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Mermaid Summary

May 2008 Pattern: Simplicity 4043 with modifications; one view B girls’ size 8 and two view A child’s size 4 . Fabric: aqua confetti dot sequins for tail (skirt); aqua … Continue reading

January 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Pioneer Dress Summary

August 2005 Pattern: McCall’s M4547, girls’ size 7/8 with modifications. Made dress A, apron D, and bonnet E. Fabric: blue floral cotton, yellow cotton Trim: white eyelet lace for neck, … Continue reading

November 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Dorothy Dress Summary

October 2009 Pattern: McCall’s M4948, size S (8-10) with modifications.  Made view A. Fabric: blue-checked cotton, white Kona cotton Lining: white Kona cotton Trim: blue satin ribbon for waist; two … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Regency Gown Summary

October 2011 Pattern: Simplicity 4055, size 12 with modifications.  Made bodice A with skirt B. Fabric: blue-grey polyester taffeta (4 yds) Lining: black daphne (similar to batiste – 4 yds) … Continue reading

October 31, 2011 · Leave a comment


Today started with two simple tasks: hem and buttonholes.  I should really know better than to think those two things would be simple. The pattern has a small train on … Continue reading

October 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Putting It All Together

So today, I adjusted the bust gathers on the bodice.  And then I adjusted the bust gathers on the bodice (no, this isn’t a typo.)  And, then I adjusted the … Continue reading

October 29, 2011 · Leave a comment


Today I inserted the skirt lining and finished gathering the back of the skirt.  Then I held the skirt up to the bodice and realized that it was wider than … Continue reading

October 28, 2011 · Leave a comment


I sewed the sleeves in today.  I decided to finish the sleeve seam edges with bias tape to keep them from raveling so badly.  I would normally serge these edges, … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Regency Gown History

A little bit of the Regency gown history since I started this blog after I started the gown…. October 22 ~ Started sewing today.  I’m using a 70/10 sharp needle … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

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