Month: May 2016

1930's top

1930’s One Hour Summer Top

Last year I purchased some fabric in a unique color blend of black, yellow, and light grey.  I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but since it was such a great price, I, of course, snatched it right up!  Well, it has finally found a purpose with this very easy summer blouse. This is all one piece, and if you can make a hem, you can make this top!  The most important part of the construction of this blouse is with the shape of the one piece.  While you can technically do any length or width that you would like, make sure you don’t make the neckline too wide…a mistake I made on my first practice round.  I recommend a 9″ x 6″ square opening. Here is the pattern I created for this design: Pattern   Materials: 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 yards of fabric Process: Hem all raw edges of the top, including the neckline. Either hem all raw edges of tie, or you can cut out double the amount …

sun

A 1920’s Look at Sun Protection

Well, the sun is out and that means so are my legs which haven’t seen a UV ray in about six months.  While I am very excited to soak in all that lovely Vitamin D, I still need to be very cautious about how much of it my winterized skin is getting.  And even though we are still in a society that values a golden tan, getting it in a healthy way is very important.  Of course, this wasn’t always the case.  We have had a past with cultural traits that have valued a complexion which appeared to be as blemish and sun free as possible.  In fact I distinctly remember reading Little House on the Prairie as a young child and laughing at the scolding Laura received for not wearing her sun bonnet. Of course, it was easier back in the 19th century to avoid too much sun simply by the length and layers of clothing that was worn.  However, once skirts became shorter and sleeves disappeared, sunburns became more common.  So how was sun protection …

house plans

My New Obsession: Vintage House Plans

I have found the best way to learn about the past, or even appreciate the past, is by researching and studying how people lived.  Of course events and such are helpful, but taking a look at how the average person lived their life really opens up their world to you.  For this very reason, I have a rather large cookbook collection and enjoy reading them over and over again, to get a feel for what and how peopled valued certain events or occasions. The same discovery can be made by looking at house plans.  Of course, many of the examples out there may not have been realistic for all families, but they do give you a fantastic glimpse into the architecture of the time and what people valued.  Number of bathrooms, bedrooms, dens, patios, etc. are all so fascinating to look at and appreciate.  I also love to get ideas on landscaping from many of these examples as they are quite sweet! I have chosen a few of my favorite houses to share with you! …

book launch

IT’S HERE: Pattern Book, Fashion Line, and Giveaway!!!

Today is truly a dream come true…. It is a day which I have thought about, planned for, agonized over, and gained a pound or two (or three) over!  And now that it is here, I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness, accomplishment, and a wee bit, or maybe a lot, of nervousness! 🙂 So without any further ado, let’s just get right into it!   Aimee’s Vintage Armoire 1940-1950 Pattern Book Focusing on fashion from the 1940’s and 1950’s, this spiral bound, full color book features nine various garments inspired by vintage pieces.  Each pattern is hand created by you, using the pattern guides in the book to help you create a truly custom piece.  To learn more about the pattern drafting used in this book, please click HERE. Front Cover Back Cover Inside of Book This lovingly created book is available for purchase through the Lulu Publishing Company for $25.00 (USD) plus shipping. Simply click HERE to be taken to Lulu to complete your purchase.  To see the return policy for Lulu, please click HERE, …

summer wardrobe

Preparing for a Summer Wardrobe!

I desperately need to clean out my closet.  I’m talking every stitch of clothing must be removed and rehung/organized.  It is hands down, without a doubt, a giant hot mess.  I keep telling myself that I will clean it out when it is time to bring out my warmer weather clothing…well, that time has come.  I don’t personally enjoy cleaning out closets, but I do enjoy having an organized house, so, with that said, it’s getting done this weekend.  And since I’ve just put it in writing, I must follow through. Cleaning aside, I am excited to see that bright and airy clothing which is always a fun surprise to see when I open the closet door.  And since I know this event is in my future, I thought I would share some fun summer clothes that would be fabulous to have in any wardrobe, vintage or modern! I love this 1930’s striped skirt/dress combo.  A look and style that has been, and will certainly be, repeated many times. Can’t go wrong with a ruffled …

1955 suit

Recreate this Look: 1955 Charcoal Suit

I have come to love wearing anything with a bow.  I don’t care where it is located, as long as it is loopy, flowy, and feminine, I love it!  That’s why I was so excited to recreate this month’s look.  With a lovely color combination of pink and grey, this is perfect for those lovely springy days!  This blouse and accessories, would also pair lovely with a nice tailored crop pant in grey, black or white! This inspiration picture is quite stunning in itself.  While I struggled finding the exact replicas of the blouse in a small gingham print and a cropped jacket, I tried to maintain the essence of the look.       <br/> 1955 Black Suit with Pink Accents by aimees-victorian-armoire featuring opi nail care Never underestimate the power of a well-chosen accent color to make you feel put together and ready to take on the world! Have you signed up for my monthly newsletter? Click HERE to enter your email so you can begin receiving fun updates!

paper pattern

How to Draft Paper Sewing Patterns

Many of the patterns I have created for my blog often rely on using a pattern guide where you draft your own pattern.  It is a wonderful process that really allows you to understand the constructions of a particular garment along with a growing familiarity of the shape patterns need to be to fit your body.  I first began pattern drafting after I purchased a 1930’s sewing book which used a mathematics-based system.  Never being all that good at math, I grew overwhelmed looking at the guide provided to create what I was used to simply cutting out.  However, once I slowly went through the process I was delighted to find how easy it was to learn and how many more types of garments I could create on my own without having to be restricted to the sizes offered on pattern envelopes. So, if you have tried but became frustrated with pattern drafting, or if you have never tried it at all, than this post is for you! The first step in preparing for pattern …

1860's patterns

My Favorite 1860’s Sewing Patterns and Finished Projects

Today’s post has been a blast to put together!  I wanted to share some of my favorite sewing patterns, but I wasn’t sure which ones I wanted to share.  So as I was looking back at some of my sewing projects, I decided to do a true throwback and share my favorite 1860’s patterns.  Plus, with reenactment season almost in full swing, this could be the perfect time for all you re-enactors to whip up something new! If you have been following my blog since its beginning, you might have noticed that over the last year  I have expanded my sewing focus from mid 19th century to include more recent decades.  The reasons for this are numerous but the overarching one is passion.  I have learned, the hard way at times, to let my creativity go where it wants to.  If I restrict it to simply one area (decade, century…) I will get burnt out rather quickly and will end up with large droughts of uninspired nothingness.  This is why I choose to let my …