Posts filed in Sewing

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 »

Trying to find inspiration for fall & winter

My American readers, are you voting today, or did you early vote? Yes? Good. Moving right along… Cold weather is setting in. And I’ve found myself absolutely floundering style-wise this fall! Being inspired by knitting projects but not sure how they’ll fit into my wardrobe. Being inspired by certain vintage… 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 »

Weekend blogger meetup (& other recent activities)

Hello! Before I get started with documenting a little adventure I had this past weekend, I wanted to say a big, huge THANK YOU for all of the wonderful comments I received on my last post. Wow. It’s so nice knowing you’re not alone, and all of your personal stories… read more »

Twin purses

Hi everyone! Yes, it’s been rather quiet around here. My mom and step-dad have been in town. We’ve had a full house pretty much all of July! Yesterday, my mom and I worked on a sewing project together. Neither of us could even recall when was the last time we… 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 »

Made and Making No. 3

Happy Friday! I didn’t have much creative time this week, but I did finish off one sewing project and start another. Could I finally be on a roll? {all images link to Flickr for full size} Clockwise from upper left 1. My latest sewing project. I’ve been thinking the last… 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 »

Made and Making No. 2

Happy Friday! Here’s the second installment of my new Made and Making series. Gosh there’s been a lot of sewing this week, which is very unfortunate for the knitting project I’m really supposed to be working on! {all images link to Flickr for full size} Clockwise from upper left 1.… read more »

Make a hair bow out of 1930s feedsack fabric

Today I’m sharing a tutorial I hope you’ll really enjoy: how to make a hair bow out of vintage feedsack fabric, with instructions to make your own pattern pieces, too. This is what I alluded to in my kickoff Made and Making post on Friday. By the way, thanks for… read more »

Made and Making No.1

Some of my favorite posts in blogland are round-ups of goings on in people’s lives, especially when accompanied by photos. I’ve been meaning to start a weekly series for ages, so I can document all the little things in my own week. Finally I was able to plan it out!… 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 »

Summery sewing patterns giveaway!

Happy Friday! First and foremost, let me say thanks for the encouragement on my tips on getting over a crafting slump. I know I’ve personally kept these tips in mind all week, and I’m pleased to say I just finished up the dress I mentioned in the post (photos soon… read more »

Tips to get over a crafting slump

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the wonderful replies to my post a few weeks ago about trying to get my sewing mojo back. I think we all go through little slumps now and then with our various crafts of choice…sewing, knitting, paper crafting, you name it. You… read more »

Getting my sewing mojo back

I’m tired of not sewing! Last autumn, I had so much going on with knitting projects that I sewed very little. And then came the house buying, and the moving, and, well, my sewing machine has been pretty lonely. I kept saying I’d start sewing again once I got my… 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 »

Finished project: scalloped collar Pendrell blouse

This weekend I finished up a sewing project, and I’m so excited to reveal it! I started my scalloped collar Pendrell blouse back in early July and got it about 80% complete, then life got in the way and I didn’t pick it back up until this weekend when I… 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 »