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Anna Depew
Seamstress, Pattern Maker, Blogger, Frankophile and Gourmand Extraordinaire.
Seamstress, Pattern Maker, Blogger, Frankophile and Gourmand Extraordinaire.
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See It Sewn... Simplicity 3511 from a 1960 Catalog
Hello my dears, In our last See It Sewn Post , we got a look at two sewing patterns with rather underwhelming illustrations. These were patterns that one might normally write off as not-worth-the-trouble; that is, until we got a look at how stunning they co...
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Sew Expensive... Vogue Couturier 794 and her many, many gores.
Hello my dears, Today for you, I have a rather interesting pattern from 1954 for you to study. Vogue Couturier No. 794 has made it onto our Sew Expensive list due to both sale price, and because of a few unique design details. Mainly gores. ...Sooooooo many...
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See it Sewn - Simplicity 3630 from a 1960 Catalog
Today for you, my talented sewists, I'd like to introduce a new feature that I'd like to include in our regularly scheduled blog-casting. Today for See it Sewn, I'd like to show you how fun it can be to take a peak at a vintage pattern catalog that had a re...
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Found in a Bag - Yet another 1920s Dress
As many of you already know, my late Mama was a vintage dress hoarder. As an antique dealer, her specialty was vintage clothing and she was a master at restoring difficult pieces. She often hung on to many great pieces that were beyond saving -  squirreling...
Found in a Bag - Yet another 1920s Dress
Found in a Bag - Yet another 1920s Dress
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Sew Expensive... A 1935 Evening Gown McCall 8476
Hello my dears. This is going to surprise you. Yet another beautiful 1930s evening gown pattern has sold on eBay for more than $12. I'll bet you never saw that coming... I'm a bit behind on getting this pattern posted but a little while back, McCall 8476 so...
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Nerds Helping Houston Hurricane Relief Benefit
Hello, my dears. I've been AWOL for a while now while we've been packing up and moving across the country. We've arrived in Georgia just in time to find ourselves in the likely path of Irma (what fun!). Many of my friends, colleagues and loved ones were aff...
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Make your Own... Rachel McAdams' Notebook Bathing Suit
Every once in a while, I get emails asking if I have any sewing patterns that would make a bathing suit like the one worn by Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. For those of you not familiar with the movie, it is cinematic perfection, and so are the clothes! I ...
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A 1920s Couture Gown Pattern - A New Pattern Release!
Hello my dears. I'm happy to post today about a research/ reproduction project I've been working on for months! My collection (hoard) of vintage magazines and quarterlies always makes me happy, but recently they also told me that a pattern in my collection ...
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Aaaaand I'm back... again...with a Cocktail Dress!
Hello my lovelies. I'm sitting here with a cup of tea in hand and kicking myself. I haven't posted to A Few Threads Loose since November! Bad Blogger, bad! Time really got away from me this winter. Between work (busier than ever) and the exhaustion that fol...
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Making Your First Dress - A Lesson from 1927
I just keep finding things inside of my Woman's Institute lesson books! This time I was looking through Dressmaking - Perfection in Details and this flyer was tucked in the back. It was most likely included in the mail order coursework as part of the Dressm...
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