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smooth sailing on a sea of victory

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling with my sewing for quite some time now. Quite a long time actually. I never seem to sew things that fit me or suit my lifestyle or my fashion preferences. I love sewing 1940s garments with a passion, and although I do participate in a few period appropriate […]

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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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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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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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Using Non Printed Vintage Patterns – The Basics

One thing that may intimidate people from using 1940′s patterns is the fact that many of them are “un-printed” or blank. This means that you won’t find any markings on the tissue like you do on modern sewing patterns. This lack of information is a little startling at first glance, but soon you’ll see that […]

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Sew For Victory Final Project Parade

Well, this is the end. Sew For Victory has been a massive success with a final count of 172 members and 490 photos in the Flickr pool. I love that there was a great mix of authentic 40′s and 40′s inspired garments. You all did a fantastic job! Wil and I worked really hard (hours […]

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Giveaway Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of last week’s Sew For Victory giveaway! Thank you everyone who submitted a comment. Watch the video to find out if your name was drawn…   Congrats to the winners!!! Email your mailing address to luckylucilleco at gmail dot com so I can send your prizes out asap. Stay […]

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