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Navy Stripe Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress

While I’ve been working a lot on YouTube/costuming sewing lately, I have made a few more modern garments and busting my stash while at it! This is the Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress, an easy, un-fitted but still feminine, simple gathered dress. Perfect for warmer Texas days when I don’t want my clothes clinging to me but still want to look put-together. I’ve wanted to make this pattern for a while and I also wanted…

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Edwardian Underthings

I realized I never posted about my collection of Edwardian underwear that I sewed, jeez, four years ago now??? I’m wearing most of these garments under my Alice Roosevelt gown. The thing with historical costuming is there’s just SO. MANY. LAYERS. When I want to make a modern outfit I just whip up a dress in a few hours but if I want to tackle a new costuming era there’s a bare minimum of four…

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Alice Roosevelt’s 1903 Gown Recreation

This dress is the culmination of months of work, not only on the dress itself but also on documenting the process on my new YouTube channel. So I’m not going to go into too much detail on how I created this gown because you can watch all the drama over there. Also, this YouTube things is a new adventure for me. I’ve been blogging under some version of DixieDIY since 2007(!!!???!?!), and during that time…

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Blank Slate Bexley Dress

I actually helped design the Blank Slate Bexley Dress last summer but didn’t get a chance to sew my own version of it because I was pregnant at the time. Figured now would be a good time to whip up a new dress while I’m waiting for spring. I love easy this dress is to fit. You can adjust the front and back darts (move them up and down, in or out; make them shorter…

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Blank Slate Austin Tee

I’ve been working with Melissa and a couple other gals over at Blank Slate Patterns for almost a year now. We split the work in designing, testing, sampling, and marketing patterns. I like that workflow because when I used to run my own pattern company I did all of that myself and got pretty burnt out. Sharing responsibilities and bouncing ideas off each other keeps me motivated. This is the Blank Slate Austin Tee and…

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Papercut Aomori Twist Sweater

Continuing on with what has become “The Winter of Sweaters,” I have for you a new Papercut Patterns Aomori Twist Top. I thought the twist design looked cool and I liked the way it was constructed (make sure you follow the instructions in order, this isn’t the kind of pattern where you can just jump around to different parts). This sweater knit came from Surge. It’s double sided and I used the soft, solid side…

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Black Snail Regency Era Dress and Spencer

You might remember my last Regency project – this black velvet and silk spencer, which I made specifically to hide the back bodice of a poorly made white striped gown. Which was my second attempt at making a white striped Regency gown. It feels like I’ve been trying to make one stupid dress for years with no luck – until now! Sheer white muslin dresses were like the little black dress of the Regency era….

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Green Rib Knit Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater

I see more sweaters on the horizon… For this one, I decided to try out Sew House Seven’s Toaster Sweater #1. I liked the chunky hem band and cuffs and the funnel neck and I thought the ribs on this fabric would stand out against all the seam lines. The fabric is from Surge and I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when it arrived and looked a lot brighter in person than…

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