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Butterick 6019 dress

Another vintage style dress pattern, inspired by the famed Alfred-Shaheen.  This project was a major construction job (42 steps just for the bodice!) with a fair amount of tweaking to get the, er, bodice right, but well worth the investment of time. It’s incredibly comfortable and I feel pretty special sashaying around pretending I’m on Hawaiian vacation! […]

Trivia & TBirds

We’re still excited about our unexpected win at the AGDA Quiz Night on Friday, as part of the formidable Lost&Found team (rebranded Sloshed&Found for Quiz Night purposes). Thanks Dan & Bec for inviting us! That’s Ash & David hogging the winning stash. (Funnily enough ‘carburetor’ was the answer to one question, which of course Paul knew!) […]

Sewing with Gertie

Sewing Diversion: some months back I joined in Gertie’s Sew Retro online course at Craftsy: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress. I drafted my own 50s-style petal bodice – the lined ‘petals’ turn up or down, depending on your whim…

Vintage Butterick 2245

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For the vintage sewing girls – I made Butterick 2245 as a cocktail dress (see, I’m accessorising like illustrations now!), but the jury is out on kimono sleeves. Sure, they save heaps of time and can look quite lovely as shorty sleeves. But I really like a fitted bodice, and there’s a lot of ease […]

Deville’s in a Red Dress

Yesterday we dropped in on Deville’s Pad ‘Hot Rods from Hell’. Wow, what an event! There are a bunch of photos of the day on Paul’s site. For the girls: the dress was hot off the (steam) press, hemming finished only minutes before jumping into Paul’s Chevy pickup to hit Deville’s. It’s a combination of […]

50s Rose Print Dresses

There’s something breathtakingly gorgeous about a 50s rose print dress. Posh Girl Vintage (red and yellow silk dresses above left) has the most beautiful vintage dresses. I dream of walking into a fabric store and finding a gorgeous red rose-print silk like this. Taking a modern spin on the vintage look is top right, a […]

60s spot dress

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I’ve been sewing from Vintage patterns lately. This modern Butterick shift dress pattern with a turned boatneck collar worked a treat in fabric purchased from Tessuti – a kinda 60s look (and early Elvis hair). And don’t I match the blue Gordon Andrews’ Rondo chair perfectly? It’s hard to sew when Miss Trixie exercises her […]