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 feels like a whole lot of negativity. That part can be tough, especially when I like to keep things light-hearted and not so serious around here. I might make this a regular series to help remind myself to take a step back and appreciate all the little things that make me happy. Here goes…

Dear Blog Readers, I love you.
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When I confessed in my last post I wasn’t sure what the response would be. I wasn’t really looking for any kind of help or support, I just needed some official closure for myself so I could move forward. What I got was a wonderfully overwhelming response of empathy and general positivity, and even though I thought I didn’t “need” that… I totally did. I was reminded why the online sewing community is so important to me and if you’re reading this right now, I want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Dear Nature, I love you.
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I do not always love the bugs that live in you but I still love the fresh air I’m blessed to breathe, the warm sun that blinds my sunglass-less eyes, the peaceful woods I’m surrounded by, and the moss that grows on your floor. Moss is really cute and fuzzy as it turns out and I hope I come back as a forest nymph in my next life so I can sleep on it.

Dear New Serger, I love you.
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I was on an anti-serger kick for a while there (not for any good reason, I just didn’t have one I liked) but then I saw you on Amazon Prime for under 200 dollars and I came to my senses. Best purchase ever. I’ve been using it to finish everything, including the raw edges of my fabric before I wash it. Cotton doesn’t fray that much, but still. New serger, as I said.

Dear Fluffies, I love you.
fluffiesEven though I fall asleep every night with a dog butt in my face and a cat paw in my eye, I still always love my fluffy kids. They never, ever fail to make me happy even though I have back problems from never being able to use my laptop correctly. Apparently laps are for cats, not for computers. Even so, my kids are my everything.

Dear Jessica Fletcher, I love you.
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Even though you are arguably the worst person to associate with since you witness at least 52 murders a year, you make for good TV and I think we could be friends in real life. You’re teaching me to be more aware of my surroundings, and making me want more blue eyeshadow in my makeup case. Murder She Wrote is my stress free wind-down show lately. I love it.

What do you love this week?

xo
Rochelle

have a good weekend!

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First of all, I want to say a huge enormous thank you to everyone who voted for Lucky Lucille in the Craftsy Blogger Awards! We won! I am truly honored to have such devoted readers, and to be recognized by such an amazing company. I’m all smiles!! Congrats to all of the winners, runner ups, and nominees :)

William and I are on our way to a WWII reenactment this weekend and I have to pack two bags because my hair stuff needs a suitcase all its own. Ha! I usually do a farm girl impression, but this event is taking place at a railroad museum so I’m trying out a college/canteen girl impression too. I’m super excited to go, but I will miss my baby dog very much. She’s in good hands with her uncle though.

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Did everyone have a good Halloween? Wil and I enjoyed a low key evening filled with vintage spooky songs, pumpkin carving, a Supernatural marathon, and popcorn. Not a bad way to spend Halloween if you ask me! Do you like my Victory pumpkin? I’m pretty proud of it :)

Well, we’re off to our reenactment! I’ll definitely have lots of photos to share next week when we get back.

Have a great weekend!
xo
Rochelle

Chronically Vintage interview, Welcome new readers!

Today the beautiful Miss Jessica, of Chronically Vintage, has interviewed me on her blog. She asked some fantastic questions that I haven’t been asked before and it was a pleasure to talk about vintage sewing and rescuing pets with her. Click here to read the interview!

For those of you who are new to Lucky Lucille, hello and welcome!

Here are three of my favorite posts featuring Lucille: onetwothree

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Jessica also mentions how we met, and yep, it’s all because of wigs!

Here are three of my favorite posts featuring me in a wig: onetwothreefour

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 (every post on this blog is me in a wig up until very recently)

If you’re a Lucky Lucille reader who’s new to Chronically Vintage, then you should definitely pop on over and say hello to Jessica! She shares the most gorgeous vintage outfit posts, and lots of resources that any fellow vintage lover will appreciate.

Thanks again, Jessica!

xo
Rochelle

 

Links and Life Lately

Boy things have been busy around here! First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who left a tutorial suggestion in my recent post. There are some seriously great ideas in the comments and I’m working on making many of them happen for you.

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In other news, I got to meet a blogging friend in real life!! I originally “met” Gillian through the Colette Handbook Sewalong back in January 2012 and I’ve been following her blog ever since. She and her husband came down to Buffalo NY from Canada and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet her in person. I was slightly nervous at first, but Gillian is every bit as sweet as she seems online. She’s just a nice, normal, awesome person! (…I hope she thought the same about me haha!) We were too busy laughing and talking to take any photos other than this one. I think that’s a sign of a great time had by all.

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I got an amazing thank you package in the mail from Project Sunshine! This seriously made my day, week, month etc! I’m going to hang the letter on my wall next to my sewing table. It makes me smile ear to ear.

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Yesterday I scored some more WWII era LIFE magazines to add to my growing collection, two awesome books (also from the 40’s, no surprise) and two vintage patterns. This antique store was advertising their vintage sewing patterns as great for “Modge Podge crafts like scrapbooking”. That’s blasphemous!!! Especially considering these two included the instructions and were still in factory folds. I bought the one on the left for myself, and the one on the right for my bestie, Erin. It was her birthday recently and I’ve been collecting some things to send out to her ;)

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And finally, Lucille and I have been hammin’ it up in the summer sunshine! Seriously, that dog is a ham.

 

Links Loved:
Have you seen these detailed Game of Thrones costume shots?! Amazing.

I recently finished the “Shape Up Your Content” eCourse offered by the ladies at Braid Creative. They’re working with me behind the scenes on some blog/brand improvements and I can not recommend them enough. Tara and Kathleen are magical creative geniuses.

I also recently finished the Design and Sew an A-line Skirt class on Craftsy and it’s been super informative. The instructor is really fun to learn from, and I definitely suggest giving it a shot if you’re interested in learning the basics about flat pattern drafting. I’ll share my finished skirt photos soon.

I was really sad to see Melody Miller’s typewriter design get blatantly ripped off by whoever made these socks for ModCloth. So not cool.

Check out this very couture looking froggy backpack pattern! Ha! It’s so ridiculous and amazing. What will Vogue think of next?

How is your summer going so far?

xo
Rochelle

 

This Week

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From top left to bottom right:

1.) I found the perfect vintage pattern to recreate my Peggy dress for $7.50 on eBay! (Thanks to an amazing commenter on my last post)

2.) I had lunch with a friend at a beautiful local green house cafe. It felt like spring in there and they had delicious cookies.

3.) I found a bunch of 1960’s patterns at Goodwill that I know Erin will love!

4.) I fell in love with this cute vintage blouse from a second hand shop. It buttons up the back.

5.) I bought a hand screened fat quarter print by Skinny laMinx from nido.

6.) I got a reprint of Sew and Save in the mail from Alexandra. (Thank you!!)

7.) I couldn’t pass up this 1940’s hospital gown pattern also found at Goodwill for $0.99!

8.) I was putting off doing the blind hem on my Sew For Victory dress because my hand sewing isn’t great, but Lucille helped me through it and I got it done. It doesn’t look too bad actually.

9.) I heard Lucille digging around in my fabric scraps again and found her on her bed with them. She likes to make nests.

Also this week, I saw my face in the April issue of Making Magazine!!
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Making is a UK magazine so it’s a bit hard to find in the states unfortunately. I downloaded an e-copy with an app called Pocket Mags.

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited for The Great Gatsby movie to come out in May! Are you interested in a Gatsby themed sew along in time for the premier? Let Erin know!

Don’t forget to add your finished Sew For Victory garments to the Flickr pool, and then comment on this post for a chance to win some prizes! I can’t wait to share my finished dress (and everyone else’s) soon!

 

How was your week?

Arsenic and Old Lace

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Okay, so there’s no Arsenic here (that was just a nod to one of my favorite movies!) but I definitely have some old lace in my possession now.

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My Aunt had been collecting some gorgeous antique underclothes over the years and just gifted them to me recently when I was visiting her. What a lucky duck I am! I’m not entirely sure what years these pieces are from but, based on some of the styles, I’m sure they’re quite old. Most of the garments are underskirts, but there are also some bloomers and a beautiful chemise in there too.

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I can’t get over all the amazing lace, eyelet, and pin tuck action going on here. It’s so romantic looking, isn’t it? It’s so beautiful I can’t imagine wearing any of it underneath something else! I’ll have to do some research and try to figure out what year they’re from. The skirts are all full length and moderately straight in silhouette like an Edwardian style.

Doing research and learning the history of  vintage clothing is probably my favorite part of owning it. Garments of the past have such a story to tell, don’t you think?

 

Peony Parade Wrap Up

Well this is the end of the Peony Sew Along. Thank you to everyone who participated and joined in! Erin, Sarah, and myself will be taking a break from Sew Colette in order to concentrate on holiday sewing, but will pick back up in the Spring of 2013 (just in time for Colette’s Palette Challenge!). We’ll be doing things a little differently this time around. Each of us will lead a different sewing project independently, but during the same time frame. This will give you a better chance to sew the project you voted for since we’ll be picking 3 winning patterns instead of one, plus each sew-along will be much more structured and simplified. One project in one place. Got it? Good! I can’t wait to pick back up in a few months!

Okay, on with the parade!

You all know I’m a fan of quilting cotton, so I definitely am a fan of this beautiful Peony by Sew Hopeful! The fitting adjustments and lapped zipper make this dress looks especially tailored and perfectly polished. Well done!

Gorgeous view, isn’t it?! No not the scenery, I mean this picturesque yellow Peony by Sew Busy Lizzy!! I love the little added details like the underlined eyelet fabric and the piped waistband. It’s the quintessential summer dress! Beautiful!

 

On the opposite end of the seasonal spectrum, we have the perfect fall/winter Peony by Guineveresmom! I love rich textured fabrics in deep colors. Paired with boots and a belt, this Peony version is ultra chic!

Great job ladies! Be sure to check out more dresses featured on Days One, Two, Three, and Four!

Stay tuned for a great giveaway from Hart’s Fabric to wrap up the sew-along!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

(so many exclamation points!!!!!)

 

Peony Guest Post by Lauren

I have Lauren here today sharing some great tips for getting a better fit with your Peony. Lauren has made some AMAZING versions of this dress that you can oogle on her flickr page (this one happens to be my favorite!). If you don’t already read Lauren’s blog, you’re seriously missing out. Not only is she a very talented seamstress, but she’s absolutely hilarious! Her blog makes me “LOL” for real.

Also be sure to check out the recent Peony guest post by Christine Haynes on Erin’s blog!

Okay, so without further adieu, here are Lauren’s helpful hints for a great fitting Peony…

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A Word About The Bust Darts

The Peony pattern is a little trickster when it comes to getting a good fit – and I’m going to go ahead and blame this on the dart placement. There are two sets of darts in the bodice – vertical waist darts, and horizontal bust darts. When executed properly, they provide a wonderfully flattering fit. They will also make you want to rip your hair out in frustration, because they depend on a very delicate balance to compliment each other and being off in the slightest will put your entire bodice out of whack. Fun!

Sorry ’bout the boob close-up, y’all! This is a good example of the bodice & the beautiful marriage between both sets of darts. For illustration purposes, I have highlighted them in red (and now I’m thinking that my bodice kind of looks like a face, haha!). The vertical waist darts should sit right in the middle of each breast,and end about an inch below the apex. The horizontal bust darts should also sit in the middle, and end at the same distance.

I’ve noticed that most muslin struggles appear to be because the darts are in the wrong place. The waist darts will likely need to shift out toward the side seams, and the bust darts will need to be moved up toward the neckline. This is an easy fix! After you have made your muslin & assessed just how far the darts need to be moved, simply cut the entire dart out of the pattern piece (I’d strongly recommend a tracing at this point, just to be safe!) and tape it down where it belongs. You can fill in the gaps with paper – see my ruled paper sections? Yep, I had to move ‘em pretty far over!

Remember that if you move one set of darts, you *must* move the other set as well! This is extremely important; otherwise the dart points won’t match up properly and you will absolutely have a hot mess on your hands. See where I have circled the points? Note their relationship to each other, and mimic that same relationship balance when the darts are moved. Say you move the waist darts over by 1/2″, you will need to move the bust darts up 1/2″ (and possibly shorten them) as well.

Look again at the first picture for an example of this. The darts on my left side haven’t been properly calibrated – the bust dart is too long, and it’s hovering over the waist dart. As a result, there isn’t enough room for the bust apex to sit and if this was a real bodice (aka not a paint drawing), the fit would be off. Since the bust dart is in the right place, it’s just a matter of shortening it a bit to allow for that extra space.

Hopefully this helps some of y’all with your bust-fitting issues. As a side note, this information can be applied to any bodice that has these sorts of bust darts – not just the Peony. Now go forth and give those girls the beautiful fit they deserve! :)

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You heard the woman ;) Get to sewing!

Thanks again for your help, Lauren!

Sew Colette October Project: Peony

Next up in Sew Colette is the Peony Dress! This is a beginner pattern with tons of potential and room to really make it your own. Would you like to sew along with us?

All you need to do is join the Sew Colette Flickr Group, get your pattern and materials, and then check in with Erin, Sarah, and myself for some gentle instruction along the way. Speaking of materials, Harts Fabric has been so gracious as to sponsor the Peony Sew Along! Stay tuned for more details on that.

The schedule for October is as follows:

Week of October 1st: Sew-Along Kick-Off (Muslins, measurements, etc)
Week of October 8th: Fabulous Fit
Week of October 15th: It’s All About Fabric!
Weeks of October 22nd – 31st: Be Our Guest
Week of November 5th: Peony Parade – be sure to upload your finished dress to the Flickr group!

This will be your last chance to sew with us until the new year! We’ll be taking a break after Peony to concentrate on holiday sewing projects. I know I’ll need the extra time!

I really hope you’ll join us :)

xo
Rochelle

(also, if you’ve already made a Peony but would like to still contribute as a guest poster, please email one of us!)

Kicking off the Macaron Parade!

First off, HOORAY!!! We did it! The Macaron Sew Along is done and there are so many amazing dresses in the Flickr pool to show for it. It’s a good thing there are going to be 3 total days of macaron parading to try to include as many of those dresses as we can! I really stepped out of my comfort zone on a few parts of my dress, so hats off to EVERYONE who gave Macaron a try. Awesome job, ladies!

Alright I’m going to get right down to business here and share a few dresses that really stood out to me for various reasons.

Jamie’s Dress – Cotton Candy/Peter Pan Collar-y goodeness plus a Game of Thrones reference? Yeah I’d say that’s a winner!

Angela’s Dress: Cute, classic, and well put together. Great Job, Angela!

Heidi’s Dress: Loving the mint green mixed prints! Way cute.

Shannon’s Dress: Vintage Kitty Print! Need I say more?

Honorable Mention: Knit Macarons!!! Genius really. I feel like I need more knit clothing in my life and these ladies definitely inspired to make the next project out of a knit! Check out more on Joanna’s dress, and Sarah’s dress (respectively).

Stay tuned for Erin and Sarah’s macaron parades coming up later this week, and also stay tuned for a wrap up giveaway open to all who participated!

 

Have a great rest of the week, All :)
Rochelle