Vintage Sewing

an introduction of sorts

March 9, 2008

Hello! I’m Karen. Thanks for including me in your Sew Retro party! I’ve been enjoying everyone’s posts and am in awe of what you all do.

I learned to sew when I was a teenager but really fell in love with it after the birth of my daughter in 2004. My mom sewed most of the clothing that my sister and I wore and I’ve enjoyed doing the same for my own daughter. I adore vintage patterns for children for their innocent simplicity and for the way that they keep little girls looking like little girls longer than the clothing for girls today.
I love a good retro floral fabric and a polka dot in any color. I’m particularly drawn to children’s patterns from the 1960s and 1970s. I do the majority of my sewing on a Singer 301a who answers to the name “Brownie”.
A few of my recent favorite patterns:


I sew for my children (2 boys, 1 girl), my nieces, and for my Etsy shop, Bon*Bons. I don’t sew for myself because navigating the measurements and achieving the right fit for adult patterns drives me batty. I’m in awe of the beautiful things you ladies create for yourselves and hope to learn from you.

Thanks again for including me! I’m excited to be among you.
  1. Danetta- I love it too! I’ve actually made it three times now. I wish I had it in the next size up, a 5. My daughter will be too big for it way too soon.

    Do you have any photos of the jumpers you made? I’d love to see them.

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