Posts tagged vintage sewing

Easter Parade dress

I know, I know, back so soon and with another dress! If pirate treasure map prints aren’t your thing, how about dancing bunnies? I’ve named this dress after the 1948 film Easter Parade, featuring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, because that just seemed like the right thing to do with… read more »

The Cliffs of Insanity dress

First and foremost, I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone on all their kind comments about the release of my pattern, Nisse! It’s done very well so far and I was a little bit floored to even see it on the top 20 “hot right now” patterns… read more »

Make do and mend (literally)

Happy Friday! It’s a gorgeous one here, and I’m in a great mood because Spring is finally arriving in bits and pieces! Not to mention the fact that I discovered I’d completely forgotten I had the afternoon off work, so I excitedly sat down at my sewing machine to work… read more »

Singin’ in the Rain dress

I’m singin’ the praises of my latest dress! I know, it’s yet another dress. I think I’ve now made as many dresses this year as in the last two combined. Now that I’ve found a bodice I really love the fit of and can use as a block, I just… read more »

Finished projects for a fabulous weekend

Last weekend I traveled to the Washington, D.C. area to visit my mom and step-dad, for my mom’s birthday. You may already know this part from her blog post, or various Instagram and Facebook shenanigans, but I also got to hang out with none other than Rochelle from Lucky Lucille,… read more »

The pants that were not: seeing success in a different way

Friends, today I’m letting it all hang out. Settle in. Earlier this year, I talked about my wardrobe plans, and assessing what I really wear and what I’d like to wear. One of the things I thought I’d like to incorporate into my wardrobe is close-fitting, ankle-length trousers. And not… read more »

My 2013 sewing and knitting in review

While I’ve barely had time to even think about blogging in the last few weeks, I didn’t want to see 2013 draw to a close without doing a roundup of my sewing and knitting projects from the year. I did one last year, and it was interesting reading the goals… read more »

Fall for Cotton: watch the final projects video at Lucky Lucille!

From the perspectives of your co-hosts Rochelle and I, Fall for Cotton was a smashing sew-along success! We had a blast hosting, and it was truly thrilling seeing dozens and dozens of amazing projects completed. Thanks to everyone who participated for making it such a great sew-along! And today Rochelle… read more »

My finished Fall for Cotton blouse

My Fall for Cotton project is complete! I wasn’t able to accomplish as much as I planned, but I do have a nice new blouse.   I sewed McCall 4854, a blouse pattern from 1942. As you may recall from my project plans, I used a vintage cotton fabric in… read more »

Fall for Cotton wraps up tomorrow!

Hey everyone! Just a quick little reminder that the Fall for Cotton sew-along is wrapping up tomorrow! Um, can you believe it’s already the end of September? How did that happen? I’ll be sharing my final blouse tomorrow. I put the finishing touches on it last week, including the buttonholes… read more »

Making buttonholes by hand

We’re in the home stretch of the Fall for Cotton sew-along (can you believe it?), and you might be thinking about little final touches. So let’s talk about making buttonholes by hand, shall we? When you use older vintage sewing patterns, you may find that you just skip over the… 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 »

Fall for Cotton: a vintage sew-along

Today is an exciting day! Rochelle and I have been putting our heads together for awhile now, and you may have seen a hint or two here and there, but we’re ready to let you all know about our newest sewing collaboration. Lucky Lucille and By Gum, By Golly present…… read more »

Giveaway! Mrs. Depew digital vintage patterns

I’ve got something fun for you today—a giveway! Yay! Yesterday, you got to see my accidental playsuit, the top of which was made using the Mrs. Depew 1950s beach bustier pattern. Thank you for all the compliments! Because I had several comments about one particular aspect and forgot to mention… read more »

The accidental vintage playsuit

We haven’t visited sewing in awhile, have we? Truthfully, I haven’t had much time for sewing lately! I have one or two things up my sleeves, and that’s been taking up a lot of time. I finished this top over two weeks ago and haven’t been able to touch my… 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 »

How to make shaped & lined patch pockets (with a few tailored touches!)

When I was working on my Sew for Victory jacket, I was quite tickled with how my lined patch pockets turned out, and I’ve used more-or-less the same technique ever since. It’s based on tailoring methods for patch pockets. I can’t claim credit for inventing these steps by any means,… 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 »