So I was at Joann Fabric’s buying 4 spools of black serger thread, and only serger thread. But then… I had a coupon for 50% off a fabric cut, and Butterick patterns were 99 cents, and 2 hours later I stumbled upon this funky yellow geometric fabric. I knew it had to turn into something [...]


My mother did when she was 18 years old! I got a call from my Grandmother in England a few weeks ago, telling me she’d found this outfit (it’s actually two pieces, a vest jacket thing and a high waisted skirt), which evidently belonged to my mother when she was younger. It had virtually never [...]


I just wanted to post very quickly to share some action shots of the poodle skirt I posted last week. Thanks for all your wonderful comments and feedback! And I know that several of you were interested in the mechanics of dancing in it, so… This is how awesome your spins could be: Like Erika [...]


I know, poodle skirts are cliche. I feel almost guilty posting something that borders as a halloween costume here. BUT. My local swing dance was having a retro night, and I really really wanted to wear a poodle skirt. Sure, I could have made a mad-men dress and been all sophisticated and what not. But [...]


There’s a contest being held by BurdaStyle and Indygo Junction where you are supposed to take one of Amy Barickman’s wonderful vintage-inspired patterns and turn it into a piece of your own. One of the prizes is for a significant modification to become an Indygo Junction pattern, so my goal in creating this piece was to create something that would fit [...]

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This project was not in my originals plans for the day yesterday, a pair of jeans for my 52 Weeks of Sewing project was. But, then I decided to make a shirt to go with the jeans, and then it turned into “hey, I should just try that blouse from that Vintage Modern Design Challenge [...]


A black and red 50′s inspired swing dress – it has a circle skirt and and elasticated back. It was simple and a lot of fun to make and I’m excited to swing dance in it this Saturday! It’s not hemmed yet – I’m still deciding whether or not I want it much shorter. It’s [...]