Monday, May 25, 2015

• 1940s Home Front Frock •

Also entitled, "The Birthday Dress."
That's right! I made this dress for my birthday! I loved the pink fabric so much, and the pattern that I used for it so much, that I decided it was definitely what I wanted to make to wear on my birthday. 

We found this pattern at an antique store in La Crosse, Wisconsin. (It's called Antique Corner, just in case you were wondering. Yes. Go there. It's like antique heaven, and there's three floors(!). We didn't even make it to the first and third floors; we were too busy getting lost in the second floor which is all vintage dresses, hats, patterns and sewing stuff.) 
The design of the dress is so lovely with the asymmetrical front closure and those adorable scalloped pockets. I couldn't resist!

"Put on a bright front on the home front."

I decided to use red ric-rac with matching red fabric-covered buttons. The color of them really brings out the red in the fabric.

I am so happy to finally have a "princess line" dress pattern! We have one very similar to this that my mom has made, but it just isn't flattering on me. I'm glad to have a suitable alternative!

This hat. It's my absolute favorite hat ever. It had been staring at us for months, every time we went to the antique store, so we finally decided to buy it. It fits like a glove, and the style is just so cute! If I could just find about 12 other colors of the same exact hat, that would be amazing! ;)

The way these pockets were formed is quite ingenious; the side front pieces of the dress only extend down to the hip, and there is a separate skirt piece with a scalloped top. The skirt is sewed to the side bodice piece, wrong-side-to-right-side a little ways down, forming a pocket. The edges are then sewed into the remaining seams. Clever!!

All in all, this was a very fun dress to sew, and I can't wait to make more renditions of it! There is another illustration of it inside the pattern instruction sheet, showing it in a solid color with long sleeves and no neck-and-pocket trim. It would definitely be the perfect wool fall and winter dress. 
But for now, I think I had better keep my mind on summer sewing projects, don't you think? ;)

• Photos by my mom •

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Friday, May 22, 2015

• Baby Gifts, Volume II •

Whew! It's been a busy week! Between getting back from a short trip to see my grandparents in Minnesota, gardening, sewing, Etsy-shop-opening, and other such goodies, it's been quite hectic!
It's good to be back into the swing of things, however, and today I'm finally sharing the sewn part (part two) of our baby gifts!
(See part one here)

I found a pattern for this adorable stuffed bear in an old sewing book of ours. It is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen, and so easy to make! I can't wait to make bunches of them; the possibilities are endless - plaids, stripes, florals! 

I used some scraps of fleece from a blanket that I made a while back. He's the fuzziest, softest, cutest bear ever.

Technically, you're supposed to make the eyes and nose before stuffing the bear, but I did it once he was finished with a curved needle. I used yarn rather than embroidery floss. 
A pretty orange ribbon complimented him quite nicely.
Oh, and did I mention he's really cute? ;)

My mom made several adorable burp cloths to send along. Aren't the fabrics just darling? 

They seem to be the perfect size and thickness, with two layers of flannel. The nice part is, you can make one out of a fat quarter! The topstitching adds a very nice touch.

Just look at that. Did you ever see anything cuter??!!
Mom was going to make a couple of bibs to go with the burp cloths, but she decided instead to make an adorable little baby robe! 

She used a vintage pattern we have which is actually for a little jacket with an open tie-front, lengthening it into a robe-length, and making slightly longer sleeves.

Impressive seaming! :)

She had just enough of the polka-dot fabric left to make sleeve bands and a belt. It's so cute.

We topped it off with a little duckie tag. Cute? Yep.

I'll be back Monday with a fresh-off-the-sewing-machine 1940s dress that I'm very excited about.
Meanwhile today I am celebrating my birthday! :) Antiquing, lasagna and cake-eating, and present-opening are the plans for the day so far.

And to all of my new followers, welcome! I'm thrilled to have you following along! :)
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

• I'm Being Interviewed! •

Just a quick post to let you know that sweet Jessica of Chronically Vintage is interviewing me today! Hop over to her blog to read all about it!

It has been a hectic couple of weeks, but I'll be back to my regular posting schedule tomorrow. See you then! :)
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Monday, May 18, 2015

• I've Opened an Etsy Shop! •

I did it!! I finally opened an Etsy shop! I've been pondering the idea for quite a while now, but it has finally come into fruition! 

The garments that are for sale are ones that either don't fit or just aren't my style. Rather than having them sit around in my closet, I want to pass them on to someone who appreciates them! 

     SOLD                SOLD                                                                                    

There are several other items for sale in the shop also, including a dress! I'll be adding a number of sewing patterns later in the week as well. Stop by the shop and check it out! Save 10% off everything through the end of the month with the coupon code, WELCOME1.
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