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Skirt with blouse on Lady Harriet (my dress form).

Skirt with blouse on Lady Harriet (my dress form).

Detail of Red Skirt Prior to Stitching

Detail of Red Skirt Prior to Stitching

Detail of skirt with self-fabric trim once zigzagged and frayed.

Detail of skirt with self-fabric trim once zigzagged and frayed.

Detail of jacket and button.

Detail of jacket and button.

Enlarged detail of self-fabric trim on red skirt, prior to stitching.

Enlarged detail of self-fabric trim on red skirt, prior to stitching.

My mother's pattern from 1968 that I used for the blouse.

My mother's pattern from 1968 that I used for the blouse.

This dress sat half-finished in a bag for about five years. It hits me just at the knee. I love the whimsical print and the retro feel of the pattern.

This dress sat half-finished in a bag for about five years. It hits me just at the knee. I love the whimsical print and the retro feel of the pattern.

Two new pieces. I call the skirt "Dovima".

Two new pieces. I call the skirt "Dovima".

The pattern I used. I started out to do the option with the butterfly sleeves, but it was too fussy. The final product is like the one on the model.

The pattern I used. I started out to do the option with the butterfly sleeves, but it was too fussy. The final product is like the one on the model.

Detail of hand-picked zipper.

Detail of hand-picked zipper.

The blouse and jacket laid flat. That lovely shawl collar nearly did me in!

The blouse and jacket laid flat. That lovely shawl collar nearly did me in!

I made the white dress above from this, my favorite dress pattern. I've made three very different dresses from this and love wearing them all.

I made the white dress above from this, my favorite dress pattern. I've made three very different dresses from this and love wearing them all.

My granny's pattern from 1953 that I used for the jacket. The skirt was a basic modern pattern with a little zest supplied by necessity and my mother's imagination, as well as my own.

My granny's pattern from 1953 that I used for the jacket. The skirt was a basic modern pattern with a little zest supplied by necessity and my mother's imagination, as well as my own.

Close-up of the sweetheart neckline.

Close-up of the sweetheart neckline.

The inside of the finished garment. I rarely take the time to fully line and carefully finish my pieces. The dotted Swiss was so lovely I worked hard to make it as perfect as possible. The effect was worth it.

The inside of the finished garment. I rarely take the time to fully line and carefully finish my pieces. The dotted Swiss was so lovely I worked hard to make it as perfect as possible. The effect was worth it.

Back view showing the princess seams and peplum. Lady Harriet was a big help with fitting. Couldn't have done it without her.

Back view showing the princess seams and peplum. Lady Harriet was a big help with fitting. Couldn't have done it without her.

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