Monthly Archives: February 2011

Simplicity 1309: 1940s Day Dress with Bow!

Pattern Description: 2-piece dress front with shoulder and waist gathers, straight skirt, back cut on fold. 2 bow options: back waist or front neckline. side zipper. Pattern Sizing: 34B, which, as usual, was too triangular for me up top and … Continue reading

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Vogue Paris Original 2738 Nina Ricci Coat Dress

Pattern Description: Vogue 2738 Paris Original, 1972 Nina Ricci Coat Dress – Fitted A-line dress, mid-knee length, has asymmetrical front-buttoned closing, shaped collar, welt pocket and topstitch trim. (pattern purchased from Stitches & Loops) Pattern Sizing: sz 12/ 34B. i … Continue reading

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Vogue 8615: my “one year later” dress

behold, the saga of V8615, the modern-yet-retro piece from recent vogue catalogs. it seems tame, dubbed “very easy” by the wise folks at vogue. and yet, and yet… in cutting the pattern, the fabric is folded on the crosswise grain … Continue reading

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1940s Day Dress – McCall 3928

The Facts Fabric: Cotton Pattern: McCall 3928, purchased at the NYC Pier Antiques Show Year: 1940s Notions: Metal zipper, 3 buttons Time to complete: 4 hours First worn: February 2011 Wear again? Yes Pattern Description: 1940s day dress with gathered … Continue reading

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gushing review: Margaret Islander’s “Shirts, Etc!”

Areas Covered Pattern Preparation & Cutting Tips Interfacing Pockets & Front Facing Yokes 2-Piece Collar Sleeves Short Sleeve Finishes Hems Buttonholes Bias Front Band DVD is available for purchase through Islander Sewing Systems, but at a retail cost of over … Continue reading

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Winter Outfit: Simplicity 2183 + Vogue 7131

Pattern Description: Simplicity 2183 (View 1): 1947; Teen-Age Two-Piece Dress: The long torso top, styled with a back neck and side opening, has gathers at the front side seams and darts at the back waistline. The flared skirt features and … Continue reading

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