[15 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
New Vintage Pattern: Simplicity 4228

I can’t watch Mad Men without searching for new patterns! Here’s the latest circa 1962! I love the draped bodice and I think it might be pretty if I make the drape and sleeves in lace or a sheer fabric or maybe do some color blocking. I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Inspiration, Sewing Patterns, Vintage »

[24 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Sexy 1960′s Vintage Bombshell Dress Pattern (McCall’s 6998)

Here’s my latest vintage evening dress purchase. Isn’t it fabulous? And it’s even uncut! I think it’s definitely very classy and Va-va-voom despite its simplicity.  I am looking forward to making the cocktail length version one of these days. I need fabric ideas. Please share!

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Sewing Patterns, Vintage »

[20 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
I Couldn’t Resist Buying This 1970′s Vintage Top & Dress Pattern Before Going to Bed

Even though I wrote in my last post a few minutes ago (about the vintage wrap dress I am working on) that I was going to bed, I had the 70′s on my mind, so I decided to hop on Etsy for a quick peek at the latest vintage patterns before hitting the sack. I really liked this cute McCalls top/dress pattern, so I snatched it up.
I think the maxi dress will look cute when I rock my natural hair in a big curly ‘fro.  I’m thinking about altering the …

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In Progress, Vintage »

[20 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
In Progress: Simplicity 7705 – 1970′s Jiffy Wrap Dress (DVF Knock-Off)

I am currently working on a great 1970′s vintage wrap dress (Simplicity 7705). This pattern is a knock-off of the classic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, so I am eager to see how it turns out.

I bought the pattern when I was searching for the DVF Vogue 1549 pattern.  Actually, I bought two patterns because I am out of control obsessive when it comes to patterns.  I bought the first one on Ebay and then I bought another one shortly thereafter on Etsy (it was uncut and the price was …

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Fabric, Inspiration »

[17 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
My Trip to G-Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD

If you’re a seamstress living in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area, you’ve probably shopped at G-Street Fabrics. Consider yourself very fortunate!
I had the opportunity to visit G-Street Fabric Store in Rockville, MD during my recent trip home to visit my parents over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Even though I remember visiting the fabric store with my mother while I was growing up, I didn’t appreciate how fabulous this sewing paradise is until I learned how to sew as an adult.  Since the fabric selection in Atlanta is primarily limited to Hancock Fabrics, Joann …

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Inspiration, Sewing Patterns »

[14 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Spring Vogue Faves

I’ve been looking forward to the new Spring Vogues and it was definitely worth the wait this time. Here are my favorites:
I love this Donna Karan dress! I’m envisioning this in a pretty eggplant color.

This DKNY dress is pretty cute, too, although it sort of reminds me of a bridesmaid dress. Perhaps it’s the taffeta fabric. I wonder how this would look in linen. Thoughts?

I would love to sew this Anne Klein dress! The lines are really pretty, but I think I would avoid using a print fabric to avoid …

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Completed Projects, Draping, In Progress, Knitting & Crocheting, Pattern Drafting, Randomness, Sewing »

[13 Jan 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Happy New Year!: 2011 Sewing Goals & Year-End Review

Happy New Year! I really can’t believe that it’s been *cough* four a few months since I updated my blog.  lol. Wow.  I have been a very busy woman in 2010, and I haven’t had as much time to update my blog as I would have liked.  However, I will try not to feel guilty about not posting every little thing I’ve done or purchased in my blog. This is supposed to be fun! (not an obligation :).  With that said, I am sincerely committed to making more time to …

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Books »

[27 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
I’m back! (and I’m super excited about my latest vintage book :-)

Wow! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted in my blog. I’ve had a lot going on! In August, I had to get my logic board replaced so I was without my laptop for a week. I am practically glued to my laptop (no exaggeration), so being without it was excruciating! After I got it back, it took me a couple of weeks to catch up on everything in my business. I just completed an extensive web design project that kept me up until 4AM every night …

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Fabric, Inspiration, Sewing Patterns »

[13 Aug 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Help! I’m Drowning in Simplicity Patterns…

Here are the latest Simplicity patterns I purchased at the $.99 pattern sale at Hancock Fabrics over the weekend. I was disappointed when I got to the first store because the new Fall patterns weren’t in the drawers (shamefully, they were still in the boxes — what a waste!), so I picked up some older patterns for my collection and drove to another store.  I called ahead and asked if they could put a few patterns aside for me, but the cashier said they were doing inventory or something and she …

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Inspiration, Sewing Patterns »

[5 Aug 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
More Sewing Patterns!

It’s not a secret that I have a weakness for sewing patterns, so it should come as no surprise that I used my birthday as an excuse to stock up at the Vogue, McCall’s, and Simplicity sales. First, I bought six Simplicity patterns at the $1.99 sale at Hancock Fabrics. My faves are the Cynthia Rowley sundress (S2587) and the Project Runway skirt (S2413) with the tie at the waist. I also love S2692′s bodice variations.

I took advantage of the $5 clearance patterns available on the Vogue Patterns web site. …

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Completed Projects, Sewing Pattern Reviews »

[25 Jul 2010 | 45 Comments | ]
Simplicity 2406: Cynthia Rowley Dress

I am happy that my sewing slump is officially over. I finished this dress earlier in the week, but I was too busy tweaking my blog design to post it. Enjoy!

Pattern Description: Misses’ dress in three lengths with sleeve variations by Cynthia Rowley
Pattern Sizing: This is a multi-size pattern (6-14). I made a size 12 and graded to a 14 in the hips (View B)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Note: The sash in the second photo is longer …

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