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Today I will be showing you a variation on Burda Shift Dress 09/2012 #107

This variation turns the top into a 50s/60s shell style top with a cross back. You can use Burda 09/2012 #107 or Collette patterns Laurel as your base as we only need the front and part of the back of the pattern.

If you have another pattern for a shift dress or plain top, you can use this too! I will instruct you to make this top to fit you so make sure you have your measuring tape and if you have one a dressmakers mannequin or packing tape shell (if you ever made one). I don’t have a mannequin and I did ok so don’t worry if you don’t have one


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As promised, I’ve written a detailed tutorial on how to make your very own bow belt on my blog like the one I made for my striped dress.

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Bow belts are so easy to make and can add that pretty little detail to any outfit to finish it off. They are also great for using those scraps of left over fabric you have that you aren’t quite sure what to do with.

There are endless options for customising your belt as well. You don’t have to make the belt from one single fabric – mix it up and have a different coloured bow and belt, or a different textured knot on the bow. You can also just make the bow part of this tutorial and use it as a decorative feature on any number of projects from head bands, pillows and cushions, hair pieces, shoe clips…the list is never ending.

 

If any of you make one, I’d love to see them!

xx

Jen

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I’ve just done a tutorial on hand sewing a headscarf to use for those vintage hairstyles.

I’ve actually used the one featured in the tutorial already to keep my curlers in place when setting my hair.

I’m a recent convert to the world of scarves. Not only (to quote jane austen) do they save a fortune in hair dressing but when not used as a hair accessory keep your neck warm. And if made big enough make a great impromptu picnic blanket.

I’m planning on getting some vintage inspired printed fabric to make some more. I do prefer silk over cotton for headscarfs but cotton over silk for neck scarfs. I like with making my own I can have them match outfits if I buy a little extra fabric for each project. Planning on making a neckerchief as well.

Its definitely a great way to use up scraps as well or make gifts.

All comments welcome

Find more info at

my blog

 

 

 

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Hi Everyone!
Here is my first ever tutorial – I thought I’d share here too but it’s over at my BLOG if you want to ask questions (I’ll answer quicker there). The pics are bigger there too since this format is narrower than my blog. :-)

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Thanks!! :-D

 

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