SURPRISE! I’m back! Quick, right? Today I have a project that I consider more throw-back than vintage: Simplicity 5399 from 1981. Truthfully, I don’t think there’s been the same type of evolution in men’s fashion as there has in women’s. Most men’s patterns seem timeless to me. These shorts were my first foray with sewing a men’s garment. Aside [...]


It’s been a while since we last spoke. Truth is, I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing. Who knew that moving house would be such a time consuming task? Not me. That’s for sure. After my routine is broken, I have a hard time getting myself back into rhythm, and the things I was [...]


I decided earlier this summer that I needed to sew more skirts and blouses. I love how easy it is to wear separates. Still, I’m slow to follow-through. The Completion of my latest sewing projects only reaffirms my earlier notion.  There’s a mash-up of eras represented in this ensemble: the fabrics are contemporary, the skirt [...]


Hello Happy Sewers! I’m here today with my Chardon skirt, a contemporary pattern, made using vintage fabric and trim. I estimate both the fabric and the trim to date from the late 1960′s/early 1970′s. This was my first experiment with attaching a trimmed border to fabric. I stitched inside the perimeter of the bottom and used [...]


Hello, there! Spring has finally arrived in Chicago, and in the knick of time! I made this outfit to commemorate the first day of my very first Me-Made-May. This outfit hits on three decades. The blouse pattern comes from the 50′s, the blouse fabric is from the 60′s, and the skirt pattern is from the [...]


Spring was kind enough to show its face on Sunday afternoon. And, I managed to get my Mad Men SAL dress finished in time to take advantage of the sunshine and warmth. I don’t particularly need an excuse to sew a 50′s themed dress, but a themed SAL is a nice motivator. As always, more information and [...]

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This is my supplemental project for the Sew for Victory SAL. In contrast to the blouse I sewed, this dress is frivolous and fun and makes me feel fancy. As usual, there are more pictures and information posted up on my blog.  


I took advantage of the daylight on Sunday and photographed my first Sew for Victory project. I’m a huge fan of 1940′s blouse patterns. I think they represent a great period in the development of design in women’s separates. Many 1940′s blouses combine elements of hard/soft and  masculine/feminine. While this pattern was designed seven decades [...]


Hello! I’m currently working to get my supplies and materials organized. Most recently, I tackled my fabric stash. I have some pieces of vintage fabric I’d LOVE to know more about. I thought your collective knowledge might be the best way to get some direction,  information and answers. .These fabrics are all marked, Peter Pan Fabrics, [...]


This 1975 Simplicity pattern boasts the headline “SUPER SIMPLE” on its exterior. And, boy, oh, boy, did they deliver. The only difficult element in this pattern is distinguishing the front from the back. Ciao, Michelle.