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There were some interesting comments in the post last week about the difference between the envelope illustration and the actual finished garment. This difference is especially pronounced in 50s vintage patterns, where the illustrations are so much more fantasy than reality. So how does one visualize the end product?

Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing

Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing
Here's how to use this tutorial: 1. Watch the video for an introduction.2. Look at the pattern diagram for the measurements on my crinoline (yours might be different depending on your hip measurement and the length desired).3. The Layer Cake Crinoline: A Multimedia Tutorial! The Layer Cake Crinoline: A Multimedia Tutorial!
Featured: Oscar de la Renta Tiered Gown Among the occasion gowns, a tiered empire-waisted number is always a standout with its elegant double-ruffled flounce. In coral silk taffeta, it’s unmistakably Oscar. You will need:

Weekend designer

Weekend designer
Featured: Abaete Lauren Top Ever the chic choice, a simple shell blouse is the definitive feminine look. With cascading sleeves and a universally flattering shift shape, this sweet style is a fabulous day-to-evening option. Shown here, the Lauren top by Abaeté has flutter sleeves and a bateau neck, an easy fashion project to draft and make up in a lovely silky fashion fabric. You will need: RUFFLED TOP & Weekend designer - StumbleUpon RUFFLED TOP & Weekend designer - StumbleUpon
House of Marmalade House of Marmalade So I've been very busy making a basic portfolio for a shoot which happened back in January. I made two fully corseted wedding gown ensembles, a couple of extravagantly lacy and sparkly 'fun' corsets, a daring bridal boudoir plunge corset inspired by an original from 1910 which I saw in the Symington Collection, and an 'every day' underbust corset which can be worn day or night - the equivalent of the LBD in corsetry. One of the bridal ensembles took it's inspiration from the film Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn. Ever since I was small, i've absolutely loved the wedding dress in that film and Audrey has long been one of my main style and beauty idols.
Future plans and skirt revision Thank you all so much for the lovely and kind comments on my last post, all very much appreciated and gratefully received. It is indeed extremely exciting, not least because i've spent the last 40 years wondering just what it is that I would like to do ... and now I know! Hurray! Future plans and skirt revision


It’s almost that time! Are you ready to work on an Albion together? Because this contest and sewalong are going to be different than any we’ve done before. The grand prize for our contest this time is pretty exciting. Bernina USA has generously offer one US winner a Bernina 380 sewing machine, worth over $2000! Coletterie

Free Pattern to Download: The Madeleine Mini Bloomers

Free Pattern to Download: The Madeleine Mini Bloomers Valentine’s day is coming this weekend, and whether you love it or hate it, you must admit having something adorable to lounge around in makes any day that much sweeter. So I present to you the madeleine mini bloomers, a free sewing pattern that you can download! It takes only a yard of fabric (along with some elastic and ribbon), and an hour or two of sewing to whip up these pretties. These are no prim and proper Victorian bloomers, as you can see. They sit low on the waist, and are scandalously brief.
Choosing fabric: weight vs. drape - StumbleUpon Choosing fabric: weight vs. drape - StumbleUpon {click to enlarge, and feel free to repost!} Weight and Drape Most of us understand the concept of fabric weight.
Chantilly - No. 1002 || by Colette Patterns
Crepe - No. 1013 || by Colette Patterns
Eclair - No. 1004 || by Colette Patterns
Parfait - No. 1003 || by Colette Patterns
A Fashionable Stitch
A 60cm long, 50° skirt, made 3cm wider in the waist to allow for darts in the back. Here's a quick pattern calculator that tells you how to make two main arc pieces for a simple flared skirt. It does not consider seams, hems, or seam allowance, but you can figure that out on your own. Instructions s Skirt Pattern Calculator - StumbleUpon

s Skirt Pattern Calculator - StumbleUpon

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