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

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

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. 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

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

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)

1950s · McCall's Patterns · Swimwear

Sewing Full Circle: My 1950s Bathing Suit Part I

Dear friends and readers, this swim suit has been a long time in the making. Four years to be exact. Here is the original post from 2 January 2010 stating my intentions to make it. This was back when my blog was La Petite Costumiere, WWNDW? did not even exist yet!   Courtesy of The… Continue reading Sewing Full Circle: My 1950s Bathing Suit Part I