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Fun new things!

Since I have been so happy with my summer rose dress I took the plunge recently and found a new to me vintage dress pattern in my size! I’m so excited to test it out!

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This is Advance pattern 8213 which has all of the pieces with 1 teeny tiny tear which was taped when it was first purchased. All in all a great design to wear this summer. Now to hit the fabric shop!

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McCall’s Complete Book of Dressmaking

I have been taken in with the recent success of sewing for myself again! So now that the bug is back I have picked up my trusty copy of McCall’s Complete Book of Dressmaking published in 1951.

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This book reviews not only technique but also how to chose a pattern which works best with your body shape and how to adjust a pattern for your sizing.

It also has fun adorable little notes and reminders such as to take it slow and keep a neat sewing box! Gosh I love these old books!

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Summer Rose dress

I was super thrilled that today was warm enough to wear the dress I just completed yesterday! Hooray for a warm spring happening!

Here is a quick shot I begged a coworker to take this morning of me in my new dress!

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The pattern makes the skirt about mid calf length which for me is a bit too long for my short legs, so I did remove 5 inches from the bottom.

Overall I loved how easy it was to adapt for using a knit fabric and skipping the zipper so I do see quite a few of these dresses in my future.

And I think it pairs pretty well with a cardigan for those cooler mornings.

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Trying to get back in the swing of things

Since the new year I have been absolutely swamped at work… Sewing til there have been holes in my fingers! But I finally got a little break and was able to do some sewing for myself!

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I have been hoarding this pattern for a few years and finally found the fabric I wanted to use for it this past month while out shopping for Spamalot! With summer coming up, a fun floral seemed perfect!

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The dress went together well even though I threw the directions out the window! Now I need a day warm enough and sunny to take a pic and show you!

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I’m gonna be a guest on Topstitch.org!!

Blythe is an amazing dolly! And so are the people who know her! Through a darling friend of mine, EricaDuh I have gotten to know another awesome seamstress, crafter, photographer, blogger – Yoyo. Yoyo’s blog, Topstitch.org┬áis an awesome one and Yoyo has generously asked me to write a tutorial for her site… Not only am I seriously flattered but also EXCITED!!!!

So I’m curious internet friends and peeps… what kind of tutorial would you like to see… dolly related or human? As you all know I am happy to do either! I just love to be behind my sewing machine! So leave me a comment and let me know what you are wanting to see me make, and run over to Yoyo’s site and check it out!

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