Kicking the tires

February 19, 2014

Hey, a new dress: This is Simplicity 5238, with a few little changes. Mainly, pockets: I tried plain side-seam pockets first, but they hung badly, and lately I’ve been really into this style of pockets (inset? not actually sure what to call them). They can be a bit of a pain to add, especially if […]

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Paisley, Why Not?

January 27, 2014

So here’s a dress I made a while back but haven’t posted yet. The bodice is from 1577, again. The skirt is the skirt from W3, so essentially, it’s the same dress as this one. But different. The fabric is from Mood; it was a bit on the pricey side, but then again I think […]

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A Very Dangerous and Worthwhile Book: Cool Tools

January 6, 2014

Trust me, you really want this book: It’s Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities, and it’s the book version of the Cool Tools blog, spearheaded by Kevin Kelly (who is all cool, all the time). Why do you want this book in book-form? Because it contains 1500 personal reviews of cool tools. Not insert-your-favorite-online-store-here type […]

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Nine Lives

January 5, 2014

I don’t think I ever posted this one, did I? I made it for XOXO in Portland, around the same time as this dress. The bodice is Simplicity 1577 with the collar altered to be Peter Pan, the skirt is the skirt from Butterick 8500 (as seen here). The fabric is from Superbuzzy — this […]

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Party Dress!

December 15, 2013

My company party was last night and I made a new dress for it: The bodice is good ol’ 1577 again, and the skirt is adapted from Advance 2751. The fabric is a bronzy-coppery coated poly denim, which I don’t think I would have ever picked up except that it was on super-super-sale at Fabric […]

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Would you like to see a new dress?

December 8, 2013

I hope so, because I have one: This is the bodice from my old friend Simplicity 1577, sans collar — I finally traced the darn thing off and even added an inch to the length. I don’t know why, but I seem to have more length from my shoulder-to-waist than previously. (Is that even possible? […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: McCalls 3698

November 19, 2013

Floral: I will look off into the distance as I visualize my plans coming to fruition! Or as I anticipate the flowering of my plans, which is a more appropriate word, given my dress. Soon, the moon and all its habitants will be mine! Polka-dot: I will gather my tulips while I may. Also, look […]

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Worth Checking Out

October 23, 2013

So friend-of-the-blog Robin is having an Etsy sale, and you should really check it out. Exhibit A:   Her whole shop is just amazing — Robin has exquisite taste. (Basically, anything she sends me goes  STRAIGHT TO PINTEREST. She’s that good.)

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Today’s Pattern Story

October 21, 2013

Green: I don’t know  … it’s hard to tell … Yellow: Are you sure? The girl at the shop said that the neck vine for this dress should grow an inch an hour, but I think it’s still just as short as it was this morning. Green: Well, it’s certainly wiggling, isn’t that a good […]

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Great Dresses of Literature: Fabulous Nobodies

October 15, 2013

Because I am in a classical mood lately, I select a traditional red-on-white polka dot dress with shoestring straps and a built-in padded bra and waist cinched tightly with a big red elastic belt. The frock’s name is Gina — after Gina Lollobrigida, naturally — and she’s so tight little wrinkles of fabric form on […]

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