When a lot of people think of 1920's fashion, they probably picture something a little like this... But not all women dressed like the stereotypical "flapper" - and not all flapper dresses or outfits fit into this image, either. The 1920's had a wonderful array of styles - and some women during the 20's even … Continue reading Everyday Women of the 1920’s
This week I have the huge pleasure of interviewing the lovely and incredibly talented Samantha of fortyvenus, a graphic and fabric designer! Sam's designs are absolutely gorgeous and I'm dying to get my hands on her amazing fabric - quite a suitable response, given they are inspired by the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie … Continue reading Interview with Samantha of fortyvenus!
I finally got around to making Simplicity 8340, one of the very first sewing patterns I ever bought. I made version 2, but without the tie/scarf option. The pattern was easy - minus the oddly shaped darts in the front that really threw me off at first. Here you can kind of see these long … Continue reading Simplicity 8340, A Swinging 60’s Dress Review
As you may know (since I won't shut up about it), I've been in the planning stages of making an Art Deco inspired dress as part of a two part project for my birthday coming up in August. I love the style of a lot of dresses from the 1920's and 1930's - the interesting … Continue reading Some of my 1920’s-1930’s Art Deco Dress Inspiration
I found a few 1970's patterns that have the kind of Biba look I want to attempt to replicate (as mentioned in this post and as well as this one)! The problem is finding them with the right measurements (roughly 32" bust, 26" waist, 34" hips), especially when I can't find some of these patterns … Continue reading So, You Want to Sew Your Own Biba Dress/Thoughts on a Birthday I Never Imagined I’d See
This week I am thrilled to be interviewing Heather, the owner and creator of Apollonie! Heather is amazing, honestly, I don't think there is anything this woman can't sew! She makes everything from custom corsets, historical clothing, wedding dresses, cosplay - pretty much everything your heart desires, this woman can sew you up a dream! … Continue reading Interview with Heather of Apollonie!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozFLFxvT0IM I found this wonderful and surreal little video showing some Biba fashions from 1969 and I just had to write a quick post to share it with all of you! ❤ I love this!
If I had a TARDIS or other method of time travel and could go back in time, one of the many eras I would go back to would have to be the 1970's, and I would plant myself right in the middle of Big Biba and live there for awhile. No kidding. I would also … Continue reading A Tribute to My Favourite Fashion Designer: Barbara Hulanicki of Biba
After making a bunch of little doll dresses for my favourite niece awhile back using McCall's 2097, I decided I needed to make her a doll to go with them. I had made her a few dolls before that the dresses would fit, but since she lives out of town and I would be giving … Continue reading McCall’s 2097, Betsy McCall Doll Review
Today I found The Dunrich School of Dressmaking, a lovely 1940's booklet on dressmaking and pattern drafting on the National Library of Australia's website and just had to share it with all of you! (Read it online or download your very own copy here!) To use this book to draft sewing patterns, you will need … Continue reading The Dunrich School Of Dressmaking, 1940s Pattern Drafting & Dressmaking Booklet