illustration of woman wearing vintage dress

 

I went on a vintage glass button hunt at the St.Lawrence Antique Market this weekend, and although I found some beauties,  I came across these illustrations that were way more exciting! This set of hand painted lithograph prints are from an old unknown catologue, and I flirted with the vendor so that he would let me take some photos (please tell me it was worth it)!  Some of the illustrations include a pattern draft technical, which reminds me of these books from Anna's collection. It's kind of bonkers how pretty they are so and I wanted to share them with you. 

(I want every one of these cloche hats, ga!)

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victory-patterns-studio

 

I moved into my studio last year after working from home. I love this little space,  It's really nice to get out of the house and have a cozy place to work. On the downside, I can't distract myself with episodes of The Wire. I loved a lot of things about working from home, but I really missed seeing people every day. I'm lucky to be surronded by so many creative and talented makers and artists in this space, which is really inspiring and helpful in giving me drive when I need it. I'll do a little post one day about all of the amazing work everyone else here does, because it's all super beautiful. But here's a little tour of my studio... it's usually much more messy!!

 

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Anna wearing her version of Roxanne

::: ROXANNE DRESS :::

I deliberated while making this pattern whether to make a dress option. Silly me! After seeing Anna's version I'm kicking myself a bit. I'm so happy to see this blouse turned into a dress. I think it turned out so great and I'm going to have to make one up for myself.  It seems like everything Anna touches turns to romance. How does she do it?!?

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Anabelas wedding dress hanging in the window
I had the pleasure of working  with Anabela from Fieldguided in creating her dream dress for her wedding, which took place this past September. When she asked me to make her dress, my heart started to race in a panic kind of way. I'm pretty accident-prone, so working with miles of delicate WHITE fabric is not something I trust myself with. Also, I'm a little bit scared of brides!

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Oona wearing her version of the Nicola dress

::: NICOLA DRESS :::

Wowowow! This is one of the first versions of Nicola I've seen, and what an awesome dress! The fabric has such a beautiful vintage vibe, which I think goes great with this style. Oona rocks this style, and was kind enough to share her amazing fabric finds, in case you are craving blushy mauve tones with pretty golden flecks. I know I am!

 

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vintage 1950's gathered balenciaga sleeve

Balenciaga sleeve photographed by Iving Penn via I'm Obsessed With This

I have to confess, I get a little excited when I see a good sleeve. I don't care what kind of it is: raglan, dolman, kimono, puffy, bishop, circle, long, short ... I love them all! They have the potenial to raise the wow factor of a garment by miles. Here's a few that are pretty stunning. Do you have a favorite kind of sleeve?

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Katarina wearing her version of the Anouk Dress


::: ANOUK DRESS :::

Katarina from She Sells Sea Shells is a little genius. After gathering together scraps of leftover fabric, she managed to make herself an Anouk Dress. My favorite part of her version is how she improvised the chevron stripes on the front placket. She's come up with a brilliant solution for times when you just can't find the right stripes fabric. I also love how it flows with the pin-tuck detail in the dress. Way to go Katrina!

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title image of curved hems

 

If you’ve ever had to hem a curved edge, you’ll know how tricky it is to turn, press and stitch it so that it looks neat and tidy. Curved edges are tricky for a few reasons. They involve a bias grainline, which causes the fabric to stretch out. Also, depending on the kind of curve you are working with, whether it be concave or convex, the fabric edge will be longer or shorter in length compared to the area it is being folded to, indicated by the red dashed line in the following diagram...

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