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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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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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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 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 Dresses Dresses

At long last, the Rucci dress is finished (Vogue 1239)

What a journey with this dress!  I bought the pattern in 2011 when it came out.  I found the fabric in 2012.  The envelop back said edge-to-edge lining, china silk, 60″.  I searched forever for a matching blue silk habotai in a wide width.  Finally, I took the pattern out and studied it:  not edge-to-edge, […]

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Dresses Skirts

Sewing for my niece: McCalls 7079 & 7583, Little Hip Skirt

Everything is crazy here.  And sewing for myself hasn’t been going well… fit, design, motivation.  But, my sweet 4th grade niece recently asked me to make some dresses for her stuffed bunny… “and maybe, while you’re at it another skirt for me?”  Of course!  It’s been two years since I sewed for her, and I […]

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Contemporary Dresses Dresses

Summer Dress #3: McCall 7591

No, I’m not that fast when it comes to sewing.  Generally, the only time I can  work on the machine is after the little one goes to bed.  Amazingly, I can do handwork during daytime (non-work) hours. So I was able to work on the Marfy top and this dress concurrently. But this dress didn’t […]

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Dresses

Opinions on a linen dress

I saw this linen on Marcy Tilton’s website and had to have it.  I had in mind a longer, perhaps maxi, dress.  I love the fabric even more now that I have it, but it has a tad bit of body to it (linen, after all).  I haven’t washed it to see if it will […]

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Contemporary Dresses Dresses Vintage

Which dress for a party? Time-hop.

My in-laws will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in August!  Yay (my parents did 50 last year).  They’ve decided to have a party in the southeast, at a planetarium.  The theme: “Across Time and Space.”  There’s no requirement for formal or even cocktail wear, but you can if you want.  They’re telling their guests that […]

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Contemporary Dresses

The Luau Maxi Dress that Wasn’t

Because I didn’t buy enough fabric and I ran out of time. The party was two weeks ago. I finished it yesterday. The inspiration and pattern choice: I had a vision of what I wanted from this dress, and I almost got there.  I’d seen the Sloane maxi dress from Lily Pulitzer and thought I […]