New Pages in the Sidebar!

Please check out the new (although with ongoing updates) links in the sidebar menu! It’s been quite a trip down memory lane (and tedious sorting through photos of past projects) in my attempt to properly archive the various items I … Read More

WIP: Mending work overalls

A mending job to keep a well loved pair of carpenter’s overalls in use a little longer. These were originally well made workmen’s overalls but have seen a lot of action. I under-patched the larger tears by hand stitching around … Read More

My Library: Costume 1066 to the Present

Part of my online presence here will include documenting/reviewing research materials I have found useful. The first instalment is a slim volume that betrays the useful reference that it is. Costume: 1066 to the Present by John Peacock is mostly … Read More

Gertie’s Pencil Skirt: Three Ways

Like many lucky sewists this past holiday season, I received a copy of Gertie’s New Book of Better Sewing. It happens that my birthday is very close to another big holiday in December, so it was in fact a birthday … Read More

1962 Jumper Dress

Made up this cute but understated jumper dress and bloomer set for my niece who had her first birthday this week. The Pattern is a vintage Simplicity (4246) that I had in my stash, I think originally from the thrift … Read More

Me me me!

An often recurring pattern for some seamstress types is that most of the completed projects end up being for clients or gifts for other people. Why is this? Of course the main reason I got into sewing my own clothes … Read More

Cork board makeovers!

Whilst recently working at a local theatre, the dressing rooms were being renovated and re-painted. The small cork boards on each door for posting messages and labelling each with the names of actors were being replaced with new ones. The … Read More

The Wedding Quilt

  In the summer of 2011 my Mom married a man she had been with for 15 years. If you ask me, that’s real commitment! I had thought about doing some quilting – just to try it out, and had always … Read More

Vintage Embroidery Patterns!

In recent months I have acquired a small but growing collection of vintage patterns. I haven’t experimented with them yet, but here are some fun hot iron transfer embroidery patterns I came across. They were separated from their envelopes in most … Read More

Plugging away…

The sewing room overhaul. It seems like I do this once a year. Why? When we moved in the summer, it was in the midst of stage managing a fringe show. We ended up renting 2 apartments for the month … Read More