Vintage Sewing

One Short Day in the Emerald City….

By on November 4, 2014

Well Hello Everyone! I am incredibly sorry that it has been so long since my last post but alas, between working a second job and trying to fit in family time my life has been literally too hectic for crafting!! This idea all started when I had a sudden desire to make my own costume this year for Halloween. I absolutely love Halloween and everything about it! This time of year the leaves are beautiful, Jack-O-Lanterns fill the steps of houses, people get to dress up in fun costumes and just have a great time. To be honest, I have never really had much interest in making my own costume before because I (shamefully) have always bought a pre-packaged one or just threw on a pair of wings and a tiara and called it good! 

This year I decided to take my costume fate into my own hands and see what I could come up with. I knew that I wanted it to have a fun 50’s retro-vibe to it and came up with the idea of being a “Wicked Housewife” after finding this wonderful wicked witch silhouetted fabric at Jo-Ann’s (It was even on sale! I’m telling you it was totally fate!) I found this fabulous Simplicity pattern with a princess seamed bodice, full circle skirt and cute retro bow detail at the waist and decided to take the plunge 🙂 

I chose view B with the Added bow :)
I chose view B with the Added bow 🙂

With this dress I did a lot of firsts! It was my first time making a princess seamed bodice, using horsehair braid, and doing a full lining! I am so incredibly pleased with the way it turned out! For more construction details and photos check out my blog at Frillz, Mistakes and Fun!


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1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Notions | Sewing Machines

Vintage Jackpot and Another Completed Dress :)

By on June 20, 2014


Whoa! I know I just posted yesterday about finishing a dress but the past week has been a very productive one for me and I was able to complete a project that I had gotten half-way through and just wasn’t able to finish at the time! This dress is made out of a wonderful blue cotton from Vintage Vogue V8875 🙂 This was my first time working with a Vintage Vogue repro pattern and while it presented some interesting challenges and techniques I hadn’t tried before I must say I am pleased with the result!                                                    


I also wanted to share a few vintage treasures that I recently acquired! A close friends grandmother passed away and she was left with boxes of old sewing things like patterns, notions, and fabric. When she asked if there was anything I would like since she wanted to see it go to someone who would get use out of it I of course said yes! I came home with boxes of stuff and I thought you’d like to see some of it 🙂 Feel free to swing by my blog for more pictures and details!

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1950s | Dresses

1958 Ladies Party Dress

By on June 19, 2014

So I finally got around to making a wearable muslin of my “Ladies 1958 Party Dress” by Sense & Sensibility Patterns! I highly recommend this pattern to any newbie or experienced sewer! It was a dream to work with and very easy to alter. The full gathered skirt, and kimono-sleeved bodice are just wonderful! So comfortable and versatile this is the kind of pattern you can make either as fancy or as casual as you’d like it to be!


For my wearable muslin I used this great peach linen-blend fabric that I picked up at Hancock Fabrics on sale for 3.00 a yard! For the belt I just used some mint cotton broadcloth and fusible interfacing with some snaps on the back 🙂 Find more details on my blog





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1950s | 1960s | Made from Curtains | Skirts

Holy Update Batman!

By on May 20, 2014

I have been absent for some time in the sewing community, This year has just proven to be way too busy but 🙂 I am getting back into the swing of things with…. 16 vintage inspired skirts 🙂 I don’t have a picture of every single one of them but I can say the few that I do have I am incredibly proud of. I was contacted by a local shop a few months back to create some vintage inspired skirts for them and to be honest I was so incredibly nervous! I made so many little silly mistakes on my first few that I had to go back and fix I was ready to pull my hair out and give up! I took a deep breath, picked out my stitches and kept on truckin! The end result…16 beautiful skirts that I can be proud of.

I created my gored skirts using Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing pattern and they turned out beautiful!

The fabrics I used were a mixture of vintage and modern 🙂 I created 4 of each style in an A-line, Gored, Drindl, and Pencil and I could not be prouder…I even have a few with lapped zippers! A technique that has often eluded me in the past! For more pictures and details check out my blog at

Not the best picture of all of them but it does give you a good general idea of what they all look like!

As always thanks to all of you contributors for being such amazing inspirations!




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1960s | 1970s | Made from Curtains | Skirts

Fun with Vintage bedsheets ! :)

By on November 3, 2013

This post is going to be short and sweet because the writing sector of my brain isn’t quite cooperating with me at the moment. I have had these 2 vintage bedsheets sitting in my stash for quite a while so I thought today that I would pull them out and get creative with them! The first is a self-drafted circle skirt I used what I think is a vintage curtain panel but it may be a top sheet I am not 100% sure (I think that both fabrics are probably late 60’s to 70’s) and for the contrasting waistband I just used some pretty yellow broadcloth I bought yesterday on a whim because it was on sale. 🙂 Love when things like that work out! It is a bit springy…but I think with a pair of darker tights, a pretty blue cardigan it will make a nice fall skirt due to the fact that the fabric is actually quite heavy for a top sheet.

The 2nd project was also a self drafted pattern that I used a pair of pajama pants that I have and made a fun bright pair of pajamas with! These are super light, soft, and comfy and I have some more of this material left over so I may make a matching top or a pair of pajama shorts since I worry that this much print would be overwhelming. 🙂 At the end of the day I am really happy with both of these projects and excited that they turned out well without any problems :).


I think that I am getting the hang of this whole sewing thing! I have a lot of exciting things happening on the horizons which I will be blogging/posting about in the weeks to come. I just want to say a big thanks to all of the wonderful contributors on this site that have really inspired me and given me the courage and strength to keep at it! 🙂

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Question about Vintage Fairs/shows ?

By on July 12, 2013

Hey everyone 🙂 I have seen several blogs/youtube vidoes and the like here and there mentioning that someone went to a vintage show, or vintage themed fair and I was just wondering how you find out about these things? Is there like a little database somewhere that has the big ones listed? Or is it mostly just a regional thing? Being from Iowa when I searched I just got a lot of stuff for antique shows, which don’t get me wrong I love those too! I would just really love to go to a fair that is geared more towards vintage clothing and style. Any information would be much appreciated! 🙂


As always if you get bored You can check out my blog 🙂

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And so success has finally been achieved!

By on July 8, 2013

So I finally made a dress that fits correctly!! Hooray!!!!!! After 2 muslins, a whole lot of time, and frustration later I got this! You have no idea how incredibly excited I am to finally have made a dress that fits the way it is supposed to!



I used Retro-Butterick b5478 and some lovely polka dotted cotton I found at Hancock’s Fabric 🙂 Check out my blog for more details 🙂

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