Category Archives: Vintage

butterick 5952: cry hallelujah, it is finished

one down, one to go. a few weeks ago i finished the first of two couture cardigan jackets i began in susan khalje’s workshop in march of this year. oh, a few weeks ago, you say? then why such a … Continue reading

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better late than never: the 2012 sew weekly “pantone” challenge

so we started here back in march: and immediately i knew i had some fabric that played with “starfish”, “driftwood”, and “tangerine tango,” the 2012 color of the year. and i knew i wanted to play with a really cool … Continue reading

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the “mad men” dress that nearly drove me mad; or, a sort-of vogue 8409

remember this? well, i almost didn’t either.  i had accidentally-on-purpose shoved it in a drawer affectionately known as are 51 and was seriously considering leaving it there with the ark of the covenant after the torture of boning, interfacing, piping … Continue reading

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flirty forties ensemble: updated (simplicity 1927)

although i’m still pretty embarassed by my sloppy skirt construction, i’m also still a pretty huge fan of my version of simplicity 1927, tackled earlier this summer. since then, however, i’d had a vision of using a tiny pucci splurge … Continue reading

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vogue 1043: lady mary style

our office holiday party was on friday, which obviously required a new dress.  not only was it my first time to dress up in a little while, my company was recently acquired and there were 300 new co-workers on whom … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “collar me beautiful”: leanne marshall to the rescue

The Facts: Fabric: re-used fabric from this dress, plus cotton batiste for bodice Pattern: Simplicity 1755 Year: 2012 Notions: zipper, petersham ribbon Time to Complete: 1.5 hours First Worn: august 23, 2012 Wear Again: yes Challenge Theme:  “collared” almost two … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “olympics”: 40s-inspired wimbledon whites (simplicity 1507, better late than never edition)

The Facts: Fabric: cotton eyelet from paron’s, underlined with cotton organdy from Mood Pattern: Simplicity 1507 (previously made here) Year: 1940s Notions: zipper Time to Complete: longer than it should have First Worn: august 8, 2012 Wear Again: yes Total … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “reality check”: the “flirty forties” ensemble

The Facts: Fabric: silk/rayon/wool whatever from…paron’s?  cool stretch knit from paron’s. Pattern: Simplicity 1927 (skirt); Alabama Studio Sewing + Design T-shirt/Bolero; The Consulting Dressmaker (Steph C) BCT 40′s Hack (Inspiration) Year: 1940s (skirt); contemporary (t-shirt) Notions: lace, grosgrain ribbon, zipper, … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “red, white and blue”: the “moon cosmic power” t-shirt

The Facts: Fabric: sailor moon brooch t-shirt from redbubble.com Pattern: fitted tank top pattern from alabama studio sewing + design Year: 2012 Notions:  embroidery floss Time to Complete: 4 hours First Worn: Wear Again: yes Total Price:  $25 Challenge Theme:  … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “las vegas”: the “hangover top”, better late than never edition (vogue 2962)

The Facts: Fabric: leftover liberty of london tana lawn “durie” (from modified/self-drafted simplicity 4903) Pattern: bodice portion of vintage vogue 2926 Year: circa 1950s Notions: zipper, sew-on snaps Time to Complete: 4 hours First Worn: June 22, 2012 Wear Again: … Continue reading

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