Tag Archive: clothing

Misadventures in dressmaking – thank God I was only making a toile

Last time I wrote about my latest project, the vintage Vogue dress, I was copying out the pattern. The next thing you need to do after this stage is to simply cut out… Continue reading

Becoming a Mad Men poster girl with Simplicity 3446

A few days ago I made a killer purchase online. I managed to get my hands on a vintage pattern that I think could be a real match for that orange dress Christina… Continue reading

Adventures in dressmaking – copying a pattern

When working with vintage patterns, sometimes you can find that the pattern you’ve bought is a bit fragile. All the vintage dealers I buy from are excellent at describing the condition of what’s… Continue reading

Adventures in dressmaking with Vogue 7929

After much deliberation I have finally found my first dressmaking project. I thought I would start with something that wasn’t too complicated, and I’m pleased that this pattern has the words “very easy”… Continue reading

Channelling Jackie Kennedy with Simplicity 5320

Think of a 1960s suit, and you can’t help but┬áthink of that iconic pink ensemble that was designed by Chanel and worn by Jackie Kennedy. If, like me, vintage Chanel is slightly out… Continue reading

Vintage Pattern – Advance 2980

This pattern is just gorgeous. I love the idea of making the central panel out of a different colour of fabric – I’m thinking of matching deep red with black.

McCall’s 6684 – a close match for Mad Men’s Joan Holloway?

I am so excited about this pattern, and I cannot wait to start making it once all the Christmas festivites are over. I already have some fabric in mind, and I think that… Continue reading

Vintage Pattern – Butterick 9796

Guess what the postman brought me today… another gorgeous vintage pattern! I saw this on Etsy the other week and just had to have it. It was love at first sight! Opening up… Continue reading

A killer wardrobe on a budget – are vintage patterns the answer?

I haven’t bought any new clothes in at least six months – I have to admit that I’m a picky person when it comes to buying clothes, but I’m┬árather tired of trekking round… Continue reading