Blizzard

So, you may have heard we got a bit of snow over the last 24 hours here in Chicago? I worked from home and Mel stayed home, so we bundled up in our deepest winter gear and went on a walk during lunch. In the photo above, I was already… read more »

Vintage sweater knit-along: The winner is…

While we prepare here for what the National Weather Service is calling a “dangerous multifaceted and life threatening winter storm” that’s in theory going to dump anywhere from 12-20″ of snow on us (yikes!), I’m ready to announce the winning pattern for our vintage sweater knit-along. Drumroll please…… With about… read more »

Swing dress sewing misadventures

This weekend was one of those weekends that really made a somewhat novice sewist want to chuck her sewing machine out the window. [from Sensibility.com] In Casey’s Swing Dress Sew-Along, we started the muslin. Because not only have I never sewed a dress before but I’ve never sewed anything with… read more »

Vintage knitting pattern: Topnotcher

Happy Friday! For you vintage knit-alongers, just a little note to say I’m going to let the preliminary post simmer for a few more days to get more opinions, and then next week will reveal the winning pattern so we can start thinking about yarn and supplies. 🙂 Today is… read more »

Vintage sweater knit-along: Preliminary post #1

This is the first of probably a few preliminary posts for our vintage sweater knit-along! (Never mind the fact that I’m having to write this twice, since I accidentally deleted my draft that I’d spent hours working on. Oh no, we won’t talk about that since it might incite rage… read more »

Knitting in a new direction

Sometimes a project just isn’t meant to be that project. Case in point the short-sleeved sweater I started a couple of weeks ago, Fair Isle Yoke from the book A Stitch in Time, a beautiful book of vintage patterns that have been re-worked by the authors. The neat thing about… read more »

Weekend round-up

This weekend flew by! I didn’t even have any time to knit or sew. Yesterday was the first time we were able to see Mel’s parents to exchange (obviously belated) Christmas gifts, so we had them over for lunch. Then like entertaining superheros, we turned right around and hosted an… read more »

Pink elephants on parade

Wow, I’m so excited to see that there is some interest in a vintage sweater knit-along!  I will definitely do this. It sounds like several people could use the motivation of working together that an ‘along’ brings, want to finally dabble their toe in the vintage knitting waters, need a… read more »

Vintage knitting pattern find: Patons Knitting Book No. 294

I need a little break from thinking about my birdies blouse sewing project. (Incidentally it dawned on me when I was cutting out the fabric that the birds are sitting on little bird swings, not in bird cages. Even cuter!) One thing I have a ton of is vintage knitting… read more »

Finished project: Blenders blouse

I finally got photos of my first sewing project of 2011. It was a project I started last year. In fact, it was the last sewing project I touched last year. I am now not 100% sure why I tossed it to the side, but I know one reason was… read more »

Wisconsin weekend

As I said yesterday, we went to Wisconsin for the weekend. Really just one night, but it’s amazing how rejuvenating even a 24-hour mini-trip can be. Little local weekend adventures are some of my favorite things to do. We went up with two of our friends to the Milwaukee Public… read more »

One step closer

We got home this afternoon, having had a wonderful brief trip to Wisconsin with our friends. I’ll be posting photos tomorrow because—yay!—I have the day off work. In the meantime, I thought I’d post the fabrics I’m considering for my current blouse. After my epiphany earlier in the week, I… read more »

1940s pigtail loop braids

First off, let me send a huge thank you out to DeluxeVille for the blog plug yesterday! I was tickled pink and totally flattered. Her house is just so inspiring and dreamy for a lover of mid-century modern. So a warm welcome to any new blog readers who have found… read more »

More sewing with pets

Okay, what are my pets trying to tell me this week?! First it was Pia and the muslin, now it’s Dinah and the sewing machine. Apparently she, too, is eager to find out how the collar will work out on my muslin (see previous post). I just sat down to… read more »

Stick-to-it-ness

Yesterday evening I sat down to actually begin work on the muslin for my vintage blouse. I figured out the front gathers on the shoulder pretty easily, sewed up the shoulders and the sides… and then spent about the next 2 or 3 hours reading two paragraphs of my pattern.… read more »

uniform sewing

This afternoon, I sat down to make a muslin. I admit that I’m really not a big fan of doing them anymore than I’m a fan of knitting a gauge swatch. But like in knitting, I know when I need to do one and when I don’t. This weekend I… read more »

Non sequiturs: Pasta sauce and business casual

I was initially planning to post today about the wonderful, amazing dinner that I cooked for us last night. For the first time, I made my mom’s Italian pasta sauce recipe, which is probably very close to my grandma’s recipe, which in turn is probably similar to my great grandmother’s… read more »

Pin basting a sleeve in a vintage sewing pattern

Yesterday afternoon I picked back up a sewing project that I had abandoned last Fall. I didn’t do a lot of sewing last year, and I know that’s due in large part to being an on again, off again sewist over the years, even though last year I was really… read more »

Happy New Year

I guess you could say it’s been awhile since I’ve felt like blogging. Nothing happened, I just kept putting off posting photos from our Fall trip to Ireland and I turned around and bim, bam, boom! Suddenly it’s 2011. Happy New Year! While the holiday season has only just finished… read more »

Ireland and Mildred Pierce

I haven’t posted in awhile because I haven’t had anything fun and finished to show off. I did indeed finish the top I wrote about in my last post, however the days I wore it were so ungodly hot and sweaty there was no chance of getting a decent photograph… read more »