I picked up this old wool club jacket at an estate sale a few months ago. The back embroidery was fabulous even though the coat was moth-eaten and very worn. I used McCalls 4161 coat pattern from the 1940s as a starting point to sew up [...]
As most of you already know, one of the greatest satisfactions of sewing your own clothes is having a fabulous occasion for which to wear them! Such an occasion was this past New Year’s Eve, when Wild Kat hosted a glittering Prohibition Party. We even convinced our men to dress the part! Wild Kat [...]
After many cold, winter days of just dreaming about this project… I finally awoke to success! I paired McCalls 3730 and a wool stadium blanket to sew up a fabulously warm and comfy jumper. The pattern worked up easily with no major alterations. I was smart enough to leave enough ease through the waistline so [...]
Last month my husband and I took a second honeymoon out to the Bonneville International Speedway in Utah. Drove the ’50 Chevy there and back from Wisconsin with no problems, 4200 miles in all. He pegged it at 75mph while I sewed the buttons on this cotton dress. McCalls 8019 was the perfect pattern for [...]
Fresh off the sewing machine is a restyled Navy uniform top. I found this at the local thrift and it’s riddled with moth holes. I didn’t want to toss it away so decided to do a make-over. I split the center front, added a zipper and did a bit of embellishing. More details at [...]
I just couldn’t let this fantastic aqua, floral border print go the way of most border prints (the ever-popular gathered skirt), so I opted for capris and a tie-front top. Wore it to a fabulous car show downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the historic Pabst Brewing grounds. More details on the outfit on my blog.
Even though it’s not exactly Spring yet here in Wisconsin, I’m soaking up sun whenever I can find it! Last weekend my husband was kind enough to snap a few shots of my new Decades of Style 1930s Sweetheart Overalls (using his 1951 Oshkosh Truck as a most appropriate prop). More details and pics at [...]
Phew! At 10:30pm Saturday night, I sewed the last snap onto my Easter dress! Nothing like a deadline to keep your butt in gear! For myself, a 1950s full-skirted dress in a luscious silk/linen blend using Butterick 7065. To see more photos on this and details on my children’s outfits, check out my blog post.
Perhaps I should have gone the more sensible throw pillow route with this one, but I couldn’t help it. One 54″ wide yard of 1960s vintage home dec cotton makes for a very nice Oriental jacket. More details over at my blog.
One Fall project knocked off the list…a skirt suit with matching blouse made out of a ridiculous zigzag knit. That fact along could qualify me for the “Mildly Insane” tag over there. The very controversial half-belt treatment pretty much seals the deal. People either love it or hate it. Have to say, though, that I’m [...]