McCall’s 7241

McCall’s 7241

This dress has a semi-fitted bodice with side front seams, a zipper at the back and a pleated skirt. Bowie's "Golden Years" was stuck in my head for most of the time I worked on this dress. It could be the dress's colour, its suitability for soul music dancing, or that, at any given time, the chances [...]

BurdaStyle Vintage Jane

BurdaStyle Vintage Jane

This short sleeve mini dress pattern is part of the BurdaStyle 1960s Vintage Collection. Wearing the dress is like slipping into 1960s Swinging London, somewhere and sometime I’ve always wished to visit. This might be as close as I get! The beautiful floral fabric dates to the late fifties, and I found it in a Bellingham antique shop [...]

My Wedding Dress

My Wedding Dress

This post is a bit special for two reasons: First, today is the anniversary of my inaugural post! One year old already! A great time to reflect how infrequently I have posted this past year and how determined I am to post more often in the coming one. Second, I made my wedding dress! Independent of [...]

SIMPLICITY 6220 Dress

SIMPLICITY 6220 Dress

Here's a cocktail dress I finished back in July (time flies!). I’ve worn it only once because the otherwise lovely olive satin gave me an allergic reaction! I had underlined the bodice with a cotton voile, but didn't bother making a slip. Well, lesson learned! I'm not super happy with the fit in the bust area, [...]

Emery Dress

Emery Dress

A sunny Easter Sunday in Vancouver was the perfect occasion to wear my newly-finished Emery Dress for the first time. The Emery Dress by Christine Haynes was my very first pattern purchase when I embarked on my sewing adventures last summer. Having seen many lovely versions of the dress on my favourite seamstress' blogs certainly played a role in [...]

Butterick 9598 Deep Collard Dress

Butterick 9598 Deep Collard Dress

Chancing upon the Butterick pattern, I immediately fell in love with its bold collar, cute contrast dickey, and generally elegant late 50s/early 60s design. The simple, form-fitting lines captured in views A and B remind me of the sophisticated* 1950s fashions captured by photographer John French, fashions donned by Dovima, Ann Gunning and Fiona Campbell-Walter. *Gloves required, of course. [...]