S. Dowthwaite Designs

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Coats

Gray Wool Coat

Brown Tweed Wool Coat

Dresses

Green Velveteen Dress

Black Gingham Dress

Gray Cowl Neck Dress

Blouses

Numbers Tie Blouse

Navy Blue Peplum Blouse

Skirts

Gray A-Line Skirt

Teal Pleated Swing Skirt

Men's

Blue Shorts

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I'm a twenty-some-odd-years-old busybody currently residing in sunny California. I started this webpage in 2019 to document and showcase my work.

During the day I crunch numbers and engineer structures, which helps fund this little hobby of mine (and the 100+ yards of uncut fabric in my closet!) I started sewing in 2013 when I couldn't find a prom dress in a style I liked. I had the aspiration to create my own but fortunately my Mom persuaded me not to make this my very first project (I ended up wearing a vintage one). Nearly everything I know about sewing I learned from her and my Nana. Since then I've gone on to make more than 40 dresses, 25 skirts, 10 blouses, 2 coats, and even dabbled in some menswear. Of course some of these are "learning" projects and may never see the light of day - but the process itself is what makes sewing so wonderful!

Many of my pieces are inspired by vintage garments and sewing patterns, particularly those of the 1950s and early 1960s. Since graduating university and starting to work full time, I've also begun to incorporate more classic, polished styles into my wardrobe while maintaining a midcentury influence. Think - large swing skirt made of a teal wool like the one pictured here.

Aside from sewing, I also enjoy hiking, gardening, knitting, baking, and spending time with my family - especially my two dogs Ellie and Cooper.



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Article: Brown Tweed Wool Coat
Outer Material: 100% Wool, purchased from 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).



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Article: Gray Cowl Neck Dress
Outer Material: 100% Medium-Weight Wool, purchased from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles
Lining: Synthetic, purchased from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles
Pattern: Butterick 7903 with modifications to the neckline

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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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