Fit & knit a 40s pullover series: changing the neckline and a sleeve preview

Hope you’ve been having a nice weekend! I’m one fitting and knitting a 40s pullover series post away from my sleeve tutorial. I really appreciate the comments I’ve received on my posts and on Instagram and Facebook. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear I’m helping… read more »

Fit & knit a 40s pullover series: row gauge, armholes and shoulders

I’m actually getting close to the end of my fitting and knitting a 1940s pullover series if you can believe it! Don’t worry, I know it’s going by quickly so I’ll do a roundup of all the links for future reference at the end of this series. 🙂 I last… read more »

Fit & knit a 40s pullover series: resizing the body (Part 2)

Yesterday in the fitting and knitting a 40s pullover series was Part 1 of my chat about of resizing the body, and I showed you some ideas on how gauge can be used to resize the body of a knitting pattern. Now it’s time to talk about how I’m actually… read more »

Fit & knit a 40s pullover series: resizing the body (Part 1)

Time for more in the fitting and knitting a 40s pullover series! Today, I’m starting to talk about how you can change the size of the body of the pattern. It’s lengthy enough that I’ve broken it up into two parts, so Part 2 will come tomorrow. And we’ll leave… 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 »

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 »

Fit & knit a 40s pullover series: figuring out the expected finished size

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my Dragonflies Jumper! ♥ Today is the next installment of my fitting and knitting a 1940s pullover series. When last we met, I talked about how I look at a knitting pattern, the stitch gauge and yarn weight. Today, we’re going to look… 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 »

Fit & knit a 40s pullover series: deciding to change gauge & yarn weight

Hello everyone! This is the first meaty installment of my fitting and knitting a 40s pullover series. On Sunday I posted the pattern I’m knitting, Cable Pullover No. 3298, so make sure to download it if you’d like the pattern, too! Sorry in advance that many of these posts will… read more »

Free vintage knitting pattern: Cable Pullover No. 3298 (1947)

Hi everyone! To get you started in the fitting a 40s pullover series, today I’m sharing the pattern I’ll be knitting, Cable Pullover No. 3298, from 1947. This way if you’d like, you can follow along with the pattern, now or in the future! It’s written for three (vintage) sizes:… read more »

Guest post: Chronically Vintage’s Jessica on the history of purple

Happy Friday! I’ve got a great guest post for you today. If you follow the lovely Jessica of Chronically Vintage, you know she is a passionate writer and vintage aficionado. Lately, I’ve been occasionally finding myself drawn to a color outside of my comfort zone: purple. I’ve had a little… read more »

Follow along as I fit and modernize a 1940s pullover pattern

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my Hedy Tyrolean Cardigan! When I sat down to plan out my next knitting project, I had a brainstorm and I’m rather excited about it! I hope some of you will be, too. I’ll be knitting myself a pullover from a 1947 knitting… 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 »

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 »

It’s time to come clean

Friends, it’s time I come clean about a little secret I’ve been keeping for a couple of months now. It’s been more difficult to keep this a secret as I’ve gotten further along in the process and more people are getting involved, so I thought it was time to let… 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 »

A week with my first permanent wave

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram may know that last Friday, I got my first perm! Many of you who regularly set your hair for vintage hairstyles have read about getting a permanent wave, or have even gotten one yourself. I think the first time I… read more »