mother daughter sewing

My mom is in town this week and I’m super excited because we’ve been talking about sewing together for a long time now. So today, that’s what we’re doing! I grew up with a sewing machine in my house and was the lucky kid who had an awesome handmade Halloween costume every year. I was […]

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dubarry sewing – best colors for your type

Today I have some images from a great sewing booklet by DuBarry Patterns, published in 1945. It includes tons of tips and techniques for sewing success as well as a really great color photo chart suggesting which colors suit you best! I’ve included both the full spread, and a much larger scan so you can […]

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love letters

After confessing in my last post about so many things that I realized I didn’t love, I thought it would be appropriate to follow up with some things that I do love. I’m not a negative person by nature but sometimes being honest about a situation, especially when the outcome isn’t what you want, sure […]

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a serious confession, several announcements, and a LOTR reference.

I need to get something off my chest right now so I can move forward. It’s detrimental to the process of allowing myself to get anything done, and everything I enjoy doing that’s related to creativity is suffering because of it. I have no idea how this post is going to come off as I […]

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If you’re still undecided about what fabric to use for your Sew For Victory project, here’s a few photos to help inspire you. The clothing styles, as well as fiber contents, did change quite drastically throughout the 40s (especially when you look at pre and post WWII differences) but the fabric colors and prints stayed […]

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Free Download - 16 page PDF and eBook - Butterick Fashion News April 1943


Another free download for you! This issue of Butterick Fashion News contains sixteen pages of beautiful illustrations of the latest sewing patterns available in April 1943. There are some seriously gorgeous styles in this one! To purchase original catalogs (just like this one!) and sewing patterns, please visit Judy at vintage4me2. Judy is currently having […]

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my sew for victory plans

Hello, all. I hope you’ve been thinking about your Sew For Victory projects! There are now over 100 NEW members in the official Sew For Victory Flickr Group which is very exciting! Please continue to introduce yourself in the welcoming thread and post photos of your progress and inspirations. My inspirations this year are very […]

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Rosie Beret

I’m not even sure where to start here. This is my first “real” knitting project and I could not be more proud of it. There were a few different occasions last year where I almost gave up knitting for good, never to pick up the needles again. I was a beginner and it just wasn’t […]

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sew for victory pattern discounts!

I am honored to have two very awesome online shops offering discounts on their patterns especially for Sew For Victory: Vintage4me2 and Wearing History! Vintage4me2 is run by mother/daughter team (Judy and Corey) and they specialize in all original vintage sewing patterns. Vintage sewing patterns are a real treat because they’re like literally holding a […]

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It’s back! Sew For Victory returns for another awesome sewing challenge inspired by the 1940s. If you’re new around here, or missed out on last year’s challenge, be sure to watch the 2013 project parade video for a general idea of what to expect. There are also a slew of fantastic photos and group discussions […]

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