Posts filed in Vintage Wardrobe

A Coco and a Can-Can

Cross a major goal off my list this year: sewing with knits! Meet my very first Coco top, from Tilly and the Buttons. I’m excited. Can you tell?? When I set a goal earlier this fall to learn to sew with knits, I prepared by, well, reading everything under the… read more »

Pushing your (silhouette) boundaries

Hello, friends! My blogging energy has been zapped lately, I must admit, but I think it’s bouncing back. And so today, I have a little story to tell! It all started with a print. A couple of months ago, I was obsessing over galaxy-themed prints. I managed to track down… read more »

Daydreaming about autumn sewing and knitting

Hello hello! As you may recall, I haven’t had a working sewing machine now for a few weeks. It’s not that the shop is even far from our house—I’ve just literally not had the opportunity to take it in! But oddly, that’s been kind of okay (well after I stopped… read more »

An outfit to get dyed for

Happy Friday, my friends! I’m off to the salon later this afternoon to get my hair color touched up (hence the corny post title). Can you believe it’s been 6 weeks since I went red?! (I feel like it’s not fair to call myself a redhead since it’s not my… read more »

An Elisalex with feathers

I am sorely behind in posting about things I’ve sewn this summer. So much so that I may not even blog about it all—you might just have to see it show up in outfits at some point! And right now, my sewing machine is having issues so I’m going to… read more »

Triumphant return of cigarette pants (or, how I ate my words)

Maybe it’s the unusually cool weather we’ve had lately, but my lust for pants has returned. A week or so ago I started hearing a niggling voice in the back of my head. It was telling me, “Pssst… remember those red cigarette pants you abandoned last spring? Butterick B5895? Maybe… read more »

Little gingham peasant blouse

I’ve wanted to sew a peasant blouse for the entire summer. Wait, longer than that. It’s definitely been more than a year. Maybe make that two years. Okay whatever, as long as I’ve been sewing regularly, I’ve wanted to make peasant blouses. So this summer was finally The Time. But… read more »

Shooting Star bolero and Cotton + Steel Arrow dress

My latest two finished projects are both repeats of a sort! And I’m pretty excited about both of them. This is my Shooting Star Bolero and my Cotton + Steel Arrow Dress. Oh yeah, if you missed that I went red and that photo surprised you, you can catch up… read more »

The latest member of the redhead club!

For years and years, I’ve wanted to have red hair. Not that you’ve seen it since it was all pre-blog, but I’ve had loads of different hair colors over the years. From shades you might find springing from someone’s head naturally (like black, brown, and blonde) to completely unnatural colors… read more »

A fabulous antiquing day in St. Louis

Hello, friends! Goodness have I ever been busy. So busy that I can’t even seem to catch up with, well, about anything. We just got back from one road trip and here I am showing you photos from two road trips ago. Albeit, it was only last weekend. Like I… read more »

The cuckoo clock dress

This dress may well feature one of the pinnacles of amazing, kitschy novelty prints: cuckoo clocks. Ever since I got a cuckoo clock necklace from Classic Hardware, I’ve been obsessed with them. One day, this obsession took me on a hunt for cuckoo clock fabric. Surely, somewhere, there was fabric… read more »

Eat Your Veggies dress

Anyone hungry for some vegetables? I am! This is another Emery by Christine Haynes, the bodice of which as you know has basically become my bodice block! This one has my usual modification of kimono sleeves, paired with a square neckline. I love square necklines and for this version I… read more »

An outfit post that mostly was not

Last week we went out to dinner with our friend Jen, who was in town before heading back to Wales. (Emma had gone back a few days earlier…. you may recall me mentioning Jen and Emma both meeting us in Dublin.) I asked if Mel would take some outfit photos… read more »

Seahorses wrap dress

This is my Seahorses dress. Otherwise known as the Watch Me Chase Decent Lighting Around My Yard dress. Or maybe it’s the Dress That Doesn’t Want to Be Photographed. It’s also the Dress That Nearly Did Me In. It’s a dress. It was a bitch to sew. The end. Okay… read more »

Tropical Breeze dress

For my first sewing project once home from Ireland, I was in the mood to do a dress with a slightly different bodice. Something kind of easy breezy, loose-fitting for summer. So I whipped this up, and named it the Tropical Breeze dress. And I think it fits the bill!… read more »

Dublin holiday: what I wore and bought

I know some of you love architecture and scenery and gorgeous places, which I shared in my last Dublin post. Whereas some of you love outfit photos and a little bit of shopping. So this post is for you. 😉 Our friends Jen and Emma who came over from Wales… read more »

A day at the Hill of Tara and Newgrange

Hello from Dublin! We’ve been here just under a week and are having a lovely time! For the first few days we got to frolic with our friends Jen and Emma who we visited in Wales last year (they relocated there from Chicago a couple of years ago). It was… read more »

The Birdcage Dirndl Skirt

On Wednesday, you got a sneaky peek at the pockets on my latest make, in my post on Crafty’s creative closures class that inspired them. And now you get to see the whole skirt! And if you thought my Sew for Victory dress was more tame than normal, with plain… read more »

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 »

Stripes and denim

I think I say this a lot, but I feel like I don’t do enough outfits posts around here that aren’t just me-made reveals. What do think–would you like to see more? (Admittedly some might just be seeing me-made items accessorized in different manners.) Well whether you would or would… read more »