Monthly Archives: January 2012

make this look: dressing downton in the modern era

it’s an obsession, and many of us have it:  the clothes in downton abbey.  i’m sure loads of you have been scouring the internet for thoughts on how you might get an exact look–or, if you’re like me, you’ve been … Continue reading

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the sew weekly: the “wannabe parisienne” dress (vogue 8511)

The Facts: Fabric: wool twill/tweed in black, white, pink, mauve, magenta.  lining in silk marc jacobs heart print. Pattern: Vogue 8511 Year: c.2000s Notions: 22″ zipper Time to Complete: 8 hours First Worn: January 24, 2012 Wear Again: Yes Total Price: … Continue reading

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another simplicity 2571: sleeker, shorter, and trimmed with lace

when you find yourself reaching for the same skirt every week, it’s probably time to make another. this time, i riffed on a christian dior RTW skirt i saw last winter (yes, it’s been festering for over a year) that … Continue reading

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downton abbey series 2: more thoughts. and the clothes! (no spoilers beyond episode 3)

ok, i’ve calmed down a bit now.  when i did my series 2 marathon over the winter holidays, my immediate reaction was: that was AWESOME. it’s sort of like if gossip girl was happening during WWI and in england instead … Continue reading

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the sew weekly: the “never, ever again” blouse (mccall 6336)

The Facts: Fabric: Liberty of London Tana Lawn “Gold Delfi” Pattern: McCall 6336 Year: c.1940s Notions: four 7/8″ buttons, pre-made bias tape (stash) Time to Complete: 7 hours First Worn: January 19, 2012 Wear Again: I think so… Total Price: ~$35 … Continue reading

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simplicity 8932: S.W.A.G., ponchos, and cape-pinning revenge

my first garment of the new year, and it wasn’t even for me.  in retaliation thanks, i was forced offered to make my sister a cape of her own.  she’s not much of a cape gal, but loved the idea … Continue reading

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the sew weekly: the “i’m gonna make it after all” burdastyle handbook skirt

The Facts: Fabric: Liberty of London Tana Lawn “Dancing Ladies”, blue rayon-poly “silk” underskirt (from stash), silk organza (from stash) Pattern: The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Skirt Year: 2011 Notions: 9″ zipper, blue lace trim (both from stash) Time to Complete: … Continue reading

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the end of the end-of-the-year UFO parade and how i partied like it was 1920

i know i’d been teasing for a while that i had managed to get access to downton abbey series 2, but in the end i decided to save most of it for a quiet night where i could indulge in … Continue reading

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simplicity 5669: how i spent my thanksgiving (and new year’s) vacation (end of the year UFO parade)

pattern: simplicity 5669, a great 60s cape that seems very “in” right now. i could swear i saw this hanging in the window at coach earlier this fall. it’s actually been on my to-do list since before i started my … Continue reading

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simplicity 1507: a funny thing happened on my refashion (end of the year UFO parade)

pattern: simplicity 1507.  may i introduce you to my biggest disappointment of 2010? time in area 51:  1 year excuses:  what happened was that i actually did finish this dress.  in 2010.  at midnight the night before i was going … Continue reading

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