Fifties Swing Dress – Butterick 6049

It all started when I saw the little boa jacket on sale.  I just had to buy it but what does someone wear with a jacket like that?  I looked through my stash and found the perfect fabric.  I wanted to make a swingy circle skirt type dress but the pattern called for 2.5 yards and I only had 1.5 yards of the chosen fabric.  To complicate matters, it had a strange border design running down the selvage.  What to do with that?  So out came the Butterick pattern with the separate midriff to use the border.  I shortened the skirt by 3 inches and had to patch some pieces together to squeeze out the dress.  Made it without a scrap to spare!

It all started when I saw the little boa jacket on sale. I just had to buy it but what does someone wear with a jacket like that? I looked through my stash and found the perfect fabric. I wanted to make a swingy circle skirt type dress but the pattern called for 2.5 yards and I only had 1.5 yards of the chosen fabric. To complicate matters, it had a strange border design running down the selvage. What to do with that? So out came the Butterick pattern with the separate midriff to use the border. I shortened the skirt by 3 inches and had to patch some pieces together to squeeze out the dress. Made it without a scrap to spare!

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Pumpkin Bride Costume – Butterick 6049

Couldn't leave myself out of the Halloween fun!

Couldn’t leave myself out of the Halloween fun!

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Halloween for the Entomologist! McCalls 6243

And she has her own little spider!

And she has her own little spider!

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I saw this spider fabric with rainbow colors and thought it would be perfect for my daughter-in-law who is a biologist who works with bugs.

I saw this spider fabric with rainbow colors and thought it would be perfect for my daughter-in-law who is a biologist who works with bugs.

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Halloween Fun – the WWII Nurse Costume – Simplicity 9978

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My daughter wanted a vintage nurse outfit for Halloween.  She found the out of print Simplicity Pattern created in 1991 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and I set to work.  The cape is a vintage cape from that era purchased on ebay.

My daughter wanted a vintage nurse outfit for Halloween. She found the out of print Simplicity Pattern created in 1991 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and I set to work. The cape is a vintage cape from that era purchased on ebay.

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Self-drafted Scuba Knit Flounce Skirt

I was playing around with  a piece of plaid scuba knit fabric and came up with this fun skirt idea!

I was playing around with a piece of plaid scuba knit fabric and came up with this fun skirt idea!

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Retro Pattern to Trendy Skirt – Vintage Vogue 8907

My sister in law sent me a vintage Vogue pattern purchased in the early 80's.  I loved the lines of the skirt and it was the perfect style for some heavy woven fabric with a reverse weave design on the back side.

My sister in law sent me a vintage Vogue pattern purchased in the early 80’s. I loved the lines of the skirt and it was the perfect style for some heavy woven fabric with a reverse weave design on the back side.

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Time to Get Your Cowgirl On! Variations on McCalls 6331

As we move into fall, it is time to think about wearing boots again .  I combined elements of three patterns to make this flirty cowgirl dress to rock those boots.

As we move into fall, it is time to think about wearing boots again . I combined elements of three patterns to make this flirty cowgirl dress to rock those boots.

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A cowgirl bag!

A cowgirl bag!

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