Here's a dress I made from Vintage Vogue 8789 (V8789), based on the original 1957 design.
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… Continue reading My Wedding Dress
Here's a little project that I'm especially happy with because of all the "first time" elements it involved: First time sewing a circle skirt, draping a bodice, and making a bustier (to name a few)! The skirt: I made it with the help of Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing. It was my Labour Day weekend project and… Continue reading Sweetheart Bustier And Circle Skirt
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,… Continue reading SIMPLICITY 6220 Dress
Allow me to introduce the princess seamed dress with inverted pleats! I finished it a couple weeks ago, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! Let's start with the Patty Young quilting cotton fabric. It's been something of a DeLorean for me, transporting me back in time. My grandparents had a tablecloth… Continue reading Mail Order 4907 Princess Seamed 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… Continue reading Emery 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.… Continue reading Butterick 9598 Deep Collard Dress