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Lil’ Vintage Homemaker Introduction

Well it looks like when Blogger went down last week it deleted my introduction and membership to this blog. So here is my second attempt 🙂

Hello out there in Retro Sewing land. My name is Reagan and I am an avid sewer and lover of all things vintage. I was so happy to come across this site and have spent some time on here now being inspired by everyone’s beautiful work. My grandmother was a seamstress and so she taught me at a very young age to sew and I haven’t stopped. I even turned my love for sewing into a career. I have a BA in Costume Design for Theatre and was fortunate enough to get a full time job for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA where I create all the headpieces, hats, and anything crafty that our cast members wear for our summer performances. Not only do I adore to sew, but I am obsessed with most things vintage. Most of my wardrobe consists of items from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Here is something I recently created:

I used the bodice of this Vintage Vogue pattern…
Which worked out great and was a perfect fit. I just did a full circle skirt, rather then the pleated version that the pattern had, because I was using a piece of silk that I had shoved away in my fabric bin and didn’t have enough yardage. Plus I also changed to straps to criss-cross in the back because I prefer that style. 
Also what vintage outfit would be complete without a hat? I took a purchased straw hat and covered the inside of the brim with some gathered fabric leftover from my dress. What you can’t see is the ribbon I created to go around the hat with a little bird nesting in the bow.

I’m looking forward to sharing and learning on this site…and please check out my new blog:

I’m off to create!

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Molly May 19, 2011, 6:55 pm

    What amazing timing, I am about to purchase that very same dress and am mulling over sizing because I am caught between the two size options! May I ask how you found the actual garment size compared to the envelope measures? In the past I've found them to run big.

  • Evis May 20, 2011, 12:44 am

    Lovely, lovely. And I adore the hat!

  • Reagan May 20, 2011, 6:32 pm

    Molly I found the sizing to be pretty dead on. I'm usually a perfect 12 for the bodice and have to alter for hips but since this is a full skirt I didn't have to worry about that. It fit like a glove with no alterations needed!

  • Molly May 21, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Thank you Reagan for the feedback. Your version is lovely, I especially like your fabric choice and the hat is divine, I've never thought about matching fabric hats, its a great idea!

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