Posts tagged vintage sewing

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 »

Retro bra making is my new favorite thing

Hi, my friends! I haven’t blogged in nearly two months and it’s almost entirely due to current world events that have been all too stupefying and depressing. I just haven’t wanted to sit around taking oodles of photos and having mundane chatter about this and that I’ve just made. It… 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 »

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 »

For the love of checks

Aloha! I have a new dress to show off today! And technically a new cardigan too, but I’ll save that for another post as I plan to yammer on a bit about this dress. 😉 This dress has two things that make it special to me: first, some super dedicated… read more »

Sewing with Doctor Who

Today’s outfit is just full of fun separates! I love trying out new patterns, and sewing things that are more in the ‘on occasion’ variety. For example right now I’m finishing up a collared vintage dress, and it’s coming out great, I had an extremely crucial fitting “aha” moment in… read more »

Lady Agnes

Friends, sometimes you make something, and you’ve seen others make it too, and it’s an easy enough project, and you’re fairly confident it’ll look pretty cute once you’re done. This was not one of those times. Oh no, because I didn’t make the above. I mean yeah, I eventually did.… read more »

A very flannel snow globe dress for Christmas day

Merry Christmas, my friends!! It’s been a busy several days and I apologize that I’ve been remiss in replying to comments on my last couple of posts, I promise I’ll get a chance to do that soon now that the holidays are cooling down! 🙂 I’m having a lovely Christmas… read more »

Nancy Drew and the Clue in the Wrap Dress

Actually, this post title should be Nancy Drew and the Clue in the Wrap Dress and Cardigan, but that’s a bit of a mouthful, don’t you think? 😉 This post is brought to you by a dress I finished 8 months ago and a cardigan I finished at least a… read more »

Wings of madness: the blouse I never wanted to sew again (but now I do)

Earlier in the week, I was waxing on about my Ultimate Pencil Skirt and how happy I was with it. Now, let’s have a slightly less gushy sewing post, shall we? The blouse I wore with that skirt was one I sewed from a vintage pattern. (Woo! It’s a bonus… 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 »

The full inside story: my Shaheen-inspired sarong dress

Hello everyone! I bring you this post while I’m off on a long weekend trip! You saw The Dress last week. In case you missed The Dress (I feel like I have to use all Title Case here since so much went into the damn thing), let me catch you… read more »

First glance at my Shaheen-inspired sarong dress (a collaboration with WAWAK)

In the battle between a formidable adversary of a pattern and me, who was the victor? That would be ME! (Whoops! Sorry you’ll see the tripod in the mirror in some of these! The stars didn’t align to take photos outside) But let’s backup a bit! Because I’m not quite… read more »

A Vintage Pledge refashion and a pair of shorts

Have you been following along this August with Portia’s fantastic Refashioners series over at makery.uk?? I hope you have! She’s rounded up sewists to take part in this year’s Refashioners challenge the entire month. I’m so honored to be a part of the Refashioners again! Today, you can see my… read more »

Building an outfit with safety pins, castles, and a coral top

I am so, so behind on things to blog about this summer. Hell, this year, even! Things I’ve sewn, places we’ve been. I don’t think I’ll ever catch up. So instead of catching up, how about just an outfit from last week? This was just a typical summer outfit that… read more »