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Pattern Pyramid Update

OK all is well in blog land now. I did end up having to change themes because I couldn’t get the old one to work, but change is good, no? I’m not entirely convinced I’m in love with this one, but it’ll do for now, and more importantly, it works.

Because of the delay caused by technical difficulties, I am extending the Pattern Pyramid draw til Tuesday, January 29th. You can either leave a comment on this post or on the original Pattern Pyramid post, here.

Thanks for your patience! ^__^

Adventures in Vintage Patterns!

So now that my UFO is an FO and behind me, my next project on my SWAP is a vintage shirt dress made from Maudella 5184, which I won from the lovely and generous Handmade Jane πŸ™‚

I’m sewing this alongside my friend Annabelle, who is also sewing a vintage shirtdress from a different pattern πŸ™‚

This is the first time I’ve worked with a vintage pattern, and it’s an unprinted one to boot! πŸ™‚

Today I traced off all my pieces, which was quite a nice experience compared to modern patterns, as there’s only one size. Also instead of tracing with the pattern below the paper, I placed it on top, allowing me to draw right through the punch hole pattern markings. Very pleasant, and an interesting change!

I really love the comic book style hand lettered instruction sheet; check it out:

I then proceeded to do my usual FBA, reducing the amount by half, as the pattern is 2″ bigger than the size I usually start with.

I wasn’t sure if the pattern would be noticeably too big so I opted to do the FBA first before I did an overall resize, then made a bodice muslin to try it out.

I also did some minor waist adjustments to both the bodice & skirt front.

Well as it happens the bodice was WAY too big, everywhere but the waist (as I’d already adjusted that) so I took an inch wedge out of the front and back bodice, in a straight line from the center of the shoulder, tapering down to 0″ at the waist on both, and re-sewed my muslin. Much better!

As I’m using my vintage Simplicity sewing book to help fill in the blanks on my instructions, I’ll leave you with my favourite ad on the back cover:


Also, make sure to enter my blogiversary giveaway; draw for the winner is next week!!

Patterns & Postcards Swap

Hi All! I have a ton of patterns up for grabs for the Patterns & Postcards Swap hosted by The Perfect Nose.

These are all patterns I received as a lot, so the outer envelopes are damaged in some cases but they should all be intact, as they came from a reputable source.

I’m open to trade for vintage Vogue designer and Couturier patterns, interesting pattern magazines/books or contemporary items. I’m even open to trade for fabric & notions! πŸ™‚

If you want more info on any of these please feel free to message me πŸ™‚