Suitable for Spring

By on April 5, 2015

I’ve always wanted a great vintage suit but have had a hard time finding one in my size and price range. So I finally broke down and sewed up my own!


I actually made this up from two different vintage patterns-Simplicity 4013 and Simplicity 1659. It’s made from a yummy red linen with vintage buttons.


A work in progress shot! This pattern is actually from 1939 which is one of my favorite years for fashion! I also want to make the dicky to go with the jacket.


It turned out quite fabulously! And it’s so comfortable to wear and looks effortlessly chic. It really makes me sad that suits have gone out of fashion unless you work in a very conservative office or are going for a job interview.


I’m also excited about the mix and match-ability of this suit! It really makes me sorry that I waited so long to make up this suit! For more photos and construction detail, pop over to my blog.

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1930s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Tea at Two

By on January 1, 2015

I squeezed one last project in before 2014 came to a close. Recently, I’ve been inspired by 1930s fashions so this dress is the next step on my journey to a 1930s wardrobe.


The pattern I used is Wearing History’s Tea at Two dress. Original 1930s sewing patterns can be expensive and hard to find so I love reproduction patterns! Plus this one was multi-sized which is always a bonus.

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I found an adorable set of white vintage buttons on etsy that were just perfect for this outfit! I love using vintage notions in my sewing projects because the add that extra touch of authenticity to an outfit.


It’s been unusually warm in my new home state, Florida, so I did get a chance to wear this dress recently even though it feels quite spring inspired to me. I’m sure it will get loads more wear when the weather warms back up for good in the spring.


More photos and construction details over on my blog.

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1950s | Skirts

Camera Addict

By on October 29, 2014

After a few months of working on big historical costuming projects, I needed a break for a quick vintage project I could whip up for some instant gratification sewing.


So a dirndl skirt in the cutest camera novelty print fabric was just the ticket! Usually, I stay away from novelty prints but I just had to have this one being that my husband is a photographer.


It didn’t hurt that the print included three of my favorite colors-mint, orange and chartreuse! I’m not sure I would have picked to pair these colors together myself but somehow they work. More photos and construction details over on my blog.

Have you tried any new prints or color combinations lately?

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1930s | Blouses | Pants / Trousers

Sporty Separates

By on September 2, 2014

I’m not one for actual sports or sporting events but I do love the sporty look popular in the 1930s. In need of some separates, I sewed up this outfit.

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The pants are a refashion of some 1930s trousers that I made ages ago. They were way to big and just not flattering! So I deconstructed them and reused the blue linen for a new pair of pants.

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The blouse I made from Simplicity 3173 from the 1930s. I also snagged some cute repro 1930s printed cotton that was just perfect for this blouse! You can’t tell from here but it also has small navy bits in the print which makes my inner matchy-matchy sense happy!

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I’m quite happy with how both of these pieces turned out. I even have some khaki cotton twill that would be just perfect for another pair of pants! I’m so ready for fall!

More photos and construction details are over on my blog.

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1930s | Dresses

1930s for Summer

By on August 14, 2014

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for all things 1930s! I recently completed my first 30s project and I’ve been shopping for fabric and patterns for some others.


I made this 30s dress from a 1930s reprinted pattern from Past Patterns.


The bodice is made from some great rayon fabric with rings that I interlined with cotton lawn for modesty.


The skirt is cotton broadcloth which makes it quite a cool outfit for summer! I’ve got more photos and construction details over on the blog, plus a sneak peak of some of my other 30s sewing plans is coming on my blog this week.

Do you like wearing 1930s fashions?

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1940s | Dresses

Floral Fourties

By on July 7, 2014

The late 40s are my favorite period and I’ve made yet another version of my favorite late 40s pattern-Simplicity 2851!

I made it up in a great vintage floral fabric that I got from a local sewing shop.

This is my first time making this pattern up in a print and it looks fabulous!

This makes the fourth time I’ve sewn up this pattern! And I’m sure I could make four more! Do you have a favorite pattern you love to make again and again?

More photos and construction notes over on the blog.

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1940s | Dresses

Wedded Bliss

By on June 15, 2014

This year was my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary and we decided to do a vintage vow renewal ceremony on the beach!

I decided to make myself a vintage wedding dress! I decided on this late 40s pattern:

Especially after I found it’s vintage doppelganger!

As you can see, my version of white cotton lawn turned out quite like the original!

It was such a wonderful event! I was so bummed that I got married before I discovered vintage so this was my do over dress.

I shared a ridiculous number of photos from the day over on my blog. General vow renewal shots are here and my dress diary is here.

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