Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying

Pretentious post title? Check. I didn’t want to bring Robert Herrick into it, but considering the dress and the date, I couldn’t resist. Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” undeniably has some creepy overtones. Yet the poem calls for a more deliberate enjoyment of fleeting moments, a perspective which is very relevant…

Buttonholes and Polka dots: Simplicity 1590

Waaaaay back in September of last year (2013) I was preparing for some major exams and frantically sewing as a distraction. The project in question was Simplicity 1590, a vintage reprint pattern for a blouse. The blouse was mostly finished in September, only making the buttonholes and sewing on the buttons remained, but this is…

Simplicity 1460

Simplicity 1460 is one of Simplicity’s reprints of patterns from previous decades. This blouse and tunic pattern from the 1950s has been updated so the pattern pieces and markings are familiar to modern sewers, but it is unclear whether or not adjustments have been made to reflect the difference in sizing systems. My only quibble…

Sunny Summer Sundress: Simplicity 1606

I will admit it; I might have a Simplicity pattern problem. For whatever reason, I tend to find Simplicity patterns more appealing than those from the other Big Four pattern companies (Butterick, McCall and Vogue). There is the added enticement that I have a pretty good idea of how a Simplicity pattern will fit me…

A Simpler Simplicity 2154

Back when I scored the gorgeous burgundy shot cotton that went into Mom’s birthday blouse, I also purchased the end of another bolt of shot cotton. (I may be bitter that Exquisite Fabrics moved from Georgetown to Culpepper, VA, but that moving sale is the gift that keeps on giving). This teal cotton only amounted to an…

Mustard and Navy Blue Polka Dots

Have you ever had an outfit which was so delightful you wanted to wear it every single day? But because it is so much fun to wear, you instead saved it for days that would be “worthy” of it? I find myself doing that with my mustard sleeveless blouse and navy and white polka dot skirt. After…

Simplicity 1699: I Know Where All the Flowers Have Gone

Hint: They are all here. I got some fabric for my birthday. It arrived as a little square of adorableness in the mail, but the full sized piece lived in Pennsylvania while I furiously researched and wrote through the tail end of the semester. We met properly during Christmas break. It is a silky cotton print my…

Sewing Assembly Required Gift-giving

I’ve been knitting Christmas presents for quite some time, but this year marked the advent of gift sewing. There had been earnest plans to be sewing away busily last semester, but for various reasons, it never happened. I wrapped up the semester in DC and headed to the family home without having sewn a stitch since…

A Tale of Two Bow Blouses

It was the best of sewing projects and it was… the best of sewing projects? These blouses turned out to be the best kind of clothes sewing – pretty, fun to make, and workhorses for the wardrobe. After sorting out the fit and establishing that New Look 6107 is in fact everything I could want…

Bow Blouse One: the experiment

Why hello there blog! I have missed you so. First August happened, and then the semester kept happening, but now is the time to talk of making things. It might be nearly Christmas, but here comes some opposite-season sewing. My first year living in DC has made me recognize a need for some recalibration to…