hand-quilter

Something has been brewing for the past few weeks! I contacted a group of sewing bloggers who I find very inspiring and invited them to join me in a sewing project. The idea is simple. One pattern, seven bloggers, infinite possibilities.

And so the “One Pattern Seven Bloggers” project was formed.
~ A big thank you to Rachel who designed this cool badge for our project! ~

Everyone said yes to the project, and we have since been emailing with questions and ideas!
So, who’s on board?
Marie from A Sewing Odyssey
Reana Louise from Curves, Patterns and Pins
Rachel from My Messings
and Me!
Here is the pattern we decided on…
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Today marks ‘day one’ of the project, and our first blog post. Every Wednesday we will be posting about our progress until the big reveal on the 1st of June!
For the dress… I have been giving some thought to modifying the skirt to create a more ’50′s look by gathering the skirt significantly, and perhaps making a petticoat to add extra volume under the skirt. Our landscape here is quickly changing to autumn hues of burnt oranges and reds, so I am going to use autumn colours as my inspiration for the fabric.
Image from here.

I love the bodice of this dress so I cannot see myself changing it much. I am also thinking of making a fabric belt to match the dress. I will probably stick to a cotton fabric for this dress, as I like sewing with natural fibers.

Now, off to find some fabric…!

Feel free to come visit us and watch this project unfold!

Sam xox

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Two weeks ago I won this vintage Pinnock sewing machine on eBay, for a whole $1.04!!!
The seller said she wasn’t a sewer, so could not guarantee that the machine sewed, although she did say that when plugged in the needle moved up and down – which is a start! I haven’t yet plugged it in to give it a go, but fingers crossed it stitches. I have found a website that offers the manual for sale, so that will be next on my list to buy, as I have no idea how to thread this thing!
The machine is in great condition, and comes complete with its original cabinet. The cabinet lid folds down and the machine rises up from inside. Once up, the sewer is able to open the cabinet door (which has cute shelves and a bobbin holder), and sit in it to sew.




From online reading this machine dates to the 50′s or 60′s. If anyone knows anything about these machines feel free to give me advise. My best $1.04 buy on eBay ever!
Sam xox

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Here is a 1940′s blouse I made on Sunday from a vintage Simplicity pattern…



More on my blog.
Sam xox

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Inspired by the brooch board by Tuppence Ha’penny Vintage (instructions are blogged about here), last night I tried my hand at making my own.
I had a vintage frame, quilting wadding, and some red felt, and within minutes I had my very own board. While my vintage brooch collection is still very small, I am excited to have such a nice display for my dressing table.

~ Small beginnings ~

~ Brooch purchased from LoveMissP ~

~ 80′s rainbow brooch purchased from WildTeaParty ~

~ Vintage brooch – thrifted ~

Sam xox

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