Brigitte 60s Stripes

Brigitte 60's Stripes | Catdoesit.

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 😀

Brigitte 60's Stripes | Catdoesit.

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.

Brigitte 60's Stripes | Catdoesit.

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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Crafting as an antidote for the Rushing Woman Syndrome


This is a TEDtalk on the Rushing Woman Syndrome, explained as the biological inability to keep up with the role of women today. It made me wonder… How much of our attraction for knitting and sewing, much like women have done traditionally since ever, comes from our biological need to slow down? That would mean our choice of hobbies could actually have the power to make us healthier, more restfull, slimmer, even more fertile?…

I am just happy to have an excuse to ditch jogging and knit 😀