My first "selfish sewing" post! That's right, I'm sewing for myself this time. What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to treat myself to a new made-by-me blouse from vintage embroidered linens? Even better? A matching (but not too matchy-matchy) blouse for Anna too. I get a lot of joy from sewing for my… Continue reading It’s a Mommy and Me Mother’s Day!
Take a good look at this old pillowcase. Between yellowing, age spots, musty smell and snags in the embroidery, it certainly seems unusable. I certainly wouldn't put this on my pillow in this state.... All too often, people find it difficult to see past all the wear and tear of age. Or maybe they just… Continue reading Up-Cycled Paris Tea Time Dress
Vintage embroidered linens have a certain charm to them. Maybe it's because they remind us of a simpler time. Back before the days of cell phones and internet and reality TV shows.... Back then, embroidery was a favorite past time for many women. They embroidered everything from tea towels, table runners, home decor and bed… Continue reading Pillowcase Dress Tutorial
We're playing dress-up for Kids Clothes Week today! It's time to retire some of Daddy's favorite old and VERY worn shirts. Out with the old and in with new! But what are we going to do with all the old ones? Have some fun, of course ;p How about we go a step further and… Continue reading Playing Dress-Up
The theme for this last week of Project Run and Play is to make something with your own "Signature style". Yahhh! I've been waiting for this one all month. Not that the other themes weren't fun, because I've had a blast. And of course I've been trying to put my vintage mark on everything. But… Continue reading Vintage Pillowcase turned Cute Little Top
While the rest of America is gearing up for the Superbowl, our TV has been set to Tennis. The Australian opens are reaching the finals and, as always, it been exciting to watch. If you don't follow tennis, I recommend giving it a try. This little number Anna is wearing was made from a couple… Continue reading Muddy Tennis in a Hopscotch Dress
One obstacle of working so much with vintage linens is the presence of stains and odors. Whether you want to recycle yours for sewing projects or just use them for their original purpose, you'll first want to restore those vintage linens to their former glory. Take a look at this embroidered linen. I absolutely fell in love… Continue reading How to Restore Vintage Linens to Their Former Glory
A new year brings a new line-up of sewing projects! I was recently turned on to The Sew What Club. Sign up for a membership and receive 2 patterns each month for a whole year. What better way to start the new year than to have new sewing projects to look forward to twice a month! So… Continue reading 1st Project of 2016: The Waffle Tee
I hope you enjoyed the Holidays! I know we did. It's been a whirlwind of food, fun, family and (of course) presents and now our house is a total wreck. Our recycling bin is overflowing (4 kids = lots of new toys that came with lots of packaging). I am finding pieces of wrapping paper… Continue reading A New Year!
Well I guess now you can call me a "hacker". That's right, I am guilty of hacking. You may not recognize it, but this sweet little top is actually the Tinny Dress re-envisioned. Yup, I hacked it! I initially purchased the Tinny pattern when I saw other designers making dresses for their little girls and fell… Continue reading Tinny Hack