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A new dress!

It’s been a while since I sewed anything for myself, but I have a wedding to attend in a couple weeks, and I wanted to make a new dress for it.

This is actually my second wearable muslin. Before I cut in to the fabulous fabric I bought, I wanted to make sure that I [...]

Pretty pattern adverts


Originally uploaded by kusine

I got a bunch of 1953-1955 Workbasket magazines from the antique store last weekend, and one of my favorite things is the pattern adverts!

You can see the whole set here, but my favorite is the one in the upper right of this one. Love that midriff & [...]

Classic shirtwaist dress giveawayClassic shirtwaist dress giveaway

OK, enough of that kids’ stuff already! Today’s giveaway is for grown-ups!

This is Stretch & Sew 1575, a classic shirtwaist dress originally from the 1960s, but this is the 1970s reissue. It’s a very generously sized B 28-40, so this will fit just about everyone. Until I opened it to check, I don’t think [...]

Weird fruit giveawayWeird fruit giveaway

This is one of those patterns that I don’t know quite what to say about it. Let’s just say that I got it at a yard sale because I was strangely enchanted by the blue fruit and leave it at that, shall we?

The pieces appear to be all there, but, well, I was [...]

A stylish suit giveawayA stylish suit giveaway

Well, lookie! It’s another giveaway!

This Butterick 6257, a reprint from 1948. It’s totally complete and uncut and is totally fab. It’s size 12-14-16, which is B34-38, W26.5-30, H36-40.

The rules You may enter only once. You must follow the entry rule below to enter. Only those following that rule will be eligible for [...]

Headless giveawayHeadless giveaway

Oh dear. These poor women. They’ve totally lost their heads over this pattern!


OK, fine. Hate puns like the rest of the world…

This is Simplicity 2013 from 1947. I’m giving it away. This play set with shirtdress is a quite reasonable size at B37, W31, and H40. The pieces are cut and the [...]

Hmmm. I like it, but it needs work.Hmmm. I like it, but it needs work.

Butterick 6020

So this is why I make muslins of most of my patterns, especially if they’re vintage. See that weird bit right between my boobs that goes down to the waist? That is because I made the changes I should have to make it fit, and it went totally went wrong.

If you [...]

Antique store score!

On my bonus day off this week, I stopped in at a small antique mall in Clintonville on a whim and scored big with inexpensive vintage patterns from the 1940s through the 1970s!

(click on any image to see a bigger version and check the flickr tags for more info!)