All posts tagged: sewing studio

Musings on Motherhood

It’s hard to believe that it was only six weeks ago when I became a mother for the first time.  During those six weeks I have learned a lot about myself, my family, and my future.  Parts have been harder than I could have imagined, and yet the experience as a whole has been the most rewarding experience of my life.     My last post, almost two months ago, highlighted how I had been in early labor for days, which eventually turned into weeks.  Going through day after day of contractions and know I was on the cusp of something happening was a feeling and experience I will never forget.  What felt like an eternity quickly vanished around two o’clock in the morning when, finally, my contractions began to take off.  My husband and I arrived sleep deprived and nervous to the hospital around 6am, and twelve hours later, our beautiful baby girl, Clara Elizabeth, was born.   She was healthy, beautiful, and a solid seven pounds.   From that point on, life was …

1940’s Blouse Pattern and Tutorial

This blouse is such a quick and easy way to take an extra yard of fabric and turn it into something special!  Add some pizzaz with different fabrics, contrasting colors, and trims!!  The possibilities are endless! What you will need:   1 yard of fabric* 12″ of 1/2″ wide elastic Thread * To create a larger size, simply create a larger square – 40″ x 40″, 42″ x 42″, etc This pattern can be created by simply measuring and cutting the actual fabric, however the pictures below are shown on a large piece of craft paper.   The Process Fold a 36″ by 36″ piece of fabric (or paper) into a triangle. Mark the neck between the two end points. Measure 13-15″ from center of neck towards one point.  Mark this point.  The length will be the sleeve, so make it as long or as short as you would like.  Then cut off the triangle.  Repeat with the other side. Allow 8-10″ for armhole then stitch (right sides together) 4-5″ down from this point.  This line …

Fashion Plate Fun

Today I thought it would be fun to browse through a variety of fashion plates!  I mean, who doesn’t love a little gown envy?!   I decided to share a few of my favorites starting around 1830 and going up to 1940.  Ranging from daywear to evening wear, these fashion plates are just the thing to get your fashion juices flowing!   Let’s get started! This 1830’s evening gown is in the most amazing color of blue I have ever seen!   These 1850’s gowns are perfect examples of visiting or afternoon gowns. While it is a toss up between the two, I am in love with the yellow 1860’s ballgown with red floral accents. While I am sure walking was very difficult in this particular creation, I still love the color and pattern combinations of this 1880’s gown. A lovely array of turn of the century shirtwaists.   Sigh….I adore every single one of these 1910’s outfits.   Perfect for summer vacations, these 1920’s outfits are just made for an ocean resort. This soft …

A 2016 Year End Review

Well, we have made it to the end of 2016 and, boy, what a year!  Many highs, a few lows, and one big life change would sum up my past 12 months.  While I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like over the past few weeks, I plan on getting right back on track for the new year! One of my most favorite posts to do at this time of year is the review of my favorite sewing projects.  I love looking back and seeing all the various creations I have made, and hopefully I will be able to notice a few improvements on my technique as well!  So let’s take a look at a few of my favorite projects from this year!! I loved creating this 1943 ruffled blouse!  Click this link to see how to make one of your own! This 1930’s beach wrap was created from scrap fabric which I got for $1 a yard!!  Love those kinds of savings! One major accomplishment this year was the publication …

Vintage Magazine Cover Wall Collage

Last Saturday, I spent about three hours rearranging and organizing my sewing studio.  I was trying to create a better backdrop for future videos I wish to create.  However, as I was moving things around and trying to find the best spot, I was disappointed that I didn’t have a wall that I was proud enough of to show to all of you.  Enter my new challenge…create a wall that IS worthy to show all of you! So I decided to create a vintage magazine themed wall collage that I hope will add a little charm and appeal to my videos.  I decided to go with 1910’s Good Housekeeping and McCall’s covers as they had the most color and some of my favorite styles of art. Here are a few of the ones I chose! Then I went and found some rather inexpensive white frames in various sizes to  add some interest.  I printed the images out on photo paper and then placed them in the frames.  I traced the frames out on plain paper …

1940’s Salmon Pink Suit

This was such a fun outfit to make!  I mean, like super fun!  I was browsing through one of my 1940’s pattern reference books and came across a suit which featured three waist darts which had been top stitched.  I thought it was such a feminine take on a blazer jacket and went to work creating a pattern and putting it together. Well several 1950’s musicals and one DVD of I Love Lucy Season 5 later, I was done!  I paired the suit with a light cream blouse I already owned, and put with the gored skirt….well my little heart just about palpitated out of my chest! 🙂 And while I absolutely adore this creation, I ended up creating it a little too big for myself….so I put it up for sale on my Etsy Shop for someone else to love and enjoy! In addition, I also wanted to share with you all some lovely closeups of this very fun little project! Enjoy your Wednesday!

Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!!

Happy Fourth of July!!! Today is the day to eat as much BBQ food as you can hold, spit out as many watermelon seeds as your lips can handle, and keep the neighbors up late with firecracker after firecracker!  It is also the day to take out all your red, white, and blue and slap them all together in one glorious outfit!  Of course it is probably an outfit that you would never wear on July 3rd or July 5th.  🙂 To celebrate not only our nation’s birthday, but patriotism in general, I have collected a series of images that show national pride!  So enjoy…then go outside and have a blast!! This 1903’s Sailor suit is adorable and very comfy looking. While this photo is in black and white, one can imagine the bright stripes and crisp white of these 1940’s teenagers’ dresses. I love the all-white dress this 1950’s model is wearing…including that amazing hat! Another very fun 1930’s dress, I love the two toned belt on the blue dress. Lena Horne looks stunning …

From My Sewing Table: July

Versatility and multi-tasking.  These are two terms which we as women today are very familiar.  We understand the concept and the need to adapt to the daily pulse of our lives while still making sure that nothing falls through the cracks….and if things do, we have the versatility to forgive ourselves (or at least we should.) With this in mind, take a look at this 1950’s Simplicity Pattern Cover below: What do you see?   If you see one woman in the same dress wearing some slightly different accessories, you are almost right.  If you see a woman wearing the same dress with slightly different accessories, and looking absolutely glamorous in each outfit….ding ding ding!  It isn’t the fact that the dress is so stylish (of course that helps), or that each accessory is custom designed to coordinate, it is the fact that the woman herself, pulls the look together.  And isn’t that the way it should be?  We recognize that there are things in our life we can’t change so we we find ways to accommodate and adjust. …