I’ve recently picked up some bra making skills (as documented on my blog) and am so excited that I can now experiment with different vintage bra shapes. I also discovered a great site for retro lovers, called Foundations Revealed, which has various articles on how to draft and make retro bra styles (although the majority [...]
I’ve just finished my first real machine knitted garment! I bought a second hand knitting machine last year, but only had it serviced last week. And now, it is working properly. The machine, a Brother 710, is vintage itself. It is at least 35 years old, and likely to be even older. Like from the [...]
“What shall I wear to my graduate program holiday party?” I thought. I briefly considered wearing something totally different than what I wore last year (a navy blue dress) and decided against it. Navy blue it is! This is simplicity 1795, a full-skirted dress with kimono sleeves and a v-back. It’s made here in [...]
We’re iced in here in Texas, so yesterday I spent the day designing a dress. I’ve made plenty of 50s era dresses from patterns before, as well as several skirts and a few blouses. I’ve also designed my own skirt pattern using How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn. In my opinion, the book [...]
Hello WSR! I recently served as Bridesmaid for my gorgeous girlfriend’s destination wedding in New Orleans! I received Butterick pattern 8080 as a gift, and was very excited to make this pattern. I have many tattoo’s and needed to cover them for the conservative Catholic wedding mass. I couldn’t believe I found this amazing grey [...]
I thought to share some photos of this beautiful dress, I was inspired by the pattern “7075 Advance”, although I drew the patterns to make the dress look like the original pattern. You can see more about it here .
As usual I’m rather late to the pattern love party, but here is my Hawthorn. I wanted a cold weather version, so made this from a brushed cotton (this did mean that all the layers in the collar and facing became rather unwieldly). I found aspects of the pattern challenging, but I love the result [...]
I don’t often get chance to partake in sewing challenges. My own personal sewing list is long enough and even that is jeopardised by work and small people! But this blouse had a decent deadline and an exciting date to wear the finished shirt to. A bowling date with some really cool bloggers at London’s [...]
To celebrate my birthday this month, I’m hosting a little giveaway on my blog click here to enter to win a vintage pattern and fabric!