1950s · Activewear · Stashbust 2017 · Vintage Pledge 2017

Completed: Play Set from Simplicity 3250 (1950)

I was amazed to open my sewing journal and see that I had started this set in 2017! I believe it was mostly completed in 2018, and then finished and gifted to my sister in 2019. So I guess it is only fitting that the blog post about it should be spaced a year apart… Continue reading Completed: Play Set from Simplicity 3250 (1950)

1960s · Dresses · McCall's Patterns · Stashbust 2020 · Stashbusting · Vintage Pledge · Vintage Pledge 2020

#stayhomeandsew McCall’s 9118

While I have plenty of schoolwork to catch up on, I am hoping to use my extra week of Spring Break to also do a bit of sewing to make the whole thing a bit less soul-sucking. Unfortunately I left my regular sewing machine and my whole sewing kit in RI in an attempt to… Continue reading #stayhomeandsew McCall’s 9118

Folkwear Patterns · Historical Sewing · Stashbust 2019 · Stashbusting · Tops and Blouses · Vintage Pledge 2019

Completed: Folkwear Dirndl Blouse

So my grand plans of having lots of sewing and blogging time in graduate school have obviously not been realized. The most I've had time to do is start an instagram for my professional/school endeavors, which can be found @thesartorialsleuth. So my new goal is that I'm hoping to do a more in depth recap… Continue reading Completed: Folkwear Dirndl Blouse

Accessories Sewing · Bag Making · Dog Under My Desk · Modern Sewing · Stashbust 2019 · Stashbusting

Completed: Plaid Cross-Body Bag

The week before I was due to move in August, I got the unreasonable idea into my head that I needed a new purse. While I wasn't ready to toss out my old purse, I wanted to have something a bit more professional for any meetings I would need to attend for the upcoming school… Continue reading Completed: Plaid Cross-Body Bag

Accessories Sewing · Bag Making · Modern Sewing · Patterns from Sewing Books · Stashbust 2019 · Stashbusting · Travel

Completed: Spoonflower Travel Bag

I haven't done much air travel since 2014, but we do a lot of car travel. I am enamored with the idea of matching travel luggage - it seems very sophisticated and evocative of the golden eras of travel (i.e. you've got money enough to travel and to purchase the fancy luggage, plus the fancy… Continue reading Completed: Spoonflower Travel Bag

McCall's Patterns · Modern Sewing · Stashbusting · Stashbusting 2018 · Tops and Blouses

Completed: McCall’s 6436 “Keys Casual” Sleeveless Shirt

This project was completed last June, its final stages completed on a road trip west to Utah... This shirt is what I envision myself wearing if I were on, say, Death in Paradise, The Finder, CSI Miami or Hawaii Five-Oh and living out my fantasy life as a scientist/amateur detective in the tropics. Time Frame:… Continue reading Completed: McCall’s 6436 “Keys Casual” Sleeveless Shirt

1960s · McCall's Patterns · Nancy Drew · Skirts · Stashbust 2019 · Stashbusting · Vintage Pledge · Vintage Pledge 2019

Completed: McCall’s 5779 (1961)

I am changing tack for MMM. I will still wear me-mades and document it when the occasion comes up, but I'm now using this time to focus on finishing up pieces from my WIPs pile and complete my wardrobe assessment. I did wear this skirt today, though! Last June I started this wrap skirt in… Continue reading Completed: McCall’s 5779 (1961)

1960s · AG Dolls · Menswear Sewing · Regency · Stashbusting

Winter Sewing Wrap-Up

Despite it being April, it is still cloudy and snowing here and we're lucky if temperatures are getting above 45. Usually sewing warm weather clothing cheers me up, but when it feels like the warm weather is never going to come it just gets gloomy. I started out strong in January but had to ease… Continue reading Winter Sewing Wrap-Up

Accessories Sewing · Bag Making · Simplicity Patterns · Stashbust 2017 · Stashbusting

Completed: Fold-Over Purse from Simplicity 8028

For Christmas I wanted to surprise my sister with a purse to match the Portside Travel Set I sewed last Christmas for her. Due to not having the right notions in my stash, however, it is only just finished. It was a straightforward make, and I think she'll like it. Pattern: Simplicity 8028, View C… Continue reading Completed: Fold-Over Purse from Simplicity 8028