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shorts Tops

Summer time! (New Look 6483; Marfy 1913; Pattern Runway Sweet Scalloped Shorts)

Whew, long title.  I almost didn’t blog these four interchangeable items, but I love how the Marfy top and white shorts came out.  I had to share.  These two outfits make use of old fabrics (the tops) and new (the shorts).  And I now own three pairs of non-running shorts (all Pattern Runway). (Everything was […]

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Contemporary Skirts

Repeat: Paco Peralta’s 8-gore skirt

I love the fit and flattery of the ivory wool skirt that I made last January from Paco Peralta’s 8 gore-skirt pattern so much, I made another one in linen.  This skirt is so easy, and I always receive so many compliments.  I wore this version yesterday to a ladies’ luncheon and it was a […]

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Contemporary pants

I love linen trousers. (Vogue 1550)

I live in a warm, often sticky, climate.  Clingy clothes aren’t very comfortable. When I decided to make something for date night, I wanted a flowing, wide-legged, linen pant.  The blouses are currently UFOs, but I went ahead and made the trousers.  I didn’t start until after date night, and wore them to work yesterday […]

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Contemporary Dresses

Summer Dress #1: Vogue 8993 in linen

Or, I finally finished something.  Sewing has been taking a backseat to everything else.  On top of that, I’ve decided to incorporate couture techniques from Susan Khalje’s Craftsy courses. It’s taking a while to finish anything. I LOVE this dress.  Not happy with the fit…. because I gained weight between the time of the muslin […]

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Skirts Vintage

Updated Vintage: Vogue 1213, part 1

So I fell in love with an embroidered linen, on line.  Bought it, and then had to consider how to use it.  I knew I wanted a skirt, but I needed a pattern with simple lines.  I had had my eye on the top for Vogue 1213 (Lanvin-Castillo) for some time (the jacket too).  I […]

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Contemporary pants Tops

Hot weather comfort: Style Arc Anna Pant + McCall’s 7411

I’ve been away for a while, at 8000 feet, with no humidity.  I’m back in Florida, and not only is my sewing mojo in full swing, it says: comfort clothes, please; nothing too tight!  So, flowing  linen pants paired with a loose cotton voile top was my choice.  I’ve had the Style Arc Anna pant […]

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Contemporary Skirts

Cafe Society Skirt (Vogue 7910 OOP)

I’ve been having trouble sewing lately.  Wanting to sew, or too tired to sew, or having failures.  In fact, I keep setting aside projects the moment something goes wrong instead of working things through and learning from it. We have a new puppy (now 16 weeks), who also makes sewing a challenge (all those cords […]

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Contemporary Skirts

Flat-lining and fitting… (Vogue 2811)

9/10/2014:  I find the fit vastly improved if I slide the skirt down on my hips. It’s supposed to sit one inch below the waist, but it looks better 2-3 inches lower (note the models also do this). I’m also long-waisted so this definitely helps. It also makes the skirt mid-knee now, but the unfortunate […]

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Contemporary General Sewing Tops Unfinished Business

Pushing myself… But ended up forcing it?

I haven’t made a (button front, collared) blouse in decades. To me, they are super challenging to do well, look professional. I’ve avoided it since starting back, even while amassing patterns and appropriate fabric in the stash. I took the plunge this week. I had some leftover white linen. I chose a pattern (Vogue 8747 […]

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Contemporary Unfinished Business Vintage

The Past, the Present, and the Future

The Past:  I was cleaning out some boxes over the weekend, when I found three unfinished projects.  One, this skirt, was nearly finished: The other two were cut out and still pinned to the tissue (shame on me!)  Judging by the size cut, fabric choices, and the styles, this was from the days immediately following […]