New Dress! Retro Butterick 5880!

Woohoo! I’ve got a new dress, and it’s gorgeous! In a continuation of my life being photographed in vintage and vintage-style dresses, here are the results of about 8 hours of sewing fun! As I’ve said, I love working with fun cotton fabric, because it tends to be less expensive and so easy to work…

Valentine’s Day Soirée!

Someone like myself, who prefers Halloween to all holidays, watching documentaries about diseases, sharks and/or massacres, as well as the generally macabre aspects of life, may not truly appreciate the saccharine, heart-shaped miasma that is Valentine’s Day. I do, however, love a good theme. One I can really run with, like the goddess Diana, through…

Vintage Hat & Modeling Brunch 2.0

As promised, here’s a gorgeous sampling of my fabulous models in these dresses I made! These are some super great lookin’ ladies, and I’ve tried to match up the original pattern pictures to give y’all an idea of how amazing these dresses look IRL! I am completely in love with every single lady in these…

Vintage Vogue 1940s Scissors Dress!

It has been too long since I sewed a dress! My patchwork Sally dress for Halloween took an enormous amount of effort, and then the holidays happened, so recently I decided to remedy this by making a simple pattern with a fun print! I have an armoire full of fabrics, but most of them are…

Fabulous Holiday Dresses!

It’s mid-December, folks, and that means you should at least be considering where you should have picked up the perfect, gorgeous holiday dress already! Seriously, why haven’t you stocked away several by now?? I have been seeing lots of fun articles and suggestions about getting and/or creating a holiday dress in the past few days,…

Vintage Sewing Pattern Extravaganza!

So, I was casually scrolling on the Facebook yesterday, and saw a post by We Sew Retro about a version of Simplicity 1795 done by Miss Allie Mass. Well, her version looked so nice, and the pattern seemed pretty simple/straightforward, so I immediately sought out a copy via Etsy. As some of you may know, vintage patterns…

Re-purposing A China Cabinet for Jewelry Display!

Happy Friday!!! Among my many crafty projects is one I’ve recently undertaken to become more efficient, as well as more fabulous! I re-purposed my grandmother’s China cabinet from its latest incarnation (basically a liquor cabinet, sorry MeeMaw), into a lovely display case for (most of) my jewelry, and some other pretty things! My maternal grandmother…

Let’s All Appreciate Quilting!

Several weeks ago (right before the madness of Halloween), I attended Houston’s International Quilt Festival. It is an event I have been familiar with my whole life, partially because of my mother (she owns a “quilt cabinet”), and partially because we are just a nice, Southern family and so we have about a million quilts,…

Incredible Conservation Project! – 19th Century Beetle Wing Dress

Just a short share this morning regarding an amazing project undertaken by The British National Trust (Two years ago; I’m late on this, but it’s just so cool!) to restore a gorgeous green gown worn by Ellen Terry while playing Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre in 1888! According to this article, the gown cost £50,000 to restore…

Sewaholic’s (1202) Cambie Dress

I have a friend, we’ll call her Leah (because that is, in fact her name), who is an advanced beginning sewer (meaning she knows her way around a sewing machine, straight seams and has lots of basic practice) took a shine to Sewaholic’s Cambie Dress. It’s understandable, since the dress is completely adorable (Gertie made…