Posts tagged vintage sewing patterns

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 »

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 »

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. ūüėČ Both of theses blouses are versions of Butterick 6223, one of my tried-and-true… 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 »

Pendleton-inspired plaid coat

One of the reasons I try to never put down a sewing project is I know I’m liable to have changed my mind about something. Such was kind of the case with this coat right here. Which… I made back in the fall. I know, perpetually catching up in-between new… read more »

A swing jacket that went to London

Maaaaany months ago, I made one of my most favorite things. And I’m just now finally sharing it! Technically, you got a glimpse of this before. When we went to the U.K. in April, I was wearing it in a few of the photos. It was the only jacket I… read more »

Meet me in Washington, D.C. over the holidays!

I couldn’t resist a title riffing on one of my favorite old movies, Meet Me in St. Louis. But it’s true! If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area over the holidays, let’s meet! I’m very tickled to announce I’ll be at Three Little Birds Sewing Co. in Hyattsville, Maryland (suburban… read more »

Brown plaid dress

Early in September, I was having a hard time finding direction for my sewing. I blame the change of seasons. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make, or I’d want to make things I didn’t actually feel like taking the time to make, or I just wasn’t sure… read more »

Vintage dressing gown in plaid flannel

Sometimes you get an idea for a project that feels like it comes out of no where, but once you sew up the item you realize it was so YOU all along! Late in the summer, I started thinking about dressing gowns. House coats. House dresses. Hostess gowns. Hostess dresses.… read more »

The blouses that almost were not

I’m going to squeeze in one last summer sewing post, okay? Okay! There’s actually two blouses here to show you, but the same pattern and one saga. Way back in August (how does it feel like both a minute ago and last year?) I really, really, REALLY wanted to sew… read more »

Summer sewing wild cards and a list (mostly) wrapped up

Since we’re having an unusual very hot heat wave in September and I’m cranky about the fact that the weather feels like the hottest part of summer when I’m ready for it to cool off a bit, and I admit I’m really sick of looking at my hot-weather clothing and… 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 »

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 »

Planning and inspiration (while I’m not doing)

I have basically not knit (except a tiny¬†project) since before we went to London, and I haven’t sewn since then, either. It’s the end of May, and that was the beginning of April. Considering I’m someone who is more-or-less constantly “making”, let that sink in. Sewing, knitting, and the sprinkling… read more »

Ultimate Sheath Jumper

Do you ever get taken with a piece of fashion that up until a particular point in time, you’ve more or less ignored? That happened to me this winter! I have some tried-and-true style combos that I love and turn to time and time again. But this fall and winter,… read more »

Change of coat making plans: now I’m doing a vintage pattern!

Hello, friends! No 2016 roundups or 2017 plans from me, although this is my first post of the new year. There’s so much crap going on in the world that it’s still sometimes difficult to focus on seemingly inconsequential things like sewing and knitting when you want to tear your… read more »

Black cats on parade!

Happy Halloween, my friends! There’s a couple of holidays for which I’m interested in sewing, and Halloween is one of them! (It’s a short list: the other is obviously Christmas.) Last year, I was in London meeting up with sewing friends on Halloween and sewed¬†myself a theme-y blouse for the… read more »

Plaid flannel tie-front topper

Before Mel and I went up to northern Wisconsin for a short vacation earlier this month, I had grand plans for vacation sewing (as you do), but only got a couple of items finished. The first I’m sharing is this¬†flannel topper! I found this great Simplicity pattern from 1949 at… read more »