S. Dowthwaite Designs

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Coats

Gray Wool Coat

Brown Tweed Wool Coat

Dresses

Green Velveteen Dress

Black Gingham Dress

Brown Bow Wiggle Dress

Multicolor Floral Dress

Skirts

Gray A-Line Skirt

Teal Pleated Swing Skirt

Houses Print Skirt

Winter Print Skirt

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Gray Wool Coat

Blue Shorts

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I'm a twenty-some-odd-years-old college student currently residing in sunny California. I quite enjoy it here, hence the blog title.

Perhaps my favorite thing, aside from my doggies Ellie and Cooper, is an a-line dress. Take a peek into my closet and you'll find the wardrobe of a mid-century housewife. (What can I say? I love bright patterns and a full skirt.) A small fraction of my dresses, skirts, and coats have been self-made and I'm using this website to display my work.
Article: Gray Wool Coat
Outer Material: 100% Wool, purcashed from the Los Angeles Fashion District
Lining: Casa Collection, purchased from Joann
Pattern: McCall's 7478 with modifications to front pockets, neckline/collar, and front flap closure

This 1950's-inspired coat features a princess silhouette with a fitted bodice and flared skirt. The asymmetrical front closure and varying button sizes add a modern touch to this vintage style. A tall, folded collar keeps the neck warm. Classic gray, medium-weight wool is versatile with pairings and can be worn on many occasions. Hidden front pockets and an extra-large interior pocket to hold matching gloves. This coat is best-suited for mild to moderate weather (30° - 50°F).
Article: Brown Tweed Wool Coat
Outer Material: 100% Wool, purchased from the Stonemountain & Daughter (Berkeley, CA)
Lining: Casa Collection, purchased from Joann
Pattern: McCall's 7478 with modifications to front pockets

This 1950's-inspired coat features a princess silhouette with a fitted bodice and flared skirt. The small folded collar and symmetrical front closure is true to the style of this era. A medium-weight, multi-color brown tweed wool emanates sophistication. Hidden front pockets and an extra-large interior pocket to hold matching gloves. This coat is best-suited for mild to moderate weather (30° - 50°F).
Article: Green Velveteen Dress
Outer Material: Velveteen, purchased from the Los Angeles Fashion District
Lining: Casa Collection, purchased from Joann
Pattern: McCall's 3820

This 1950's-inspired coat features a princess silhouette with a fitted bodice and flared skirt. The asymmetrical front closure and varying button sizes add a modern touch to this vintage style. A tall, folded collar keeps the neck warm. Classic gray, medium-weight wool is versatile with pairings and can be worn on many occasions. Hidden front pockets and an extra-large interior pocket to hold matching gloves. This coat is best-suited for mild to moderate weather (30° - 50°F).
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Article: Gray A-Line Skirt
Outer Material: 100% Wool, purchased from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles
Lining: Synthetic, purchased from Joann
Pattern: Self-drafted pattern

This classic, gray skirt is both versatile and timeless. It features an A-line silhouette with a fitted waist and flared skirt. The style, color, and material lend it to be adaptable with many different blouses for multiple style combinations. Complete with a back-zipper and hidden side pockets, this skirt is as practical as it is variable.
Article: Teal Pleated Swing Skirt
Outer Material: 100% Wool, purchased from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles
Lining: Synthetic, purchased from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles
Pattern: Butterick B5813 (view C skirt)

A twist on the classic circle skirt, this number has two pairs of pleats on its front face. The muted teal color is both bold and versatile. With a hidden back zipper, hidden side pockets, and a hem that boasts more than 150" circumference, this skirt was made to be twirled.
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