Going strapless

I have long coveted true vintage 1950s strapless sun tops. Bustier tops, bra tops, the whole shebang. While I don’t really have many reasons to wear them, I always think they seem like the perfect thing to really jazz up a skirt in the summer, or spring and fall with… read more »

Sewing a holy grail pattern

I found one of my holy grail sewing patterns this year! You’d think a “holy grail” pattern had to be some fancy couture or Polynesian number that sells for over $100 and is super rare at that, but nope. It’s a simple sundress pattern, from 1945, Simplicity 2465. Some years… read more »

Red and cream gingham sundress

I’ve been really busy this spring and early summer, and blogging just hasn’t been on the forefront of my mind lately. I go through periods when I just find the entire process of taking and collating photos complete and utter drudgery. Sure, taking half a dozen photos doesn’t seem that… read more »

Inspiration finally, two years later

I’m back from vacation and I’m INSPIRED! Two years ago, we went through the looong process of transforming a large part of our basement into studio spaces for ourselves. Back then, I did a few posts on it—sharing the dirty ‘lil before photos, the planning and build-out phase, and creating… read more »

A birthday dress with a back story

Another birthday, another birthday dress! I’m off on vacation so you get a scheduled post, but it’s my birthday today! Hip hip! As I’ve done every year for 6 years now, I made myself a dress for my birthday. It’s possible I’m not actually wearing this dress right now since… read more »

Overalls of my dreams

While I was making my latest pair of jeans, I hatched another idea that I started working on slowly: a pair of overalls. And boooooy am I ever happy with them! It started like this. I really wanted to try a scooped out front pocket on a pair of 1950s… read more »

I just needed a sweatshirt

Do you ever just drop everything you’re working on to sew a quickie project? I almost never do. But I did recently, and can understand why people do it sometimes! In the middle of my latest jeans project I suddenly had the urge to try out a pattern I’ve been… read more »

1950s-style cuffed jeans (and informal video extravaganza!)

I made more jeans! And then I have some good news, and some bad news relating to that. The bad news is I’ve been saying since last summer that I was going to do a vintage jeans sew-along. And I… can never get to it. Friends, if you’ve followed me… read more »

Tale of two blouses + a different way to construct a short kimono sleeve

The latest two items I sewed over at the Mood Sewing Network are these blouses. Two blouses, entirely different fabrics, same pattern. Love/hate results. Okay not quite so strong as love/hate… maybe love/feel-vaguely-underwhelmed-about would be closer. 😉 Both of theses blouses are versions of Butterick 6223, one of my tried-and-true… read more »

Spring green batwing sleeve bolero

Didn’t I tell you I was going on a bolero kick? I wasn’t kidding. Here’s my most recently completed one, and I have another well under way, and trying to plan another. Sometimes I make a sewing or knitting plan and never execute. But sometimes I do! My second finished… read more »

Perfect 1950s cropped pullover, by way of modern knitwear design

I’m someone who has a pretty distinctive style generally speaking, but there’s always room for trying new shapes and lines. And that’s something I enjoy doing now and again. It doesn’t always work out. Case in point, I made a dress last summer that I loathed as soon as it was done… read more »

The first of my “Bolero Period”

I’m happy to share some knitting with you today, and it’s the first of what I’m going to jokingly refer to as my “Bolero Period”. I started this bolero in early November after Rhinebeck, and I only finished knitting it the first week of February. I mean for a small bolero,… read more »

A dress and a fitting tip that transformed my dressmaking (and the dress)

If you sew a lot of garments, you possibly have one or two fitting tweaks that you’re used to doing regularly. It can take some time to get there to know what you need to do, and it may involve some false starts, too. For me, the biggest thing that… read more »

Tiki trousers

I’m excited to share a really fun pair of trousers with you today! I’ve secretly been working with Spoonflower to share my thoughts on their latest fabric addition, Dogwood Denimâ„¢. I’m sure you’ve heard of them but if not: Spoonflower does print-on-demand, eco-friendly digital printing on fabric. They have thousands of… read more »

Pendleton-inspired plaid coat

One of the reasons I try to never put down a sewing project is I know I’m liable to have changed my mind about something. Such was kind of the case with this coat right here. Which… I made back in the fall. I know, perpetually catching up in-between new… read more »

Autumn Leaves in the snow

I am picky about my reds. Really picky. In fact, the main reason red doesn’t appear in my wardrobe more often is my pickiness. I like a bright, true red. Not maroon, not burgundy, not fuchsia, not garnet. Red. It’s hard to vintage in vintage clothes, it’s hard to find… read more »

A swing jacket that went to London

Maaaaany months ago, I made one of my most favorite things. And I’m just now finally sharing it! Technically, you got a glimpse of this before. When we went to the U.K. in April, I was wearing it in a few of the photos. It was the only jacket I… read more »

Meet me in Washington, D.C. over the holidays!

I couldn’t resist a title riffing on one of my favorite old movies, Meet Me in St. Louis. But it’s true! If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area over the holidays, let’s meet! I’m very tickled to announce I’ll be at Three Little Birds Sewing Co. in Hyattsville, Maryland (suburban… read more »

Brown plaid dress

Early in September, I was having a hard time finding direction for my sewing. I blame the change of seasons. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make, or I’d want to make things I didn’t actually feel like taking the time to make, or I just wasn’t sure… read more »

Vintage dressing gown in plaid flannel

Sometimes you get an idea for a project that feels like it comes out of no where, but once you sew up the item you realize it was so YOU all along! Late in the summer, I started thinking about dressing gowns. House coats. House dresses. Hostess gowns. Hostess dresses.… read more »