The last of the OWOP hacks. This dress is YET ANOTHER survivor from OWOP 01 and aptly demonstrates that when I re-started this sewing malarkey I had much less quality control. Exhibit ‘A’ m’lud: In my defence this was more or less my first attempt at a zip of this length (22″?) Not terrible enough for you? … Continue reading Nautical but Nice?
Despite being a HUGE Liberty geek I don’t know the name of this print… so… this is Vogue 1739 in something blue. This frock is yet another survivor from OWOP 01, there are so many of them! I sure don’t know how to throw my hand-mades away. I blame the tana lawn it washes… Continue reading Take a bow, bow.
Good morrow dear readers, are you OWOPping? I am and I have (foolishly?) chosen to re-visit the pattern and indeed the very garments that I wore for the inaugural OWOP. What pattern could hold such sway I hear you say? Well it’s this: Vogue 1739 (1996). The bleached out looking dress on the right which is,… Continue reading Up, up, OWOP and away!
There were ups – the beautiful blue skies, the warmth, the Spring flowers, the optimism that I would succeed. There were downs – would I ever take a decent photo of the dresses without a handy helper? What is going on with my hair and why am I pulling that ridiculous face? There was also… Continue reading Oh wow! That was OWOP
This is my favourite version of Vogue 1739. It has a mammoth back story, starting out life as a grown-up version of a Gossypium dress that I made for my daughter. Things that worked in this process – cutting on the bias, which is either in my imagination, or truly does give the dress a… Continue reading Always save the best ’til last
Good morning, and it’s another clear-blue-skyed belter of a Spring morn here. In honour of which I present the powder blue Vogue 1739. This was my first version which is why I might now describe this dress as a wearable muslin. There is a fair amount of material flapping about at the neckline which is… Continue reading From twin bed to twin needle
Have to confess to a little mid-week OWOP ennui. *Adopt conspiratorial whisper* “Shall we just slip into a little pair of cotton trousers? It’s so beautifully, joyously SPRING outside.” “No, you can’t. You promised yourself that you would follow through with OWOP.” ” But the only dress that’s truly appropriate for work is Audrey and Audrey’s… Continue reading Back in black
OWOP day 2. This is the one where: I thought that I would experiment with a v-neck and no closure. It’s mostly been successful. I think that in taking out the seam at the back I have lost some shaping which I hadn’t really considered until casually leafing through Couture Sewing Techniques . Hmm, well I… Continue reading Buds, buttons, bows and buckles
Aiming for the Givenchy LBD look is perhaps a tad ambitious on the first day of OWOP. And no, I didn’t wear the tiara and gloves to work. Chronologically this was my 4th Vogue 1739. It stands out in my mind because it is neutral enough to wear at the Enquiry Desk and it boasts… Continue reading If only I looked like…
I’ve very nearly finished version number 5 of the dress from 90’s Vogue pattern 1739. Here’s a sneaky peak of a new neckline: