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.
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.
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.
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.
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?


have a good weekend!


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.


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!

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


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


 (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!



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.


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.


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.





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 ;)


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?



This Week


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!!

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?