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Inspiration: A client! A friend of my grandma has trouble finding clothes that fit her well, and that she can get into easily, as she spends most of her time in a chair or a scooter.
Materials: Simplicity 3532, brown suede (both provided by client)
Construction: I made a size 16, but I took quite a bit out of the center back and front. By doing this, the shoulder straps won’t fall off her shoulders (they’re quite wide-set in the original design). I also lengthened it and added some fullness to the skirt.
Inspiration: I stole my mom’s apron far too often and decided that I needed to make myself one!
Materials: Fabric from the stash (bequeathed to me by my neighbor when she passed away), packaged bias tape, and the S&S Edwardian apron pattern.
Construction: My mom complained of the neckline being too high on her apron, especially when wearing a collared shirt. I much prefer the scooped neckline shown in the pattern picture anyway (I’m not sure why the pattern’s is higher) so I cut it down. I also made the “back belt” piece smaller because the apron was a little large. This allowed it to be tied just a bit tighter around the waist. As before, I hemmed the top edge of the “back belt” piece rather that binding that inside corner. I cut the back ties out of scraps without the pattern, so I believe they are a bit longer and narrower than the pattern’s.
I must point out the pockets–I matched the print! I know, big deal… but it was to me.
Inspiration: A client! A friend of my mom purchased a dress form me last year out of the floral fabric. I told her I had more of it, and we decided to make these dresses for her daughters.
Materials: lightwieght denim~the floral print was given to me and the blue is from Joann’s (it’s a really great fabric–100% cotton, extra wide, hardly fades even with many washings and doesn’t shrink at all) Sense and Sensibility Girls’ Regency dress, buttons and cotton muslin lining
Construction: I have played with this pattern a lot, and this is my favorite way to make it. It’s very fast and flattering. Basically, I take off the sleeves and make a half-circle skirt. I also added the patch pockets. The dresses close in the back with buttons, and the bodices are lined with cotton muslin (like the original pattern).
Inspiration: a client! A five-year-old princess who loves to dress beautifully all the time 🙂 (my kinda girl)
Materials: fabric from the tutti frutti collection at Joann’s, Sense and Sensibility Girls’ Regency dress, buttons, a tiny bit of bias tape
Construction: the only changes I made to the pattern were to take off the sleeves and make a half-circle skirt instead of a gathered one. The little blue dress I made for her doll. I created the pattern myself, using the shapes of the girls’ dress as a guide. I bound the doll dress’s hem with bias tape because that’s easier than turning a hem on this fabric (besides, it makes it pretty cute, doesn’t it?).