Posts tagged vintage sewing

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 »

40s jacket progress: supplies and such

Today is the next installment in my jacket progress for Sew for Victory! First, thank you all SO much for your comments and congratulations on my interview in Knit Now magazine. I’m still kind of reeling from that. 🙂 But back to my project. I’m getting ready to start on… read more »

40s jacket progress: the muslin

Well everyone, I am now fully ensconced in my Sew for Victory jacket project! For my project posts going forward, I’ll add a little sidebar that links back to every post I tag with “sew for victory”. I hope it may help someone in the future watching me take on… read more »

My Sew for Victory project: first steps

I know I don’t frequently talk a whole lot of shop during the construction of the garments I sew or knit, but I was thinking of doing it a bit with my Sew for Victory project. It’s the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken, and I know a lot of you… read more »

I’ll be Sewing for Victory, will you?

If you haven’t heard yet, Rochelle over at Lucy Lucille is hosting a fantastic sew-along, Sew for Victory! It’s a 1940s themed sew-along, so of course I’m in! As you know I already do a fair amount of 1940s sewing, so I wanted to use this sew-along to really challenge… read more »

Finished: Sew Grateful Week 1941 trousers

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my pinafore skirt! I actually can’t quite believe I’m here 3 days later to post another finished sewing project. But friends, I did it. I finished a project for Debi’s Sew Grateful week! Keep reading and you’ll find out why… read more »

Finished: Hollywood Patterns tweed pinafore skirt

My most recent sewing project that I’m sharing today actually preempts the previous project I finished just before this one. You see, I planned to take photos of both the same day, except there was 2 inches of snow on the ground and I could only stand being outside without… read more »

Finished: inspired by Debi 1942 McCall blouse

I really owe Debi from My happy sewing place a big thank you for the inspiration for this blouse! If you follow Debi’s blog you’ll already know she’s embarked on a huge long-term project called the 1940 McCall project where she intends to make all the McCall patterns from 1940.… read more »

Finished: 1940s Simplicity diamonds skirt & Alma blouse

Last week I completed my first outfit of 2013! And yes, I planned and sewed an outfit! Let’s talk about the blouse first. I used the Sewaholic Alma pattern and sewed the size down from my full bust size with only slight changes: I make the neckline a little higher,… read more »

Completed: cake and vinegar dress

Hello everyone! Well let me just say a big humble thank you to everyone who enjoyed my back roll with a scarf tutorial. I’m so glad it’s proved to be easy for others, and it’s been fun seeing it crop up on so many heads. I forgot to mention another… read more »

Pressing gratitude!

I can’t thank you all enough for the loads of helpful comments on my pressing dilemma, with the fabric that just wouldn’t crease! Of course I’ve now read several discussions about gabardine being hard to press. In the end I was able to get it to work with a combination… read more »

Help, sewists! I can’t press my fabric

My dear sewing friends, I have an issue and I need help! By the way, the yoke is gathered, even though it looks like a big pucker in this photo. As if I didn’t have enough problems with the bodice already. Seriously, the place where the collar and yoke joins… read more »

Finished: Wearing History Smooth Sailing corduroy trousers

Friends, I finally sewed my very first pair of trousers! Now, I’ve been talking about wanting to sew trousers for over a year. They are definitely a staple in my vintage wardrobe. Last summer I bought the pattern for the 1930s Smooth Sailing trousers and blouse from Wearing History but… read more »

Finished project: 1944 Apple picking dress

While my dad is in town, I lined up this post. My apologies if I’m a little scarce while he’s here, I’m not going to be online much this week! Now, let’s go apple picking! After all, I have the most perfectly applelicious dress for it.   Can you tell… read more »

Finished project: bias-cut green skirt

I have a new favorite skirt! Okay yes, it’s not that exciting. But I’ve needed at least one (okay several) good, basic skirt for ages, and finally I sat down to change that. I can’t tell you how many times I look into my closet, pick a blouse, then look… read more »

Finished project: No-more-sewing-slump dress

I mentioned it in my giveaway post (one last day to enter!), but I finished the dress I was working on that finally kicked the sewing slump out of me. Yee haw! This pattern is a 1940s house dress, Simplicity 4660. You can see my copy is in really rough… read more »

Sewing and tucks

Hi everyone! This has continued to be one of those weeks where I struggle with my craft projects. Don’t you just hate weeks like that? I went from not really having time to sew for over a month to trying to work on two projects this week and getting foiled… read more »

Campus-inspired vintage fashions for fall

Autumn! Crunching leaves, cooler temperatures…oh I know, I know, it’s still summer! But if I don’t start thinking about fall/winter sewing and knitting now, I may not get to the projects I have in mind until it’s starting to warm up again next year! August is when everyone involved in… read more »

That’s a wrap

Once of the interesting things I’ve discovered in the relatively short time I’ve been blogging here is that I find myself thinking about my own vintage style more than ever before, including my knitting and sewing. I never really used to contemplate how items would work together in my wardrobe…… read more »

Finished project: New York leaf dress

I’m so happy to report that my dress is complete! Friday afternoon I put the finishing touches on the sundress I started last weekend. I’d been getting increasingly frustrated with sewing lately and finally realized what was bogging me down in several of my abandoned projects: the muslins. I decided… read more »