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Another FO? Simplicity 1995.

Hello hello! Can you believe it? I have another FO to show you! This is a dress that´s been finished a while, but I haven´t had the chance to take any decent photos of it until now. This dress goes under the name The Dissertation Party Dress.  Back in May, my darling defended his PhD- thesis, and it is tradition for the new doctor to hold a black tie party for his closest co-workers, friends, family and so. I, of course knew I had to make a dress for the occasion  but I didn´t want it to be too dressy, as my man isn´t a black tie- event kind of a guy. So, I went for a cocktail length, dress, rather then a floor length one.

The choice fell upon Simplicity 1995, a vintage pattern, because I a)had the perfect fabric for it in my stash, and b) really wanted to try out that dramatic collar look.

Simplicity 1995

I used the bodice for dress number 2, but the skirt of number 1.


I am kind of in love with this dress. It has a classic wiggle dress shape, but because of the pleats in the front skirt, and the split in the back there´s room both for excessive eating and dancing (believe me, I have tried, and it´s perfect for doing the twist;-)). Here´s a shot from back in May, at the party I wore the dress with teal heels, and  I made a matching belt, but the belt seem to have disappeared during the Move. Hopefully it´ll turn up again!

MMM´12: Day 16 - Evening

Brown is a color I used to wear a lot all the way back in high school, and I should add more brown garments to my wardrobe, as it really do work as a great stand in for black. Brown works really well together with some of my favorite colors this season, like warm yellow, teal and rusty reds.


Bodice detail.

 When I made it, and tried the bodice on for the first time, I was a little bit afraid that it would be too small, but once the zipper was installed, I found that it fitted just right. One interesting detail that give the skirt some body, is that the whole pleat section is interfaced with a rather sturdy interfacing, like the one I use for coats.  Here´s a pic of how it looks on the inside:


Simplicity 1995, inside- out

A very clever way of giving more body to the pleats, especially in such a thin cotton that I have used for this dress. The fabric, by the way, was bought in Paris last December in one of those fantastic Coupons- shops. Oh, Paris. When may I return?

All in all, a fun dress both to sew and wear, and I´ve already got an “order” from a friend of mine that she wants one too!


“I can´t believe I´m finally taking pictures of this dress! “

23 Responses to Another FO? Simplicity 1995.

    • Thank you! I am in love with my yellow belt of late. I wear it together with everything! 🙂

  1. Oh solvi!!!!! You have done this vintage pattern such justice….it’s perfect, the rick rack of course caught my eye too, but the fabric also has something vintage about it. You wear it beautifully too…nice accessorising. Gosh…I could swoon even more, but just know hat I have severe sewist envy, wishing I’d made such a beauty.

    • Hehe, thanks! I thought of you when I added the rick rack detail, actually, you woman of rick rack fame. Thanks for the lovely words! 🙂

  2. I love the dress – the fabric choice is so lovely and it really flatters you. it looks as if you could wear it with so many other colours as well. x

    • Thanks, I really want to experiment with different accessories in other colors too for this one. I love brown together with a dash of hot pink, as well as together with black. 🙂

  3. What a lovely dress! The collar is fantastic, and I love the trim you’ve added. The yellow and teal belts are just perfect with it! The classic wiggle dress looks marvelous with that fabric 🙂

    • Thanks, I really like the neckline too, I´d love to make another version of this dress for the Christmas parties. Maybe in a solid color, this time around! 🙂

    • Thanks! Those vintage pattern makers have some cards up their sleeves that you just don´t get from the modern ones!

  4. What a beautiful dress-I love brown also, and while I gravitate to black in the cooler months, brown is wonderful year round. I like the dress paired with the gold belt. Congrats to your husband on his PhD.

  5. Wonderful! I’m a fan of brown, too. I love black, but get bored of it sometimes. And brown really looks better on me anyway. 🙂 I hope your teal accessories re-appear–they look great with this dress.

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That´s Sew Cinematic: Hudsucker Proxy

I can’t believe it’s June already, and I haven’t shown you any of my Sew Cinematic creations! Just a little recap, my inspiration for this sew-along looks a little something like this:  So far, I have made the cropped jacket from Hudsucker Proxy and the shirt and trousers from The Last Time I Saw Paris. All… Continue Reading…

12 Responses to That´s Sew Cinematic: Hudsucker Proxy

  1. Such a beautiful jacket! I would have imagined this jacket was boxy based on the pattern drawing, but yours looks very flattering and feminine. Lovely!

  2. Brilliant jacket ! It looks the perfect cover up & I think I too am swooning for the back pleat. It’s a great shape on you – really suits you – how great that it’s so practical yet stylish!

  3. I just love this on you! I’ve been eyeing this pattern — probably not a great choice for my shape but such great details, the length, the back, etc. Modern but retro (and versatile to boot!), just lovely.

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9 Responses to That´s Sew Cinematic: The plan.

  1. I wouldn’t be worrying about being a bit behind when you come out with such stylish & wearable plans like this! I am not familiar with all the films, but I like the “capsule” wardrobeness of them all. Some brilliant red going on there ….will be stunning 🙂

  2. Fun! I haven’t seen most of those movies (only the Hudsucker Proxy) so I’ll have to watch them. I like the bold reds.

  3. Oh! The Rum Diary!! I’m so glad you picked that one and can’t wait to see what you come up with. I’ve been interested in vintage looks with island fare — more casual, more youthful — and Puerto Rico in the early 60, to die for. I haven’t seen the others, but I’ll put them on my list. 🙂 I’m thinking of a skirt from One Day and a top from The Artist.

  4. oooh those look fab!! i can’t wait to see them! right now i have more ideas than motivation… i have silk tee sketches and margot, my dressform, has been draped in the silk for weeks. i have swimwear fabric stacked on my desk and 2 dress sketches. yet, i’m sitting on the couch watching project runway! good luck and i hope some of your motivation rubs off.

  5. Those plans look fantastic, I love all the red! We also had a very summery weekend over here. 🙂 I like the blue bolero, too, I have a similar one on my knitting needles at the moment!

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12 Responses to Fun! – The Header Dress – Pattern Review: BurdaStyle 01-2010-130

  1. Definitely fun! You are certainly full of pizzazz today! 😀
    Question: is this a new length for you? I only just discovered higher hemlines for myself and while I like them I am a bit wary of wearing them to work. Do you?

  2. […] posted a question on my last post regarding the length of the header dress: She wondered wether this was a new length for me. An excellent question, and I know she has […]

  3. I love days like this and in THIS I means days I find adorable blogs like yours. I simple love your dress. I can’t wait to see all the things you make and read your past posts.

  4. I LOVE that dress of yours! It’s funny that you found inspiration in my dress, because I find THIS inspirational! Oh no, are we going to go round in an inspiration-circle?! xxx

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Pattern Review: BurdaStyle Magazine 03-2010-101A aka The Summer Coat.

Back in May, after getting the flu from biking on a chilly night, I decided I needed a summer coat. Unfortunately, I lost my sewing mojo over the summer, and so this coat wasn´t finished until last week. The idea of this coat is to have something to throw over thin summer dresses in those… Continue Reading…

18 Responses to Pattern Review: BurdaStyle Magazine 03-2010-101A aka The Summer Coat.

  1. Solvi, this is beautiful. I love the silver and blue pattern and don’t think it’s too crazy at all. Then again, my style limits are definitely being pushed as I get older as well! In my opinion, this coat is absolutely fabulous.

  2. Gorgeous! It’s got such a wonderful vintage vibe and what an incredible fabric. Indeed, I can see this being a great coat year-round (as you said, depending on layers!). And kudos to you for the welt pockets! I am losing steam on the blazer I’m working on which had welt pockets, and I just didn’t have the mojo to make them 🙁 Patch pockets to the rescue!

  3. Thanks everyone!
    @Ali: I know that the mojo´s gotta be on top for those welt pockets, they where what stood between me and a finished coat for months! And now I am facing the same issue with a winter coat I have cut out. Maybe patch pockets is a good way out if it, yes! 🙂

  4. Wow, great fabric! I really like the silhouette, sort of late 50s, early 60s. You need some long gloves with a cocktail ring to go with it!

  5. I love the coat! I really don’t think the fabric is over the top, but then again, I really like wearing the Desigual-inspired patchwork coat I got in Paris two years ago… 😉
    I know what you mean about pushing style limits. When I went to high school, I would only ever wear jeans and pullovers… age, moving to Berlin and starting sewing my own clothes have really pushed my style to another level. During summer school in a little university town in west Germany somebody asked where I was from and when I said “Berlin” they answered “oh I should have guessed that – you totally dress like I imagine people in Berlin do…” *lol*

    @Ali: At least you two actually make structured garments! I think the most complicated garment I’ve ever made may be the Crepe dress… 😉 Actually, the infamous, WIP-for-a-year linen pants would be it. Button holes. *g*

    • Oh, I love Desigual on others, but I never seem to find something that´s got my name on it. It´s such a unique and cool brand, I think! 🙂 Starting to sew almost everything I wear has been a great style enhancer for me too, all of a sudden I can wear whatever I imagine!

  6. It’s a beautiful coat and the fabric is wonderful. The line drawing of the pattern didn’t realy inspire me but I love your version. May be I need to go back over some of my Burda magazines.

  7. Well fab! Great that it’s got a longer seasonal life than you originally expected too. It’s funny what you say about pushing style boundaries as you get older. I’d agree with you there, although perhaps when in my late teens I was a bit in my own style groove… Congrats on getting the pockets- totally worth it. It looks like a coat from a posh boutique

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A FESA update, a refashion and the pants that almost didn´t come to be.

First of all, thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last post, it prompted me to make another refashion of a shirt! This time a less radical change, I just wanted one of my darlings old crisp white shirts to fit me instead of him. The shirt tucked into the wool… Continue Reading…

9 Responses to A FESA update, a refashion and the pants that almost didn´t come to be.

  1. Solvi, you look stunning as always! What a classy white shirt (and you’re making me yearn to finally try V8604) and all of these fabulous pants!! Love that mustard, so classy, so Marilyn! 😉

  2. First of all, I love your new white blouse refashion [Note to self: Must snatch one of Mr. Stitch’s shirts for myself]. Second, I really like both your pants, especially the wool ones. I’m in awe of accomplished sewists like you who can so competently fit pants. They look great on you.

  3. Love, love, love the new white shirt! I need to go hunting in Mr. Friday’s closet to find one for me! The shorts are terrific and so are the pants!! They look great on you and at first I thought they were Colette Patterns’ Clover! Well done!

  4. The white shirt looks very good with the black trousers. So glam! I admired your shorts in September. And the mustard ones are fabulous – what a great photo of you.

  5. Wow a trouser-a-thon!! The vogues are so classy, and look great with the White shirt. All the reiterations through muslin and shorts to get to your nubby wool mustard trousers show amazing skill to get such a range of wearable beauties. The mustards are very nice- great that you were able to save them.

  6. Oooh, those tweed trousers that nearly weren’t are stunning! What pattern did you use to make them in the end? xxx

  7. Thanks all for the lovely comments!

    @Zoe: I used a pattern from Burda.It´s pattern 117-2009-03.:-)

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8 Responses to Pattern Review: New Look 6000

  1. How 1960s fabulous! They both look great and it sounds like they were fun to make. I love your outfit with the fingerless gloves and tights–I might need to copy that idea. 🙂

  2. ooooh. And once again, I want to add another dress pattern to my pattern library even though I just don’t wear dresses that often.
    Thanks for the comment on my McCall shirt. You really must make it! 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing your SSS outfits! See you in the Flickr group!

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