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Pattern Review: In House Patterns Blossom Blouse

The In House Blossom pattern had been languishing in my stash for well over a year but after recently scoring a yard of Nancy Ann Liberty of London fabric, I knew I had to try it out.

Nancy Ann Fabric

I love Liberty Tana Lawn fabric but due to the cost, don’t get to sew with it as much as I would like. As soon as I saw this fabric on eBay, I remembered where I had seen it before…on Mad Men!

betty draper

I may not be as beautiful or famous as Betty Draper, aka January Jones, but I think my interpretation came out well!  If you ever have the opportunity to try In House Patterns, give them a whirl. This is actually my second In House pattern. The first was the Cool Cowl reviewed here and I think you will find their patterns to be easy to follow and fairly quick makes.

Blossom Front

Pattern Details: Size ranges from 32 to 42 bust so I graded up to a 48. I also increased the waist and hip pieces by grading out the side seams. All In House Patterns are pdf only which in my opinion makes grading much easier.

Things I liked about the pattern:

  1. Instructions were very clear and logical
  2. Grading was easy due to the pattern piece layout
  3. No FBA required because the pattern can be printed in A, B, C, or D cup sizes!!!

Things I struggled with:

  1. Sleeves! Since my upper arms were far outside the size range, I initially tried to grade up with zero success.
  2. I later tried tulip sleeves but could not make them fit comfortably so I finally gave up and made some bias tape from my remaining fabric and opted for a sleeveless version.
  3. The front curve at the neckline ended up a bit wonky due to my less than perfect cutting. This type of neckline requires PRECISE cutting to remain even. My solution was to make some ties so there is a keyhole detail instead of a simple vee. I actually ended up liking my final version better than the original so my “design feature” worked out!

Blossom Back

Mad Men Dress Challenge 2…Better Late Than Never

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Well I had great intentions of finishing my dress in time for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge 2 deadline but somehow life got in the way. Since Julia posted the BIG REVEAL today and I just finished my dress, I figured it was the perfect time to reveal my Betty, Joan, Megan mashup dress. My body style is most like Joan, my dress style is most like Betty, and my fabric/color style is most like Megan.   After perusing tons of Mad Men photos and my fabric stash, I settled on this:

The pattern is the Romantic Floral Tunic Dress from Kay Whitt’s Sew Serendipity book. I left off the ruffle along the bottom and added a wide obi style belt to accentuate my waist. The fabric is from my statsh and was a vintage ebay find from a small Palm Beach seller. The fabric is a cotton sateen supposedly from the late 60’s or early 70’s and seemed to marry my love for Betty’s clothing and Megan’s color choices  perfectly. My dress was relatively easy to make and will be a great addition to my summer wardrobe. What do you think?

Mad Men Dress Challenge 2…I’m In!


The wonderful Julia Bobbin is hosting another Mad Men Dress Challenge to celebrate the start of season 6! Though my body style is similar to Joan, I love all the floral dresses both Betty and Trudy wear. Now the decision is which pattern and fabric to choose…

I have 3 yards of black rayon with bright red poppies that would make a superb wiggle dress similar to Joan’s black and red rose dress and I even have a vintage pattern, Simplicity 5939 that begs to be sewn.

Even so, I am drooling over the new Amy Butler Alchemy line of voiles that would look perfect with a gathered dress and small crinoline. Hopefully I can decide early enough to actually stitch a dress before Easter!

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