Mini Dress

We’re finally settled into our new home here in Madison, and I’m so happy to get back to sewing. My most recent make is a cute “mini dress” from BurdaStyle magazine. It has a teardrop shape at the neckline, a contrast yoke and my favorite design element: pockets with accent bands. What’s great about this… Continue reading Mini Dress

Simplicity 1197

The Story: I sometimes visit clothing websites to inspire my next sewing project. During one of these visits (ModCloth), I fell in love with a cute floral trench. Upon seeing the coat on the website, my thought was, "Wow, I love it so much, I must have it!" This rarely occurs, so I decided to listen to… Continue reading Simplicity 1197

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… Continue reading BurdaStyle Vintage Jane

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