Posts filed in Sew-alongs

My finished Sew for Victory dress

Sew for Victory, the 1940s-themed sew-along challenge that Rochelle is running for the second year, has been going strong! And I’m finished up with my project. (Speaking of which, did you see Rochelle’s adorable Tula Pink meets Wearing History blouse yesterday??) A couple of weeks ago you got to see… read more »

My birthday balloon dress (aka Sew for Victory wearable muslin)

Happy birthday to meeee! It’s a pretty great day. Spring is finally here (omg, a few things are even blooming and the grass is slowly turning from brown back to green!). We’re taking a trip to Dublin at the end of the month and I just can’t wait. I have… read more »

Fall for Cotton: watch the final projects video at Lucky Lucille!

From the perspectives of your co-hosts Rochelle and I, Fall for Cotton was a smashing sew-along success! We had a blast hosting, and it was truly thrilling seeing dozens and dozens of amazing projects completed. Thanks to everyone who participated for making it such a great sew-along! And today Rochelle… read more »

Fall for Cotton giveaway winners

Wow, we had so many entries on the Fall for Cotton giveaway prizes for sew-along participants! And between Rochelle’s two giveaways and my two giveaways, we have four lucky randomly-selected winners! Winner of Lucky Lucille prize pack #1: Jeanette from Lazy Seamstress Winner of Lucky Lucille prize pack #2: Sophie… read more »

Fall for Cotton prize giveaways: 4 chances to win!

Hello sew-alongers! Fall for Cotton has been a great experience for so many of us. Rochelle and I have been happy to help, wrangle, and hopefully inspire you along the way! It’s been an honor and pleasure being one of your co-hosts for this great sew-along challenge, and I couldn’t… read more »

My finished Fall for Cotton blouse

My Fall for Cotton project is complete! I wasn’t able to accomplish as much as I planned, but I do have a nice new blouse.   I sewed McCall 4854, a blouse pattern from 1942. As you may recall from my project plans, I used a vintage cotton fabric in… read more »

Fall for Cotton wraps up tomorrow!

Hey everyone! Just a quick little reminder that the Fall for Cotton sew-along is wrapping up tomorrow! Um, can you believe it’s already the end of September? How did that happen? I’ll be sharing my final blouse tomorrow. I put the finishing touches on it last week, including the buttonholes… read more »

Making buttonholes by hand

We’re in the home stretch of the Fall for Cotton sew-along (can you believe it?), and you might be thinking about little final touches. So let’s talk about making buttonholes by hand, shall we? When you use older vintage sewing patterns, you may find that you just skip over the… read more »

Fall for Cotton: thoughts on setting in sleeves

Hello, Fall for Cotton sew-alongers! How is everyone’s project coming along? I just got going on mine. Unfortunately my thoughts of doing a smart outfit consisting of trousers and blouse flew out the window when I started facing the reality of the amount of work I need to put in… read more »

Fall for Cotton: My project plans

Thanks for all the wonderful comments about the new blog design! I’m just bursting with excitement about it. 🙂 Well sew-alongers, it’s taken me awhile to decide what I want to sew for Fall for Cotton! There are so many inspiring patterns being posted in the Flickr group. And today… read more »

Fall for Cotton: 50s pattern and fabric inspiration

Do you need a little bit of inspiration for Fall for Cotton? I know many of our sew-alongers have 1950s styles on their mind, so I wanted to share a few combinations of patterns and fabric to give you a fun 50s look for your project! I adore McCall 4987… read more »

Fall for Cotton: vintage fabric shopping, part 2

When last we met, I talked about hunting down vintage cotton fabric for Fall for Cotton, and discussed fiber content, condition and my thoughts on getting a good deal. Today, let’s talk about the actual shopping part! That’s the fun part! Well, sometimes it’s the fun part… sometimes it’s just… read more »

Fall for Cotton: vintage fabric shopping, part 1

Are you thinking about your fabric choices for Fall for Cotton yet? I admit, I’m not quite yet, as I still have to figure out what I’m going to sew! I know that at least a few of you in the sew-along are hoping or planning to use original vintage… read more »

Fall for Cotton: a vintage sew-along

Today is an exciting day! Rochelle and I have been putting our heads together for awhile now, and you may have seen a hint or two here and there, but we’re ready to let you all know about our newest sewing collaboration. Lucky Lucille and By Gum, By Golly present…… read more »

My finished Sew for Victory jacket

Oh yeah! I introduce to you the best thing I’ve ever sewn. That’s right, my Sew for Victory jacket is complete! Can you believe it? Be prepared for a bucketload of photos. Because let’s be real here. Internally, I’m actually shouting, “HOLY SHIT I CAN’T BELIEVE I SEWED THIS OMG!!”… read more »

40s jacket progress: the last steps

While you’re not seeing it today, my Sew for Victory jacket is now complete! I’m super anxious to share it with you, but I’m staying on track so I can just share the remaining construction bits. I’m also being sneaky and going to show only up close photos until the… read more »

40s jacket progress: the lining (sewing & attaching)

Well everyone, my Sew for Victory jacket continues! I have never spent so long thinking about and working on a sewing project, so I’m sorry my non-jacket posts are few and far between right now. 😉 I am so close to being finished I can taste it! But today I’m… read more »

40s jacket progress: the outer shell

Last Monday I started cutting out all my pieces for my Sew for Victory jacket. And let me tell you, fabric, underlining and lining… that’s a lot of cutting. Phew. So far things have been going pretty well, so I thought I’d catch you up on the assembly of the… read more »

40s jacket progress: supplies and such

Today is the next installment in my jacket progress for Sew for Victory! First, thank you all SO much for your comments and congratulations on my interview in Knit Now magazine. I’m still kind of reeling from that. 🙂 But back to my project. I’m getting ready to start on… read more »

40s jacket progress: the muslin

Well everyone, I am now fully ensconced in my Sew for Victory jacket project! For my project posts going forward, I’ll add a little sidebar that links back to every post I tag with “sew for victory”. I hope it may help someone in the future watching me take on… read more »