Vintage Sewing

Hi! Another Fan of Retro Sewing Checking In!

August 21, 2007

I’m Nina, aka The Empress, and I’m a vintage pattern junkie. I happened across the blog from Michelle’s website/blog (patterns from the past). I’ve ordered from Michelle in the past (ha ha) and I go to her site often to drool. After reading the blog, I joined Pattern Review and entered the contest. I’m way beyond hooked. I’m so thrilled to be able to join in the fun at Sew Retro. It’s right up my alley.

Here’s my entry in progress for the sewing contest:

I’ve modified the length to make it fit my 3 and 5 year old daughters. I added a bit of sca;lloped eyelet trim to the bottom edge and then hand hemmed. It’s awaiting pressing and then a photo session of the finished product. I’m pretty pleased with it (and myself). One other modification was to take iron in facing that will fuse on both sides. That added nice stiffness to the neckline. It will hold up to a lot of wear and tear that way.
Not shown are the buttons I got for 50 cents per card on clearance. I used them as decoration since I ABHOR making buttonholes. I just don’t do button holes. Instead, I used some vintage hooks and eyes at the shoulders.
A little bit about me:

I manage a bunch of websites (which I’m really not doing much with at the moment since I’m chained to my sewing machine). One of them is I am attempting to get a business started there where I make vintage repro items – mostly for babies and kids, but also aprons for mom. I’m also working on I blog at and also

  1. That is beautiful.

    Welcome and happy sewing 🙂

    P.S there are quite a few here (myself included) who also hate button-holes!

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