A glimpse into the past – Women’s Budget Magazines, 1913

Women's Budget Magazine

One of the advantages of having a father who is an antiquarian bookbinder and bookseller is that I get to see a lot of really cool old books. (The other advantages mainly revolve around having ample opportunity to make Black Books references.) Continue reading “A glimpse into the past – Women’s Budget Magazines, 1913”

The Un-Wedding Dress – Burda 03/2016 #106

A woman poses in a garden in a retro floral print shift dress and green flock brogues.

I love checking out Burdastyle.com* for their latest pattern releases, and early this year a dress from their wedding collection caught my eye: Short A-Line Dress 03/2016 #106. As lovely a wedding dress it made, I felt it would also work as a casual, 60s-inspired shift. So I dug out some vintage sheets from my collection and got to work. Continue reading “The Un-Wedding Dress – Burda 03/2016 #106”

My tacky-tastic Simplicity 2246

A woman poses in an arch, wearing a shirtdress with pineapples on it.

This post was brought to you by my friendly local Vinnie’s. You’ll know by now my love for op shopping, and a few weeks ago I stumbled across some fabric about which I was totally undecided. I love me some crazy prints, but felt this particular fabric might stray from the “so ugly I love it” category to “so ugly I actually hate it”. As it was a mere $2 for 4m, I bought it anyway, and decided it would make economic muslins if anything. I’m glad I did, as this is possibly my most hilarious dress yet.

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Vintage Vogue 8789, or, I love op shops

G’day! Today I’ve got a particularly frothy creation to share with you. The pattern is Vogue 8789, a vintage reprint. Vogues are expensive in Australia, but V8789 is one of those patterns where both variations are so lovely and unique, that it seems better value for money than shelling out the same amount for one basic design. I sewed variation A, which has a bias-cut bodice and v-neckline.

A woman poses in a garden, wearing a 50s style frock in a floral print
Tights are Sophie by Transparenze with the waistband cut off because holy shit they are constrictive. Mel shoes, $3 from Salvos. “FUCK” ring, Ruby Pilven Ceramics.

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Lindy Bop Ophelia knock-off (or why I despise drafting)

A woman poses in a retro car. She wears a 50s inspired shelf bust dress, kimono jacket and petticoats.
BABE.

Last time, I shared with you a few dresses I’d made for my friends. I felt this particular dress deserved a post of its own.

This dress is my pièce de résistance – a knock off the Lindy Bop Ophelia dress, drafted from New Look 6773. It was made from Spotlight poly poplin. Before you ask, I am aware that Gertie produced a pattern for Butterick (5882) which is similar in style to the Ophelia. I did consider using it, but the bust piece is so small that it looks less like a design feature and more like a pair of small birds landed on the model’s chest.

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Burda / McCall’s 6696 shirt dress hack: on slopers vs blocks

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Any sewing aficionado not living under a rock will be aware of McCall’s 6696, their famous shirtdress pattern. Gorgeous variations abound online, and for good reason – it seems to be one of those unicorn patterns that looks good on just about anyone. Except me, of course.

A woman in a floral print shirtdress.
But you made a shirtdress, you say! Read on.

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You get a knitting book! YOU get a knitting book!

Just a note that I’ve updated my Resources page to include some vintage pattern books that I scanned in.

You can find them on my Flickr or by clicking the images below.Lincoln Mills 930 Boudoir and Bed Jackets 1 Continue reading “You get a knitting book! YOU get a knitting book!”