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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. 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

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

1960s · Advance Patterns · Challenges · Pajamas · Vintage Pledge · Vintage Pledge 2019

Completed: Advance 2918 (1961)

Continuing with my "Year of Unfinished Business" (although technically this is year 2 of me catching up to my WIPs...) I've completed this 1960s pajama set I began in January of 2018. I remember I was particularly depressed at the time and watching a lot of the Dick Van Dyke show to cheer myself up.… Continue reading Completed: Advance 2918 (1961)

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

Challenges · Me Made May Etc. · MMM 2019 · Modern Sewing · Pants · Simplicity Patterns

Me Made May 2019: Day 22-24

I wrote this final MMM post but neglected to post it and forgot about it until I was perusing my drafts. Day 22 Activities: Lots of errands, craft night. 70 degrees and sunny. Today’s outfit report: Me Made Items 1. McCall's 6696 shirt dress (September 2016) RTW/Altered/Repaired 1. Grey cardigan 2. Khombu boat shoes 3.… Continue reading Me Made May 2019: Day 22-24

Dresses · McCall's Patterns · Modern Sewing

Completed: McCall’s 6696 Shirtdress

Time Frame: May – September 2016 Pattern: McCall’s 6696, shirtdress with cup options Fabric: 100% quilter's cotton by Lisette from JoAnn's Notions: Size 12 needle, pearl buttons from JoAnn’s, bias tape from stash, thread Size: 12, D cup Alterations: Take up at mid-armscye 1 1/4" back and front. Take up at lengthen/shorten line of bodice… Continue reading Completed: McCall’s 6696 Shirtdress