Posts tagged finished projects

Plaid flannel dress

Last month, I sewed a plaid dress. Not just any plaid dress, but a plaid flannel dress. It’s cute, warm, and comfy. What could be more delightful for fall and early winter? This dress is from McCall’s 8989, a pattern from the 1950s. The wing collar is annoying to construct…… read more »

Sewing a holy grail pattern

I found one of my holy grail sewing patterns this year! You’d think a “holy grail” pattern had to be some fancy couture or Polynesian number that sells for over $100 and is super rare at that, but nope. It’s a simple sundress pattern, from 1945, Simplicity 2465. Some years… read more »

Red and cream gingham sundress

I’ve been really busy this spring and early summer, and blogging just hasn’t been on the forefront of my mind lately. I go through periods when I just find the entire process of taking and collating photos complete and utter drudgery. Sure, taking half a dozen photos doesn’t seem that… read more »

A birthday dress with a back story

Another birthday, another birthday dress! I’m off on vacation so you get a scheduled post, but it’s my birthday today! Hip hip! As I’ve done every year for 6 years now, I made myself a dress for my birthday. It’s possible I’m not actually wearing this dress right now since… read more »

Overalls of my dreams

While I was making my latest pair of jeans, I hatched another idea that I started working on slowly: a pair of overalls. And boooooy am I ever happy with them! It started like this. I really wanted to try a scooped out front pocket on a pair of 1950s… read more »

I just needed a sweatshirt

Do you ever just drop everything you’re working on to sew a quickie project? I almost never do. But I did recently, and can understand why people do it sometimes! In the middle of my latest jeans project I suddenly had the urge to try out a pattern I’ve been… read more »

1950s-style cuffed jeans (and informal video extravaganza!)

I made more jeans! And then I have some good news, and some bad news relating to that. The bad news is I’ve been saying since last summer that I was going to do a vintage jeans sew-along. And I… can never get to it. Friends, if you’ve followed me… read more »

Tale of two blouses + a different way to construct a short kimono sleeve

The latest two items I sewed over at the Mood Sewing Network are these blouses. Two blouses, entirely different fabrics, same pattern. Love/hate results. Okay not quite so strong as love/hate… maybe love/feel-vaguely-underwhelmed-about would be closer. 😉 Both of theses blouses are versions of Butterick 6223, one of my tried-and-true… read more »

Spring green batwing sleeve bolero

Didn’t I tell you I was going on a bolero kick? I wasn’t kidding. Here’s my most recently completed one, and I have another well under way, and trying to plan another. Sometimes I make a sewing or knitting plan and never execute. But sometimes I do! My second finished… read more »

Perfect 1950s cropped pullover, by way of modern knitwear design

I’m someone who has a pretty distinctive style generally speaking, but there’s always room for trying new shapes and lines. And that’s something I enjoy doing now and again. It doesn’t always work out. Case in point, I made a dress last summer that I loathed as soon as it was done… read more »

The first of my “Bolero Period”

I’m happy to share some knitting with you today, and it’s the first of what I’m going to jokingly refer to as my “Bolero Period”. I started this bolero in early November after Rhinebeck, and I only finished knitting it the first week of February. I mean for a small bolero,… read more »

Tiki trousers

I’m excited to share a really fun pair of trousers with you today! I’ve secretly been working with Spoonflower to share my thoughts on their latest fabric addition, Dogwood Denimâ„¢. I’m sure you’ve heard of them but if not: Spoonflower does print-on-demand, eco-friendly digital printing on fabric. They have thousands of… read more »

Autumn Leaves in the snow

I am picky about my reds. Really picky. In fact, the main reason red doesn’t appear in my wardrobe more often is my pickiness. I like a bright, true red. Not maroon, not burgundy, not fuchsia, not garnet. Red. It’s hard to vintage in vintage clothes, it’s hard to find… read more »

My first outfit for Mood Sewing Network!

Hello, friends! I have some exciting news to share. Earlier this summer, I was asked to join the Mood Sewing Network. I know!! I was (and am) immensely flattered! Every month, I’ll be doing a post over at their blog of something I’ve sewn with fabric from Mood Fabrics. And… read more »

1950s patio blouse

Before I forget completely, I want to revisit an outfit I showed you last month, because it had two things I made and I only talked about one of them. You may have noticed a cool blouse I was wearing with my 1950s pedal pushers. It’s my first patio blouse!… read more »

Novelty knights in shining armor dress

Here’s something I rarely do: show off something I made ages ago! In fact, this is a dress I sewed an entire year ago. Mel and I take a trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in southern Wisconsin every summer, and I enjoy wearing something with a kitschy Renaissance-ish print because that’s the… read more »

1950s style pedal pusher jeans

Ooh friends, I’ve made something I’m soooo happy with. 1950s-inspired jeans, in a pedal pushers length for summer! We took photos of them at an Air BNB cabin we stayed in up north in Wisconsin earlier in the month, near the Minnesota border. Pretty there, right?? I’ll hopefully put together… read more »

Tropical seersucker capris

Cross two things off my summer sewing to-do list: work out a hidden inseam pocket, and sew capris. Done and done! Frankly, I’m elated about these capris, even though they just appear to be a simple project at first glance. And technically they kind of are, but they signify a… read more »

Special birthday dress for London

Today is my birthday! So I sewed a dress! I’m the ripe YOUNG age of 40! And, I’m in London! Um, not in these photos, obviously. We’re actually on vacation right now and I took these ahead of time, since we weren’t planning to travel with a laptop and I… read more »

I knit a cardigan. Twice.

Initially when I knew I was going to post a worsted weight sweater project in early April, I kind of thought I’d have to make a joke about how it was growing too warm to wear it. Hahahahaha. As if. Oh April, how I always forget your disgusting weather ways… read more »