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Dresses General Sewing

Summer Maxi: McCalls 7385

Just a quick post for my latest summer creation:  McCall’s Maxi, 7385, view D (oop). This dress, as styled on the envelope, didn’t appeal to me on release. However, after I saw a few on the internet that I really liked, I bought it.  Still, I could never find the right fabric for it.  The […]

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Contemporary pants Tops

Metallic Magic: V1701 & B6718

This week my employer and my county school board announced their fall plans.  I’ll be teaching on line again at the university.  My kid can enroll in the digital academy or go back to a physical school.  I live in Florida.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it?  Land of heat, humidity, snakes, alligators, mosquitoes, Florida Man, […]

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Dresses

Summer Bohemian: Butterick 6678

7/4/2020 edit:  My husband definitely didn’t like the dress.  He’s always open and honest with his opinions, but it is rare that he dislikes something I make.  Anyway, this morning he said, “I figured out what I didn’t like about that dress… it covered up too much of your shoulders.”  I agree.  I was already […]

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Dresses Vintage

Finished: Balmain Vogue Paris Original #1612

I thought this took six weeks to finish,  but my last post was almost exactly a month ago.  Still, this simple dress turned out to be technically difficult to do well. I think I did nearly every element on it at least twice (even the bound buttonholes, if you consider that I practiced them first!) […]

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General Sewing

Pattern Grading & Fitting

Well, procrastination will take a few more minutes of my time as I write this post.  I’ve finally worked up the courage to make my Balmain linen dress from my six in 2020: Construction-wise, it’s not going to be too difficult.  I’ve read the instructions a few times.  It has bound button holes, flat piping […]

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Dresses Vintage

Nostalgia Sewing: Knit Day Dress

When I was looking for better knits to make the Donna Karan leggings (from my last post), I ordered outside my norm.  I chose a pretty blue floral print from Gorgeous Fabrics.  I don’t normally do prints for pants, but leggings could be fun.  The other thing that was not normal for me – I […]

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Contemporary pants Tops

Zoom-wear: Donna Karan Vogue 1440 (repeat)

I almost didn’t blog this one.  I don’t like the black shirt with the purple leggings.  I like the pieces separately.  I like the purple leggings with a white shirt, and the black shirt with white cropped skinny jeans.  But the pictures are of the purple leggings and black top. Six weeks ago, I anticipated […]

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Contemporary Dresses Unfinished Business

Finished Another UFO: Very Easy Vogue 9184

I really don’t know when I started this dress.  I bought the linen fabric from Britex Fabrics in 2015, and the pattern is dated 2016.  I think I started it in 2016, tried it on, felt like I looked like a sausage in it.  I know we drove out to Colorado that summer, and I […]

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Contemporary pants Tops

Peralta’s Culottes (Vogue 1619 + a redo on M6933)

I hope everyone is taking good care of themselves and their loved ones.  Life has been disrupted for so many over the last few weeks.  Even though Covid19 is a 100 miles or more from us, our university is taking proactive measures and putting us online.  I’m hoping to keep my husband and kiddo safe […]

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Contemporary Skirts

Origami Skirt: Paco Peralta/Vogue1567

When I first saw this pattern for sale two years ago, I didn’t care for it much.  I did buy it, because I wanted to make the top.  I did, but I didn’t keep it long (more in a bit).  The skirt didn’t appeal to me for some reason, but perhaps because I didn’t like […]