Alright, today’s talk is all about vintage sewing! When I was planning out my talking points, I only had a few highlights to go over. But jeepers, put that camera on record and the words just flowed! So join me as I go over what is vintage sewing, how to find patterns (both modern and vintage), along with special tools and fabric needed!
Missed last week’s chat on Historical Sewing? Check it out HERE!
Want to see how to take a modern sewing pattern and adapt it for a more vintage look? Check out my video tutorial HERE!
Recommended Vintage Inspired/Reproduction Pattern Companies:
There are, of course, numerous other businesses out there that create vintage/vintage-inspired patterns! If you have a favorite, please share it below in the comments! 🙂
Last week, we talked all about my process of creating and designing historical gowns. But that led many to ask:
“How do I get into historical sewing?”
“What if I’m new to sewing? Can I still start?”
And the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES! Join me as I chat about what exactly historical sewing is, some easy beginning patterns and pattern brands to try out, along with tools you will need! ***Hint – you probably already have everything you need! 😉
Helpful Links to Get You Started:
Videos on various types of patterns available:
After a little research, looks like the Dating Fabric book is back in stock! Click HERE.
Favorite Blogs to Follow for Advice and Inspiration:
There are of course many, many other wonderful blogs and costumers out there, but these are my number one go-tos!
Join me next time for a chat all about vintage sewing! 🙂
“Aimee, how did you make that?”
“Did you just follow instructions?”
“Wish I could figure out how to design a gown like that!”
Well, I’ve been listening and have decided to share the process I go through when I design a historical gown. From original inspiration to my next steps, you will learn about what books and patterns I go to first for help along the way!
Let’s get going!
Have another topic you would like me to chat about? Dying to know some of my construction or designing secrets?
Leave a comment below! 🙂
PS: The book I was referring to is Fashion: The Collection from the Kyoto Fashion Institute. 🙂
My goodness but it has been a long time since I’ve last posted. Please know that this is no indication that I am planning on closing or shutting down my blog….not at all! It is simply a reflection of going with the flow of life and my creative juices. But here on this slightly rainy and grey Saturday, I felt like writing and sharing a little of what I am into and planning this spring!
So lets start with some sewing…my favorite thing to talk about! 🙂 I have discovered a secret love of bustle gowns and completed my first just a few months ago! I most definitely feel a little late to the 1880’s party, but oh boy am I here to stay!! I relied heavily on Prior Attire’s Victorian Dressmaking book (link HERE) and have to say I am very pleased with my first attempt.
Sometimes its fun to get back to basics. With the long, hot days of summer upon us, having a simple and fulfilling project to complete in the cool air conditioning is all a person needs to feel refreshed. Here are a few of my favorite (easy) vintage inspired sewing projects!
Click title to be taken to website for project instructions.
Make these little bags up in various sizes to fulfill all your needs. I love having a few little bags like these for quick trips to the library or farmer’s markets. And of course my one year old loves toting bags like these around to hold all sorts of random toys!
This little project is a quick way to get a quilting fix without having to commit to a larger size. Go stash diving to use up all those odds and ends you know you have lying around!
This little camper is the epitome of summer vacation! Let this little cutie grace your sewing table and help you keep track of all those rogue pins.
If you want a little more of a challenge, why not take a pattern you already have and mix it up to create something more vintage. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to create two different blouses using one modern sewing pattern!
So don’t let the dog days of summer get you down! Grab some ice tea and head to the sewing room!
I am now accepting custom orders on select items for August and September. To see current offerings please click HERE. To see my online portfolio click HERE.
There comes a time when all business sewing needs to take a pause, and personal sewing needs to take over.
You see, I don’t often sew for myself.
I think the last time I created a gown just for me was at least a year ago. Most of the time, whenever I sew it is either for a client or to sell on my shop. But with a little more free time on my hands (thanks to longer naps by my little one), I wanted to try something new and different. …something for me! 🙂
After thinking about what I wished to create, I decided on an outfit to wear at next year’s French and Indian War Reenactment…in July. The tricky part about making a gown to wear in the summer while it is still winter is the fear that I am going to sweat like crazy! More about that later!
So, as always, whenever I begin a brand new decade or project apart from the norm, I begin with an inspiration board. This is where I gather images of actual gowns, paintings, or pieces of a gown I want to try and incorporate. The problem with this particular gown is I wanted to include WAAAAY to many aspects and techniques, so I had to really cut down.
Here is the inspiration board of this particular project:
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!!
I can’t believe we are already at Thanksgiving! While I feel that the summer went by at a normal pace, this fall has simply flew!!
I have been very busy sewing these past days, not only getting ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday on my shop (click HERE to see all the deals), but also with some fun projects just for the heck of it! One such project, was this 1810’s day gown in such a fun shade of coral-ly pink.