So today I was hoping to have the announcement that my Etsy store was open, but due to some difficulties that won't be happening! Ug. Hopefully, I can write that post next Monday. (insert sigh)
Instead I guess that today I will give you a preview of what is going to be in my shop.
Okay, so I was playing around today with photos for the Etsy shop I am working on and decided to play around with my blog look as well. My new blog banner matches the banner I created for my Etsy store. Please comment and let me know what you think of the new look!
(I do hope to have my Etsy store up soon, and I will post when it is open.)
So, I wasn't ahead of the game today. Usually my posts are done well ahead of time, but today I had no posts ready. Anyway, I thought that today I would tell you about where I like to shop for sewing patterns.
When I want to buy a new pattern from the big four, I will buy from Joanns. I will usually only buy them on sale. It is hard to beat new patterns for $1 -$3. My favorite patterns from the big four are their vintage reprints. This is my new favorite from Simplicity.
I buy my vintage patterns from Etsy or Ebay. Both are great for finding specific patterns or for searching for patterns from specific eras. Sometimes I look for an exact pattern, other times I search for a general style, such as 1940's blouse patterns.
Thrift stores are great places to find usually older patterns that fit my general style. I've wanted to make some culottes, so I was happy to find a pattern from the 90's at a thrift store. Obviously some patterns will be out of date, but you can still find patterns that are classic designs and fit your style. Some patterns only need to be made in a modern fabric or have some slight modifications made to bring them up to date.
The only really 1930's thing about this dress may be the fact that the pattern I used was a 1930's reprint. That being said, this dress certainly deserves being called a spring tea party dress.
Some of the quick projects I have been able to accomplish/start recently have been altering or complete makeover projects. This shirt was one of those outrageously large shirts I got years ago when my only qualifier for fit was that is wasn't too small. I have since become more picky about fit when buying something, neither too small nor too big.
What have I been up to? Well, a large number of things, but you really want to know about what I have been up to in the sewing room (a.k.a. corner of my room). I will post about my 1930's Spring Tea dress in a couple days. It isn't quite done yet, but I plan to post as soon as I have it finished.
I should note right now that the 1930's and 1940's are my favorite eras of vintage clothing. (Sorry, the '50's just haven't caught my fancy.....at least yet.) So, it shouldn't be too surprising that these books of mine come out of the 1930's and '40's.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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