Finished project: scalloped collar Pendrell blouse

This weekend I finished up a sewing project, and I’m so excited to reveal it! I started my scalloped collar Pendrell blouse back in early July and got it about 80% complete, then life got in the way and I didn’t pick it back up until this weekend when I… read more »

That Clever Clementine Giveaway #2!

Ready for another giveaway?? As you may recall, my mom is selling bags on Etsy in her new business, That Clever Clementine. She’s generously donated another awesome bag to give away on my blog. This giveaway is for one of her Cindy Sue Cinch Sacks, and it’s my favorite bag… read more »

Late summer entertaining

Thursday evening we entertained two of our close friends. I took some photos as I prepped, enjoying all the colors and patterns and the summery foods. Don’t get me wrong, normally our coffee table looks like this. Magazines, remote controls, knitting needles and yes, a calculator I’ve had since grade… read more »

Vintage Renaissance

No, not a vintage renaissance, vintage in the Renaissance. The Renaissance Faire, that is! This past Saturday we went with our friends to the Bristol Renaissance Faire, which has become somewhat of a tradition for us. It’s just across the border from Illinois in Wisconsin. The weather, while sunny in… read more »

Vintage knitting pattern: Date-Maker cardigan

In my post on campus-inspired vintage fashions, a number of you expressed that you really liked the Date-Maker sweater pattern that I showed! Here it is again… It comes from Columbia Style Book vol. 108, a 1946 knitting booklet in my collection. I like the striped sweater on the cover,… read more »

Stripes and polka dots outfit

Happy Friday! I just have a little outfit post for today. This was actually an outfit I wore a few weeks ago when it was ungodly hot out. I tried to be as cool and comfortable as possible, while wearing a new pair of shorts I bought. Outfit details: sailor… read more »

Winner of That Clever Clementine Giveway #1!

And the winner of the Briar Rose Loopy Lulu bag is…. **drumroll please** Casey of Elegant Musings! Lucky number 10. Casey, I’ll be emailing you later today about mailing off this fab little bag! And everyone should keep their eyes peeled for another That Clever Clementine giveway! I’ll be giving… read more »

Campus-inspired vintage fashions for fall

Autumn! Crunching leaves, cooler temperatures…oh I know, I know, it’s still summer! But if I don’t start thinking about fall/winter sewing and knitting now, I may not get to the projects I have in mind until it’s starting to warm up again next year! August is when everyone involved in… read more »

Volo antiquing

Our original plan for Saturday was to take a day trip to a state park or forest preserve since we’ve been itching to get into nature. With the wedding, work and the general obscenely hot temperatures, we haven’t been able to go camping or hiking almost all summer. But we… read more »

That’s a wrap

Once of the interesting things I’ve discovered in the relatively short time I’ve been blogging here is that I find myself thinking about my own vintage style more than ever before, including my knitting and sewing. I never really used to contemplate how items would work together in my wardrobe…… read more »

That Clever Clementine Giveaway #1!

Today starts the first of my two upcoming giveaways, both sponsored by someone extra special to me: my mom! My super crafty mom has recently started a new shop, selling fantastic bags on Etsy as That Clever Clementine. She combines interesting fabrics (often vintage or re-purposed) and makes a few… read more »

Back to life

I’m back! There aren’t enough exclamation points in the world to express how glad I am to have my life back after two weeks of working non-stop. But I made it through somehow, and now I have a lot of catching up to do! Because I didn’t get a chance… read more »

All work and no play

Hi dear readers! I just wanted to let you all know you won’t be hearing a peep from me until after next Friday. I found out at work Monday morning that a huge September deadline was moved to July 29th, giving us 2 weeks to complete something we formerly had… read more »

Our wedding day

I finally had a chance to sit down and write up my Big Wedding Post! Before I get started, let me say that most of the photos in this post are from our photographer, Kimmy Noonen. The few non-watermarked photos were taken by my mom and step-dad. Kimmy was a… read more »

Pretty pearly pins

I have been having an exhausting week at work, the kind where I come home and can only think about crafting in my head and can’t actually bring myself to do anything. However today I worked from home. I think one of the best things about working from home is… read more »

Finished project: New York leaf dress

I’m so happy to report that my dress is complete! Friday afternoon I put the finishing touches on the sundress I started last weekend. I’d been getting increasingly frustrated with sewing lately and finally realized what was bogging me down in several of my abandoned projects: the muslins. I decided… read more »

Outfits for going out on the town

Happy Thursday! I thought I’d share a couple of my outfits from the long 4th of July holiday weekend. We ran lots of errands and ate yummy food out all weekend. These were my outfits on Sunday. Now, you’ve already seen my new restyled shorts, but I took them out… read more »

Little triumphs

I’m so flattered by all the wonderful feedback on my shorts restyle tutorial, thanks everyone! ♥ Lately I rarely seem to do little posts about things, so here’s a break from my usual long-winded style. LOL Yesterday, I spent 4 1/2 hours inserting a lapped zipper into the side seam… read more »

Tutorial: Restyle vintage trousers into shorts

I hope everyone over here in the U.S. had a lovely long holiday weekend. I have lots of things I hope to share with you over the next week or so (including wedding photos!), so I better get crackin’ since it’s already Tuesday, huh? Today I have a little tutorial… read more »

The honeymoon

Thanks everyone so much for all the kind comments on our wedding! I admit, I’m still catching up with life. I promise I’ll have wedding photos to show soon, but I’m waiting until we get our photos back and then I’ll share all of our stories as well. In the… read more »