Western-inspired Ginger jeans

Something like 3 months ago, I finished making a pair of jeans. When we went on a vacation to northern Wisconsin in October, we took photos of them. Finally today, I’m sharing them. Let’s have a little sewing, shall we? These are my third pair of Ginger jeans. I sewed… read more »

Hate has no home here

I’ve been trying to come up with a post for a couple of weeks. The election changed everything in this country. I have no pretty images for you today, I just have my words. This is a frivolous blog about things I mostly do for fun and pleasure, so politics… read more »

Prepping for my Clare coat project

I have a lot of creative things floating around both in my head and in my hands lately. Behind-the-scenes, I’m working on my next knitting pattern release. Not-behind-the-scenes, I have lots of things on my list. Too many. Ugh! But right now, one of the main ones is the Closet… read more »

Black cats on parade!

Happy Halloween, my friends! There’s a couple of holidays for which I’m interested in sewing, and Halloween is one of them! (It’s a short list: the other is obviously Christmas.) Last year, I was in London meeting up with sewing friends on Halloween and sewed myself a theme-y blouse for the… read more »

Plaid flannel tie-front topper

Before Mel and I went up to northern Wisconsin for a short vacation earlier this month, I had grand plans for vacation sewing (as you do), but only got a couple of items finished. The first I’m sharing is this flannel topper! I found this great Simplicity pattern from 1949 at… read more »

Review: Pins for pinups DIY retro brooches ebook (and my Headless Horseman version!)

Awhile back—okay, awhiiiiillllllle back—the lovely Brittany from Va-Voom Vintage kindly sent me a copy of her DIY ebook, Pins for Pin-Ups: DIY Brooches for Retro Girls. I’m a retro girl, I love brooches, I love DIY projects, what’s not to love about it?! I knew the ebook would be great,… read more »

Bye Bye Birdie blouse

What’s blue and tan with birdcages all over? My blouse! And it’s another Vintage Pledge item! Sometimes, I really love the terms used to describe various elements of a garment in vintage sewing patterns. Today’s treat was Butterick 6223, a pattern from the 1950s, featuring a “small rising collar” for… read more »

Slash-neck winner

Before fall hit here, Jennifer Lauren (of Jennifer Lauren Handmade) contacted me about her latest pattern release, the Gable top, a cute 1950s-inspired tee with a slash neck. Little did she know, but it was the exact same type of top I was hoping to try and backwards architect from… read more »

True bra-making confessions: I finally found a retro bra sewing pattern I like!

It’s a Friday confession, my friends. Pull up a chair and a beverage! I’ve never wanted to sew lingerie. A slip yes (not that I’ve ever bothered getting to it). But bras and panties, nope. (Incidentally: I cannot stand the term “panties”, I call them underwear whenever possible.) In fact, I… read more »

Love Cats: Last things sewn for summer

We’ve really had kind of an extended summer here. It’s late September and I still have roses and a few day lilies (?!!) blooming, and the tomatoes are going crazy. This week, the temperatures have cooled, and so the projects I’m sharing today are assuredly the last things I’ll have made… read more »

Rockabilly Morgan jeans for Mel

I made something—something big—for my spouse! Jeans! I sewed Mel jeans! This is the Morgan boyfriend jeans by Closet Case Files. I finally got up the gumption / nerve / desire / whatever you’d like to call it to sew Mel some jeans. And since I’d never actually sewn for… read more »

Safran jeans

I have a special treat today! I was very flattered to be contacted by Deer and Doe to see if I wanted to try their latest pattern and give an honest review, and that pattern is the Safran jeans that just came out today! Grab a beverage for a long… read more »

A vintage cotton finally becomes a skirt

If you blog, and you blog about things you make, do you ever make something that has no interesting back story, wasn’t that complicated, and you basically just want to share because it’s pretty and you like it? Yep, that’s today. This is just a simple gathered skirt I sewed,… read more »

Confession, pink leopard print cigarette pants, and a Vintage Pledge guest post

Today’s blog post will be in reverse order of the title. I know, it’s a teaser! 😉 But first, here’s a bit about my guest post! If you follow my blog and you’re into sewing, then you know about Marie and Kerry‘s Vintage Pledge. This year, they jam packed all… read more »

Going out for a small joy

Saturday, Mel and I both woke up supremely cranky. There’s just so much heart-wrenching, close-minded madness going on in the world, so much to make you feel hopeless or despondent or pissed off or numb any number of other things, and too many people with their heads screwed on poorly… read more »

Pops for champagne dress

I wanted the first thing I sewed after setting up my new sewing area to use a particularly fun piece of fabric, because it featured champagne! What better way to celebrate a new space than literally celebratory fabric? Not that I reserve champagne for celebrations, because I do not. I… read more »

Blistering orange capris

There’s a lot of really ugly things going on in the world right now. It’s been an especially crazy whirlwind of a few weeks in politics, with some truly dark happenings (mixed in with a couple of good and important ones). I haven’t felt much like blogging, but in an effort to… read more »

Creating my dream cutting table for sewing

Hello! I’m back from a relaxing vacation in the Southwest, where it was so relaxing, in fact, that we spent more time enjoying ourselves than bothering to take photos! But I may be able to cobble together a post from phone photos, so possibly stay tuned for that in the future.… read more »

Basement studio makeover: planning and “build-out”

I thought I’d continue my basement studio makeover posts (catch up with the first one here) with the planning and the “build-out” phase where we actually assembled and moved everything around, both of which took ages! Not necessarily the most glamorous topics, either. But I feel like many people just do “before… read more »

Clowning around in the park

Remember how I said it went from marginal spring to summer in about 10 seconds flat? Right. One week I was wearing wool sweaters and the next shorts, scrambling to rotate my closet before I blinked and it was fall again and I’d be back to wool. (I mean, I’m… read more »