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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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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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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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Well the Tasha/Rochelle adventure continues! To follow up with her recent outfit post, I wanted to share what I wore for our magnificent outing. Tasha and I had planned to sew something in advance so we could bring it along on our trip and take photos of each other during our visit. I finished these […]

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playing catch-up after the best weekend ever

Words can’t really describe how utterly amazing this past weekend has been… That’s right! I spent last weekend with none other than Tasha of By Gum, By Golly! Tasha and I have been online friends for a year or so now, I can’t remember when the initial “click” was, but we’ve been thick as thieves […]

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After the weather put a damper on my first attempt to photograph this skirt, I decided to write about it in two parts. In Part One I shared all about the “guts” of my skirt, that is, the inside details of construction and how I sewed it all up. But for those of you who […]

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