I’m pretty sure most of the internet knows about the Emery Dress by now, right? It’s Christine Hayne’s latest pattern release and it’s such a lovely design that really lets you get creative with finishing touches and construction techniques.

Oh, and you know it has pockets right? I think pockets will forever be the thing that seals the deal with seamstresses all over the world.

I constructed my bodice a bit differently than Christine instructs as I was using a standard vintage zip and not an invisible one. I also made my bow belt instead of using the attached bow pattern because I thought the dress would be a little more versatile sans bow.

As always, you can find more photos and construction details on my blog as well!


Plaid Hawthorn

by cawmags on December 1, 2013 · 4 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Giveaway

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 and will make another, perhaps in a thinner fabric.  There are more details on my blog.


Massive congrats to  old-fashioned-girl who won our giveaway for $35 to spend at Bessie Miller Vintage. Check your inbox for an email from me !

If you didn’t win, you can console yourself with 15% off anything at Bessie Miller Vintage until March 15th with the coupon code BLOGGIN15

Bessie’s patterns are already super affordable so with a coupon it’s almost daylight robbery.

You’ll remember we were talking about my pattern chaos last week…well, I literally went through every box of patterns in my possession to try to weed some out and I found some real beauties that I had completely forgotten about. I’ll be sharing them over on our facebook page next week. Pattern reorganization had to take a backseat to a sick two-year-old this week, but she’s on the mend so I’ll be back at it soon! For now, I need some quality time with a cup of tea and House of Cards (PS. anyone else think the British original was better? ). Have a great weekend! :)



I’ve come to realize that it is no longer appropriate for me to visit ebay without adult supervision.

It was bad enough when I had to call into service overflow boxes for the patterns that wouldn’t fit in my enormous pattern cabinet, but now even my overflow boxes have their own overflow boxes. I am on a complete, utter and total pattern buying hiatus until I a) have a clear-out or b) find a second pattern cabinet (know of one for sale within a four hour drive of Southwestern Indiana? Get in touch!)

I’ll be taking some time this weekend to sort out my own personal pattern chaos, so while I’m trying to impose order onto the madness, here’s a treat for you: $35 to spend at Bessie Miller Vintage.

Bessie has all manner of vintage in her etsy shop, but I think you’ll be particularly interested in her super affordable patterns.

When I say they’re affordable, I mean 1947-pattern-in-factory-folds-for-$7.99 affordable, like this:

Bessie is also a long-time contributor to WeSewRetro. You might remember seeing her fab forties swimsuit

To Enter:

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment below: you can tell me your favorite item from Bessie’s store or leave me some pattern storage/organization advice. The winner will be chosen on Friday, February 28th to receive $35 to spend on whatsoever their heart chooseth from Bessie Miller Vintage. This giveaway is open worldwide :)

Over on our facebook page, we’re discussing where these pattern ladies store their kidneys: