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. [...]