Laura Mae

I have been very lax in posting my recent projects here.  One of the reasons is that I have been very busy in the sewing room. The special occasion (and the perfect excuse to make something completely over the top) was the opening gala of a local symphony. I used Butterick 6408 as my pattern. [...]


I am currently working away on a Gala Gown that will hopefully be finished before next Sunday! I am hoping to make myself an evening bag to match back to the dress, and would like to ask everyone if they know of an easy way to antique a purse frame that is currently bright gold? [...]


I have been so busy sewing, I have not been keeping up with my posts.  But I have been enjoying all of the projects being posted – and they are keeping me inspired! Recently, I have been trying to expand my vintage horizons, and heading even further into the past than my comfort zone (the 1940s [...]


I feel like I have been cheating on my vintage reproductions lately with actual vintage patterns.  But perhaps that is not such a bad thing . . . This pattern finally gave me the motivation to cut into a silk/cotton jacquard blend that I have been hoarding for years.  Seriously!  I have been pulling it [...]


In keeping with my resolution to make more separates for myself this year, here is one of my recent projects. The pattern is a 1945 reproduction from Eva Dress.  The original pattern is for a fantastic dress, which I have made twice!   It turns out, this dress makes a lovely little skirt (at least I [...]


As Mad Men fever is sweeping the country, so many people are going 1960s crazy, myself included. I have plenty of patterns to work with, but for some reason this newly purchased Simplicity pattern was calling my name.  I cannot find an actual date on the pattern, but it seems to be a late 1950s [...]


Here is my latest vintage reproduction dress – this time the pattern came from The Vintage Pattern Lending Library. I have been saving my red satin rayon specifically for this pattern, and I think they make a lovely pair. The sleeves and the yoked skirt are my favorite parts of the dress.  This pattern is [...]


Vogue 2444 is one of my recent projects.  And although I was unsure about the silhouette to begin, I am converted!  I love the swing jacket, and the sleeves.  Pure glamour!  And best of all, I have nothing else like it in my closet.  I feel like I have expanded my wardrobe horizons.   Sometimes [...]


I have been knitting up a storm lately.  There is a lovely late 1940s suit cut out in my sewing room, but I just have not been motivated to get to it.  Instead, here are a couple of my recent vintage reproduction knits. The first is “This One for Parties” from A Stitch in Time, [...]


I pulled out one of my favorite wool pencil skirts to wear this week, made using Simplicity 4047.  This skirt makes me want to sew up a bunch of blouses to match. The wool is what was leftover from my construction of Butterick 5281. I love when I can squeeze two projects out of one [...]