Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Video Tour of My Sewing Room

Hi there! Just a quick post today. I thought you would all enjoy a tour of my sewing room, piles of fabric and all! I actually made this video about a month ago but just now getting around to sharing it. In the video we can see a few of the items I have been working on for my ready-made clothing on Etsy.

I hope you will forgive the appearance of the room, it's mostly organized but there is a lot of stuff in one small space. If anyone has sewing questions or suggestions for future videos I would love to hear them.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

1920s Shoes - A Short Sunday Shoe Spectacle Post

I fully admit I'm not up to writing a complete post today. So for today's addition of Sunday Shoe Spectacle I direct you to this post on Vintage Everyday. It's all about shoes and stockings from the 1920s.

I have a lot of blogging to catch up on but today just isn't my day. Anybody else have days like that? How do you keep yourself motivated to blog? Don't worry, my blog and I are not going anywhere, just having a couple of blah days. I know there are lots of things to get done but no motivation to do them. Hmm, maybe I'll clean the sewing room today. HAHAHAHAHA, yeah right!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ready-Made Clothing Update

So it's been a long time since I gave an update on the reproduction clothing I have been working on for my Etsy shop. Here are some of the items that have FINALLY been completed!! Yeah!!

The blue dress above has already been sold. But I have the same dress in a different color and print.

1940s Reproduction Dress, 38 Bust

I also have a couple blouses. The Scottie Dog print is really cute, I think, and I have two blouse cut and ready to sew in the same print but in pink with yellow and white dogs.

1940s Reproduction Blouse, 38 Bust

I loved this red, white and blue print so much I made a blouse for myself using a different pattern.

1940s Reproduction Blouse, 38 Bust

I couldn't resist trying this 1930s reproduction blouse on for some pictures. That's one perk to sewing patterns in your own size, I get to be the test model lol!

As you can see, I've taken your suggestions and input from my clothing surveys to heart. (Check out this post for more information.) You asked for larger sizes, separates and clothing in the color purple! All of these items are made using 100% cottons that are true reproduction prints from the 1930s and 1940s. I have also incorporated vintage buckles and buttons were I could. There will be more items coming this fall so be sure to watch here and on my other social media pages for sewing updates.

As some of you may know I will be attending the GBVS's Roaring 20s Lawn Party this Sunday as a vendor. I've super excited, but also terrified as it will be the first time setting up at a really big event with lots of other vendors. I will be bringing the blouses and purple print dress with me along with lots of other vintage goodies. If they don't sell at the lawn party I will be adding them to my Etsy shop Monday.

That's all for now! Time to finish packing.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vintage Boudoir Slippers with Ribbon Rosettes

I wasn't sure what I was going to post about for today's Sunday Shoe Spectacle post. But then these shoes arrived in the mail this week! How adorable! The color, the cording rosettes!!! So similar to my candy striped pair ......
And sadly, due to a listing error on the part of the seller, I discovered they are too small for my feet. Ugh! Sadness!!!! So, into the shop they go. And after photographing them I thought, why not blog about them along with my striped pair.
Marked Saks Fifth Avenue, Debutante Fashions Keystone Gay Step. 6 N - Listing here

I believe the beautiful blue Saks Fifth Ave boudoir slippers are from the 1940s or possibly early 1950s. They are an absolutely gorgeous shade of royal blue with matching blue silk ribbon cording rosettes! I loves these so much, why don't they fit!?!? I love seeing them side by side with my striped boudoir slippers. How cool is that pom pom ribbon trim? You can see me wearing the striped pair in this post from last fall
The striped pair are marked "Created by Jerro, New York" and "The Fair, Ft. Worth." They need a good cleaning but I'm not sure how to do that so I've left alone and enjoy wearing them as is.

More close ups of the blue rosettes! By the way, you can save 10% on these by using the code BLOGFAN at check out. :)

Overall the blue slippers are in very good and very wearable shape, though they do have some storage marks. Not really sure how to clean faille fabric but I think they could be cleaned. But if you are wearing these with a long flowing dressing gown, no one is going to notice. 

The soles have minor wear which I find normal for shoes that are only worn indoors. And the leather heel caps are almost perfect.

These are rather narrow and are marked 6 N, which should have been a clue to me that they wouldn't work. But the seller stood by their measurements which made them seem like they would fit my feet. Ah well. They will live together with my other pom pom slippers until they have a new home. Maybe yours? ;)

Also, just for fun check out this pair of striped slippers that sold from FabGabs. They are almost identical to mine except for the heel strap. Do you own any vintage boudoir slippers? I would love to see them!
Sold by FabGabs

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer 1926. Butterick Quarterly Fashion Pattern Book

The Greater Boston Vintage Society's annual Roaring 20's Lawn Party will be here before we know it! Are you planning to attend? Do you need some last minute inspiration for your lawn party outfit? Well, have a look at the illustrations in this 1926 summer addition of this Butterick Quarterly Fashion Pattern Book.

Source - Ebay
From beach attire to formal wear for both ladies and young girls, this pattern book has you covered! I particularly like the green/white and red/white dresses on the cover. You don't often see or think about polka dots in the 1920s but there they are!

Source - Ebay
Source - Ebay
Source - Ebay
There are even some tips on what fabrics to pick for wearing during hot weather! And do I see pajamas's? Why yes, I do!

Source - Ebay
So which outfit would you wear to a lawn party? Yours truly will be attending the GBVS lawn party at the Crane Estate so be sure to stop by and say hello!
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