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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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refashion: vogue 1229 + simplicity 1920 = (almost) sewing awesomesauce

so we started with this: i think we can all agree on “meh” as the operative term here.  and it didn’t fit.  or look flattering.  i soon began scheming. the spring 2012 issue of sew stylish featured an intriguing redesign … 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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happy birthday, oona: simplicity 2250

it’s 10pm EDT in nyc, sunday night, and i am sitting here at my desk in makeup, heels, updo, crinoline and my promaballoona prom dress. i can’t think of a better way to say happy birthday to our dearest oona.  … Continue reading

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refashionista: my very first drafted-from-scratch RTW-inspired garment

FINALLY. i have been working on this dress since february.  i was perusing the local fancy department store and spotted this delicious yellow number from alice & olivia.  the price was much less delicious:  an outrageous $385.  for a dress … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “outdoors”: the “dinner with the senator” dress

The Facts: Fabric: printed cotton from Mood Pattern: Simplicity 1803 Year: 2012 Notions: ribbon, bias binding, zipper Time to Complete: 4 hours First Worn: july 19, 2012 Wear Again: pretty sure… Total Price: ~$30 Challenge Theme:  “the great outdoors” i … Continue reading

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the sew weekly “1940s”: the “field of poppies” dress

The Facts: Fabric: liberty of london tana lawn “phoebe” Pattern: self drafted, inspired by simplicity 1975 Year: 1940s Notions: zipper Time to Complete: 6 hours including drafting First Worn: May 25, 2012 Wear Again: not until i fix it properly … Continue reading

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simplicity 5408: a refreshing pop of yellow on an (almost) summer day

i actually made this dress over two years ago, let it hang for a while, finished it in a mono-induced spurt of productivity, and then hated on it for another year.  while it’s adorable, and i love the original pattern, … Continue reading

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mccall 7286 (close enough): end of the year UFO parade, day 1

pattern:  mccall 7286.  sort of.  the version of the pattern i have actually is drafted to include more of a cuff than a cap sleeve, but i’ve discovered i don’t like a dramatic shoulder cuff (expect more on that in … Continue reading

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simplicity 2099: final design details and taking paris by storm

since this is a simplicity pattern, obviously the details are relatively basic.  the front bodice has gathers at the neckline instead of darts.  the back bodice has a fold-over facing.  the skirt is a simple tea-length flare, while the waist … Continue reading

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