Monday, February 17, 2014

sweetheart sundress/dreaming of spring...

I've been sewing steadily all winter, but the cold, dark Chicago days make it nearly impossible to get quality photos.  In the meantime, I'll post one of my favorite makes from last summer - the Sweetheart Sundress from Gertie's "New Book for Better Sewing."

This one came together beautifully without any adjustments to the original pattern - a rarity for me.  It's made from black cotton pique and some weird cotton-poly blend white fabric that I picked up on sale at the discount fabric store.  Instead of making the gathered skirt as suggested in the book, I drafted a circle skirt.  I made it for my first anniversary with my husband in August.


I'm looking forward to the days when it's warm enough to take this one out fits like a dream and is easy to dress up or down.  I'm sure I'll be making use of this bodice pattern again in the spring!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


I've decided to start a blog to chronicle my projects (especially sewing projects) and hopefully measure my own improvement.

As an introduction: I am an amateur seamstress living in Chicago, IL.  I love vintage glamour, occult history, traveling, and anything old (books, clothing, buildings, people).  Hopefully this blog will include a little bit of all of that!  I've been sewing for about fifteen years, but only feel I've developed the patience to create quality work in the past couple of years.

I've been fortunate enough to learn a lot of tips and tricks from my favorite sewing blogs, so hopefully I will be able to contribute something helpful, too.