Tag: domestic

McCall's Magazine October 1945

McCall’s Magazine: October 1945

One of my recent  finds of particular interest to vintage enthusiasts and fashion history nerds is this McCall’s Magazine from October 1945. It’s an interesting time capsule of the ideas being promoted to women at the tail end of World … Read More

Finished lettering detail. Harvest embroidery by HLB.

Not your typical embroidery gig…

Last spring, I was asked if I could create a piece of needlework for a local theatre company. The image was to be used was promotion for a play. And that’s how I ended up hand embroidering a pot leaf. … Read More

Late 1950s/Early 1960s Dress Patterns: McCall's 4442, 5723 and 7482.

Weekend Finds!

I promise very soon to update with more actual project realted posts, but for now here are some lovely items I picked up  at garage sales this weekend. The first real score of the day was this UNOPENED in the … Read More

Embroidered tea towel detail

Wedding Shower Gifts

My brother-in-law (if I was married) and his fiancée are getting married in the fall. Both families threw showers for the bride to be, so I made up some mostly non traditional gifts for them. Gift registries are great but … Read More

Art Nouveau panel detail. Hand painted over traced outline.

Quick Project: Art Nouveau Curtain

Here’s a little project that’s been in my head for years. Our bathroom curtains are red velveteen – an homage to the theatre, and the blank white panel behind needed a little something. Our apartment building is from 1912 so … Read More

The finished cover.

DIY: Sleeveboard Cover

As much as i love using vintage sewing supplies, sometimes they need a little love. My sleeveboard’s fabric cover was wearing through at the edges, so I decided to make a new one. Using the old cover as a pattern, … Read More

Placemat edging detail

Home: Atomic Print Placemats

The Boy and I recently traded in our kitschy pink top 50s dining table for a proper grown up teak number with matching chairs. It is lovely but I live in constant fear of damaging it… So time for some … Read More

vintage notions - detail

Thrift Store Lovelies II

Another quick post to share some fun finds! The shoulder pads are hard to date – the woman on the front looks like she’s from the 1940s, but often packaging remains constant – still interesting though. Wide belting – I … Read More

McCall's 9392 (1953)

The Collection: Patterns to Make

I recently re-organized my pattern stash after aquiring a pile of new (old) ones. I decided that the vintage box was getting far too packed and so decided to separate them into 1940s-Early 1960s, and mid 1960s-1980s. Of course this … Read More