Vintage Sewing

Vintage Red, a new blog!

January 25, 2010
Hello fellow retro sewing addicts!  

My name is Carisa, and I have been sewing since I was very young. I’ve always held a love and admiration for vintage clothing and sewing. I started reading this blog and several other vintage reproduction sites (Eva Dress and Wearing History) and decided to delve into the vintage blogging world!

My blog is called Vintage Red, and it follows my insane idea of learning to re-grade patterns to turn them into multi-size patterns, in the hopes of someday being good enough to have them for sale on my site. It’s slow going and huge learning curve but so far it has been lots of fun. Here is a little about me and a link to my site πŸ™‚

Here is my first project:

A little about me:
When I was 8, my grandmother and mother taught me to sew, in the hopes that learning to put something together, would stop me from dismantling everything in the house  (I mean. as if Barbie neeeeded that car or something, geesh!)

Well it worked, I haven’t dismantled a doorknob in years (well I did finally learning how locks work, thus ending my need for scientific experimentation on the subject.) Since then I have dedicated my spare time to sewing, and learning as much about the craft as I can. Oh and being lazy.

So here we are, in Blogland, 20-plus years later (eek), and my new challenge is to take the vintage patterns I have (read: serious pattern collecting problem to the tune that it is quite likely they will find me dead underneath them in the next Lifetime reality show), and create multi-size patterns that everyone can use. I know far to well what it is like to squeal with excitement on viewing a beautiful vintage pattern, only to sigh loudly and curse my enchilada addiction, when I see it doesn’t come in my size, or even close to my size (boo).

The catch you ask? The reason you will come back and that I’m blogging instead of working right now? Well, honestly, I haven’t graded a pattern before, plus I’m really entertaining, I make myself laugh at least 2 times a day. So if you decide to visit me again, (I’m sure you will) you can follow along with me on this new scientific experiment (um, maybe don’t mention to mom, she still has flashbacks and screams when someone says “experiment” Γ  la turrets style. Poor UPS Guy.) I”ll be your free entertainment, on my process of learning grading, my mistakes, my triumphs, my inability to sew a single garment without sewing something in upside down or backwards at least once (I mean every friggin’ time.), and a host of other useless facts about moi.
Hopefully you will enjoy it, and hopefully someday, you will be able to come to my site, and squeal with delight when you click on a fabulous vintage pattern and it does, in fact, come in your size. Until then, my sarcasm and pictures will be here for you enjoyment.

  1. You may wish to investigate the copyright laws regarding patterns for anything other than personal use. (I don't want to be a Killjoy, but I would hate for you to get in trouble.)

  2. Hi Adelaide πŸ™‚ I have actually done a bit of research and the creator of Wearing History, which is another reproduction site, has been really helpful in making sure whatever I'm looking at hasn't been re-copyrighted. But for the most party, anything before 1960 hasn't been renewed.


  3. Thanks ladies! Someone just told me my blog was, ahem, a little to off-color for them in the sense of humor department(they of course didn't say it that nicely) so your words of encouragement made me feel much better!

    Llama, I'm pretty sure you have the best blog name ever, I mean ever…

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