Posts filed in Tutorials

Pattern hack: turn Butterick B6285 wrap top into a tuck-in surplice top

As I mentioned in my wrap/surplice top series introduction, I have two pattern hacks I’ve worked up for Gertie’s Butterick B6285 pattern. Yesterday I showed you how to lengthen the wrap top bodice. But today’s modification is my favorite: how I turned this wrap top pattern into a surplice top. Basically,… read more »

Pattern hack: Lengthen the Butterick B6285 wrap top bodice

We’ve hit mid-week in my wrap/surplice top miniseries! Aaaand I’m supposed to sew up another surplice top for Friday but it hasn’t happened yet, so we’ll see about that. 😉 But today’s post is the first of two pattern modifications that I’ve worked out for the Butterick B6285 wrap top… read more »

My Bettine hack tutorial at Sew Your Hart Out (and more of my new dress here)

Hello everyone! Today I have something really fun to share! I collaborated with Harts Fabric, an independent brick and mortar as well as online fabric store. Each September they have a full month called “Sew Your Hart Out September” in conjunction with National Sewing Month, to promote sewing. It’s full… read more »

Vintage hairstyle trick to hide bangs

A little over a week ago, when I was at the salon getting my color touched up, I decided to have my stylist cut bangs. By the next day I was already regretting it! They’re cute but don’t feel “me” and even styling around them for a few days was… read more »

Nail care mini series: my favorite polishes and a round-up

On the last stop of my mini nail care series, I thought I’d just share with you some of my favorite polish colors and brands that you see on my regularly on my blog and Instagram, as well as colors that have made it into photos this week. Some of… read more »

Victory beret: intro tips for stranded knitting

Alright everyone! This post is especially for those of you knitting my Victory beret as one of your first fair isle projects, for Knit for Victory. I’ve talked about stranded knitting / fair isle in the past, and have two older posts that extensively cover a few of the topics… read more »

How to knit seamless set-in sleeves from the top down

Today I have a big ol’ knitting tutorial for you! I’m going to show you a technique I sometimes use to seamlessly knit sleeves that look set-in. If you’re not a fan of seaming, then it’s an awesome technique to have in your arsenal. I actually don’t mind setting in… 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 »

A fast roller set for everyday vintage hair

Two years ago I did a long tutorial on a sponge/foam roller set, and it continues to be one of my most popular posts. It’s time for an update, I think! So today I’m going to show you my fast and basic daily roller set for everyday vintage hair, and… read more »

How to make shaped & lined patch pockets (with a few tailored touches!)

When I was working on my Sew for Victory jacket, I was quite tickled with how my lined patch pockets turned out, and I’ve used more-or-less the same technique ever since. It’s based on tailoring methods for patch pockets. I can’t claim credit for inventing these steps by any means,… read more »

My guest post on Lucky Lucille (with those pockets!)

Hi everyone! I’m happy so many of you enjoyed my latest sewing projects. And as I promised, I have a little something special up my sleeves for you. Well, in my pockets, I guess! If you’d like to learn more about how I did the pockets on my vintage skirt,… read more »

Christmas crafting is in the air

Even though it barely feels like winter yet here, I’ve definitely been feeling the crafty Christmas spirit. Every year I have the best of intentions for a large variety of crafts I’d like to accomplish before the holidays. And most years, almost none of them get completed. That’s certainly true… read more »

How I do a vintage back roll using a scarf

Hello my dear readers! I hope those of you in the U.S. had a lovely Thanksgiving. I know I did! Today I’m excited to share a quick hair tutorial with you. I love the look of a 1940s-style back roll. It can be an elegant evening style or wartime factory… read more »

Reviving our Swedish modern dish

Today I want to share with you a teensy little project I did earlier this fall. But before I do, I just wanted to give my many thanks for all of the comments on my fair isle pullover. I was so, so tickled reading your comments! ♥ And I’m tossing… read more »

Make a hair bow out of 1930s feedsack fabric

Today I’m sharing a tutorial I hope you’ll really enjoy: how to make a hair bow out of vintage feedsack fabric, with instructions to make your own pattern pieces, too. This is what I alluded to in my kickoff Made and Making post on Friday. By the way, thanks for… read more »

VKC: Planning colors for vintage stranded knitting

Hi everyone! Has it been long enough since I’ve been able to do a Vintage Knitting College post?? Good grief! I was expecting to have so much more time to devote to this, but with the condo selling/house buying, obviously life has gotten in the way. Thank you all for… read more »

VKC: Charts & vintage stranded knitting patterns

Hi everyone! Let’s talk about stranded knitting and charts. A bit about charts and stranded knitting Modern stranded knitting pattern use charts to convey the colorwork part of the pattern. Sometimes they’ll use multiple colors in a colored chart, sometimes just shades of gray, or different shapes to represent different… read more »

Fake a good hair day with a beret (on a windy day)

Today I’m finally sharing a little tutorial I’ve thought about all autumn, as I’ve lazily enjoyed wearing berets quite frequently. I love berets (tams, tammys… call them what you will). They are my favorite hat to wear, and my favorite hat to knit, too. You can knit cabled ones, fair… read more »

VKC: Tension, puckers & even stranded knitting

Today, let’s talk about how to keep your stranded knitting nice and even looking! I’ll cover a few things that tie together to make that happen, and give you my best advice for lovely looking stranded knitting. Tension You may or may not find that your tension changes from knitting… read more »

My guest post at Elegant Musings

Hi everyone! Ever wanted to sew a ribbon button band onto a cardigan? I’m excited to point you to my guest post today over at Casey’s Elegant Musings, where you can read my tutorial! See, I told you that you’d hear more about the Campus Compliments cardigan pattern I posted.… read more »