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I’ve been sewing again!

Finally I have been getting some projects done! It feels great to sew and accomplish something. ^_^ First up we have yet another Amy Butler High Street Messenger Bag. This is the thrid one that I have made. I really like the end product, but sewing it together can be a bear. This one was a gift for my cousin Olivia, who turned 16 in March.

Here’s a picture of the outside front. I chose to put the tab on, using velcro, incase she decides to use this for a laptop bag. The tab really doesn’t serve too much of a purpose, so I would recommend leaving it off, unless you like the way it looks. The fabric is called Odyssey from MoMo for Moda.

With the flap out-of-the-way, you can see the outer pleated pockets, though the pleats aren’t showing up very well. These outer pockets get quite a bit of use, so make sure when you are stitching the dividing line between the pockets, you do a very good job stitching it down at the top of the pockets.

The inside of the bag. You can see the zippered hanging pocket and the tool pocket. This is also a very useful part of the bag. I use the zippered pocket inside all the time for loose items, personal effects, and anything that I want to keep contained. The panel pockets are great for pens, notepads, ID cards, just about anything you want to keep on the inside of the bag, but easily accessable.

Finally the back of the bag. This zippered pocket has not gotten much use from my experience, but is handy to have. The pattern does call for an additional zippered pocket on the inside of the flap, but I found that I never used this because it is hard to get to, if you open it while wearing the bag, the contents will spill out of the pocket, and the zipper pull scratched my hand every time I reached into the bag without lifting the flap. I would recommend leaving the zipper off the flap unless you know what you would use it for.

All in all, I really enjoyed making these bags and think the pattern is well done. Number one tip if you are thinking about making this pattern. . . LABEL EVERY PIECE WITH MASKING TAPE. DO NOT USE A DIRECTIONAL PRINT. MAKE SURE YOUR MACHINE CAN HANDLE HEAVY-DUTY FABRIC/LAYERS OF FABRIC. These are the most important tips that I can give you! If you have any questions, feel free to let me know! ^_^ I’m always glad to help.

I also whipped up this table runner for Matt’s mom’s birthday gift. I wanted to do a much bigger gift, but didn’t have the time. I am going to try to get it done for Christmas though. Don’t see how that should be a problem. . . I still have a few months. ^_^

I’m working on a simple pattern for this. Once I have perfected the pattern, I will put it up on my patterns page. I had this fabric in my stash left over from quite a while ago. I was planning on making a set of pillow cases for a friend, but never got around to that. Matt’s mom enjoys cats, so I thought I would put it to good use for her birthday gift. I just hope I’m not overdoing it with the cat thing. ^_^

Please excuse the white balance. . . the lighting in my apartment is horrible. This is the Favorite Things Uptown Coat that I have had forever. It’s a store sample that should have been done last year. . . oops. I did the jacket version after realizing I didn’t have enough fabric to make the coat. I was going to keep this one until I found out that the size I thought I needed was way too large for me. . . (better to be too big than too small I guess.) All it needs are some buttons and it’s done! Hooray!

This shot has a little better lighting. You can see the color of the exterior better. I used a maroon/burgundy corduroy for the exterior and a silk/cotton blend teal for the lining. You can also see the markings for the button holes and buttons. I will make the button holes as soon as I find some fab buttons. This was my first coat, and basically only my second or third garment. I think it came out pretty well considering I haven’t done much clothing and I don’t have a dress form to fit to.

This photo shows off the lining. It looks a bit crinkly, but I ironed out as much as I could. I am pretty proud of the end result, even if it is too big for me. I’m just glad to get it out of my to-do pile. I have a lot more projects waiting and hopefully I will be able to get to them soon! Thanks for listening! ^_^

Clothing · patterns · sewing · Vintage

VPS: Butterick 7455

Butterick 7455
Blouse & Jumper/Skirt
Size: 14
Bust: 32
Copyright: Unknown – 1950’s Info: 

Blouse with wing collar and cuffs, buttoned front. Princess style jumper with
gored skirt. Can be worn with or without blouse. Standout, gored skirt. 



The possibilities with this pattern are adorable! Offering three different pieces to mix and match and add to any wardrobe. Blouse with Jumper, Blouse with Skirt, or Jumper alone. This is such an adorable jumper, I hope I learn to resize very soon so that I can try my hand at this pattern! ^_^ 

Clothing · patterns · sewing · Vintage

VPS: Advance 4913

Advance 4913
Skirt and Jacket
Size: 14
Bust: 32
Waist: 26 1/2
Copyright: Unknown – Late 40’s?

This pattern has no description printed on the envelope, or in the
instructions. There are no printed lines, or words on the pieces. There are
letters stamped out of circles on each one.



I love this pattern. There is something “business-like” about it. The skirt looks full and the jacket looks powerful. I love the double-breasted closure on the jacket, and the option to have a contrast color on the collar and cuff makes it looks really snazzy.

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VPS: Advance 5190

Another vintage pattern for the VPS (Vintage Pattern Series).

Advance 5190

Sun Dress and Bolero
Size: 16
Bust: 34
Hip: 37
Copyright: Unknown – Late 40’s?


This pattern has no description printed on the envelope, or in the instructions. It looks as though all pattern pieces are factory cut, and while there are no printed lines, or words on the pieces, there are letters stamped out of circles on each one.



This pattern is lovely. There are a total of 12 pattern pieces to this dress. I love the way the bodice turns down in the front, I think it gives it a nice, summery look. There isn’t much else that I can say about this one since there wasn’t an actual description in the pattern. Although, throughout the envelope and the directions, this sentence is repeated: “All our patterns are cut accurately for size and conform to the measurements recommended by the Bureau of Standards of the U.S. Department of Commerce.”

So, who does the measuring at the Department of Commerce? I guess back then the ‘norm’ was pretty small hips and tiny waists. I was reading through the sizes, and even though the pattern is printed as a size 16, (which, btw, is what I am considered in today’s measurements) the measurements for a 16 on this pattern are Bust: 34, Waist: 28, & Hip: 37. How did these sizes ever get pushed so far out to what they are today?

I’m what some would call a full figured woman, although I don’t think of myself as such. I was just reading an article over at ModCloth titled “Sizes of the Times: Part I.” It is a very interesting read, I recommend you check it out. (Plus the adorable modern-vintage inspired clothing and shoes! My wishlist would not stop growing!) I’ll be posting an outfit from my wishlist item soon.



First of Vintage Pattern Series: Simplicity 2572

You may remember the mysterious pattern box that I was lucky enough to receive the other day?

Well, I’ve finally been able to go through them and look at all of the fabulous-ness within! It is so much fun to open up the envelopes and smell the old paper. . . it really takes me back to when my grandmother was still alive and I would watch her sew or cook. Her name was Alice, we share the same middle name. I always thought that made us even closer than normal. ^_^

Being able to go through all of her old patterns and see what she wore really is an amazing experience. I have gone through some of her old photos and adore some of the pieces that she made. I wish I would have been able to get to this phase in my life while she was still around, but at least I have these to remember her by.

So, to start off a new series, I will be posting one pattern every few days. The first pattern is a random pull from the box. I will show the front and the back of the pattern, as well as post some brief info about what the pattern’s description says, size, etc.

Simplicity 2572
Waist 24
Hip 33
Copyright 1948


Misses’ Skirt: The skirt is styled with a fitted yoke over the hip which joins to a waistband. A soft flare, seamed at either side, is released from the yoke.

Pattern includes – Primer with illustrated instructions for alterations, cutting and sewing.