Simplicity 8340, A Swinging 60’s Dress Review

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

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Some of my 1920’s-1930’s Art Deco Dress Inspiration

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

So, You Want to Sew Your Own Biba Dress/Thoughts on a Birthday I Never Imagined I’d See

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

The Dunrich School Of Dressmaking, 1940s Pattern Drafting & Dressmaking Booklet

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