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Archive for September, 2011

  • Tailored Jacket_Stitchcraft Jan. 1936
    Stitchcraft Freebie: 30′s Tailored Jacket Posted on September 30, 2011

    I’m smitten with the free knitting pattern for you all today; it’s a tailored jacket from the January 1936 edition of Stitchcraft. I hope you love it as much as I do! Per Stitchcraft: This is a little coat with an air.  The specially thick wool it is made in has the double advantage of being quick… Read More »

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    A few months back, my coworker and fellow knitter Maria, came over to my office to show me an awesome vintage knitting book she found at her local Goodwill store.  She offered to let me borrow it for a while, and I proceeded to hoard it for over a month.  I then came to the realization… Read More »

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    Altering Patterns for a Bias Grainline Posted on September 26, 2011

    I started working on a 40′s blouse over the weekend that calls for a closure-placket on a side seam.  Since I really dislike having a zipper closure on a blouse (if I can help it), I decided to alter my pattern to be on the bias.  Using a bias construction gives the fabric a bit more stretch… Read More »

  • IMG_2233

    I seem to have turned into a ‘Stabilization-aholic.’ I’m a huge fan of this and it turns an “okay-project” into a “you sewed that?!” project.  You know what I’m talking about ladies, right?  :) Stabilization has many uses and takes many forms, but today I’m going to present you a tutorial on how to reinforce the center ‘V’ on any… Read More »

  • Enlarging Yoke 'Hem'
    Fitting a Yoke Waistband: Part 2 Posted on September 21, 2011

    This post has been a long time coming, which is quite silly since it’s so simple.  I meant to take another photo of the muslined yoke waistband, but hadn’t gotten around to doing so.  I’m soo close to having the actual skirt finished that I figured you guys wouldn’t mind waiting a bit more to see… Read More »

  • Vintage Bazaar: Autumn 2011 Posted on September 19, 2011

    I’ve been looking forward going to the September 2011 Vintage Bazaar every since the last one took place back in May in Pilsen!  This urban flea market never fails to please!  All of the vendors are lovely, friendly people which makes it all the better.  It’s like all of the etsy shops and the brick… Read More »

  • Petersham Ribbon Cardigan

    As promised,  this week’s free vintage pattern is the classic golfer cardigan that was on the cover of the April 1952 Stitchcraft magazine that was featured along with the multitude of glove patterns from last week. This classic cardigan is finished with 1″ of contrasting petersham ribbon to reinforce the button bands: Click on the following link… Read More »

  • September Giveaway Winner Posted on September 14, 2011

    Thank you so much to everyone who responded to the September Giveaway. I truly enjoyed reading all of your comments about all of the different types of things you’d like to learn more about.  Initially I posed that particular question since I love learning about you all and because I was just curious.  But after reading through them all, you’ve… Read More »

  • Last Chance to Enter the September Giveaway Posted on September 13, 2011

    Hey guys!  I’ll be closing up the comments for the September Giveaway at midnight tonight, in order to announce the winner tomorrow morning. As a reminder the winner will be choosing their prize from either the sewing option:  Notions set with your choice of one of 3 different sewing patterns.  OR The knitting option: Cascade fingering weight yarn with… Read More »

  • Vashon Cast On
    Skirts in Progress Posted on September 12, 2011

    I hope you had a much more productive weekend than I did… On Saturday evening my sewing machine starting making a funny squeaking noise, then after a while it started laboring…  :(  I had to stop sewing altogether since I didn’t want to end up damaging my machine by pushing it when it’s not feeling… Read More »