by MoxieTonic on January 19, 2008 · 2 comments

in Vintage Sewing

My no more buts project turned out to be finally starting my own sewing blog (and knitting and whatever else comes along). 

My mom taught me the basics so I have been sewing since I was a kid. But I never really started honing my craft until recently. For the longest time I was content with p.j. bottoms, skirts, and other easy projects. As I’ve grown older, I’ve become less and less tolerant of ready to wear: the fit, the quality (or lack there of) and the fashions just seem to get worse and worse! Not to mention, I would like my own personal style to be something more unique and fun that what is available at the local mall. I spend a lot of time reading, and trying to perfect my sewing technique. And honestly, much of the time I still feel like a beginner!
I love all things vintage and retro. It all started with my “discovery” of classic films when I was in Jr. High and it all sort of snowballed from there. Mid-Century is my favorite era, but as far as beautiful clothing goes – I’m a sucker for any decade. 
My most recent project was a vintage inspired sundress. The fabric and pattern are new, but I think the silhouette has a nice 50′s flavor. More photos and details at my blog

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sappmama January 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm

What a pretty dress! I love the sash and the way it fits you.


geogrrl January 21, 2008 at 1:17 pm

You did a great job! I went to your blog, and I feel for all your problems. These things do happen, unfortunately, with a commercial pattern. Sometimes the pieces aren’t well drafted, or the instructions aren’t adequate. With experience you’ll get a better idea of what you need to adjust for your body, and problems with the pattern won’t throw you. I’m getting back into it after a long hiatus, but when I was sewing on a regular basis, I got to the point that I often didn’t need the instructions that came with the pattern.

As for learning to fit, I’d recommend a copy of the Vogue Sewing book–a good reference in general. Also, Threads magazine often runs great articles on fit. Check your local library.


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