Laura Mae

I have had quite a few questions about my use of rayon seam binding to finish off raw edges, and I have just completed a tutorial over at Lilacs & Lace. In my opinion, it is the perfect seam finish for vintage reproductions!  And if anyone has any other methods of applying it, I would love [...]

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Here is my most recent vintage reproduction sewing project.  I have so many patterns in the stash crying out for a little attention, but once I got my paws on this new one, I just couldn’t resist cutting into some fabric.  In my defense, the silk has been in living in a drawer for a [...]


I love when the opportunity to dress up presents itself! I attended the opera this past Wednesday evening, so I had to pull out this gown (made for a gala event in 2009).  The pattern is from Eva Dress, originally Vogue 6111 from 1947. Now that winter weather is here, I am rediscovering all of [...]


Here is my version of Vintage Vogue 2339. I constructed it back in 2005, and pulled it out of the closet this week for an evening of Mahler with the Marin Symphony.  Although the suit has a few issues (please don’t look too closely at my first attempt with bound button-holes) I love how it [...]


I thought I would share a couple of my vintage knits. This beaded beauty has been neglected for years.  It has reminded me how much I love knitting with the added texture of beads, so I am going to keep my eyes open for a new project with beaded embellishments. And this lace sweater was [...]


I just had to share my incredible find at a local antique shop – I could not resist taking this amazing silk slip home with me.  It has a couple of holes and some staining, but the workmanship is unlike anything I have ever seen.  Hand embroidery, tiny French seams, luscious silk – everything about [...]


Just because the weather is warm does not mean a fall color palette cannot be enjoyed!  This is the ideal dress for the strange between-seasons weather we are experiencing in California.  It is a comfortably cool seersucker for the warm temperatures, but the colors are definitely inspired by an autumn day. The dress looks quite [...]


I finished my Jenny Cardigan in early July, but never got around to wearing it.  The yarn is a cotton/rayon blend and the summer has not been especially hot, so I have no excuse, other than the fact that I could not find anything I wanted to wear with it! Enter Vogue 9668.  This dress [...]

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The dress I pulled out of the closet for a day in San Francisco at the De Young Museum is Vogue 2903.  I felt that the bright colors were appropriate for a Picasso exhibit. I adore this reproduction.  And it is still in print, so I cannot be the only one!  I have a bad [...]


This is my version of Butterick 5032.   I finished the project a couple of years ago,but this poor dress has been extremely neglected.  With Fall upon us, and cold weather closingin, I thought I would pull her out for one last fling before next year. I have also used the capelet as a cover-up for [...]