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Trimming is slow

I’ve been sewing trim onto the pink gown. I sat down to watch Babylon 5: In the Beginning, and I thought I’d at least get the trim for the front finished during that 2hr movie. Nope. I got the trim … Continue reading

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Patterns of Fashion Acquired

At friends’ urging, I ordered copies of Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 3 and Patterns of Fashion 4. Number 4 is “the underwear edition.” It’s full of shirts, chemises/smocks, coifs, ruffs, bands, drawers, partlets, etc. That arrived yesterday. Page 54 shows … Continue reading

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Ripping out some of that dress

I’m not happy with how the pink dress fits. The bodice is a little loose, and I think I left seam allowance at the bottom edge and then didn’t use it, because the waist is too low, and the skirt … Continue reading

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1580s Italian working class pink dress, at the wearable stage

See the woman in pink in the middle whose head is a little misplaced? I decided to make a copy of that gown using some pink linen I had on-hand. I purchased camel-color wool to use for the guards. After … Continue reading

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