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Archive for April, 2012

  • Blog Awards Posted on April 30, 2012

    When I first started blogging a year and a half ago,very soon afterwards I got a blog award.  I had never seen one of them before, nor did I know what it was so I just assumed it was spam.  But in the past several months I’ve been noticing it more and more on lots of… Read More »

  • Nautical-Inspired Circle Skirt Posted on April 27, 2012

    Hey Guys! I’m not sure if you’ll be happy (or sad) to hear that my nautical-fever hasn’t abated yet.  I myself am super stoked, but I don’t have any more immediate Nautical sewing plans. Outfit Details: Hat: Estate Chicago, during the Modern Vintage Chicago event Lipstick: Aphrodite color from the brand Napoleon Blouse: My white cotton… Read More »

  • McCalls 6802: Mad Men Dress Posted on April 25, 2012

    I’m sooo late to the Mad Men Dress Party, but better late then never right??? (This is my best attempt at a straight-faced Mad Men pose.) Outfit Details: Dress: McCalls 6802 pattern, c. 1964 in a blue wool twill Shoes: Cole Haan, Nordstroms (last year) Accessories: Scarf, earrings and gloves from A Touch of Vintage The… Read More »

  • Blogger Meetup with Tilly Posted on April 24, 2012

    Over the weekend, well Friday really, I had my first ever blogger meetup with Ms. Tilly (& the buttons). Tilly was as sweet as could be.  We chatted about sewing, blogs, her pattern-making workshop with creating a block,  the online sewing-blogger movement, other bloggers, etc.  But I have a confession….  Being my first blogger meetup, I was incredibly nervous &… Read More »

  • Charles James Giveaway Winner Posted on April 23, 2012

    You guys had such excellent comments to the question of what era you like best.  Being a 40’s/50’s lover myself, I was surprised to see so many of you love the teens, 20’s and 30’s.  I have a hunch that Downton Abbey is helping to open up a wider audience (commercially) to fashion just like… Read More »

  • Always a day late… but not today! Posted on April 20, 2012

    I frequently feel like I’m a day late to the party.  There have been so many awesome sew-alongs, meet-ups, and what-have-you that I just don’t have my act together in time to participate. Let me name just a few…. Ruby Slip Sew Along Tilly’s OWOP Mad Men Challenge with Julia Bobbin Pajama Party (still going… Read More »

  • Rompers: Yay or Nay? Posted on April 19, 2012

    I just happened to be on the anthropologie site and I fell in love…. with a romper.  It’s more like a jumpsuit but they’re calling it a romper. Isn’t it cute?! I’m going on my first-ever cruise in January 2013 and I’m already getting excited about all of the fun, nautical inspired pieces I can make for… Read More »

  • I Conquered the Crinoline Posted on April 19, 2012

    I got two comments yesterday asking if my skirt was puffy due to a crinoline or from the horsehair braid and I think it’s high time that I did a recap of my crinoline adventures. I’ve had a draft version of this post up for sometime, and I’m happy to let you all know that… Read More »

  • I’m really excited that I can officially share my completed Nautical dress!  I think this dress may be in my top three projects that I’ve ever made for myself, garment wise. Before you start scrolling through the post I have to say… this also may end up being a really long read.  I did a decent amount of documenting… Read More »

  • I was hoping to make it to the Charles James exhibit at the Chicago History Museum last weekend, but I got too wrapped up in my Quaker Oats polka dot dress (which is sadly still unfinished).  But this Sunday I made a conscious effort to stop working (on my Nautical dress) and take a break to visit the exhibit…. Read More »