Posts filed in Vintage Wardrobe

The Cliffs of Insanity dress

First and foremost, I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone on all their kind comments about the release of my pattern, Nisse! It’s done very well so far and I was a little bit floored to even see it on the top 20 “hot right now” patterns… read more »

Singin’ in the Rain dress

I’m singin’ the praises of my latest dress! I know, it’s yet another dress. I think I’ve now made as many dresses this year as in the last two combined. Now that I’ve found a bodice I really love the fit of and can use as a block, I just… read more »

Retrolite love! A Classic Hardware jewelry review

I have an affinity for costume jewelry. And while my tastes can vary, I often tend to lean towards the plastics. The colorful, bold baubles of Bakelite, celluloid, and all manner of vintage and retro plastics in-between. Such fun! I had the immense pleasure of being sent a few such… read more »

Shades of orange, turquoise and a new watch

On Sunday, we attended a lovely brunch for Mel’s uncle’s 75th birthday. It was held in a gorgeous historic building… and of course we took no photos. In my defense, we got a ride and I didn’t want to hold up my sister-in-law’s family while we stood there taking photos.… read more »

A very vintage Valentine dress

A happy early Valentine’s Day to you! Actually, we don’t usually do much for Valentine’s Day. As a couple, Mel and I historically have never made it a big deal as before we were married it was two weeks away from anniversary, so for 10 years we really just never… read more »

My Knit for Victory Hetty cardigan

I’m back with my second Knit for Victory project! Today is the last day of the challenge, can you believe it? It was actually a fluke that this project was finished before KFV wrapped up. All last week I was sick, and as I was starting to feel better, I… read more »

My Knit for Victory green bolero

Folks, Knit for Victory has been fantastic, and today I’m happy to share the first of my two finished projects for the knit-along challenge. (Reminder, Friday is the deadline!) You may recall from my bolero inspiration post that I had to change my original knitting plans as my shoulder hasn’t… read more »

1950s wedding guest attire

Saturday, I had the immense pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding in Santa Fe. We flew out for a long weekend and got to see lots of family (lots!), hang out with my dad, his wife and their two cute dogs, eat a ton of fantastic New Mexican food and… read more »

The best fitting dress I own, thanks Emery!

Stop the presses. My first finished project of 2014 has me grinning from ear to ear! It’s my Purple Passion Emery. (No, we haven’t painted our kitchen yet, I did not pick that pale pooh green. And welcome to our broom closet door. And my collection of state plates, which… read more »

How do you see yourself in the closet of your daydreams?

Hi everyone! I’m so happy for the comments and feedback about my long-term goal to really look at my closet this year and try and shape a wardrobe I truly love. I had hoped to post more about this sooner but I’ve been extremely busy at work. Life getting in… read more »

A full closet and nothing to wear: my fledging plans for 2014

Hello everyone! Thank you all for the wonderful Christmas wishes, and I sincerely wish you all a very happy New Year and a fresh and wonderful start to 2014! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I’d like to accomplish for myself in terms of my wardrobe in 2014.… read more »

My 2013 sewing and knitting in review

While I’ve barely had time to even think about blogging in the last few weeks, I didn’t want to see 2013 draw to a close without doing a roundup of my sewing and knitting projects from the year. I did one last year, and it was interesting reading the goals… read more »

Finished 1947 Campus Classics Cable Pullover

I started my fitting and knitting a 1940s pullover series earlier this month, and I told you it would go fast! You saw a few peeks here and there of the project as I knit it… in fact my blog and Instagram have been practically a sea of red yarn… read more »

Ever After outfit: A Shabby Apple dress review

Recently I was tickled to be contacted by Shabby Apple to see if I’d like to review one of their dresses. Adorable retro dresses? Yes, please! Shabby Apple has lots of cute dress and skirts in their vintage clothing section. Their styles are influenced by eras gone by, with a… read more »

Dragonflies Jumper for fall

My latest knitting project is off the needles! And on my back, well, pretty much every single day since I finished it. The pattern is Dragonflies Jumper (that’s a link to the pattern on Ravelry) by designer Joji Locatelli. As soon as I saw the dragonfly stitch pattern I fell… read more »

Hedy Tyrolean cardigan

I wanted to take a second to thank you for your warm comments on my announcement about my upcoming first pattern release. It’s pretty exciting! I really appreciate all the support, it means a lot to me. I was so happy to finally share the news with you! ♥ In… 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 »

Gingham, lace & denim: one foot in summer, one in fall

One thing that I don’t think I do enough around these parts is outfit posts. Would you agree? Would you like to see more? A few weeks ago we had a nice cool spell, which actually made it feel like fall was on its way. And so I started ditching… read more »

The accidental vintage playsuit

We haven’t visited sewing in awhile, have we? Truthfully, I haven’t had much time for sewing lately! I have one or two things up my sleeves, and that’s been taking up a lot of time. I finished this top over two weeks ago and haven’t been able to touch my… read more »

Wearing bold prints and bright colors this summer

This summer, I’ve found I would much rather be wearing separates than a dress. And bold, beautifully colored ones are really catching my eye. I have several patterned separates that need coordinating solid pieces to put together outfits rather than wardrobe orphans. So I’m trying to fill in where I… read more »