Hi All!

Today I wanted to show you this nightie and matching sleep mask my mom made me!

She made it from this cute vintage pattern- I wish my  legs were as long as the girl in version B! lol

And even better it is made out of this super-soft and sewing-themed flannel!

It has been so nice and snuggly!


And after a few pictures and smothering Finn- he needed to borrow my sleep mask to take a little nap!


Hope you are all having sweet dreams!

If you want to check out more about this or my other sewing projects, make sure you check out my blog!

xo erin

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Hi All!

You may remember back in March when I showed you all my retro-inspired swimsuit I made at my course with Beverly Johnson.- Well I’m back with more! I’m currently taking her Boobcamp- and this time I brought my mom along! And just like the swim course I’m doing daily blogs to document all the fun I get up to!

But I thought I would share with you the bra that I made today in class- I felt it had a really retro vibe!

I’ve been so inspired by vintage lingerie, I made sure to make a pin board and get some good inspiration for the class- I have a feeling all my lingerie will have a very vintage feel to it!

The course is nothing short of what I expected- amazing- and it is even that much better because I got to bring my mom with me this time! Our progress through the day!

For this first bra I used her Pin-Up Girls ‘Classic Bra’ pattern, and I decided that I would do all this lace applique, because really who can resist this lace! – I did some on the band, and the ‘butterfly’ on the front of the cups (which is when you put lace on the center fronts of the cups and it looks like butterfly wings)

I chose this gorgeous blue fabric to go with the lace, and Beverly has little kits with all the matching findings to go with it- so happy that I don’t have to put  white/black/beige elastics and findings on everything!

I am so closed to being finished this bra! I will finish it tomorrow and put pictures of myself in it on my blog- it will also probably be my me-made item for MMMay14 too! (if I finish it by 11am and wear it- it counts!)

I’m so excited for the rest of the week- my week of sewing vintage style lingerie with mom! Alas if life could always be this sweet!

If you want to check out more pictures/ more info about this bra and my course then you can check out my blog!

xo erin


Hi All!


I’ve been doing a Throwback Thursday series on my blog, posting my makes from my pre-blogging days, and this Thursday I posted about my first vintage pattern make!

My first vintage make was this dress when I was 16 (about 7 years ago), although I had just turned 18 in this photo. Time flies…

I made it from this vintage Simplicity pattern 5040

Just a super-cute, shirt waist dress, with the adorable little pocket. I remember I was terrified for the notched collar, but the pattern instructions are so good in vintage patterns that I had no problem. I wasn’t brave enough to set in a sleeve however, and instead I decided to ditch the sleeves and make it sleeveless with a little binding edge. I’m still happy with my decision.

Still loving this pocket!

I was also too afraid to do buttonholes, so I would just pin the top and wear that wide elastic belt over it- it worked!

I remember being quite smitten with this dress and wearing it to highschool all the time- which all my ripped jeans and Hollister hoodie classmates thought was quite eccentric. I was a trend setter- only nobody followed my trends…

Did you have a really unique style during highschool? Did everyone give you the once-over in the hallways too?

Also, I have a longer post you can check out over on my blog!


xo erin


Hi All,

I was looking through my blog the other day, and I realized that I never shared this Barbie ensemble that my mom and I made for a friend’s granddaughter.

With the instructions of ‘fancy dress’ and ‘purple’ we set to work – hauling out one of our tiniest patterns!

The 1964 Tressy* Wardrobe- can I just say that I would like a Tressy* Wardrobe for myself- I would totally rock look #3!

But for our project Mom decided to make the overcoat featured in outfit #1, and I thought that Dress #5 would be ideal.

So I got out the little pattern pieces, and had a moment of swooning over the cuteness- they’re so little!

Purple velvet was the material of choice- and I decided to drop the front sash thing and make it strapless!

It was really easy to whip up, as you can see the seams are quite short- and I finished the back with snaps. With the dress and the other pieces that mom and I made, she had quite a snazzy ensemble.

So snazzy in fact, that I felt I had to make an adequately fashionable background for a photo shoot. (which I drew on craft paper stuck to the wall beside my bed, while my mom’s arm was expertly disguised under my duvet)

Here is the dress on its own, finished with a little silver trim.

The dress with the detachable overskirt that mom and I made with some purple tulle and ribbon.

And finally- the piece which I feel screams the most ‘Parisian chic’ – the velvet overcoat, trimmed in marabou

Yes, mom and I did re-live our childhood barbie dreams vicariously through this project- we may or may not have gotten a little too into this project- but I’m sure the little girl is very happy with her new Barbie attire.

If you want to see more pics and info about this project you can check out my blog!

This makes me miss my Barbie days – I had the house, the car, all the outfits (homemade and not)- I had an obsession :)  Did you love Barbies too?

xo erin