Posts tagged vintage sewing patterns

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 »

Bye Bye Birdie blouse

What’s blue and tan with birdcages all over? My blouse! And it’s another Vintage Pledge item! Sometimes, I really love the terms used to describe various elements of a garment in vintage sewing patterns. Today’s treat was Butterick 6223, a pattern from the 1950s, featuring a “small rising collar” for… read more »

True bra-making confessions: I finally found a retro bra sewing pattern I like!

It’s a Friday confession, my friends. Pull up a chair and a beverage! I’ve never wanted to sew lingerie. A slip yes (not that I’ve ever bothered getting to it). But bras and panties, nope. (Incidentally: I cannot stand the term “panties”, I call them underwear whenever possible.) In fact, I… read more »

One last summer sewing hoorah: Chinese lanterns sarong dress

As of today, summer has technically come and gone! My thoughts are straight into fall. And I missed the opportunity earlier this summer to show off some things I made, most of which I’ll probably be tucking away soon! (But hey, on the bright side now that it’s fall, maybe… read more »

Planning a 1956 swing coat

Hello my friends! I thought I’d share with you some early thoughts for probably the biggest project I’m planning this year. I’m going to sew Simplicity 1928, a swing coat pattern from 1956. The best part about this pattern? A HOOD! Hoods are a huge winner on coats and jackets… read more »

Fall for Cotton: thoughts on setting in sleeves

Hello, Fall for Cotton sew-alongers! How is everyone’s project coming along? I just got going on mine. Unfortunately my thoughts of doing a smart outfit consisting of trousers and blouse flew out the window when I started facing the reality of the amount of work I need to put in… read more »

Fall for Cotton: My project plans

Thanks for all the wonderful comments about the new blog design! I’m just bursting with excitement about it. 🙂 Well sew-alongers, it’s taken me awhile to decide what I want to sew for Fall for Cotton! There are so many inspiring patterns being posted in the Flickr group. And today… read more »

Halter style inspirations for summer

It’s sure looking like summer out there! Fortunately here we’re not having the extreme heat wave some other areas are. (Don’t worry, we got it last summer—just remembering the days on end of 100+ temps makes me want to jump in a bucket of ice.) But we have entered the… read more »

Crazy for tulips skirt and blouse

I assume by now everyone who was using Google Reader has exported their feeds to another service like Bloglovin or Feedly? Today’s your deadline if not, so you better hop to it! I exported my feeds to both of those services when I first heard about it, so I could… read more »

Finished: polka dot dirndl for summer

Glad you like my new eyeglasses! Of course, you’ll see I’m wearing my vintage ones in this post. I go back and forth. 😉 By the way, I’ve had a few requests for a tutorial on my hairstyle in that post. I may work something up but in the meantime,… read more »

Summery sewing patterns giveaway!

Happy Friday! First and foremost, let me say thanks for the encouragement on my tips on getting over a crafting slump. I know I’ve personally kept these tips in mind all week, and I’m pleased to say I just finished up the dress I mentioned in the post (photos soon… read more »

Getting my sewing mojo back

I’m tired of not sewing! Last autumn, I had so much going on with knitting projects that I sewed very little. And then came the house buying, and the moving, and, well, my sewing machine has been pretty lonely. I kept saying I’d start sewing again once I got my… read more »

Finished project: sleeveless blouse for VLV

First and foremost, I want to thank you all so very much for your congratulations and kind comments on my last post. It’s been overwhelmingly wonderful reading all your supportive comments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ♥ ♥ ♥ I recently bought a pair of 50s capris… read more »

Sewing fail

Grr. Boy, am I glad I decided to do a muslin! In yesterday’s post I was all excited to try and turn Anne Adams 4855 into a blouse. Not working out well, so far. I re-drafted my pieces, cut out my muslin and started in on the sewing. Putting together… read more »

Prepping for my next blouse project

I haven’t done any sewing since last week, so since I’m still procrastinating putting a button on my castles skirt, naturally I thought I’d start another project. (Makes perfect sense, right?) I’ve really been in the mood to sew another blouse. I just couldn’t make up my mind when rifling… read more »