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!

Friday, October 17, 2014

I sewed for victory

Earlier in the year, I told myself to create more clothes for myself, but I've been failing in the documenting and photographing department for it! I mean, I just have the few I showcased for the group.

Sew For Victory vintage inspired outfit


I made this ensemble for Sew For Victory in the spring, and I have to say, it's one of my favorites, so far. And I'm happy to be showing off my very first bakelite in it. Yay.


Sew For Victory vintage inspired outfit


I did double duty with the blouse, I received it from Marie for her Vintage Pledge kick off, and sewed it up for that as well.

Sew For Victory vintage inspired outfit


As I mentioned in the post, I used the vintage Simplicity pattern for the skirt, which seems to be well loved by a lot of other bloggers. I had to shorten it quiet a bit, thanks to being so short, but it works very well!

Sew For Victory vintage inspired outfit

My sister once again had a good time photographing me, and I'm thankful for her being savvy with a camera. She had me laughing a lot, and she took a lot of silly pictures of me, which is very fun.

Sew For Victory vintage inspired outfit

 At this point, she mentioned 'You look like the lady in the posters…um, oh man, 'WE CAN DO IT!'? –Thinks for 3 seconds, gets photo taken, then busts up laughing- "Rosie the Riveter?"  'YES! GO POSE!'

Sew For Victory Rosie The Riveter


So of course, she had to get me to tap into my inner Riveter.

Sew For Victory Rosie The Riveter


I think I did a good job, and so did she.

So now, I'm going to do a couple of new things. First, talking about the sewing details

Sewing details

Blouse

Pattern- Vintage Simplicity 2382
Fabric- floral cotton from JoAnns
Notions- Four buttons, and hand made shoulder-pads
Any changes to original?- I shortened the bodice by 2 inches, and sewed my own shoulder pads. Other than that, it's pretty accurate.

Skirt

Pattern- Simplicity 3688
Fabric- 'Caviar' bottomweight from JoAnns
Notions- zipper, and five buttons (four in, one out)
Any changes to original?- I made removable straps to make it a bit more cute. And I shortened the length by 3 inches, and widened the waistband by 2 inches.


Outfit details

Scarf- Melrose Flea Market
Earrings- VaVoomVintage's instagram sale
Blouse- Made by me
Skirt- Made by me
Bangle- Antique mall
Socks- Target
Shoes- Ross


Thank you all for looking!

And I have an exciting sew along planned for next week, so stay tuned for that! I'm writing up some posts in advance, as I know November will be a busy month for me. I hope you all like it, as I'm excited to be working on it.

Monday, October 13, 2014

New additions to my personal library

Last month, I received a very sweet package from a friend, and blog reader. And I treated myself to a book that's been lurking in my wishlist for a while.

vintage sewing books


My friend, Miss Mary graciously sent me the Tailoring and Clothing Construction books after reading a few of my blog posts. When I got them in the mail, I was ecstatic. It's one thing to get old books from the thrift store, but to actually know the person who used them, and obviously loved them is a nice feeling.

vintage sewing books


I love the images in the Tailoring book.

vintage sewing books

They're very clear, despite not being color images. As I skimmed through, I found it easy to follow the instructions.

vintage sewing books bound buttonholes


Ah yes, bound buttonholes. My favorite thing to sew, despite not being able to properly make them even. I figured the slimmer looking a buttonhole was, the nicer it looked. On most tutorials I've found, they make them bigger. Maybe that's my problem.

vintage sewing books


I love the cover for the Clothing Construction book. I wish the books I use in my courses were as cute as this one!

vintage sewing books sewingneedles


The images in this book are also nice and clear, and I love the spread for all the different types of needles one might need. I often forget how many there, and I usually just stick to regular sharps for a lot of things.

vintage sewing books fabric

The pages showing the different fabrics was also very cute. When I was in LA last weekend, I was eyeballing some seersucker fabric which would make for something lovely next summer. But, I didn't buy it.

1940's clothing reference


Now I've been wanting a nice reference book, so I snagged The Everyday Fashions of The Forties off Amazon. It's chocked full of just what it says on the book, clothing that the average person wore. And what better place to showcase that, if not from the Sear catalogues?

1940's clothing reference


When this book came in, I was visiting with my grandmother, and she pointed out things she remembered seeing on people of that time. And she also pointed out things she thinks I would have loved to own.

1940's clothing reference

Such as these shoes.
For the D'Orsay pumps at $3.98 in 1944, they would cost $53.31 in today's dollars. (thanks Inflation Calculator! ) Which for most people isn't that bad. I think they're cheaper than Miss L Fire shoes. Who wants to get on that time machine building project with me?

For a book lover such as myself, getting these as new padding for my bookshelf was very great. I was able to make some connections with my grandma with one book, and own some books which helped out a friend when she was sewing things for herself and her family.

Have any of you received new books? Any books you'd love as additions to your personal library?

PS-
Oh yeah, I changed the blog up! I need to spruce it up a wee bit more, but I am very happy with it!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Melrose Ave Flea Market


Last Sunday, I was in the Orange County area visiting friends, and I was whisked away to a flea market in LA.

I sadly didn't have my camera on me, and the only picture I took was of my outfit.


vintage vintage fashion


But, I can share my finds with you all!

group


notions

After getting in the area, the first booth I saw had loads of vintage threads and sewing shears, I zeroed in on the notions, and grabbed some zippers and seam binding. The seller was extremely happy I told her I would be using the items for future sewing projects.


 pattern

I of course can't go anywhere without picking up some patterns, it seems. I love the collar on the blouse, which on the back of the pattern, is described as a 'boy collar'.


gloves

So, there is an amusing story with these gloves. I get to the booth and ask the seller if I could try on one of the pairs that were out, I fawn over them, despite them being a bit too big on me. I try on another, and I hear 'Oh, I have more, would you like to see them?' I of course say yes, and she pulls out this big plastic bin of gloves of various colors and from various years. She tells me 'You know how to put on gloves, you get to look in the treasure trove.' I spent about 5 mins perusing the box and chose these simple ones.

slip

At the same booth I turned around and saw a rack of vintage clothing, and slips! I've wanted a nice slip for a while, and I looked on the rack for something that could work for me. Finally this plain white one called to me, and I snatched it up. The seller was incredibly sweet and I enjoyed chatting with her.

scarf

I seem to have a bit of a thing with zeroing in on the littlest of things, this scarf being one of them. As I walked down the aisle, I just saw the corner of this from the inside of a small box, so I pulled it out, and this beauty came out. There are a few snags in it, but nothing too horrible.


I hope I can figure another trip up that way in the next few months, I saw plenty of awesome things I can get for friends and family for not a lot of money.


Have any of you made any recent flea market purchases? Do you have a favorite flea market?

PS-
Pardon any little hiccups you see, I'm finally getting off my lazy ass and reworking the blog!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Working in Progress

Hello everyone.

Lots of things in my life are works in progress, this blog being one of them. I want to do a nice revamp, and I often mention it every other time I post. I think this weekend I'll work on it, as well as photograph some things I've acquired, and over due sewing projects I find myself wearing a lot.

I'm seaming up a sweater I finished last night (yes, those are bobby pins in the sleeve cap). I'm sure it'll be finished by tonight, and will be worn when it's not 89 degrees.

knitting vintage sweater



As I have long stretches of breaks on my campus, I need another knitting thing to do. I'm in the process of charting up some nerdy sweaters for myself, so I'll figure how to do some sneaky not sneaky show off teasers.

Are there anythings you're currently working on? Have any of you revamped your blogs lately?

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Are you sure it wasn't made for you?"

Title coming from something my sister said in regards to the dress I bought and finally wore.

Collar detail

I kindly asked my grandma if I could borrow one of my late great-aunts hats to use in some photos. She gladly agreed, and I asked my dad if he could take a couple pictures

tiny and fierce


thinking

You can sort of see the top detailing on the hat a bit on this one.

The girl in the feather hat

The veil should be covering my eyes, but it's a very scratchy material, and I wear glasses, so no thank you.

Then, my younger sister stepped forward and took some more for me, and we had a blast.

shoulder detail

hmm

back detail

smile

look

She had a lot of fun playing photographer, and offered her services whenever I needed them, so I think I'll take her up on that offer more often. I'd love to wear this somewhere nice, so whenever I wear it, I'll drag my 'little' (she's 5ft 8in...) photographer with me.

This dress is super comfy, and stood the test of time. The day we did this mini shoot, it was in the high 80's and we both feeling very uncomfortable and gross. But this being a silk dress, helped me stay cool. Gotta love those natural fibers.
And it was fun wearing the hat I was loaned, it made me realize I need to buy some more hats!

Have any of you made a super lovely purchase lately, and haven't had the time to wear it?


Oh! And I was debating doing a sew along during next month. On either Sunday or Monday, I'll have some more details about it, but to those I mentioned it to, they seemed to like it enough, so stay tuned!







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