Posts tagged vintage sewing

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 »

History is riding on my back: not-quite-Me-Made-May blouse & skirt

Thanks for all the nice comments about my last handmade outfit post! ♥ If you haven’t noticed, there hasn’t been a peep on here about Me Made May. Here’s the deal. I’ve wanted to participate in MMM for the two years and thought finally, I’m ready to do this challenge!… read more »

My 40s gray wool skirt & feedsack blouse

As I mentioned in my last post, while I’m in bathroom-land I’m going to catch you up on some of the things I sewed towards the end of winter and beginning of spring! I think after this post I still have three things (with a possible soon fourth) left to… read more »

My birthday wrap dress

Happy Birthday to me! 🙂 I wanted to finish up a sewing project in time for my birthday today! With my megaproject jacket complete, I was able to resume some regularly scheduled sewing. Which right now is all about filling in my spring and summer wardrobe! I pulled a pattern… read more »

My finished Sew for Victory jacket

Oh yeah! I introduce to you the best thing I’ve ever sewn. That’s right, my Sew for Victory jacket is complete! Can you believe it? Be prepared for a bucketload of photos. Because let’s be real here. Internally, I’m actually shouting, “HOLY SHIT I CAN’T BELIEVE I SEWED THIS OMG!!”… read more »

40s jacket progress: the last steps

While you’re not seeing it today, my Sew for Victory jacket is now complete! I’m super anxious to share it with you, but I’m staying on track so I can just share the remaining construction bits. I’m also being sneaky and going to show only up close photos until the… read more »

40s jacket progress: the lining (sewing & attaching)

Well everyone, my Sew for Victory jacket continues! I have never spent so long thinking about and working on a sewing project, so I’m sorry my non-jacket posts are few and far between right now. 😉 I am so close to being finished I can taste it! But today I’m… read more »

40s jacket progress: the outer shell

Last Monday I started cutting out all my pieces for my Sew for Victory jacket. And let me tell you, fabric, underlining and lining… that’s a lot of cutting. Phew. So far things have been going pretty well, so I thought I’d catch you up on the assembly of the… read more »

Sharing "How to Tailor a Woman’s Suit" from 1946

Last night I stumbled across a great vintage sewing resource completely by accident! I was searching for suggestions on how to tack the center back pleat of the lining on my Sew for Victory jacket. I just wanted to do something slightly more decorative than simply sewing it a couple… read more »