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    A Brilliant NEW Pattern from Coffee and Thread

    Happy St. Patty’s Day, Friends! Did you know that retailers are expecting record sales for St.Patty’s Day this year? According to a poll on FOX News, consumers plan to spend the most $$$ on food (when did potatoes get so expensive?) followed by beverages (because…Friday). But, number 3 on the list was clothing. Yep! Because you know you can’t wear the same cheesy, green t-shirt you bought last year. No. Must. Get. New. Cheesy, green t-shirt… Well, I’ve got a special (un-cheesy) dress to share with you today that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. And, guess how much I paid for it… NOTHING! That’s right. I’m going against the statistics and spending nothing…

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    A Vintage Holiday with SisBoom

    Oh, my word! How long has it been since I’ve sewn up anything with my cherished vintage linens? I’ve been so caught up with pattern testing and other projects, that I have been neglecting my passion for vintage (and vintage inspired) things. I mean, the name of my blog is ‘Anna’s Heirloom Boutique’ afterall. 😉 So, when the opportunity came to participate in the Sew for the Holidays with SisBoom Blog Tour, I jumped for joy! This is a perfect way for me to incorporate my vintage finds into a festive project. Plus, ever since Halloween’s been over, it seems that Holiday sewing has been on everyone’s minds. So why not…

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    Skola Dress and Top

    Do you have a blog or website you visit over and over again for inspiration? I have been sewing for as long as I can remember, but only started sewing clothes when my little Anna was born. During my pregnancy, there were a few blogs I always scrolled through looking for sewing tips and tutorials. My sewing skills have pretty much been self-taught this way. And by the time she was born, I couldn’t wait to make her all the cute little things! 😀 Elegance and Elephants was always one of those websites I drew inspiration from. Heidi’s tutorials and free patterns (because we were adjusting to only 1 income…

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    St. Tropez Top and Dress from Mummykins and Me

    Ever been to the beaches of St. Tropez? No, me neither. But one can always dream about the warm, sandy beaches of an exotic French getaway. And in the meantime, evoke the look of the socially elite that made St. Tropez a popular destination back in the 60’s. The moment I saw the testing call for the St. Tropez Top and Dress pattern from Mummykins and Me by Rebecca Page, I immediately thought of a modern, vintage 60’s top. With the inverted pleat on the front and the adorable (and very on-trend) peek-a-boo back feature, this pattern definitely has that vintage look I am so drawn to. This Riley Blake…

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    The Felicity Dress from Peek-a-Boo Patterns

    Well, look who’s playing a little game of peek-a-boo! I suppose wearing a dress designed by the incomparable Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop makes the idea of engaging in a game of the same name seem appropriate 😉 The new Felicity Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop sure is a stunner! When I was selected as a tester for this lovely dress I jumped for joy. We all know I’m a sucker for anything vintage or vintage-inspired. With a button front placket, peter pan collar, and a shirred back that resembles smocking, this dress certainly has that vintage style I’m so drawn to. And speaking of shirring*….WOW! *(Shirring is a technique in which you sew a…

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    It’s Another Ania Tunic!

    Well, you had to know I was going to make another one, right? I recently got to work with the ever so talented Olga Becker over at Coffee and Thread on the new Ania Tunic pattern (just released!). I already posted the knit versions I made for testing a few days ago, but I’ve got a special one for you today. The Ania Tunic was absolutely perfect for re-purposing one of my vintage embroidered pillowcases. Anna so totally LOVES kitties! So this pillowcase featuring kitties playing in a field of flowers seems appropriate. And, paired with this adorable purple (Anna’s favorite color) heart fabric I received from a fellow islander doing…

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    The NEW Venice Dress from New Horizons Designs

    Anybody who knows me, knows that I am not one to where dresses. I was a bit of a tom boy growing up and I suppose it carried over into adulthood. I’ve always had a hard time finding dresses that fit properly anyway. So when I was selected to test this new Venice Dress from New Horizons Designs, I have to admit I was more than just a little nervous. But, I do believe this pattern has converted me to a dress-wearer! Just look at how beautifully turned out! Great care and attention was put into the fit and style of this dress. No matter your size or body type,…

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    It’s a Mommy and Me Mother’s Day!

    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 baby girl. But, if I must have an excuse to finally sew something for myself, then let be the Soho-along from See Kate Sew. The Soho blouse is a bohemian styled top with tons of girly charm. It’s nice and flowy and perfect for warm weather. We have been having unseasonably warm weather here in…

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    Up-Cycled Paris Tea Time Dress

    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 see it as “dated” and not worth their time. Either way, items like this end up hidden away in storage or even worse, thrown away! Someone, years ago, took the time to embroider this by hand and it deserves a second life! It has been my mission to find and restore vintage embroidered linens and…

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    Up-cycled Dress for Earth Day

    There’s nothing like a good up-cycle project to commemorate Earth Day. Not to mention, this is sort of what I do anyway. I love using vintage embroidered linens to make one-of-a-kind clothes for my little Princess. And why not? These beautiful works of art deserve a second life. For this particular dress, I used a vintage table runner featuring an appliqued flower with embroidered detailing. This was also a good excuse to raid my ever-growing stash of vintage lace. The yellow gingham happens to be a queen sized bed sheet. Even the bias tape is vintage (you can’t find it for $0.95 anymore). In fact, the only thing on this…

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