Discovered a thin book from Dover Publications in the library one wet weekend: Fashions of the Thirties, 476 authentic copyright-free illustrations, selected & arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton. (Still available online, also an updated version that includes a CD – such modernization!) The tiny Publisher’s note states the images were taken from the Fashion Review [...]
The Pattern I bought the pattern for the 1930′s Pleated beret with accent trim as a PDF-pattern from Kalliedesigns at Etsy. When writing this the cost was $4.25. It was mailed to me very promptly, well within the time limit of 24 hours. The pattern is a copy of an old one, and is a [...]
A recent sustainability themed industry day at school had me transforming the legs off a pair of leather pants into a 1930s peplum, and trim for a sporty topper… I used the Vintage Vogue reprint V8686, and Wearing History’s sporty toppers, view 3. The fabric was given to me by an elderly lady, and the [...]
Hello Ladies! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter! (and Passover – I celebrate both!) In celebration of this wonderful holiday when all vintage ladies used to purchase or make a completely new outfit, I decided to recreate a springy dress from one of my favorite movies of Hollywood’s Golden Era. The film is [...]
I’ve been busy sewing away on another Downton Abbey inspired piece. For Easter, I decided to sew up Mary’s Garden Party/Flower Show dress from season 1. I used Vogue 8648 as a starting point and then drafted away to make the piece more like Mary’s dress. I also got to use a piece of my [...]
For a Valentine’s night out, I made this party dress from velvet print taffeta and Butterick B5556 1955 reprint. It was crazy fun to wear. Full skirts are the best! See more on my blog.
How do fellow vintage sewers and crafters, i thought it was time to stop stalking the vintage sewing blogs and actually participate a bit, in a hope that it will make me continue to tackle my ever growing sewing project pile. My sewing skill is beginner/shitty intermediate and have completed a few projects but patterns [...]
I whipped up a little retro hat out of left over cheap green felt.It was surprisingly easy,I used simplicity 3322 style 2.I will be making style 1 and the purse also,got to search the stash for the right fabric.I,ll probably make style one in some red felt today.
Vogue 2444 is one of my recent projects. And although I was unsure about the silhouette to begin, I am converted! I love the swing jacket, and the sleeves. Pure glamour! And best of all, I have nothing else like it in my closet. I feel like I have expanded my wardrobe horizons. Sometimes [...]
From undies to mop caps, aren’t we a great diverse group of sewers?! If you’re not too sleepy, stop over at the Willow Homestead for a DIY look at a perfectly flouncy, ridiculously moppy cap to wear over your pins and rollers while you snooze. And if you’re not sleepy now, this tutorial may just [...]