Tag Archives: tops

vogue 1247: the complete set, decent legs, and yet another UFO for the parade.

pattern: vogue 1247.  i’ve already made the top once and loved it so much i had also cut another top…which sat in a pile for about 8 months.  ooops.  also, i wanted to try the skirt, which seemed notorious mostly … Continue reading

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simplicity 2183: casual fridays and UFOs and the importance of really good separates

pattern: simplicity 2183.  two down, one to go. time in area 51:  3 months excuses:  boredom. how i finished it:  slow and plodding, one seam at a time.  ironically, the same way i finished the first version of this blouse … Continue reading

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casual fridays: mauverina top with purple cords

is it just me, or do fridays this time of year seem even harder than usual?  maybe it is because of the holiday season–many days at work are so slow as to seem like fridays, so the week seems longer, … Continue reading

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colette pastille and meringue: i want one of each in every color

i got dressed this morning quickly and easily and, for once, sort of excitedly.  i had bright colors and easy-to-wear separates. liberty of london blouse in “symposium” paris amazingly with a medium-weight silk/wool blend i was comfortable, i was work-appropriate, … Continue reading

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casual fridays: my finished top from simplicity 2183!

victory at last!  this week i actually got some work done and finished the “mabelle” version of my simplicity 2183 top, made from a moulage with modified sleeves and neckline. as you can see, the design changes really make the … Continue reading

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weekend sewing studio: a muslin factory (and my new obsession with colette’s pastille)

something in colette patterns has suddenly and irrevocably struck a chord with me and my sense of style.  beginning with my recent purchase of the colette sewing handbook, and heightened most specifically by this fabulous image: i saw a kindred … Continue reading

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mccall 4096: groovy 60s top, turned wardrobe staple

i’m thinking that maybe i have a weakness for bows. because, really, that is what drew me to this top. it’s chic, it’s modern, it has a great 60s vibe…and a bow. yeah, ok, i love the neckline, especially in … Continue reading

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mail order 1769: i had to have it, but am i really making it work?

honest-to-goodness, one of my first vintage pattern purchases.  call it one of the first 10.  there’s so much to love here, from the classic skirt to that gorgeous top with the ties to the little capelet.  what really captured my … Continue reading

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simplicity 2304 and 2571: the peasant look – retro and comfy, or stuck in the past? discuss.

Simplicity 2571 Simplicity 2034 i have to admit that it was news to me when i saw peasant looks such as these going as far back as the 1940s. in my head, these had always been such a 70s symbol, … Continue reading

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vogue 1247: funky blouse in funky fabric. bring on the funk!

i’m not sure if there are mixed feelings out in the ‘verse on this pattern, or if there are mixed feelings just on pattern review, or what, but i am pretty sure i am already in a minority by 1) … Continue reading

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