Posts tagged vintage sewing

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 »

A very basic 1950s sleeveless top

I have my next Vintage Pledge item of the year to share! I believe I pledged to sew 5 things from vintage patterns, which I figured would be easy for me, since I sew with vintage patterns quite a lot in general. Though I haven’t been sewing as much this… read more »

My pattern stash interview for Vintage Pledge at Kestrel Makes

Hi everyone! If you sew, you probably already know about Vintage Pledge, which is the vintage sewing challenge being hosted this year by Marie and Kerry. I’m tickled to say that Kerry interviewed me all about my vintage sewing pattern stash, and today the interview is up on her blog!… read more »

Joan C.’s flannel skirt

I’ve been sewing slowly so far in 2015. Thinking about my two coat projects, taking my time, and just knitting more, I guess. But I finally finished up a skirt I’ve had mostly done except for the hem for nearly 2 weeks! This is my first pattern for Marie and… read more »

Two red riding hoods and Alphonso

Over Christmas when Mel and I were at my mom and step-dad’s house, I was lucky enough to get in some BFF time with Rochelle, who came to stay the first weekend of our trip with us! Uh, happy faces, anyone? This photo was taken just a few minutes after… 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 »

More vintage, more embellishment, and a confession

Happy New Year! In my wrap-up of sewing and knitting in 2014, I mentioned that I had a few ideas floating around in my head for this year. And while wanting to keep it very low-key, two things keep surfacing in my brain: more vintage, more embellishment. So here I… read more »