Two very different styles for House of Pinheiro and Damn Good Caramel, urban-chic for one and menswear-inspired for the other!
Emilie le Papillon went full retro with her Luzerne, while Swing and Sew added a little British twist to her trench coat.
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hazel, March 24 2017
Lady, you ARE still young and gorgeous – you are making Deer and Doe patterns or at least, considering it. I’m 62 years young and rather like this pattern. Incidentally, the Arum dress is great to start with and to build your confidence. I have made three (1 in jersey, 2 in cotton) and these dresses turned heads and are just great to wear. I lengthened the hemline to just above the knee which still retained the lovely “swing” in the dress. The Datura blouse is also a good stepping stone to take your sewing to a new level. Been sewing for years and this one had me scratching my head for a while and then the penny (or Euro) dropped. Try making a mock-up for the bits that you are unsure about – the material for the “toile” is not expensive and will show up every single wrinkle (in the fabric). Best of luck.
PsychicSewerKathleen, March 21 2017
I had a trench coat when I was young (40 years ago!) and loved it. I’m still a little intimidated at the notion of actually sewing myself one…but who knows how I’ll feel in 6 months? It would be just the sort of project I would love to do when I’m ready to take my sewing skills to a new level 🙂