Bell Sleeve Peacock Print Shift Dress

You guys might recognise this flamboyant purple peacock feather print – it is the one featured in the article I wrote a while ago on pattern placement – yes, I’ve finally cut it out and sewn it up into a 70’s style dress! Last year I made a black dress (oops – unblogged!) in a similar style, and […]

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Helter Skelter Dress

My latest creation is another simple shift dress to wear to work, this time with a slight cut-away shoulder. I love all the exposed shoulders around lately, and it’s a wonder I don’t already have any dresses of this style. It has been so hot and sticky lately that I decided I needed one right […]

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The Biba Burda Dress

This dress has been sitting in the back of my wardrobe semi-forgotten for two years – without buttonholes and hem! Long time readers might even recognise these cuffs from my tutorial on attaching a shirt cuff and the associated one on continuous bound sleeve plackets – both written about two years ago.  Well I’ve finally finished the actual garment! The […]

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Finished Dress – Check out that Tart in the Tartan!

Here it is: the dress-that-you-probably-already-know-what-it-looks-like-because-you’ve-seen-so-much-of-it-in-previous-posts! It’s a simple fitted dress with 3/4 sleeves and collar and cuffs in some fake leopard scraps that I recently rediscovered in my parents garage.  Someone in Australasia may still have an awesome tailored jacket made from this leopard tucked away in their wardrobe – I remember patterning and cutting […]

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Pretty Piping

I’m a big fan of using piping as a trim on garments, and my current favourite place is to sew it into the waistline of a dress: piping at the waistline of my Aurora Dress Piping at the waistline of my 1950’s Red Spot Dress Gail asked if I had done a tutorial on this, […]

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