1969 Burda Dress

Remember the bundle of Burda Moden’s I picked up recently?  This is my version of Model 8107 from the July 1969 issue.  I chose some sky blue stash-fabric-of-mysterious-composition to cut into, which is a bit cardboardy to be honest.  This has it’s advantages and disadvantages – the bow sits nicely: …but the darts have a […]

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What’s Your Decade?

When I sewed my Red Floral 1940’s dress recently, I sort of knew I was pushing my usual personal style boundaries.  I had never tried a genuine forties silhouette on me, but I thought it might suit my figure – and it did.  But did it suit my personality?  Not really.   I am sure […]

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Vintage Find: Fuschia Brocade 60’s Shift

I had no hesitation putting this into the changing room when I found it on the racks at my favourite vintage store: I whisked it on over top of the dress I was wearing and gasped OMG it’s perfect! Even though it was a size too big.That’s easily fixed, I sew – right?Even though it […]

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1940’s Red Floral Dress

Today I finished a red floral dress from a 1940’s pattern – Academy Patterns 2029 to be precise – and I love it!  Well I love it from a fashion history perspective, but I’m not sure I love it for me personally.  Maybe I would in a less obvious fabric, but in this I feel […]

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Finished – Red Spot Dress!

I’ve officially finished the Red Spot Dress that has been consuming my spare time this last week! As a reminder, here is the pattern – Simplicity 3858, from sometime in the 50’s: Here’s a close-up of the bodice – it fits fine now that I have underlined it: I’m not that happy with the way […]

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