff and unflattering but this  emerald green sari silk (surplus from my military maxi waistcoat lining) turned out just right. The 1976 pattern –  Simplicity 7569 – was fantastically easy to follow . View [...]

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