Today’s Pattern Story: Simplicity 2032

by Erin on December 21, 2014


Blue: What’s that?

Red: It’s a bird … it’s a plane …

Blue: It’s a goddamn drone, that’s what it is.

Red: Hold on, I’ll go get my .22.

This pattern (and many, many others where the the women in the illustration are looking quizzically into the sky, ah the 1940s) is at

An aside: I’m really, really feeling this particular style of skirt right now. It’s a great combination of length, wearing ease, simplicity of construction, and POCKETS. It doesn’t take much in the way of yardage, either. (Here are a couple more examples.)


Today’s Pattern Story: Simplicity 2095

by Erin on November 28, 2014



Amelia: So you want to oversell it.  Try this: “Oh, WOE, WOE, WOE is me!”

Cecelia: And that really works? It seems … undignified.

Amelia: You’d be surprised. I’ve gotten out of two speeding tickets and a school fundraising dinner!

Cecelia: SOLD.


(Today’s pattern from Etsy seller studioGpatterns.)


Another McCalls 6727

November 27, 2014

Hey, here’s another McCall’s 6727! I love this pattern an awful lot. Here’s the bodice, I didn’t tack down the facing in front because I thought it might make a visible line, but that means it rolls a tiny tiny bit: I was sure I took a picture of the facing, but uh, no. It’s […]

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Winter is Coming (so you might need a new dress)

November 13, 2014

So hey, new dress: This is a very faithful (for me) rendition of McCall’s 6727: (pattern image from VintageMoms) I mean, I did change up a couple of things; the pockets in this pattern are topstitched to the skirt front, so I added a facing instead (as I am not under any kind of wartime fabric restrictions). And […]

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Ready to Wear POCKETS!

October 31, 2014

I haven’t posted any links to ready-to-wear clothes in SO long. Someone will send me a link to a gorgeous dress and I will click through, mentally deciding what cardigan sweater to wear with it, and then I am brought up short by the TOTAL ABSENCE OF POCKETS. This skirt, from J. Peterman, does not have […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: McCalls 6701

October 30, 2014

  Mina: “Don’t worry, sister — we’ll find the rat bastard who reassembled you with your torso back to front!” Lena: “It could be worse — at least my feet are pointing the right way.” Mina: “And — for a little while, at least — you won’t have to bother saying ‘Hey buddy, my eyes […]

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A dress for a wedding (not a wedding dress) plus bonus kiltwearing

October 20, 2014

Haven’t posted in a while … there’s a backlog of new dresses and old patterns with new stories, but a shortage of TIME to post them in! This picture, of course, takes priority, as it involves a kilt — that’s my handsome-yet-goofy younger brother in the McKean tartan with all the trimmings, ready to walk […]

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Dots at Liberty

September 27, 2014

I don’t think I’ve posted about this yet — it’s a hybrid Frankendress of Liberty Schlesinger (which I’ve used before and still think looks like a cricket-ball print) with the bodice from Simplicity 2452 and the same skirt (only deeper pleats) as this dress (Simplicity 5238). Okay, that was confusing. Perhaps the pictures will make it easier: […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: Advance 8296

September 21, 2014

  Isabelle: So that’s what he said to me — honestly Estelle — I thought I was going to fall down laughing right then and there. Estelle: I can’t take it! Isabelle: Seriously I thought he was going to bust a gasket. I have never seen a man so upset in my life. Estelle: And he really […]

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Because It’s There

August 25, 2014

So the other night I went to a Designers + Geeks meetup because it was about “Fashion Tech Design.” I always think that I will like the idea of fashion tech design but I usually come away slight less than whelmed. The speakers were fairly interesting — my favorite was Meg Grant, you should check […]

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