• 1950s Polka Dot Dress •

I just made my first polka dot dress ever!! I love it, and it is very comfortable. I used Vogue V9000, making only a few alterations. This was a very easy pattern to sew up – I highly recommend it!!

Stop by my blog for more pictures and details! :-)



Retro Nightie for Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Selfish sewing is the best kind of sewing.

I purchased a pile of vintage knit fabric at auction a couple months back. Some was, of course, quite hideous, while some was kitschy retro cute. I do recognize that this is in the eye of the beholder, though.

For a quick, easy project, I grabbed a medium weight spongy retro knit and stitched up this nightgown using Simplicity 7096.

Well, I mostly just used the yoke pieces, as I cut the yardage to a length I thought would be comfortable (somewhere between views 2 and 3), and cut equal front and back panels from the width. The fabric was pretty wide, so I got both the front and back from one length. Then I used the pattern as a template for the underarm.

This was stitched entirely by machine using the “burrito method” I learned from Janet Pray’s Sew Better, Sew Faster Craftsy Class. There’s not too much to say about construction. For a sweet touch, I included some leftover ric rac trim across the yoke and pressed and stitched it down in a bow motif. I added one of the vintage buttons from my stash, and the gown was done. Now all I need are some fuzzy slippers and hair curlers!

I also recently figured out an easy method for assembling some of the PDF patterns I have been working with lately. To try my tip or just to say “hi,” feel free to stop by my blog Farmhouse Garden.

Ta ta for now!

A Little Inspiration For Your Weekend Sewing

So I went to one of those “why are you having this sale on Thursday” Estate Sales yesterday, and I’m SOOOO glad I did! I got some super-fabulous Vintage Seventeen and McCall’s magazines! Most from the mid-50s, some from the early 60s. All awesome!

When you get finished drooling you can see more pics on my personal blog!

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