Sunday, July 10, 2016

Style 143

Boucle Suits

For more information and photos about this suit, click here.


 Stitch the center back seam.

Stay-stich the back neckline, clip the curves.

 Stitch the shoulder and neckline seams.

 Ease-stitch the top of the sleeves and ease the sleeves to fit the armholes.

Stitch the sleeves to the armholes.

Front lining

 Stay-stitch the back neckline.

Stitch the shoulder and neckline seams.

Ease-stitch the sleeves.

Stitch the sleeves to the armholes and stitch the sleeve lining to the sleeves at the bottom.  Under-stitch the lining.

 Stitch the lining to the jacket at the center front.

 Under arm and side seams

 Stitch the lining to the jacket at the hem.

 Turn the jacket right-side out and press.  Hand stitch the opening closed.

 Tack the necklines together.

 Press up the long edges of the cuffs.

 Fold the cuffs in half and stitch the ends.

 Press the cuffs flat.

Hand stitch the openings closed.

hand stitch the cuffs to the sleeves.


 Bodice front darts

Shoulder seams

 Skirt lining darts

 Bodice front lining darts

Stitch the bodice pieces to the skirt pieces.

 Lining shoulder seams

 Skirt darts

 Stitch the bodice to the skirt.

 Stitch the lining to the dress at the neckline, under-stitch the neckline.


 Side seams

Cut 1/2"-1" off the bottom of the skirt lining.  Stitch the lining to the bottom of the skirt.   Under-stitch the lining.

Center back seam

Hand stitch the back opening and sew on the snaps.



For instructions for a pillbox hat, click here.


 Press up the ends of the bows

 Fold bows in half and stitch the ends.

Turn the bows right side out and press flat.

Hand gather the center of the bows. 

Wrap the bows knot around the gathered part of the bow and stitch.

Tack the bows to the hat and front of the sheath.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Style 142


This suit was inspired by a 1954 Givenchy design.

For more photos and information about this suit click here.

Tunic Jacket
Click on any photo to make it bigger.
 Mark the stitching line on the interfacing.

 Fuse the interfacing to the front facing.

 Mark the wrong side of the center front piece.

 Sew the side fronts to the center front.

 Sew the side backs to the center backs.

 Shoulder Seams

 Staystitch the neckline and clip the curves.

 Sew the ends of the collars.

 Baste the collar pieces to the neckline between the markings.

 Sew the side front lining pieces to the center front.

 Sew the side back lining pieces to the back facings.

 Shoulder seams

 Staystitch the neckline

 Sew the sleeve lining to the sleeves.  Understitch the lining.

Stitch the lining to the neckline.

 Cut down the center of the "V", trim the corners.

 Side seams

Turn the jacket right side out, press up the back opening's seam allowances and stitch the opening closed.

 Sew 3 buttons to the bottom of the jacket.


Hand stitch the front half of the collar to the jacket.

Collar Hook


For the skirt directions. click here.


Coming soon!

Straw Hat

You can purchase the hat straw here and here.

This is the juice I bought for the lid.

I mad the base of my hat form out of a plastic wide mouth Mason jar lid.

Mark the center of the hat form.

Super glue the juice lid to the Mason jar lid.

Put double sided tape all over the base of the hat form.

Pull the string on one side of the braid to make the braid curve.

Press the braid into the tape along the outside edge of the hat form.



Leave a little tail.

Tape the crown area of the hat form.  Wrap and glue the ungathered end of the hat straw around the form.

Wrap and glue the hat top.

Hand stitch or glue the hat pieces together.

Glue ribbon around the hat.

Hat bow- notch one end of the ribbon.

Fold the ribbon into thirds.  Mark the center of the bow.  Fraycheck one end of the "knot".

Wrap the knot around the bow.  Hand stitch or glue the knot. 

Glue the bow over the ribbon seam on the hat.  Bow can be worn either in the front or at the back.