Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What Mrs. Depew has been up to...

This month when I haven't been substitute teaching at my local school or staking out my mail box in anticipation of the fabric I need for finishing my Betty High Waist Panties, I've been in my studio madly working away at pattern after pattern. Here's a little of what I've been up to.

Today I woke up very early (gotta love the sun coming up bright and early at 6 am... soon it won't even bother to set and I'll have to sew new blackout drapes for the bedroom.) and put the finishing touches on a new pattern.

Many of you have asked for dresses before and I've been working off and on with this one for a looooong time. Now I can finally show it off!

Depew 3005

This dress pattern was so fun to work with. It's based off of a vintage French pattern from 1959 and features tons of bias binding, bias trimmings and a faux front closure. It's my first pattern that prints out as a pattern sheet with the pieces laid out over each other (much like the Burda Fashion patterns) and prints as only 9 pages (my printer just heaved a huge sigh of relief, the poor thing).

Aside from working on the above, I seem to have been stuck on the 1920's. I don't know how it happened but I released 4 new 1920's digital reproductions. I'm beginning to think that here in the land of baggy non-fashion I could totally get away with the flapper look. I think I'll test my theory with a cloche:

Depew 1020

When I got my hands on the original of this pattern, I was absolutely delighted to find that it included a fold out booklet advertising the newest patterns from Pictorial for 1925. I included a digital copy of it with the pattern because it was just too good to keep to myself. Here's just one page of many.

We were recently discussing robes, and I know many of you are still hoping for a glamorous 1940's style robe pattern (don't worry, it's in the works!) but I'm personally a really big fan of the 1920's style kimono robe, then known as a negligé (and may have 2 or 3 silk ones tucked away in my closet).

Depew 3004

And then there's the little step-in/ teddy that one must wear underneath one's gorgeous kimono robe.

Depew 3003
And the dress one would wear outside when not prancing about the house in lingerie:
(I work from home so unless I go out, I'm almost always decked out in some kind of vintage slip and silk robe ensemble. Why not, right?)

Depew 3001
Whew! I HAVE been busy! I'm exhausted just looking at the list of things I've gotten done. I think I'll go check the mail one last time and then curl up with a good book and a glass of rosé.


  1. Brilliant!!
    A fine and talented woman are you!

  2. That dress pattern is just a delight! I've only started noticing more late fifties, early sixties dresses and I want one - or ten. And all of those 1920's fancies are just gorgeous. Have you/will you be making any of these? I would love to see them.

  3. Oh, wow! I just can't wait for that dress! I really, really, really want to make one! It's just gorgeous!

  4. holy cow, you have been busy! These pattern are amazing!!! x

  5. All of those are lovely! I know where my pin money will be going next month!!!

  6. These patterns are amazing. I am totally in love with the sundress!!!