Brigitte 60s Stripes

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This is a little 60s in shape, 70’s in stripes and frayed finish. But super simple dress that was a joy to design and sew!

This¬†is the Brigitte shift dress from Simple Sew (free from LoveSewing’s website).


It is truly a begginer’s dress, with straightforward instructions. I did tweaked the fit a little bit: lower bust darts, adjusted back darts and forgone facings in place of lining.

I also wanted to get the most of this striped wool suiting I found in the market at the end of Seven Sister’s road (a tiny little stall with incredibly inexpensive fabrics), so I decided on adding a front middle seam and cutting the fabric at 45”. I am glad I took my time with cutting and matching the stripes, front and back ūüėÄ

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Also decided on raw edges to enhance the bohemian vibe… not sure about that one, though. After setting on the hem length and squaring off the hemline, I stitched a line about 2 cm from the edge, to secure the weave. Then took a while with my seam ripper fraying the weave up to the stitched line.

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I am happy with the result, though I started to feel it is to old-looking, serious-black-type ¬†and high-neckline type of affair… Maybe it is just the start of spring that is getting into me, and hopefully come back Autumn I’ll be craving for it!

Mainly I have been wearing it for work with a belt, to warm up the black, tights and oxford-style heels.

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Chill Dress

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This is super chill dress that I can use whenever I feel chill. Good for chilly weather. And super chill to make.

I made it years ago based on Burda’s¬†Chill Dress¬†11/2012 #136B. Which has two pattern pieces on a stretch fabric, so you fit at your own leisure.


Because it was going so well, I added sleeves by tracing a RTW knit sweater, which was a breeze. And it was looking a bit serious, on this very stable stretch burgundy fabric, so I added a ruffle in a matching organza tone that my Mum had lying around. Left that hem raw to make a more casual look.

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It is sooooo confortable to wear, any day of the week!

I have been wearing it all winter with tights, a belt and boots. I guess I am not completely used to the dolman sleeves without that cinched in waist.

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A peplum swing dress (or When you frankenpattern because you can’t decide which you prefer)

Hello peeps,

This is my favorite frankenpattern dress ever!*

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* Some might call it a case of DIY-goggles, but it’s true!

** How do you like my ballet-smug-pose?

This is the bodice of the Swing Dress 08/2012¬†with a longer version of the peplum of the Peplum Top 08/2012. You may ask why I decided each alone were not perfectly adequate, but I couldn’t tell you.¬†


The bodice of the Swing Dress¬†is fitted with separate pattern pieces instead of front darts, has short cap sleeves and a side zip. I draw a deeper scoop neckline, measuring very scientifically¬†in the mirror between my collar bone and where I wanted it to be. I also decided to finish¬†it with ivory satin bias tape, together with the sleeves – doesn’t it look nice? ūüôā

The side invisible zip would not cut it Рreally, it opened after 10 min in the dress, where on Earth do these poor zippers come from? -, so I put in a general zip in its place. The skirt is a full circle skirt where the waist is off-center by aprox. 10 cm, making it a high-low. I added in-seam pockets by drawing a loopsided shape around my hand Рagain, highly scientific.

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The hem was trouble, though. For one, I did not want the wrong side of the fabric to show, and the high-low made that difficult. Second, to make a high hem with a circle skirt is kind of impossible, because of the deep curve. So, after much fiddling around, I draw full-on facings, about 10 cm wide, stitched them to the hem on one side by machine and blind-stitched them on the other side by hand. That is a looooong hem, folks.

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*** What is that on the floor? So interesting…

I ditched the lining, because my navy polka-dot (actually, tiny-polka-triangles) light cotton is sufficiently opaque and it worked just fine for the summer. I might have to consider making and wearing this with some kind of unmentionables, though, because the twirl on this baby lets the wind swirl and makes my head spin.

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**** Blurry twirl photo. How cliché.

I have worn it at least once a week since I have made it. It is perfect for summer, it is so easy and fresh!

And how does it hold up to the original(s)?

A Peplum Swing Dress | Catdoesit.

***** Don’t mind me, I am just skipping away, all blurry…

A Peplum Swing Dress | Catdoesit.

****** I am f-i-e-r-c-e. With crazy-eyes.

******* Are these too many asterisks?

******** Nevermind.