Archive | January, 2012

Another Bargain!

25 Jan

Well, it never rains, but it pours. Which is always lovely when it comes to sales and discounts as far as I’m concerned. ūüôā

A few days ago, I purchased a class since it was on sale. Well today, Craftsy emailed me with an alert that now their couture dressmaking class, The Couture Dress, is on sale. Normally, the class is $80, but it’s 50% off today. ¬†The price includes a¬†Vogue pattern (V8648)¬†which apparently is a pricey pattern. So it seems like quite a bargain. I certainly fell for it! I’m excited to learn couture sewing techniques and a video class seems a good way to do it (allowing me to watch, rewind, watch again). I’m also curious to see if the techniques are too fidgety for my patience. Dare I confess, I tend to dislike hand sewing…

So the sewing projects are quickly accumulating! ¬†A few days ago, I was trying to enroll in a fashion design class, but it turned out that the class size had already been exceeded, leaving no room for lil’ me. I was bummed at the time, but now I’m seeing it as fortuitous. I’ll be spending plenty of time on this blog, my Craftsy classes, the 1912 Titanic Sewing Project, and whatever other sewing adventures I stumble across in the future.

Until next time!


50% Discount on Sew Retro class

21 Jan

A lovely little bargain landed in my inbox today! McCall’s Pattern Company is offering a discount on an ¬†online ¬†sewing class. Titled Sew Retro: Perfect Bombshell Dress,¬†the class is taught by Gretchen Hirsch of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. For about $25, you can go through video tutorials to learn how to create ¬†a 50’s style dress with a structured bodice (boning, padding, bra cups) and sarong skirt.

The project looks awesome and as I mentioned earlier this month, I’ve been wanting to make a ’50s dress. I’ve never done a structured bodice before so this project should have a nice level of challenge. I hope it is a great learning experience ‘cuz I’m signing up! BTW, read Gertie’s blog — it’s great!

Project Runway All Stars

17 Jan

Believe it or not I don’t have cable TV. But I finally got internet last fall. Thanks to that development and the lovely, Project Runway is back in my life, specifically Project Runway All Stars! PR generally puts me in a happy place, although I have to confess that I have been burnt out on the more recent seasons. So All Stars¬†is perfect for me. I am looking forward to future episodes!

I’m loving the cast for the show, but 2 of my favorites ever are Austin and Kenley!¬†¬†Talk about people who embrace a retro look in their personal style as well as their designs!

Dreaming of a 1950s dress

8 Jan

Last month, I mysteriously began fantasizing about sewing and wearing a 1950s style dress. The fitted bodice! The narrow waist! The full skirt! The 3/4 sleeves! The yards and yards and yards of fabric!

Wherever did this daydream come from?

Actually, it wasn’t really that mysterious considering the fact that White Christmas is my favorite holiday movie and that movie is chock-full of the post-WWII, “New Look” era silhouettes: fitted bodices and cinched waists paired with either a narrow pencil skirt or a full, flared skirt & petticoats. This silhouette differed significantly from the 1940s and generally is attributed to Christian Dior’s post-war fashion collection in 1947. Thank you, Mr. Dior!

What’s lovely about all this is that I discovered another vintage clothing lover/sewer’s blog: Edelweiss Patterns. She made a beautiful blue dress that closely matches the dress I was dreaming of. This Butterick Retro 5556 project is definitely going on the list of “To Do’s”! I envision making it in a hardier fabric than silk since I’d like to be able to wear it to work. The diagonal plaid fabric that Butterick used in the sample dress is really nice, but I can’t imagine matching all those lines across the seams…

The 1912 Project

4 Jan

As often happens to me, I was browsing online the other day and I fell down a rabbit hole. Surprisingly, this time, I stumbled across something lovely.

I was reading Threads magazine’s blog and I saw a post on there about the 1912 Project. I knew nothing about this project, but I quickly became excited as I read about it. See, April 2012 will be the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. In remembrance of this date, the Vintage Pattern Lending Library is hosting an ambitious project. The VPLL will be working with a determined team of volunteers to reproduce about 150 garments from patterns included in the 1912 issues of the French fashion journal La Mode Illustr√©e. Thus, the 1912 Project! I’m excited to be involved with this endeavor and I look forward to sharing my trials and tribulations with you.

Sparkly Parrot Brooch

3 Jan
Sparkly Parrot Brooch

Some days just call for a great brooch! I wore this to a job interview in 2005. I've since changed jobs, but my former coworker still remembers it to this day! That's the magic of a funky statement piece.


3 Jan

Welcome to my new blog! As many of you know, I’ve been in love with clothing, especially historical clothing, most of my life. Thanks to various 4-H sewing projects in my teenage years and a slew of fashion design courses taken since 2009, I’m finally developing the skills for some real sewing adventures!

When it comes to designing or even just shopping, I’m repeatedly drawn to designs that mimic or build upon fashion concepts from bygone eras. Keep reading this blog and you’ll see what I mean!