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Toasting the New Year: Champagne Silk Wool & Silk Charmeuse Dress

Toasting the New Year: Champagne Silk Wool & Silk Charmeuse Dress

I recently made this silk wool and silk charmeuse dress using Burdastyle's #157 05/2011 dress pattern. I used champagne silk wool for the top (right) crossover piece and back pieces. And I used...

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Quick to Make: 1920s Panel Dress

Quick to Make: 1920s Panel Dress

Make a fluttery Vionnet-inspired shift.

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Princess Violet

Princess Violet

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Designed and Sewn by Rosemarie Baylor, October        "Princess Violet" is a girly, girl that loves sparkle and movement. I chose pattern M6897 Just Pretend Kids for my inspiration for the bodice...

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Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Created toddler/child's size 4 Queen of Hearts dress with standing collar, Black and Red Satin Coat with train and Satin Scepter

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Steampunk Wonderland

Steampunk Wonderland

I drafted all of the patterns used in the costumes (peasant top, child's underbust corset from moulage, skirt and bustle, gun holster, child's headpiece with goggles and bow, adult overbust corset...

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Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe

Inspiration: My husband and I grew up in the 80's, and as kids our favorite cartoon characters were He-man and She-ra. Every year I like to do a group family costume, so when discussing what we...

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Patsy -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Patsy -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I love doing elaborate, nostalgic, pop-culture costumes that people haven't seen before. I knew back in Nov. 2013 that I wanted to be Pasty from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and it took me a long...

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Mermaid costume

Mermaid costume

My daughter wanted to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid this year.  I made the hair by knitting a stretchy hat and then weaving in strands of sparkly yarn.  The t-shirt was purchased, but I sewed...

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Hot Pink and Black Houndstooth Maxi Wrap Dress

Hot Pink and Black Houndstooth Maxi Wrap Dress

My DIY Maxi Wrap dress was made using Vogue pattern V8379.  I purchased the fabric for $7.99/yard with 4 yards.  I added 22" to the bottom hem of the dress pattern.  I maintained the fullness of...

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Travel Jacket and Dress

Travel Jacket and Dress

This 100% wool dress is made using Simplicity Amazing Fit #1586. It has princess seams, an invisibe zipper and is fully lined. The jacket, from Saf-T-Pockets, is made of a drapery fabric. It is a...

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Circle Jacket

Circle Jacket

I found this beautiful vintage sari material online and fell in love with it! The material is silk with sequins and rhinestones scattered throughout. 

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Altered jacket by Rita Summers

Altered jacket by Rita Summers

I made this jacket by cutting up 3 items of clothing - a red knit cotton top, a grey linen skirt and a black/grey/white tunic. I deconstructed them before restitching them together in a new way by...

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Sunset Fall Dress

Sunset Fall Dress

I made this dress to attend a fall wedding in Colorado.  The fabric is a gorgeous double cloth crinkle gauze purchased online and I used the Leanne Marshall Simplicity 1877 Pattern.  I made a...

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Grey Top with Solid and Silver Lace Fabric

Grey Top with Solid and Silver Lace Fabric

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I was given this fabric and I loved the stretch and variated grey color. Perfect for an office blouse. The back has lace over a different grey fabric since I ran short. The edging of the lace was cut...

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Bata de Cola by Barbara Blumenfeld

"Bata de Cola" by Barbara Blumenfeld

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My daughter is a professional flamenco dancer in NYC and over the years I have made some costumes for her, but this is the first time I attempted a "bata de cola" – a dress with a train.  Because...

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FASHION FORWARD LOOKS by Ayana Ife`

FASHION FORWARD LOOKS by Ayana Ife`

I derive immense gratification out of creating beautiful work with my hands. All garments were constructed by me. The camo jacket, and denim pants were made from patterns. The special occaion dress...

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Sew a Couture Lace Skirt

Sew a Couture Lace Skirt

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An easy and wearable garment teaches essential guipure sewing techniques.

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Warm Cossack Hat for Cold Times

Warm Cossack Hat for Cold Times

Imagine the sourthern hemisphere is in full flight with snow falling on the mountains only 50 minutes away. Yet, you have to get on publich transport, dash from the bus stop to the office building...

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Create a Foam-Cup Bra

Create a Foam-Cup Bra

It's easy to achieve a comfortable, custom shape for your bra.

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60s Style

60s Style

Hello summer!  It's back to sewing!   I have finally been able to get back to a dress I've had on my project list since last year.  It's Simplicity 1609 - 60s retro/vintage, a-line.   I made...

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