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Everything at Once

Hello readers. I apologize for the inconsistent postings as of late. My schedules has been thrown a bit off track ever since my fiance had his knee surgery. He’s in his ‘recovery’ stage which means he’s home. . . 24/7. . . for another 3-4 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I love having him around, but because he’s home, I want to spend as much time with him as possible, therefore my blogging schedule, as well as all of my other responsibilities, have fallen to the wayside. I’m trying my hardest to get back on track though, so please bear with me.

My family is currently going through my grandparents’ house and finding lots of really neat things. Some of the latest finds for me included my grandmother’s button stash, and some of her costume jewelry, namely some clip on earrings circa ~1930-1960. I can’t wait to show those off in her jewelry box! I also have a basket full of scarves that I have been meaning to get to as well as some of hers and her family’s vintage clothing that I snagged. All in due time, if I can keep up with everything else that is happening lately.

In sewing news, I have two quilts that I am currently working on. The first is from Tula Pink’s new line “Plume” for Moda. I am using her pattern called “Spiked Punch” and am just starting to cut out the fabric. One thing that I really enjoy about this pattern is that it uses a jelly roll, so there is minimal strip cutting besides the background pieces. Pictures to come soon, I promise! The second quilt I am working on is from Michael Miller’s line “Flora & Fauna”. The colorways I am working with include the hot pink and lime green fabrics. Yum! I adore these colors and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

In clothing news, I’m working on a jacket pattern from Favorite Things. The exterior is being made from a burgundy corduroy and the lining is a teal cotton/silk blend. It’s going rather quickly, but the directions in this pattern are assuming the maker knows a lot about garment construction. It doesn’t say anything about how to finish the front double-breasted closure and it doesn’t tell you to sew on the buttons. . . (I know, that is pretty self-explanatory, but still. . .)

I also completed my Sencha blouse from Colette Patterns. I am so proud of myself! I used up some of my stash fabric to make it and it turned out great! I think I may need to tinker with the pattern a bit to get a better fit, but I am thrilled to have made my first ever, wardrobe worthy, piece of clothing. I’ll have pictures up soon, but to visualize, I made the blouse from a cotton chambray. The fabric used pink threads on the crosswise grain and yellow threads on the lengthwise grain to make an orange-y color. It is quite darling, although I would like to make another Sencha in blue polka dot, green, red, and black and white polka dot. . . maybe in a few other solids too. . . oh boy, the possibilities! ^_^

Any who, my Aunt and I just finished making my wedding invitations, R.S.V.P.’s, and thank you cards. They turned out beautiful! I can’t wait to use them! I’m afraid that I will have to make more, but can’t wait to get started on them again. It was a blast!

So, all in all, everything is kind of happening at once and it feels a bit overwhelming to say the least. Hopefully I will be able to get back on track and back into a routine. I’m hoping to have another VPS up soon, and maybe some other great things!

Clothing · patterns · sewing · Vintage

VPS: Advance 5057

Advance 5057
Dress
Size: 16
Bust: 34
Hip: 37
Copyright: Unknown – Late 40’s? 

Info: 

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. This pattern does include instructions for making a fabric belt. 

 

 

I really like this dress. The color is so elegant, and the full skirt. . . well you know how I feel about full skirts. Yum. ^_^ I like both sleeve versions but would say that the 3/4 length sleeves are my favorite. I also like that this pattern includes instructions for making a belt. Can’t wait to give this one a go someday.

Clothing · Vintage

Happening Lately

After reading my post about Alice’s Suitcase, my aunt gave me a basket full of my grandmother’s scarves! They are all gorgeous and I’m sure if my grandmother was with us today, she would be telling me each one’s story. How I miss her stories. One of my fondest memories of her was going to her house the day before Christmas Eve and helping her put the ornaments on the tree. The ornament wouldn’t be able to touch one branch until she had told me its entire story. I wish I could remember those stories now.

As soon as I am able, I will be photographing and cataloguing each scarf and creating a new blog series, Alice’s Scarf, but for now, here is the basket full.

I recently took a trip to my local second-hand store and found a few goodies. Among the finds were three wool skirts, one of which fits me, a wool hat, 2 head scarves, 2 neck scarves, one white eyelet full slip, one blue night-dress with lace trim, and one silk shirt dress with matching belt. As I was finding these things, I knew some of them wouldn’t fit me, but I was in the “repurpose it” mode and thought I could take it apart and use the fabric for something else. I still haven’t decided what I want to do with the garments that don’t fit, but for now, they are happy hanging on my door next to my grandmother’s black cocktail dress. I did take a few photos of the wool skirt that fit, however, I only really liked one that turned out, so here it is. ^_^

Keep checking back for more on my new series, Alice’s Scarf, as well as my VPS (Vintage Pattern Series) that I’m working on. There is still a box full of patterns to do! ^_^

Clothing · Vintage

ModCloth Outfit

I was surfing the net yesterday and I stumbled across ModCloth. I can’t believe I had never been there before! The clothes are so cute! There are a lot of vintage inspired pieces, as well as real vintage finds. The real vintage stuff flys out fast, so you basically have to be sitting on your refresh button to buy anything! ^_^

I picked out a few pieces from my wish list that I would think go rather well together. What do you think?

Clothing · patterns · sewing · Vintage

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?

Info:

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.

A-DORABLE! ^_^