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Hollywood Patterns – March 1946 (and giveaway winner announcend!)


I’ll be announcing the winner of my recent giveaway at the end of this post, but I wanted EVERYONE to feel like a winner so I decided to release another freebie! This mini catalog by Hollywood Patterns contains eight pages of vintage sewing inspiration from March, 1946.

Do you recognize the dress from page two? If you’ve seen this sewing project of mine, the pattern should look very familiar! It’s the same one! How neat is that?


(To purchase original catalogs just like this one, visit Judy at vintage4me2. She’s awesome.)

Please feel free to link to this page, pin this page, or send your friends here. Please do not redistribute, re-post, or sell these downloads (in whole or part) anywhere else. I have made it available FREE for you here on Lucky Lucille!


If you appreciate these little peeks into Fashion/Sewing history as much as I do, a cuppa’ coffee makes an excellent thank you. ;) ;) Donate only if you want to, of course!




To open the eBook you must click the download button from an iPad or iPhone, in Safari browser, with iBooks installed. A new browser window will open and will appear blank for several seconds. It’s a pretty large file so the screen will look as if nothing is happening as the file loads, but soon you will be prompted to open the eBook in iBooks or a similar application, from that browser window. (Note: on our newer iPad/iPhone, the eBook will download from Chrome browser!)


The PDF should open on any computer, tablet, and/or browser, but may take a little while to load. Again, the images are large. When the browser window opens, click the icon in the top toolbar (second icon in from the far right) to download and save the PDF.

Happy Reading!

p.s. the randomly selected winner for the Vintage4me2 giveaway is: Megan from Bobbins and Bustles! Congrats, Megan :)

wip it good


I thought I’d pop in and share a bit of what I’ve been working on lately. First up, I’ve got a new pattern by Anna Maria Horner in queue. It’s a really neat pieced circle skirt that I can’t wait to make! I think the yardage charts might be wrong though because I could only fit 7 of my 8 blue panels on the recommended fabric no matter which way I tried. I’m not super upset about it though because that just means I have a real excuse to BUY MORE FABRIC! Ha! …Ew, and maybe a new ironing board cover while I’m at it.


Speaking of fabric, I just bought some sweatshirt fleece to make another new pattern that was just released by April Rhodes. She’s doing a blog tour to promote it so I’ll be back on December 1st to share my version!


Wednesday the 19th was my birthday (I am now officially in my early late twenties lol …27) and I kinda splurged and bought a really fantastic present: a king sized bed (Amazon Prime is AMAZING)! Who am I kidding, it’s more for Lucille than for us because that little pig hound hogged 82% of our old Full sized one. I’ve pretty much been working from bed since Wednesday, which is awful for my wrists, but can you blame me?!


Since I released my Deerly Beloved gift wrap on the 14th, I’ve already sold a few rolls! I’m so excited, you all are amazing!! I’m working on coordinating print-at-home greeting cards and gift tags to match, but getting the colors to translate well through a basic ink jet printer has proven to be a challenge. I really wanted to release them by Thanksgiving but I wont if the colors look …meh. I’m remaining hopeful, and I WILL work something out whether I release them as a perfect match for the wrapping paper or not. We shall see.


This is the look Lucille gives me when I’m shopping for more fabric to finish my pieced circle skirt and I stumble onto some ridiculous (ridiculously amazing) Aztec print Winterfleece. Don’t judge me Lucille, I NEED an Aztec fleece cocoon coat sweater wrap thing!

Oh, and all Hell most have frozen over because I bought a pattern to make leggings. ME! The girl who hates knits for no particular reason beyond I just plain love wovens. There are lots of legging pattern options out there but I found myself on Burda Style, browsing around as you do, and there was a sloper pattern for leggings at a great price for a knit-fabrics-noob.

I’ve been trying to think of sewing projects as whole outfits lately because I’ve made so many things in the past that don’t go with anything else. Which is why I bought the leggings, and also this twisted turtleneck dress with this cocoon wrap coat pattern. That’s a pretty nice, well-rounded outfit I think.

Now, how am I going to build that outfit out around this fantastic Aztec fleece?!


vintage pattern giveaway – closed


Happy Monday! I’ve always rather liked Mondays (fresh starts and all) but if you could use something to brighten your day, I have just the thing! Judy, at Vintage4me2, and I have teamed up for a great giveaway.

Whenever I’m in the market for a new vintage pattern, Judy’s eBay shop is always my first choice. She has a fantastic selection of vintage patterns and sewing books, plus great customer service and super speedy shipping (and no I’m not getting compensated to say that, I just genuinely like Judy!).

Have you seen my free pattern downloads? Would you like a chance to win an original vintage pattern catalog? Of course you would! Oh, and to sweeten that deal, Judy is including a $25.00 store credit on top of the 1946 McCall Style News catalog. She’s a very generous lady.


Here’s How To Win:
1.) Visit Vintage4me2 on eBay and pick your favorite item, then share it on any social media channel of your choosing.

(You can tweet a link, share a link on Facebook, share a screen shot on instagram, pin an item to Pinterest, etc)

2.) Please be sure you tag me in your social media share AND leave a comment here to let me know you’ve done so. I’d love to see your favorite item!
(@Rochelle_New on Twitter and Instagram, and Lucky Lucille on Facebook and Pinterest)

3.) When you leave your comment here, please use your first name an a valid email address where I can contact you if you win.
(Your email address will not be shared publicly, I’ll be able to see it when your comment comes through.)

Please note – some comments may need to be approved by me before they appear live, but they will be published in the order they were received.


The giveaway will be open from now until November 23rd at 10pm EST. I’ll announce one lucky winner (drawn at random) on Monday the 24th.

p.s. If you’re interested in sewing vintage patterns, but are a little intimidated by the un-printed ones, check out my tutorial all about it.

Good Luck!



spoonflower satin gift wrap


Ho boy, I don’t even know where to begin! I’m so in love with this Spoonflower wrapping paper! As you know, a few weeks ago I had this nerdy idea to watch a documentary about deer and then draw a little sketch inspired by what I learned. Then I posted a bit about the process of digitizing my sketch and making it into a repeating pattern. Well, this is the end result!


Though I ultimately wanted to make this print available on fabric, I really wasn’t happy with how the colors translated during the printing process for cotton, even after consulting their color map. I took a risk by not ordering a swatch first and although the fabric version of this print still needs work, the gift wrap version really knocks it outta the park! I’m so pleased!


Since all Spoonflower products are print-on-demand the price isn’t exactly cheap, but I ended up wrapping a decent number of boxes with just one roll. The paper is nice and thick too, so if you’re like my grandma and you like to carefully unwrap and reuse paper, this paper stock with most definitely hold up!


I made sure to make this print non-directional which really helps you get the most for your money. I think it looks great from all angles.



(In case you missed the link, you can find the gift wrap here: http://www.spoonflower.com/giftwrap/3655462 – shameless self promotion, yes I’m guilty lol)


If you plan on ordering any products from Spoonflower in time for the holidays, I highly recommend checking out their Holiday Ordering Deadlines Guide to make sure you’ll get it on time. The printing process kind of takes a while. …but it’s so worth it!


Well thanks for taking a look at my latest project! I hope you enjoyed seeing bits and pieces of the process from initial idea all the way through the finished product. I’ve had a lot of fun sharing it with you :)


Don’t worry, a fabric version is what I’m working on next!

If you’ve always wanted to try making your own fabric/paper designs, you should just go for it! I mean why not? It’s so much fun and Spoonflower makes it possible.


p.s. This is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated to promote Spoonflower. I just really honestly love the service they offer! I do, however, get a “designer discount” when I order my own products, and a tiny chunk of change if you order anything from my Spoonflower shop :)

the staple dress


Simple sewing is where it’s at for me right now, I made another dress already! This is The Staple Dress by April Rhodes. I’ve wanted to give it a try since forever, but this bout of tendinitis is what really made it a priority for me. It’s a pretty Plain Jane type of pattern but the shaping at the waist and the hi-low hem option keep it interesting.


Ideally this pattern would be better suited for a rayon or a voile, or some kind of fabric with a bit more drape and flow (which is why I went with the straight hem and not the hi-low) but I loves me a quilting cotton so that’s what a chose and it totally works. I also need to have ALL THE DEER THINGS right now so… yeah. Quilting cotton. Pretty dresses. Deer-y things. Yes please.


the fabric: Lineage by Anna Maria Horner


I tried elastic shirring for the first time in years, and thanks to Devon’s Sewing Party class, it looks awesome! I don’t think I’d wear this dress out and about without a fun belt, but it’s nice to know I have nice stretchy gathers underneath to keep everything in place regardless.


You’ve heard me say several times that I never pay attention to my print placement and I just always get lucky when stuff matches up. Well this time I left nothing to chance and took meticulous extra steps to make sure the linear direction of the print carried straight across the dress. I was mostly paying attention to how the oval motifs were lining up, and not the smaller details within them, but I did get really lucky on one side at the bottom where the little deer is almost seamlessly matched!


Unlike my last post where it was snowing on and off all day and I was freezing, it was actually surprisingly beautiful out this time! Nearly 65 degrees and not really sweater weather until the sun started going down. As much as I love the Fall season, I have to admit this imposter summer weather was awfully nice.


Another thing I love about this pattern is how practical it is. I can just throw it on and go. The kimono style built-in sleeves and the simple shaping at the waist is reminiscent of some of the late 1940s style house dresses that I love so much. A simple dress pattern like this really works well for a big novelty print fabric, and you know how I love those!


Outfit Details
Belt – Potomac Leather Co
Sweater – thredUP
Dress – made by me
Leggings – Old Navy
Boots – Dirty Laundry
Glasses – El Ria c/o Victory Optical

photos by William Waldon


Though most likely not what the dress pattern was originally designed for, The Staple Dress does make for a good frolicking-through-the-woods outfit ;)


What kinds of sewing projects are you frolicking around in lately?


it was the woodcutter


I’ve been on a Miss Fisher kick again and recently watched Season 1 Episode 12 (where Jane dresses as Little Red Riding Hood and Arthur talks of the woodcutter), hence the name of the blog post. I really should have called it How To Dress Inappropriately For The Weather though since it was about 30 degrees out, with scattered snow showers, when William and I took these photos. FREE-ZING!

The only warm coats I own are for snowboarding, and they don’t really go well with sewing projects (Shhhhhh, it’s a good excuse!), so when I got back home I immediately bought a new coat that will actually match non-winter-sports clothing. Fine, you caught me. It was a horrible excuse, I just wanted a new coat mwahahah! It’s my birthday this month, okay?


This is The Tank Dress by Sew Caroline that I made using a seriously cute Little Red Riding Hood cotton print. I love it!


I had to make a few changes to the pattern because nothing ever fits me at the armpit. After watching Joi’s Fast-Track to Fitting series I learned I have forward sloping shoulders and a meaty stick-y out-y tendon/muscle (I should remember the technical term from college anatomy but I don’t) right at the point where the shoulder, chest, and underarm meet. As a result of this, everything seems to cut into my skin and even cut off circulation under the arm.

Many fitting books tell you that arm holes are always cut too low, causing all sorts of fitting problems in bodices and sleeves. I’m sure they’re right, but in my case I don’t care about being technically correct as much as I just want to be comfortable. So I broke all the rules and lowered the armscye. #rebelsewing


I cut a size XS everywhere except the shoulder, which I lengthened to the size Medium line. This dropped the armscye down lower to accommodate my scrawny cavernous armpits, which I apparently have. I also scooped out a deeper curve from the front armscye, but straightened the shape of the upper back part to account for my forward sloping shoulders.

This fixed most of my problems but I still needed to add a tad more room in the bust. At first I attempted a FBA but quickly realized that was going to change the shape of my newly fixed armhole, as well as the shape of the side seams, which I didn’t want. So the simplest solution was to add 1/4″ to the center front (which is cut on the fold) and then ta-da! 1/2″ extra in the finished bust measurement. Perfect.

Yeah I could have added a dart for a better fit in the bust with no loss of shaping and blah blah blah but I picked this pattern specifically so I didn’t have to fuss with all that. No darts. No closures. No real fitting. No problems. (I already have enough of those in my wrists)


The last adjustment I made was to shorten the length so I could fit both pieces on just two yards of fabric. Whenever I can’t decide on how much fabric to buy I just get two yards, so probably 90% of my stash is two yard cuts. Which is slightly problematic since you can barely sew any garments with just two yards. Silly me!


Well, that’s about all I have to report on the Tank Dress by Sew Caroline! It’s a simple pattern (I even skipped the elastic in the back this time) but I’m really happy with the fit and the the shape of the neckline so it was worth the cost of the pattern to now have a basic block. I plan to make more variations of this dress in the future, for sure. It feels so good to get back to sewing again! It does not, however, feel so good to get poked in the backside with a mass of brambles…


I have not been back to knitting though (which is nearly killing me since I want to knit ALL THE HATS) so I had to resort to buying a new one from Target. GASP! I know! It’s cute though, right?


Who let me go outside without a coat?! Where’s my mother to tell me not to be such an idiot? Don’t worry mom, I bought a new coat and it’s en route as we speak. No mom, I do not have enough coats already, I neeeeedddeeedddd a new one, OKAY?! GAWD!



At least I had enough sense to dress my child for the frigid weather. Lucille had her coat on! Uhg I could smoosh those adorable neck rolls all day long…


I hope the rest of you are sewing things more seasonally appropriate than I am. Ha!

…Are you?


drawing & digitizing: deer


So to continue on with my previous post about some sketches I did while learning all about white-tail deer, I decided to share more of the process of how I like to digitize drawings and make repeats for Spoonflower. Because why not share, right? Besides, I want the practice and the proof of work from start to finish. I just started getting serious about pattern design and learning Illustrator about six months ago, so hopefully I’ll be able to look back at this post in a year and laugh at how far I’ve come. Ha!


If you’re really interested in the step-by-step details of what it takes to do this kind of design work, there are two classes that will teach you everything you need to know: Bonnie’s intensive workshop on CreativeLive, and Elizabeth’s class on Skill Share – just thought I’d mention that.

William set me up with a make-shift desktop work area since my laptop probably caused 85% of my tendinitis issues. I’m finally starting to feel some improvement in my wrists since making this switch. Duh me, I know. Anyone who has a real office space will facepalm when I admit I used to do 8 hours of work, at a laptop, usually in bed, usually with a cat and a dog under or over each arm… I know. Not the smartest thing. But anyways…


So I took a picture of my sketchbook page and traced over it with my iPad to make my drawings into a vector image. Then I just started playing around with each little motif in Illustrator to create the elements for my pattern. Having little bits and pieces of pattern strung about all over my Artboard is one of my favorite things. It’s like a mix between a digital interactive coloring book and a jigsaw puzzle. So fun!


After several hours of messing with the pattern placement I finally came to a tile layout I was happy with. Like Elizabeth Olwen teaches in her class, I really tried to pay attention to pattern flow and movement. It was also important to me to make sure the pattern was non-directional. Since Spoonflower fabric is a bit pricey, I wanted to make the most of what you pay for.


Then I made some quick line drawings of things that might look good with my deer pattern on it: a dress, a phone case, wrapping paper, etc. I just uploaded the pattern to Spoonflower last night and bought some fabric AND some satin gift wrap! As soon as I get my order, I’ll be able to make this little deer print available to everyone. I’m thinking of calling it Deerly Beloved. …or maybe Jane Doe. Naturally it needs a cutesy name with some kind of deer pun. You better believe I’ll be sharing a deer-y dress and matching wrapped present as soon as I possibly can (hopefully in time for my birthday on the 19th)!

Oh, I should probably also mention, I launched a Holiday Pop-Up Shop! I’m trying to clear out some of my stash, as well as some craft fair items I made ages ago (back when I was still living in Vermont. Sheesh!). I’ll be adding more stuff to the shop this week, but once the items are gone they will not be re-made! Except for the stickers. I’d like to keep making those :)

Thanks for reading! Don’t worry, I’ll be back to actual sewing soon…



drawings & documentaries: deer


Are you sick of me talking about tendinitis yet? Well I sure am. No good news on that front at this point, but I’ve been trying to put my idle time to good use. Some of my favorite things (that I don’t talk about much around here for no particular reason) are drawing and watching documentaries, especially documentaries about animals. I’m sure (I hope!) there are some fellow nerds out there who will appreciate a post series like this, so in the spirit of trying new things and not losing my my mind on account of stupid wrist injuries, I present to you: Drawings & Documentaries – a series where I share facts, photos, and sketches inspired by animals.


This documentary, The Private Life of Deer, (currently streaming on Netflix) was particularly fascinating to me because I live in an area with a high white-tail deer population, but I never really went out of my way to learn anything about them. Up until recently the extent of my deer knowledge included: they’re cute, they eat my neighbor’s bushes into phallic shapes (highly amusing to me, not so much to my neighbor), and they must not be very intelligent on account of their habits in and around major roads. Well Friends, allow me to enlighten you on my newly expanded knowledge of white-tail deer! …oh, and share a peek at a sketch that will eventually become a new Spoonflower fabric.


1.) White-tail deer are nearly blind by human standards, all they really see are shapes and silhouettes. Because of their poor eyesight, deer have finely tuned hearing and a nose with more olfactory receptors than a Bloodhound (deer have 300 million olfactory receptors, humans only have 5 million!).

2.) Deer communicate with each other by using ear and tail movements (much like dogs do) and by stomping the ground to alert other deer when they sense danger. They also have various vocal call sounds.

3.) Deer populations actually thrive in areas of deforestation and urban sprawl. With an abundance of food, and no real predators besides motor vehicles, the deer population in North America has risen from less than one million a century ago, to over 100 million today. They prefer suburban neighborhoods that border farmland and forest.

4.) Deer eat 600 different species of plants including a variety of grasses, fruits, acorns, twigs, and even poison ivy. They eat around 7lbs of food a day and have a four-chambered stomach just like cows. Deer lie down after a meal in order to regurgitate and re-chew their food, also like cows do.

5.) Deer can easily jump a fence that’s 6 or 8 feet tall, making it difficult for people to protect gardens and yards.


6.) Cayuga Heights, NY has an estimated 100 deer per square mile. The “ideal” (according to wildlife biologists in the area) would be more like 5 deer per square mile.

7.) Deer have better night vision than humans do because they have more rods than cones in the eye which allows more light to filter through. The downside of this is the “deer in the headlights” affect where deer can literally freeze up in the middle of the road due to sensory overload on the eyes. Their brain can actually lock down for several minutes in this situation, causing a type of paralysis.

8.) Aside from the “deer in the headlights” issue, deer are actually highly intelligent and adapt very quickly to potential threats around them. They can learn the boundaries and traffic patterns of roads and cars, as well as the limits of neighborhood dogs in particular yards.

9.) Deer graze close to highways and roads, not because they like to live dangerously (or stupidly) like I originally thought, but simply because the un-manicured roadsides have more vegetation, with a better variety, than your yard might.

10.) Antlers are re-grown from scratch every year. Easily the fastest growing tissue on the entire planet, antler growth expands by one whole inch every two days.


11.) Deer mating season happens in the Fall and is known as “The Rut”.

12.) Female deer can give birth to a single fawn, twins, or triplets.

13.) Baby deer are born with almost no scent whatsoever, making them able to hide in tall grass (almost in plain sight) and still be invisible to predators. Adult deer have at least seven scent glands.

14.) Albino deer, also known as ghost deer, are extremely rare.

15.) The Florida Keys are home to an evolutionary miniature of white-tail deer, also known as Key Deer. The Key Deer are a highly endangered species with an estimated 800 left in existence (That makes me sad).


Well if you’re a nature buff like me, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this post and learned something new about deer! If not, I hope you still enjoyed the pretty pictures of my sketchbook and various vintage items I’ve collected. Slowly but surely I’m digitizing my sketch in order to make a new print for my Spoonflower shop. I’ll share more progress there as it develops ;)

What do you think, did you learn something new? Do you love animal documentaries as much as I do? Can you recommend any new ones for me?!


p.s. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

sew inspired: blutsgeschwister








My wrists are still on bed rest as I work through my tendinitis, so while I’m not able to sew as much as I’d like to, I really can’t help but look at what others are sewing. This German clothing company inspires me to no end. I mean every single thing about their branding, products, styling, etc makes my heart go all aflutter! Blutsgeschwister has everything I love: Mixed prints, moody yet bold colors, playful femininity, a vintage vibe… Absolutely stunning.

I may or may not be drooling all over my computer right now.

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adventure time? alpaca my bags!


Well I’m back from the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, aka Rhinebeck, and it was awesome!! …and crazy. I was warned that it would be overwhelming and that’s definitely the truth. It’s not necessarily overwhelming in a bad way, but even my friend Aegean commented on how many people were there, and she lives in NYC!


We didn’t get too many photos of our adventures since Wil left us to have a girls day and took the camera along with him. I’m actually glad he did since I wouldn’t have wanted to worry about lugging it around and trying to keep track of it in the chaos. He did manage to get some great pics in and around the Llama/Alpaca barn though, which if you ask me, was the best part of the show!

Check out the sea of cars already parked when we arrived just minutes after the fair officially opened. Crazy! You couldn’t walk five feet without saying “Excuse me, oh I’m sorry!” to the eight people you accidentally bumped into.


Aegean and I had the best time just walking around in circles, touching ALL the yarn but buying barely any of it (on account of being so overwhelmed), waiting in outrageously long food lines (only for a second before we abandoned them for pickles and cheese), finding prime lunching picnic tables (which I’m keeping a guarded secret lol), meeting Gertie!!!, and laughing until our faces hurt. Mostly we just watched baby animals eat, which was amazing in itself.





This Alpaca had THE BEST Page Boy haircut, which we laughed about for quite some time (in a loving “OMG I want an Alpaca” sort of way, of course). Wil named him Gregor…


…I think Gregor’s Llama friend next door thought we were being very mean to him with our laughter though. He looked over and gave us the most intense stink eye I’ve ever gotten, especially from a Camelid. *gulp*


Seriously, we weren’t picking on Gregor! We love him so much!! I mean, that hair! So dreamy.



Shortly after we wandered out of the Llama barn we parted ways with Wil, but not before he got these awesome shots of us wearing seriously adorable felted animal masks!


The cutest!!


We left the show a little early so Aegean could catch her train home, and that was probably for the best since I’m sure the traffic is insane trying to leave the fair grounds! Driving through Rhinebeck and Rhinecliff was a real treat. Such adorable little towns, with an even more adorable little train station.


Everyone wears THE COOLEST hand knit stuff to Rhinebeck so I made sure to wear two of my hand knit items (the Jul Hat and the Sherwood Cowl), along with a Colette dress that I haven’t worn in ages. Aegean just learned how to knit in the round and was a little embarrassed to wear the hat she finished (which I thoroughly harassed her for because the hat looks amazing!!).


I definitely had a most excellent weekend (the Indie Untangled trunk show on Friday was a HUGE success, more on that later) and the crack-of-dawn drive home on Sunday was totally worth it. I’m definitely planning to go again next year, hopefully with some more friends who weren’t able to join me this time (you know who you are – wink wink).

Have you ever been to Rhinebeck or a similar festival? What did you think?


A Blog By Rochelle New

Fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for bygone eras and natural things. Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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