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)

McCall's Patterns · Modern Sewing · Silk Charmeuse · Undergarments

Completed: Bias Slip

Photo by author. Time Frame: May 2020-May 2021Pattern: McCall's 6696 as a base, modified using measurements from my old slip, and drafting advice from a book.Fabric: Lightweight silk charmeuse from Fashion Fabrics Club. -- yards for $-- (I'll add when I find the receipt!)Notions: Thread (several different beige colors) from stash to use up odds… Continue reading Completed: Bias Slip

1960s · Dresses · Sew Weekly · Simplicity Patterns

Completed: Simplicity 5889 Dress (1965)

Photo by author. I can't believe this dress was 8 years in the making. I have some old WIPs, but except for my 10+ year old half-made cape, this might take the cake. I originally started it for a Sew Weekly challenge where the theme was "Mad Men." I was going for a Betty look… Continue reading Completed: Simplicity 5889 Dress (1965)

Challenges · Hey June · Me Made May Etc. · MMM 2021 · Tops and Blouses

Me Made May ’21 Days 4-5

I have no photo for days 4 and 5 because this tee I've been wearing has been relegated to undershirt status. The white fabric pilled, and it has started to get holes. It was made in 2016 from the Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan Tee pattern (which has cup sizes!) and has been worn a… Continue reading Me Made May ’21 Days 4-5

Challenges · McCall's Patterns · Me Made May Etc. · MMM 2021 · Sustainable Living · Tops and Blouses

Me Made May ’21 Day 2

The second day of May was really warm, so I went full on summer with my outfit. This top, made from McCall's 6436, is much younger than yesterday's top. The pattern is one of those great ones with cup sizes which they don't seem to be doing much anymore. I made it in 2018, finishing… Continue reading Me Made May ’21 Day 2

Challenges · Me Made May Etc. · MMM 2021 · Simplicity Patterns · Sustainable Living · Tops and Blouses

Me Made May ’21 Day 1

MMM '21, photo by author. For day 1 I pulled out one of my oldest me-mades. In the summer of 2010, I made two versions of Simplicity 2415, and I later made a third version in flannel. It needed some tweaking to not look too balloony or boxy, so I put full length darts in… Continue reading Me Made May ’21 Day 1

Advance Patterns · McCall's Patterns · Pictorial Review · Sewing Pattern Companies · Simplicity Patterns · Vogue

Vintage Pattern Stash Additions

I have finally gotten around to scanning a small collection of vintage patterns given to me by someone with whom I used to work. It is a fun little collection, so I thought I'd share them here. Most of them are my size, so that's extra exciting! Est. 1918. Photo by author. Est. 1923. Photo… Continue reading Vintage Pattern Stash Additions

1960s · Challenges · McCall's Patterns · Me Made May Etc. · MMM 2020 · Skirts · Video Posts · Vintage Pledge · Vintage Pledge 2020

MMM ’20 Sunday Sewing Vlog Special!

Click here to see Days 1-3, Days 4-7! I decided to try something a little different today and do a vlog about my (multiple) attempts to alter my McCall's 5779 to fit better. https://youtu.be/EUbIE26TDKw I prefer blogging over Instagram when it comes to reviews of patterns and descriptions of projects, but vlogs have grown on… Continue reading MMM ’20 Sunday Sewing Vlog Special!

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

1940s · DuBarry · Outerwear · Vintage Pledge · Vintage Pledge 2019

Completed: 1940s Lab Coat from DuBarry 5497

At the beginning of the semester we were informed we would need to acquire lab coats for working in the conservation lab. I already have a flameproof one for chemistry lab, but I don't really like it and the flameproofing is complete overkill for a conservation lab...we're not even allowed to have a water bottle… Continue reading Completed: 1940s Lab Coat from DuBarry 5497