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Stitching Up the Lilly Rose Pattern

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Lilly Rose Pattern

My friend Lorna McKenzie of The Tailor’s Apprentice asked me in 2011 to review the Lilly Rose pattern she was developing from an original 1940s design. Unfortunately, I had just moved to Kenya and was expecting a new baby at the time, so I never did get around to sewing the dress. But I can’t stand leaving a project undone, so five years later (!!!) I asked Lorna if I could still stitch up the pattern and provide feedback. She graciously sent me a review copy, and I got started! Read more…

Girls’ Classic 1950s Shirt Dress Pattern – New!

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Girls' Classic 1950s Shirt Dress

The 1940s shirt dress that emerged during WWII was a practical, utilitarian garment without frills that used less fabric but still had a distinctively feminine shape to it. As the style morphed over the coming decade, it became one of the most recognizable icons of fashion history, worn by everyone from glamorous Grace Kelly to thrifty TV housewife Donna Reed. The New Look ushered in fuller skirts and feminine frills, and, while the more angular look of the 1960s pushed it out of the limelight for a while, it was still a wardrobe staple on into the 1970s and right up to the present. My favorite versions, by far, come from the decade of the 1950s and have inspired this pattern with its fuller skirt.

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“Sarah Wheaton” Tam Crochet ePattern

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Tam4

Inspired by Sarah Wheaton Whitting’s hats in “Winter’s End”, this Tam o’Shanter is a close copy of Sarah’s accurately depicted Teens/WWI era style. The “Wheaton Tam” is designed with beginners in mind, since it only uses four of the most basic stitches–half double crochet, double crochet, chain, and slip stitch.

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