One Yard: Two Different Ways

Alright, this has to be my most favorite one yard creation to date!  I saw examples of these two blouses in a cutout from a 1950’s Australian magazine and immediately ran to my sewing room to get started!  These are extremely easy to make and are great layering pieces.  Just imagine the bow at the neck blouse under a blazer….gorgeous!

All you will need for each blouse is a 36″ x 36″ square of cotton.  Cut each square and subsequent ties based on the following patterns.

1950’s Blouse with Bow at Neck           1950’s Blouse with Bow at Waist

***Adjust the size of square to accommodate various sizes.

Bow at Neck Blouse Instructions:

1. Hem all sides of triangle, except at the 8″ neckline.



2.  Stitch the two ties together creating a straight line.  Cut off excess fabric.



3.  Pin the the neckline, right sides together, making sure to match the center of the neckline with the center of the tie.



4.  Hem all raw edges of the the tie.



5.  Fold the tie over the neckline, and then whipstitch in place.



6.  T0 properly place the snaps for the blouse, wrap the blouse around the body or dress form.  Pin the desired location for the snaps and then hand stitch into place.





(See bottom of post for more pictures of this blouse)

Bow at Waist Blouse Instructions:

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A 1930’s Accessory in Ten Minutes or Less…

Looking for the perfect accessory to go with that 1930’s outfit?  Why, yes you are!

Have 10 inches of the perfect fabric?  As a matter of fact, yes!

Have ten minutes to spare?  Of course!

Then this little scarf is for you!

 Add another 20 minutes and you can also whip up the flower pin…look for the link to the tutorial below.


2 pieces of fabric cut to 10″ x 32″….or however long you would like the scarf.


1. Slightly round the edges of the scarf.


2. Then stitch right sides together, leaving an opening to turn the scarf right side out.


3. Turn scarf right side out, then pin the opening closed.


4. Whipstitch closed.  This side will be the “bottom” of the scarf.


5. Figure out where you would like the scarf to be gathered, and run a long gathering stitch from one side to the other.


6. Gather and secure in place with a few stitches on the backside.


7. Repeat with both sides.


Pin around neck and add any decoration you would like!





Add your own Flower Pin for an extra bit of elegant fun!

Happy accessorizing!


One Piece Dress: 1920’s Style

This dress started in the same way that many of my sewing projects have started…with a picture.  A simple, little picture of a dress.  This particular picture was tossed among waves of other dresses, yet it popped right out of the page and straight into my imagination.

You see, I have a hard time with 1920’s dresses.  Not because they aren’t cute, or because they aren’t stylish in their own way…but because then have little to no waistline.  And being a girl with a body shape that emphasizes finding said waist, this style goes against the grain.  Nonetheless, the little image of an early 1920’s dress just wiggled it’s way right into my heart, and I knew I had to make one of my own.

Created out of a soft yellow cotton with a brown check, this easy-to-create dress is made unique with the three panels that hang down just below the hem.  As always, I have included the pattern as well as the list of materials needed.



  • 5 yards cotton for dress
  • 1/2 yard cotton for revers and belt/band.










The One-Yard Blouse: 1950’s Style

This is truly one of those patterns that can be made in a multitude of fabrics to accommodate a variety of events and climates.  You can wear it with a cardigan, by itself with a pair of cropped pants, or imagine one out of silk tucked into a pouffy circle skirt….the possibilities are truly endless.

All you need is one hour, one yard of fabric, and one great outfit is within your reach!

Happy Sewing!

The Materials:

  • 1 yard fabric
  • 18-25″ double fold bias tape
  • 1  – 4″ zipper
  • 1 – 7″ zipper

The Pattern:

1950’s One Yard Blouse Pattern

**** Please note that the length of this blouse should be based off of your own measurements.  Use this pattern as a guide while drafting your own blouse.***

The Process:

1. Start by sewing the shoulder pieces to the bodice piece of the front and the back.


**I have already snipped the back bodice piece in anticipation of the zipper. (See pattern)

2. Place the two bodice pieces on either your dress form or yourself to pin the darts.


3. Stitch the darts and trim off excess fabric.


4.  Go ahead and insert the 4″ zipper on the back bodice right below the neckline.

Stitch a portion of the side seam on the side you wish to have the longer zipper.  Make sure to leave 8″ to accommodate the zipper and a hem.  Insert the 7″ zipper.


5.  Stitch the other side seam and the shoulder seams.


6.  Make a hem on the bottom of the blouse and stitch.  Hem the armholes.


7.  Run a gathering stitch along the neckline of the front piece.  Gather gently.



8. Measure out enough bias tape for you neck along with 1/2″ to tuck under at the edges.  Pin to neckline gathering up the front of the bodice as needed.  Stitch making sure to catch the edges of the zipper tape in the bias tape for a clean look.



And that is all you need to have a wonderful top to take on vacation, wear in the backyard or out shopping!






A Little Dress with a Big Bow

I absolutely love clothes that have a subtle or slight decoration.  These are the additions that can take a dress, a blouse, or  a jacket to the next level.  Now granted, this little number has a bow that many would not call subtle, but that is all that it has…and I love the simplicity.

This shift dress is a classic example of “I thought it out one way, and it came out a different way.”  If any of you are seamstresses, you will understand what I mean.  🙂 The good thing is that I like this version much better!

I based this creation off of a picture I found in one of my 1950’s Simplicity sewing magazines.  Between the size of the cream bow and the contrast it creates against the muted tones of the brown and gray print, this little dress is certainly not to be overlooked.

Nothing is particularly special about the creation of this below the knee length dress (I have attached the pattern that I have created below) except that two very large buttonholes were made in which the bow (kept stiff with interfacing) was inserted.  A lot of darts helped create the shape and a 22″ zipper closes up the back.





Dress with Bow Pattern

1 square =1/2 inch

Would any of you be brave enough to pull of this look?  I would do it in a heartbeat, but then I would of course worry about spilling coffee on myself! 🙂

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!


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Accessories: 1950’s Tulip Capelet

I came across a picture of this adorable little cape in a 1950’s sewing magazine a few weeks ago and simply fell in love.  I knew I wished to recreate this look and was very pleased at how easy and quick this was to put together.  From start to finish (including cut out time) it took just under an hour and with some pressing, this little capelet is the perfect cover for any 1950’s summer dress!


1  1/2 -2 yards of fabric (depends on width of fabric)

Pattern:  1 square equals 1 inch

Tulip Capelet Pattern

You will also need to cut out one 36″ x 2″ strip for the tie that goes into the casing around the neck.


1. Stitch together all ten pieces of the capelet, right sides together, but make sure not to stitch into a circle.  Repeat with lining pieces.

Place the two pieces right sides together and pin.


2.  Stitch around all outer edges, but leave the front seams open.  You will whipstitch these closed later.


3.  Turn right side out and press.


4.  Pin the location for the casing and stitch.  You can also turn under the front seams, pin, and whipstitch.




Stitch the ties, turn right side out, press, and then insert through the casing.

I was also honored to be interviewed by Jessica from Chronically Vintage.  Please visit her amazing sight to check out not only my answers but her  as well!

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1930’s Inspired Scarf Tutorials

A toss here, a gentle tug there and any outfit can go from simply thrown together to a complete ensemble.  But what is this magic piece of the puzzle?  A scarf, of course!  One of the long standing pieces in a woman’s closet, scarves can offer a multitude of styles for a very reasonable price.

Here are a few tutorials I put together for the vintage loving female!  Based off of 1930’s looks, I hope they add to your wardrobe creations both modern and historical!


scarf 2

scarf 3

scarf 4

Enjoy and play away!!


Accessories: 1930’s Sheer Capelet Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I watched one of my favorite Ginger Rogers’ movie Bachelor Mother and could not stop drooling over her wardrobe.  One article of clothing struck me in particular, which led to several late nights in my sewing studio trying to perfect the pattern.  What was this piece that threw me into a tizzy?  A small, collared capelet which adds such an air of grace and femininity to even the simplest of frocks.  Although I made mine of a very sheer fabric, the fabric choice is really up to you.  The key is to drape the capelet over your dress form when you pin the shoulder darts.


  • 1 yard of choice fabric
  • Thread

The Pattern

Use the following guide to cut out your pattern pieces.  Adjust for your personal body size as needed.

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