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What’s New In Repro Patterns–Early Fall 2015

What’s New In Repro Patterns–Early Fall 2015

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by Andrea   Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about what pieces you would like to add to your fall wardrobe!  I’ve got a top pick from each of the big name pattern manufacturers – let’s have a look.   B7040 Burda Style Dress…

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…

What’s New In Repro Patterns

What’s New In Repro Patterns

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by Andrea As I continue to try really hard to think about spring (as it’s still so cold here!), I am thinking about new pieces for my spring wardrobe.  I was browsing the big-name pattern collections to see what’s new, and they’ve all got some great new vintage reproduction patterns…

Finds Wednesday! My Vintage Bernina!

Finds Wednesday! My Vintage Bernina!

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By Andrea Presenting my new daily sewing machine, this lovely 1960s era Bernina! For some time now, I’ve wanted to go to a vintage machine as my daily sewer, since they are so well made. I was having a hard time finding the right machine until I came across this…

Vintage Sewing eBay Roundup!

Vintage Sewing eBay Roundup!

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by Andrea This week, I’ve got some choice Hollywood Patterns from eBay.  Hollywood Patterns were only produced from 1932 until just after World War II, and many of them featured Hollywood stars of the day on the envelope, which makes them very collectible – by both sewists, and collectors of…

My Vintage Volkswagen Westfalia – A Tutorial: Sewing Your Own And Replacing Your Pop Top Tent (Part 1)

My Vintage Volkswagen Westfalia – A Tutorial: Sewing Your Own And Replacing Your Pop Top Tent (Part 1)

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By Andrea This post should almost be subtitled “Sometimes I Impress Myself With My Own Skills”, but really this was way easier to do than I expected. The tent on our Westi had definitely seen better days. It had been patched numerous times before, one window had been removed, and…

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 7197

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 7197

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By Andrea Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an excellent New Year’s. I’ve got another retro pattern review, Simplicity 7197, which dates back to 1975. Ella is a girly girl who loves to dress in skirts and dresses, so I thought something with a longer sleeve would…

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Copycat Edition

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting!  Copycat Edition

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By Betty Crafter I am proud to announce The Great Craft Block of ’12 is OVER! And I owe it all to Andrea and her review of Simplicity 7276. Yes, I totally copied Andrea. Whatevs. You don’t mind, right Andrea? Your version was just so stinkin’ cute that I just…

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Strangely Appealing Hats Edition

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Strangely Appealing Hats Edition

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By Betty Crafter At long last, I believe The Great Craft Block of ‘012 is finally cracking! I actually made some progress on Little Betty’s skirt I started months ago, and even persevered through a most gruesome injury (I stuck a pin under my fingernail and out through the top.…

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