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Today I redrafted this 1950’s pattern from Eva Dress:

The pattern is a size 14 (32bust) which I am attempting to size up to a size 18 (36 bust). I thought that this would be a very simple pattern to sew, since it says on the pattern cover it is just one piece – it is not – there are facings for the tie, hem and an underarm gusset. I have some (rusty) sewing and drafting experience, but this is way more complicated than expected.

I am making some minor modifications – lengthening the hem to lower on the hip, and also adding length to the tie. I’m doing the 3/4 sleeve – still deciding if I will attempt the underarm gussett , or just skip it. I’ve got some old sheets to test it out on for a muslin, but I have a sinking feeling this may end up as a UFO.

Has anyone made this pattern, and if so, do you have any construction tips?


I’ve been trying to figure out how to draft a peasant blouse like these ones…I have a basic bodice foundation pattern and a basic sleeve foundation and i was wondering how do i got about creating a peasant blouse like the one in the picture?….I’d ideally like to make the long sleeve version and I think i can find instructions for sleeves but not the bodice.

can someone give  me some advice?

 Allison : )

I’ve finally finished a retro inspired dress for a friend, completely self drafted.
Blood sweat and tears went into this thing…. okay none of that actually went in but you know what I mean. It was actually quite fun to make and she was so pleased, it fit like a dream!
Back View
Front View
So another one bites the dust! Time to tackle the next project…
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Here is a dress designed by all by myself. I just love the full skirt dresses from the late 50’s/early 60’s and instead of using my vintage patterns I decided to put my own drafting skills to the test. The result is a dress with a high neckline, knee-long gathered skirt and 3/4 sleeves.

The skirt is quite full on its own but I am wearing a petticoat in the picture to accenturate the shape. Please stop by my blog for more pictures!

This is not a new creation, but it’s one of my favorites. I wore it to a wedding last night and thought I’d share some pictures. I’d been watching a Jean Harlow marathon on TCM and there were a couple of dresses in some of the film wardrobes that I really loved (especially a couple of the outfits from “Red Dust”) I had this fabric sitting around waiting to be used, and while I was watching TV I came up with this design. I drafted the dress pattern myself using instructions from a reprint of a 1930s drafting book I have, and made the slip to go under it. I was so happy with the way it turned out (although there are a couple of bits I do try not to look at too closely) that it immediately became one of my favorites.

There are a few more pictures of it posted on my blog. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Hello everyone!

I’ve been working really hard over at my blog, to present a series on how to make a skirt of any design, starting with some clear (I hope) instructions on how to make a basic skirt block from your own measurements – this will be a continuing series!
I have finished the basic block instructions and over the next few days, will post on how to adapt this to a  pencil skirt shape with or without high waist, like this one:

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