Friday, November 14, 2014

A Victory Knit

As you recall from a previous post, I knit myself a sweater! A sweater I'm actually proud of!

tinyangrycrafts vintage knit sweater V for Victory

I used the 3-Hour sweater pattern, and it took me a couple months to create it.

tinyangrycrafts vintage knit sweater V for Victory

I'm pretty sure if I actually measured it in terms of knitting time, and not the days I set my knitting down, it probably would have been a couple of days.

tinyangrycrafts vintage knit sweater V for Victory

I followed the pattern to a T, and the only thing I changed,aside from adding in the color work, was knitting the sleeve patterns the opposite way. The written way was very confusing to me.
The pattern itself ended up very very short on me, thanks to my chest. But I rather like it. I have to wear a shirt under it though.

tinyangrycrafts vintage knit sweater V for Victory

I first wore the sweater to the SD Vintage Flea Market, and a lot of people thought it was an authentic vintage sweater, which made me very happy. When I told them I made it, they were very excited and impressed.
The second time I wore it was the day I took the photos to school. Loads of compliments, and 'where'd you get it?'

Outfit Details

Scarf- Melrose Flea Market
Earrings- VaVoomVintage's instagram sale
Sweater- Made by me
Skirt- Made by me
Bangles- Various
Socks- Target
Shoes- Ross



It was my first time doing something with a lot of colorwork in it. I was inspired by WWII-era patriotism, and the whole Make Do and Mend movement. I frogged this yarn from two different projects, and the red and blue came from scrap balls of yarn.



I sketched up the sweater on a scrap of paper in class, then gathered up a lot of graph paper. The pieces were color coded, and stitched up according to how'd they fit on the pattern.


I mostly worked on this during my breaks at school, a lot of people were curious as to why I'd knit a sweater when I could just buy one. (Surprisingly, a lot of these people who asked were fellow fashion majors. Go figure.) I love challenging myself, and putting my heart into a project.



I know I'll use this pattern again, in fact, I'm charting up another pattern for one, and I can't wait to get the yarn for it. I'm thinking of getting Knit Picks yarn, as I'd like to have a nice wool sweater .

Knitting Details
Yarn: 100% Acrylic yarn. Vanna's Choice in Mustard, Scarlett and Colonial Blue
Pattern: 3-Hour Sweater
Year: 1930's
Notions: Plastic button from stash
How historically accurate is it? Eh, pretty accurate, despite it being made with acrylic. I'm sure some person in the 40's would use a past pattern, and add colorwork to it. Make Do and Mend, ya know?
Any tricky parts to the pattern?  Well, the sleeve knitting was a bit tricky, so I reversed how it was done. And the seaming was sort of difficult, but I figured it out. And not so much the patterns fault, but the 'C' was supposed to be more centered.
Did you change anything?  Sleeve knitting method.
Time to complete: Couple months.
First worn: November 2014
Total cost: I don't remember. I used yarn from past projects
Notes: I LOVE the sweater, but I'm sure when I knit it again, and I most certainly will, I'll make it longer.

Have any of you knit anything recently? Have you made anything with colorwork?






Monday, November 10, 2014

My Pajama Party Plans

Thanks to being a student, my education comes first, so I still have my ideas sitting about (good show  me, for my own sew along. oops.)

vintage pajama sew along pattern


vintage pajama sew along pattern back

I intend to use this 1943 Simplicity pajama pattern. It's un-printed, and from quickly skimming over the instructions, this will prove a bit of a challenge for me. But it's nothing I can't handle.
I'll be making view 1, as it's finally getting cool down here.

vintage pajama sew along pattern notions



As I looked over the pattern, I noticed there are no suggestions for fabric! I'm not too sure when pattern companies started to add them. I'll overlook my small vintage pattern stash and see which ones have it. And if anyone knows, do let me know!

And something that will really be a bit of a challenge for me.

vintage pajama sew along robe plans

Yes that is a rough sketch of a robe, and its pattern pieces. Yes, I have delusions of grandeur to make a robe pattern. I have a bunch of tracing paper, and a good pattern making book, I'm also taking classes on how to do it. So, that little adventure should be fun! I'm sure if you follow me on twitter, you'll see a lot of me complaining about it soon.

I still need to get fabric. I'm sure I'll have it by weeks end. I also have to get another bolt of muslin. My class has me using it a lot, so I need some for class projects, as well as personal ones. I'm sort of leaning toward pastel colors for my pajamas, though that can change.


So to those of you who are doing the sew along, what are your plans?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Vintage Pajama Party is a go!


Alright everyone, The Vintage Pajama Party sew along is a go as of today!

vintage pajama sew along


All through the sew along, I shall try to post inspiring info, and some tutorials to make this a really fun experience for us all.

Just joining us? Join the flickr group and talk about yourself!
Stuck and need inspiration? Check out mine and Jessie's pinterest boards!
Using social media to talk about your sewing project? Use the hashtag #vintagepajamaparty 

Remember at the end of the sew along if you complete a garment, you can have the chance to win some giveaway prizes!

So tell your friends, and join the vintage pajama party! It will be a blast!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall SD Vintage Flea Market

After a very tiring week, I decided to treat myself by going to the San Diego Vintage Flea Market.

Having attended one in June, I was excited to see what new things I would find on my adventure. I consulted a bit of Janey's excellent Antique Show Guide, and made my way out the door.

Now once again, in true me fashion, I forgot to take photos at the event. But! I went up to a lovely lady who was wearing a gorgeous circle skirt with the Siamese Cats from Lady and the Tramp on it, and I chatted with her a bit. She told me about some cool upcoming vintage and Tiki events in Long Beach, and we both talked about how cool and small the SD flea market is. So, Hi Nancy! It was an absolute delight to meet you, I hope you see you at some events real soon!

So here is the moment you are all waiting for, what the heck did you buy?

San Diego Vintage Flea Market Haul

The bit haul photo. I went with a general idea to mostly get accessories, and maybe a garment if one was within my budget/fit. I think I did very well!

After mentioning about people having great luck with finding vintage fabric at flea markets, I myself lucked out and got 4 yards of this lovely flower print!
Vintage fabric buttons close up


Vintage fabric buttons


And I also got some buttons from this booth. The seller was very sweet, and was glad to hear her items would be used by a seamstress.


vintage Italian souvenir scarf


 I happened across a vendor who was selling jewelry and scarves, and after perusing about for a while, I left with two scarves, one of which is a Italian souvenir scarf.


Oblong Box Shop bangles


I recalled that Oblong Box Shop was going to have a booth again, so I decided to pop over. I purchased a bangle, and the card readers were having issues. So while I waited a bit, I chatted with the sweet owner, Denialle. She was very gracious and sweet about the whole card reader ordeal. I wanna snag one of her mermaid shirts next time.


vintage green bakelite spacer bangles


Right  across the way was a booth selling bakelite. Now I walked by it, and made a face. A 'Oh yeah, I'll buy something here, then just head home right after, because it's bakelite' face. But I decided to investigate. The vendor was SUPER sweet and knowledgeable. Needless to say, I walked away with two spacer bangles at a reasonable price! 

vintage white fur hat


The white blob in the main haul photo? A hat, with two sweet faces on it! I think I should make a coat, and trim it with white so the hat can fit in nicely. The really sweet girl who was vending was super nice, and she loved the sweater I was wearing.


vintage housedress 1950's


And I managed to snag a nice dress for myself. Its a bit of a wiggle to get into, but it fits me like a glove! I need to mend the belt loop, but other than that it's perfect. I might wait till the summer to prance about in it, as Southern California is finally realizing it's fall, but we will see.



handknit vintage inspired sweater


Oh! So remember that sweater I was working on? I finished it, and wore it to the event. It fits, could be better though. I'll have a proper blog post about it soon enough, as the back is really what makes it.

Don't forget to join my sew along! And tell all your friends about it! It shall be super fun, guys!

Have any of you recently been to any flea markets or anything of the like? What did you get?


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pattern and Fabric Inspiration


Hello all,

I am going to apologize for the radio silence, I had a bunch of things due for classes, but I'm back and ready to help you all with some inspiration for patterns and fabrics.


Now where to go to get patterns. If you decide to utilize vintage patterns, you've a few options to go for that.

Ebay:
Ah yes, everyone's favorite eBay. For the longest time I was very wary of eBay, but now I've seen the light. It's very humbling to get something for sometimes next to nothing. And sewing patterns are one of those things you can sometimes get for real cheap. If you can luck out and get a pattern lot, then you're good!
eBay vintage pajama party sewalong


The same goes for Etsy.  Etsy is usually my go-to for pattern buying Most sellers specify in vintage patterns, so the chances are very high that you can get lucky, and find something you want.

etsy vintage pajama party sewalong


Flea Markets/Thrift Shops:
I've had some luck of late with finding nice priced patterns at flea markets. Sometimes the sellers have a plethora of items, and the patterns tend to be cheaper. Is that maybe because from a general standpoint, people don't sew?

The Big 4:
If you follow a lot of sewing blogs, you know that the Big 4 pattern makers; Simplicity, McCall, Butterick, and Vogue reproduce the vintage patterns from their catalogs. Now they've been adapted for the modern home sewer, so they're going to have a lo of ease, and multiple sizes and the like. Which, if you're something of a beginner, can be a great starting point for you!


Indie Pattern-makers:
Now the only one I'm really familiar with is Colette Patterns and they have two really cute free patterns you can use as a set. 


Fabrics-

Warmth:
For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, you might want to be looking for something to keep you nice and warm.

Fleece, satin, corduroy, and velvet(teene) might be some of your choices. You can get these at a local shop, like a JoAnn, or something similar, or try with an online shop such as Fabric.com

fabric velvet vintage pajama party sewalong



Coolness:
For you luck souls in the Southern Hemisphere, you might be looking for stuff to keep you nice and cool, and not sweaty.
Cotton, linen, and silk could work well for you.
fabric linen vintage pajama party sewalong



I've seen some people find fantastic vintage fabrics at flea markets and thrift shops, but this has yet to happen to me.

But I think the most important thing you should factor in for your pajamas, is comfort. I intend mine to be slept in, so I'm going to want something super cozy, what will keep me warm through the winter.


If you have other shops, or ideas as to where you gather your fabric feel free to tell me in the comments, or on the flickr group!


Oh, and I'm sure this is a nice time to tell you, I'm pulling together some prize packs for the end of this giveaway! So that'll be a nice incentive make some jammies in a month, I think.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Introducing the Vintage Pajama Party Sew Along

So, in an attempt to get myself to post more, sew a bit more, and to interact better with you lovely readers, I began to mull about with a sew along. I looked to my sewing list, and noted pajamas were on there, and the light bulb went off!


Enter The Vintage Pajama Party by Tiny Angry Crafts!


I figured that every person who sews would like their own personalized pajamas, so why not make it more fun?  This isn't a competitive sew along, but a great way to challenge yourself. Sew up your favorite vintage style, meet deadlines, and make some friends along the way!


Vintage Pajama Party Sew Along



Any decade from the 1920's to the 1970's is good to go, and you're welcome to use whatever fabric you want! Make something cozy with flannel to keep warm in the winter, make something silky and cozy to slink about the boudoir in, whatever you want!

Now this sew along is a pick your own pattern, and sew at your own pace kind. You can use a an authentic vintage pattern, a vintage repro pattern, make your own if you're clever enough, just anything that'll invoke the era you're looking to work from.

Today is the kickoff, so you have till the 7th of November to have your supplies and start sewing. But if you show up mid November, and want to join, feel free! Just have your finished garment up on the Flickr group on the 6th of December at the end of the day.

You are more than encouraged to join me on the Flickr group where there will be discussions, and sharing of your inspirations! Please use the hashtag #vintagepajamaparty on Twitter and Instagram to check in with everyone who's sewing along! I will be posting up inspiration and my own progresses on the blog, so if you're not following along, feel free to start now!

So as a recap:

  • Join the Flickr group for the Vintage Pajama Party, and introduce yourself!
  • Pick a pattern that will fit with the decade you'd want to sew from.
  • Pick some nice cozy fabric you'll want to sleep or lounge in.
  • Gather up all your supplies, and be ready to start sewing on November 7th!
  • Have the finished pajamas photographed and uploaded to the group by end of the day on December 6th.


If you have an outfit up and on the group in the time allotted, you have the chance to win some prizes at the end of the sew along!


Grab a button, and let your friends know!





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Vintage Pajama Party Sew Along





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Vintage Pajama Sew Along



Be sure to join me, and have some fun!

If you have any questions, feel free to to ask in the comments below, or email me!

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