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Fall Wedding #2: Italian Renaissance

This summer I was hired to create garments for two very different wedding parties. This group was something out of the ordinary for most bridal parties so of course I jumped on it. I built the bride’s c. 1490s gown … Read More

Housewares found at garage sales and thrift stores in rural Manitoba.

Recent Finds: Summer 2014

Whilst I juggle several projects for clients and sadly neglect the made for me items, here are some fun things I’ve picked up recently… The Sawa 2000 De Luxe. There seem to be a lot of these around, and yet little info … Read More

A stack of lovely patterns!

Pattern Score!

Just thought I’d share an awesome cache of vintage patterns I came across today. Lots of kids stuff which I hope to make for the little people in my life and some great adult patterns too. It’s getting rarer that … Read More

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Before & After: A Dress Remodel

One of my favourite things to do is to take a piece with potential and make it work. In this case I was gifted this crinkle rayon dress with a collared neckline, princess seams and a great print. Sadly it … Read More

EvaDress 1934 Frock (as separates) by Heather Lee Bea 2013.

Made for Me: 1934 Blouse & Skirts

At long last I have made another of my 1930s EvaDress patterns. The pattern is actually for a dress, but since I didn’t have quite enough rayon for the entire thing, I decided to do just the top and wear it … Read More

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Throw Way Back: The Medieval Dress

For this instalment of Throw Way Back, I present this costume. I made it as the final project in a university costuming course 10 years ago. Taking it out of it’s storage (a 1960s final travel case) to photograph it, … Read More

The Diva Dress by HLB 2014.

Made for Me: The Diva Dress

Another dance party, another excuse to make myself something the week of the event… Made for another edition of the ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody‘ dance parties organized and DJ-ed by the fabulous House of Gold Diamonds, I wanted to … Read More

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Cuff Alterations: Sewing Logistics

A client recently requested that I shorten the sleeves on a faux leather jacket. In all, I needed to remove about 3″ from the length. Making these sorts of alterations on a lined garment presents some challenges. Since the original … Read More