Sweetheart Bustier And Circle Skirt

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

Mail Order 4907 Princess Seamed 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

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… Continue reading Emery 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.… Continue reading Butterick 9598 Deep Collard Dress