Dublin holiday: places and spaces

My friends, I’m back from Dublin’s Fair City! It was a wonderful vacation. Really and truly. Not a relaxing on the beach or hiking in the mountains holiday. But one where we planted ourselves in the same city the whole time (which we often haven’t done and thus would find… read more »

Frances and her novelty keys dress

Hello everyone! Today’s guest post is brought to you by the gorgeous Frances, who blogs at Polka Polish. I love her vintage style, and am absolutely tickled that not only did she agree to do a guest post for me, she sewed a dress just for it. WOW. Read on… 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 »

F***ed and fabulous: Sara’s take on vintage underdogs

Hello! Today’s guest post comes while we’re off gallivanting around Newgrange today. Awhile back, I saw a comment on another blog (I believe it was Janey’s) from the ever-stylish Sara of Lilies & Remains. She used a term to refer to the dark horses in the vintage clothing world: they… read more »

Marie dishes about the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge

While I’m in Ireland, I’m very excited to have a few guest posts to share with you this week! Today’s post is from the lovely sewing blogger Marie of A Stitching Odyssey. I adore Marie. She has such a charming and fun style, I always love seeing what she’s sewn… read more »

Nail care mini series: my favorite polishes and a round-up

On the last stop of my mini nail care series, I thought I’d just share with you some of my favorite polish colors and brands that you see on my regularly on my blog and Instagram, as well as colors that have made it into photos this week. Some of… read more »

Nail care mini series: Couture Gel Nail Polish kit review

Today is day five of my mini series on nail care. I’m in Dublin right now, but today you’ll get a very special review to cap off my series this week! I have been using my Sephora Gelshine kit for about two years, but I recently had the immense pleasure… read more »

Nail care mini series: my 6 steps for happy nails

Today is day four in my mini series of nail care. Really, this is probably the shortest post in the whole series, but with some important tips! I get asked a lot what do I do to keep my nails looking good. Both using gel polish, and just in general.… read more »

Nail care mini series: how I apply and remove gel polish

Today is day three of my mini series on nail care. And I’m going to show you how to use a gel polish kit at home! There are lots of places you can buy gel polish and kits to get you started (I’ve even seen gel polish at Target). When… read more »

Nail care mini series: why I love gel polish

Today is day two of my nail care mini series. Hoorah! I’m going to talk a little bit about why I love using gel nail polish. For the vintage gal who loves to look polished but don’t want to fuss with her nails several times a week, gel nail polish… read more »

Mini series intro: a week of nail love from a vintage gal

In the last couple of years, I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my nails. I am not one to keep a beauty secret, especially since I spent most of my life with nails that were decidedly not enviable! Any chance I get, I tell people that I use gel… 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 »

Fun with tab closures, plus a Craftsy class giveaway!

Hello everyone, I’m here with another post for my series with Craftsy, plus  a fun little giveaway for you, too! Recently, I had the pleasure of taking a new class, Creative Closures: 8 Unique Techniques, taught by Marsha McClintock. I’ve learned over the last year or so that I absolutely… 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 »

Antiquing, a huge pig, a garden party dress & Indie Untangled launch

First and foremost, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all of the wonderful birthday wishes I received last week here and across social media! ♥ ♥ I really did have a great birthday, and thank you all for helping with that. 🙂 To cap off my birthday week,… read more »

My birthday balloon dress (aka Sew for Victory wearable muslin)

Happy birthday to meeee! It’s a pretty great day. Spring is finally here (omg, a few things are even blooming and the grass is slowly turning from brown back to green!). We’re taking a trip to Dublin at the end of the month and I just can’t wait. I have… read more »

Afternoon Blouse: Jennifer Lauren Vintage pattern testing

You may have heard last week that Jennifer Lauren Vintage released her first sewing pattern! It’s a darling basic blouse with a vintage appeal, and is quick to sew together, hence the name ‘afternoon’ blouse. Now, why do I know this? Because I was one of her lucky pattern testers!… read more »

Easter Parade dress

I know, I know, back so soon and with another dress! If pirate treasure map prints aren’t your thing, how about dancing bunnies? I’ve named this dress after the 1948 film Easter Parade, featuring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, because that just seemed like the right thing to do with… read more »

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 »