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Sewing Projects Worthy of Giving Thanks

     Even though it is a bit too late (holiday speaking) to be posting something from Thanksgiving, it's never a bad thing to give thanks.  Appreciating one's blessings is good for any time and season!

      Personal illness and time constraints have delayed my revealing of these in-house projects. So now I am finally getting around to posting two items that help our home become more ready for the fall/winter season : a dachshund themed…

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Added by Kelly B. on January 1, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The "It's No Longer a Funnel-Neck" Corduroy 1968 Dress

     I would like to post a cozy winter vintage dress that I made for myself this past cold weather season.  What was originally a 1968 funnel neck sheath dress turned into a week and a half's worth of frustration.  I'm glad this dress finally ended up as a great fitting, good looking success.  Its profile has a classic A-line shape with a...well, "not-sure-what-to call-it-neckline" that is rather complimentary.  Persistence definitely paid off with this project!  I still can't believe…

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Added by Kelly B. on November 26, 2013 at 8:43pm — 1 Comment

Knitting acheivement unlocked!

I am kind of surprised that I was able to finish this, but I guess that just goes to show what you can accomplish when you get laid off from your job. Please excuse the mistakes if you are able to see them. This was my first ever attempt at a knitting project and I'm not sure that I would have been able to accomplish it without the many knitting instructional videos online. I still have a ways to go in learning how to create a professional looking finished project, but I'm happy enough with…

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Added by River Rose Gallifrey on November 23, 2013 at 1:44pm — No Comments

One "Smartt" 1940's Outfit: my Bow-Neck Satin Dance Dress

     Fun and flirty, fancy and feminine, my new vintage 40's dress is made using Simplicity's new Fall 2013 pattern release (#1587), and it turned out to be wonderful in all its satin beauty. I had the perfect reason to get to making this dress sooner than later, for hubby and I had a 40's dance to attend.  I (well, both of us) received many compliments on our outfits. I could proudly say, "Thanks, I made my dress myself!"  Thank you Simplicity for another great vintage pattern!…

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Added by Kelly B. on November 22, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Yikes! Lots of Stripes! My 1957 Cotton Sundress

     Cool, comfy, and amazing day dresses for women of the 50's are as classic as a '57 Chevy - both are still oh so dramatic.  No wonder their popularity never goes out of style.  Who doesn't like a taste of glamor for everyday use?  

     My 1957 striped cotton dress has been long in coming to completion, and now it is such a joy and relief that I finally get to wear a project visualized 6 years ago. (I had kept my sales receipt tucked in with my striped fabric, so I can see a…

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Added by Kelly B. on November 7, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Summertime Blues - A Knit Top with a Twist

     What do you do with your leftovers?  Do you chuck 'em for fear of adding clutter and forgetting about what you have in the house?  Maybe your leftovers get thrown off to the side with a half-hearted wish to make them useful sometime soon.  Or perhaps you judiciously sort, file, or store any scraps for later use. 

     Whichever category you fit in, and I'm sure there are more divisions to add, this post is meant to show what I did with some precious leftovers...of fabric, that is…

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Added by Kelly B. on October 28, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Busy Year and Long Hiatus

I am fully moved in to my new residence and my craft space is greatly reduced from what it had been in my previous residence. I know that I am fully moved in now, even though there are boxes that have yet to be unpacked, because there is already talk of moving from this space to a new space.

I have made some things and will eventually get around to taking and posting pictures. It will probably be my New Year's resolution for 2014 to take and share more pictures.

Speaking of…

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Added by River Rose Gallifrey on October 22, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Retro Rewind - a Modern 60's Style Babydoll Blouse

     Some clothing creations of mine I like almost instantly, while some others just have to 'grow' on me a bit before I can say I like it on myself.  I was so proud of hitting my 50th sewing project mark with this little blouse, but the 60's inspired top itself took some getting used to. 

     Baby doll styles have never really appealed to me.  However, I don't like to be stuck in a style rut and I am willing to try new things.  My version of a 60's Baby doll blouse has finally won…

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Added by Kelly B. on September 30, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Tap Dancing, Scalloped Collar Dress from "The Artist" Movie

     Out of all the Silver Screen look-alikes I have made yet, none have been as rewarding to see finished, as fun to wear, or as tiresome to make as my newest Hollywood imitation: a dress from the movie "The Artist".  This dress is also one my best fitting creations, amongst my modern and vintage sewing alike.  I simply can't help but break out and dance like Peppy in this dress, especially since I now have a good excuse to wear my tap shoes!…

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Added by Kelly B. on September 27, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

An Urban Chic Refashioned Sundress

     Once upon a time, there was a young lady (ahem, myself) who walked in a Goodwill store with the desire to find something to refashion.  Then, she found a neglected strapless sundress, having seen little wear as of yet, that caught her eye amongst the discount rack.  The sundress received the best makeover treatment in its lifetime and made the young lady both very happy and looking great as well.  A happy ending is enjoyed by all...…

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Added by Kelly B. on September 24, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

My 1946 Cotton Dress - It's a Wrap!

     There is faux fur, there's faux leather, and a multitude of other imitation items, among which I have made myself a faux wrap dress. 

     This dress is made from one of my vintage original patterns, still in good condition for the year 1946.  I am proud of how well I redrew/re-graded this pattern to my size measurements - it gave me good practice in drafting and fits like it is made for me, which is true.  Another great point for this dress is the on trend color scheme (it has…

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Added by Kelly B. on September 20, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Burda Style is my Style~ sew sexy

Yes, burda style is nana style, i like sew to fit dress. This morning i went to shopping mall, and stop by one bra store,

i told the lady, my cup size is between 34D to 36C. But recently, i lost some fat, and my waist line reduced to 27", she suggest me try 34E...O M G..i never dream i will be E cup ....This is great beneift for losing weight, but not losing my bust weight.....ha.ha

 

Encouged by this GREAT news, and also today is holiday, also a typhone day, i…

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Added by nana sewing on September 20, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

"It's De-Lovely" - My 1936 Puff Sleeve Polka Dot Blouse

     The year 1936 is very interesting to me.  Americans of that year seemed to have had a new-found, hopeful, upbeat outlook due in large part to the Presidency of Roosevelt and the second round of the New Deal programs  (enacted 1935 to 1938).  The Civil Works Administration was providing people with some money, Prohibition was now…

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Added by Kelly B. on September 6, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

My Fall "Fast Fashion" Skirt - An Easy Project with Modern Styling

     I recently found a very interesting math equation that produces an excellent result.  Here it is: 1 yard of easy care, super soft knit fabric, plus 2 hours of time devoted to cutting and sewing, equals 1 very happy Seam Racer, a.k.a. Kelly.

     At that time, I needed a no-fail, instant satisfaction project which was a change out of the ordinary for me, and this skirt was my lucky number.  Besides, I had been wanting to make my very own version of the "high-low hem" style that…

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Added by Kelly B. on September 6, 2013 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Strutin' My Feathers - A 1937 Pin-Tucked Satin Blouse

     The peacock and his feathers have long been very symbolical, and its popularity seems as immortal as its typology.  However, in the 1920's, the peacock began a new emergence of popularity.  Suddenly it's fan shape and distinctive eye feathers were reproduced everywhere - in fashion, as decorative building motifs, and even as bouquets.

     Peacocks have a very personal connection for…

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Added by Kelly B. on September 1, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

"Water for Elephants" Imitation Knot-Neck Halter Dress

     The thrill of the circus was a welcome distraction to lift the spirits of people of the 1930's, who were so busy trying to eke out a living.  Television wasn't around yet, and radio broadcasts were not a common mode of entertainment, either.  This is why so many stars and performers of big (and not so big) traveling circuses were…

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Added by Kelly B. on August 31, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Frustrating 40's Retro Blouse Pattern

     Every so often I happen to pick a pattern to make, only to find it makes me want to throw it in a corner out of exasperation.  As long as this occurs "every so often" I can see it as a challenge and make the best of things.  This subject brings me to admit how a new (as of this spring/summer) Simplicity "Vintage 40's" blouses pattern was trouble hidden by a very enticing envelope drawing.   

     Don't get me wrong - I really like my blouse and have worn it plenty of times…

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Added by Kelly B. on August 25, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Princess Nana - i believe i can fly Dress

 

See my princess seam just match sew well ...

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Added by nana sewing on August 12, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Less and less fabric Dress

Less fabric to show bust line..ha…

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Added by nana sewing on August 4, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

"In the Mood" to Swing in My 1940 Floral Bed Sheet Dress

     Who doesn't love an all-around good deal, especially when it is chock full of value, quality, and practicality?  Well, I hit the jackpot here, spending less than five dollars with this dress, which is a 1940 Vintage Vogue reprint.  Who would have guessed that some vintage bed linens could turn out something great like this! 

THE…

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Added by Kelly B. on August 2, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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