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Retro Sewing Roundup–Beachwear For The Ladies Edition

Retro Sewing Roundup–Beachwear For The Ladies Edition

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by Andrea   It seems a lot of North America has been flung into summer – I know it’s suddenly become super hot around here!  Tis has definitely got me thinking beach.  If you’re looking to sew something vintage styled for your beachwear, I’ve got looks from the 30s to…

What’s News in Retro Patterns–Summer 2015

What’s News in Retro Patterns–Summer 2015

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by Andrea Summer’s just around the corner, and if you’re looking to add some great retro pieces to your wardrobe, there’s definitely some great new patterns out – let’s take a look!   McCALLs M7154 VTG 30’s Archive CIRCA 1930 EVENING DRESS SEWING PATTERN SIZE 6-22 I know, I know…

Retro Pattern Review–Simplicity 9936

Retro Pattern Review–Simplicity 9936

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by Andrea   My daughter is a big fan of both princesses and dresses.  She’s gotten a ton of wear out of the dress that I made her back in August 2013, from Style 4641 (you can read my retro review on that one here).  However, after lengthening that one…

Sewing Sara’s Curtains–A Pinch Pleat Drape How-To (Part 3)

Sewing Sara’s Curtains–A Pinch Pleat Drape How-To (Part 3)

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by Andrea   If you’ve been following along with this series (Part 1 and Part 2, if you missed them), know that we’re just about to put the pleats in our curtains!  Let’s get started.   At the end which we didn’t sew over, you’ll have some free strings.  You’re…

Sewing Sara’s Curtains–A Pinch Pleat Drape How-To (Part 2)

Sewing Sara’s Curtains–A Pinch Pleat Drape How-To (Part 2)

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by Andrea   Last week, we did some mathin’, and I showed you how to calculate the yardage needed.  Now, let’s get down to sewing!  One important thing to mention first – if you’re planning on washing your finished curtains at all, now is the time to wash your fabric! …

Kool Kitsch for Sale on eBay–Kitschy Crafting Edition

Kool Kitsch for Sale on eBay–Kitschy Crafting Edition

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by Andrea One thing they definitely don’t make like they used to is craft kits, the best ones always seem to be mid-century!  Sara recently stumbled upon an eBay seller, rankens-toys, who has a whole bunch of awesome NOS craft kits.  When she sent me the link, I knew I…

Sewing Sara’s Curtains–A Pinch Pleat Drape How-To (Part 1)

Sewing Sara’s Curtains–A Pinch Pleat Drape How-To (Part 1)

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by Andrea Those of you who read Sara’s post from yesterday will know that Sara decided to recruit my help in making some pinch pleats for her kitchen and breakfast nook windows – pinch pleats are actually easier to make than you might think, especially if you use a pinch…

Getting The New Mad Men Look

Getting The New Mad Men Look

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by Andrea Mad Men has long been my favourite show (pretty much since it came on air), so although I am super sad that we are getting into the final portion of the final season, I am excited to see what’s going to happen.  And to start analyzing what the…

Vintage Sewing Shopping Roundup–Marimekko Prints Edition

Vintage Sewing Shopping Roundup–Marimekko Prints Edition

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by Andrea   I do love me some Marimekko prints!  So gorgeous, and a great way to make a statement with one piece inyour home.  Let’s take a look at some of my favourite Marimekko fabrics from Etsy.   Marimekko Kaivo Tablecloth, vintage After the Unikko Poppy print, I think…

What’s New In Repro Patterns–Spring 2015–McCall’s and Simplicity

What’s New In Repro Patterns–Spring 2015–McCall’s and Simplicity

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  by Andrea I know it’s hard to believe, especially for those of us who live in the colder parts of the world, but spring really is just around the corner.  And, there’s no better time to get a jump on your spring sewing!  Here’s some of the latest repro…

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