S. Dowthwaite Designs

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Coats

Gray Wool Coat

Brown Tweed Wool Coat

Dresses

Green Holiday Dress

Black Gingham Dress

Gray Cowl Neck Dress

Blouses

Numbers Tie Blouse

Navy Blue Peplum Blouse

Dolls and Dogs Blouse

Skirts

Gray A-Line Skirt

Teal Pleated Swing Skirt

Gray Pencil 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).
Article: Green Holiday Dress
Outer Material: Velveteen, purchased from the Los Angeles Fashion District
Lining: Casa Collection, purchased from Joann
Pattern: McCall's 3820 with zipper moved to the side

One can never be over-dressed when it comes to a party, and this dark green holiday dress is proof of the sentiment. Its sleek, elegent form is simple yet understated. Attention is drawn to the fabric itself - a beautiful, short-haired velveteen with a subtle shine under the light. This dress is fitted throughout the bodice and arms, with slight gathering below the bustline. The midsection is comprised of 7 panels that flare from below the waist for a swooping 130" hem. In contrast to its more modest front, the back has an unexpected, alluring V-neckline. And as with any great dress, there are roomy pockets to hold enough that one can forgo a bag for the evening.



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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

I like to think that one can never go wrong with wool - it's one of the most versatile materials for garment use. This dress is constructed with a medium-weight, speckled gray wool. The cowl neckline accentuates the fabric's lovely drape. Completed with an invisible side zipper and pencil skirt, this dress is professional and classic with an eye-catching twist.
Article: Numbers Tie Blouse
Material: Rayon, purchased from Pacific Fabrics Seattle
Pattern: Butterick 6887
Also pictured is the Gray Pencil Skirt

As much as I love sewing, I really enjoy finding new ways to incorporate my engineering side into it - hence, a numbers-printed blouse. The light, flowy fabric is cut on the bias for a beautiful drape and fit. Darts at the midsection allow for a fitted waist that tucks in smoothly to skirts and pants. The blouse is finished off with a tie collar above a slit neckline for a modest yet elegant closure.



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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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Article: Gray Pencil Skirt
Outer Material: 100% Medium-weight Wool, purchased from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles
Lining: Polyester knit, purchased from Joann
Pattern: McCall's 5460 with hemline shortened a few inches
Also pictured is the Numbers Tie Blouse.

A pencil skirt is one of the most classic garments in one's wardrobe. Paired with a polished gray wool and lined with a comfortable, stretch fabric, the number of potential outfits with this skirt are limitless. The skirt is fastened with an invisible zipper and hook-and-eye closure at the narrow, reinforced waistband - guaranteeing a long-lasting, versatile staple to one's collection.



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