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Details: Rebecca Vallance Lace Dress (Vogue 1588)

So in the end, I wore this lace dress, even though it was my least favorite. My brother (niece’s dad) and nephew (her brother) stopped by our room to chat and saw the dresses hanging and they immediately went for the lace. The bride wanted fancy. The location was beautiful, and it was wonderful to […]

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Dress 4 is Lace (Rebecca Vallance, V 1588)

I’ll blog the details of this dress early next week (and I have lots of details). This is the dress that I intended for the wedding – choosing the pattern and lace shortly after my niece announced her engagement. A couple of photos for now: My husband took the photos. I said could you take […]

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Dresses General Sewing

Dress #3 is not to be…(DKNY Vogue 1160)

I learned yesterday that I will need two dresses for my niece’s wedding, as there are events on two late afternoon/early evenings. I am glad the first two I made worked out so well! Why continue? The challenge, of course. This dress and the next are challenging for me as I take on more difficult […]

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Dresses

Party Dress with Pockets (V 9252)

I finished dress option number two for my niece’s late afternoon outdoor wedding. My 10 yo son says I should choose this dress because it has pockets and pockets are useful. He also likes the color and thinks it’s a pretty dress. He took all the pictures… and like a fashion photographer, he took about […]

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Dresses

Dressing Up with Nicola Finetti (V 1626)

My niece, the little flower girl from my wedding, is all grown up and getting married. It’s an intimate outdoor late afternoon wedding at the end of May. Of course, I am going to make something. In fact, I plan to make four dresses and decide which one to wear (and make the matching face […]

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Contemporary Tops

Summer Vibes: Style Arc Monty

While the trousers in this post were intentional, as a follow up to the polka dot shirt, the top was a whim. When purchasing the white stretch cotton twill from Gorgeous Fabrics, I spotted this cotton lawn with a mid-century print. Ann recommended the the Monty Top from Style Arc, so that’s what I did. […]

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Tops

Polka Dots! (V1681, Anne Klein)

So, I’m getting off-track from the sketchy plan I had back in January – at least a little. I already had this pattern, and I saw the polka dot rayon challis from Gorgeous Fabrics, and went for it. This blouse wasn’t a priority sew for me, but I’m glad I made it as it’s a […]

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Coats pants Tops Unfinished Business

Spring! (plus a Winter Coat)

Where has the last month gone? I’ve actually done some sewing, but two bits of news. First – I’m vaccinated! Yay! Second, we adopted this cute fellow, which has disrupted everything (in a good way): I was inspired by Tia Dia of Mezzo Couture to try out a Burda pattern. After perusing the March 2019 […]

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Dresses

Undecided about the Platt dress outcome (V1056)

This Tom and Linda Platt dress (Vogue 1056) has been on my radar for a while, but sewing it right now was spontaneous. I’d been searching for a fabric for it, and Ann at Gorgeous Fabrics had a deep cherry red rayon double knit for sale in January. Moreover, this dress called for a lining […]

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Skirts Unfinished Business Vintage

Not Just a Skirt (Vogue 2578)

Okay, it is just a skirt. Don’t ask me to write click-bait headlines. On the other hand, it is more: it’s part of a three-piece combo I’ve been working on for ages, and the fabric is a new one for me, presenting new challenges. This skirt works with three of my goals for the year: […]