Thursday, June 16, 2011

Giveaway Winner and my new projects

Using the highly technical method of writing all the names on slips of paper and mixing them up in a bowl, the name drawn is . . . Susan, who writes the blog  Knitters Delight where she posts some great garments she has sewn.  She also seems to have the knack of posing to show off her garments in a relaxed and stylish way - I shall have to study her photos as I do not have that talent.   So Susan, send me an e-mail with your address and I will send your Vintage Simplicity Sewing book to you.  I would love to see a vintage style from you this summer!

But for anyone who commented and is still interested in vintage sewing instruction - I have another find and giveaway to come later this summer.
We move along in the fashion timeline about 15 years to 1972 - practically the same book but with some additions and updates, and oh the pictures.   Instead of the scary femme fatale eyebrows of the 1958 book we have the equally frightening bell bottoms and Charlie's Angels haircuts of the 70's.    Here is just a quick peek.
Smpl Sewing book 70's cover
As this book is sitting here on my desk, I just noticed that they did some strange early photoshop morphing of her hand, so the yellow scissors appears to be growing from her finger.  Perhaps that explains her look of amazement. Not very useful, at least for Edward Scissorhands his scissors faced the other way - so he could actually use them.   

My current personal project is this Kay Unger Dress, Vogue 1241,  Not a designer I am familiar with but I really like the ruching on the side so am giving it a try.   For once I made a muslin, just in case it looked really strange on me, but even in the muslin it is quite flattering.
I am using a knit (yes, trying another knit)  it is definitely not a jersey.  Something I got on line from Fashion Fabrics Club as a remnant, a thin double knit, maybe?  In blue-white-black abstract print.

V1241 pattern photo

So this I am squeezing in between other projects.  Next week I am going to make a blouse in Liberty cotton, copying an existing ready-to-wear blouse that fits the owner perfectly so I will try to do a post on that. 

The bees are still as busy as ever in their colony in my backyard.  I have spoken to a few local beekeepers to see if anyone will take them away and they all have asked me if they are bothering anyone - well not yet, but it is darn near impossible to get near the apple tree.  
Pink GeraniumsHmm.  still pondering this one.  After all, they like the same things that I like in the garden, pink flowers and the scent of orange blossoms.  Here are some pink flowers that don't get much attention from me, but put on quite a show.    Geraniums.


  1. I'm so excited! Thank you so much. I have emaile you my contact info.

  2. Congratulations to the winner!
    The new dress pattern looks lovely. It's hard to see the ruching with the print they've used in the envelope photograph, but I'm looking forward to seeing your version!

  3. Congrats to the lucky winner!
    I also love the vogue pattern you're working on.

  4. Oh I can't wait to see your new dress. I recently saw a dress with ruching on the side on someone's blog and it looked so nice.

  5. Lucky Susan! I love that Vogue dress pattern - looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

  6. Can't wait to see your vogue dress. I already know it will be stunning!