Posts filed in Sewing

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 »

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 »

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 »

A little Friday giveaway treat

Happy Friday! As promised, I have a little treat for you. Hopefully you’ve checked out my guest post for Mood Fabrics, and yesterday’s post here on my blog with more details about my jeans. I’m so pleased with that outfit and now I get to share my joy with one… read more »

Retro take on Ginger jeans, a year later

Today I have three things to tell you about: a guest post, some jeans, and a giveaway (that’s coming up tomorrow). But, back story first! Over a year ago, I sewed a pair of Ginger jeans from Closet Case Files. I loved them and wanted to immediately make another pair… read more »

Sweetheart cowgirl birthday dress

Happy birthday to meeeee!! In keeping with the tradition that I started for myself three years ago, I’ve sewn a dress for my birthday. It’s my birthday cowgirl dress, featuring a Western novelty print and a sweetheart neckline, modeled in our Southwestern themed den! The pattern is Butterick B5748, a… read more »

For the love of checks

Aloha! I have a new dress to show off today! And technically a new cardigan too, but I’ll save that for another post as I plan to yammer on a bit about this dress. 😉 This dress has two things that make it special to me: first, some super dedicated… read more »

Bring on spring dress

Want a bright and floral dress that screams “Bring on spring!” at the top of its lungs? Well I’ve got one for you! I’m back with way more about the dress I sewed from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book. (And psst, two days left for the giveaway.) As I explained in… read more »

Review + giveaway: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book (and a peek at the dress I made from the book)

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book to review on my blog, along with a giveaway at the end of this post! This is Gretchen Hirsch’s third book, which was just released last week. You may also be familiar with… read more »

Sewing with Doctor Who

Today’s outfit is just full of fun separates! I love trying out new patterns, and sewing things that are more in the ‘on occasion’ variety. For example right now I’m finishing up a collared vintage dress, and it’s coming out great, I had an extremely crucial fitting “aha” moment in… read more »

Setting myself up for success

Recently, I bought something and then returned it: a coverstitch machine. I don’t feel like writing up a long blog post about why I returned it… so instead I’m writing a long blog post about something tangentially related to it, ha ha. The short story is that I felt mine… read more »