1930s · Sewing Pattern Ephemera · Simplicity Patterns

Simplicity Fashion Forecast July 1936

Hello dear readers! The summer sewing plans I had have fallen entirely by the wayside as work, thesis writing, and a new historical gown for an end-of-summer retreat have taken precedence. My slow sewing project, Simplicity 7031, was a total loss due to a major drafting error. And, while I've been a bit more active,… Continue reading Simplicity Fashion Forecast July 1936

Sewing With A Plan

2022 Summer Sewing Plans Amended

I'm part excited, part flabbergasted to find that we are already halfway through 2022. Part excited because I'm officially done with the classes in my graduate program and part flabbergasted because of course I thought I'd get in some more sewing time than I actually have. At the moment, the fitting issues around Simplicity 7031,… Continue reading 2022 Summer Sewing Plans Amended

1960s · Me Made May Etc. · MMM 2022 · Stashbust 2020

Completed: McCall’s 5779 Blouse (1961) and Me Made May Weeks 2+3

I've actually made two things from a single pattern! I love the idea of these wardrobe patterns, and have always wanted to make all the pieces of one, so I'm now 2/3 of the way there-just the shorts left to go. This particular wardrobe is a "sports" wardrobe. This doesn't mean it was intended as… Continue reading Completed: McCall’s 5779 Blouse (1961) and Me Made May Weeks 2+3

Me Made May Etc. · MMM 2022

MMM Week 1 and a Slow Sewing Project Update

For week 1, my one me-made outfit was my McCall's 6436, completed in 2019. I put a lot of time into getting the fit right with this pattern, so I should really make some more of them since I like sleeveless shirts. Photo by author. As for Simplicity 7031, my Slow Sewing Project, things are… Continue reading MMM Week 1 and a Slow Sewing Project Update

Sewing Tools

A Slow Sewing Project: Tracing and Cutting Tools

Last week I posted about my latest project, Simplicity 7031. Photo by author. This week I worked on tracing off my pattern and cutting out my fabric. I always trace off my vintage patterns to reduce handling and better preserve the originals. I use Wawak's Dotted Marking #15 Pattern Paper. It is an expensive purchase… Continue reading A Slow Sewing Project: Tracing and Cutting Tools

1950s · Children's Sewing · New York Patterns · Sateen · Stashbusting · Stashbusting 2022

Completed: New York 1445 (1952)

Photo by author. I recently completed this for a baby shower gift. I rarely make baby/kids clothes, so it was a fun change. I've had the pattern and fabric in my stash for a long time, but never knew what to make with either. Once I started working on it, though, I knew this was… Continue reading Completed: New York 1445 (1952)