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
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
Sometimes you see something that inspires you so much that your mind just starts racing with ideas. You see something like this: Or this: Or any of the other amazing fabric prints by Forty Venus, for that matter... And your mind starts flooding with images of 1920's and 30's Art Deco dresses, which makes you … Continue reading Art Deco Dress/Outfit Inspiration/Obsession
Between losing my mom several years ago and experiencing the grief of pregnancy loss, Mother's Day is definitely not my favourite day of the year, and the constant bombardment of reminders leading up to it always gets me down - but this Mother's Day weekend I found two awesome sewing related things that take a … Continue reading Sewing Related Awesomeness This Mother’s Day Weekend!
I know, I know, I keep mentioning that I sewed my first dress and promising to write a post about it, but before I do that, I just have to post about the second dress I've made because I love it so much! My husband and I are going to Comiccon this weekend and my … Continue reading Sewcialite Studio Valerie Dress Review!
I'm kind of in shock a little bit. Simplicity just released their Summer 2018 patterns and for the first time I'm completely unimpressed with their vintage offerings. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. You guys know me, Simplicity is my favourite Big 4 pattern company and normally I love their vintage … Continue reading Simplicity Summer 2018 Patterns