Monday, September 3, 2012

Daydreams & Patterns & a Giveaway, Oh My!

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The Daydream Edition

When the Things were younger I sewed quite a bit-- nothing fancy, just easy kid patterns, pillows & curtains, maybe the occasional skirt-- stuff that I could whip up in an afternoon or two.  My Mom sewed when I was a kid {I still am & shes still does}, & I sort of associate sewing with Momming.  I'm no budding Martha Stewart, but I do enjoy putzing around, making useful things.  Plus it makes it easier to "find" exactly what I envision in my head, instead of running the circuit of shops in our small but growing town only to discover that navy blue curtains/prairie skirts/orange pants/substitute-item-here isn't in stores anymore.  I can always find fabric, though & I can generally understand the pattern & besides, I have my Mommy if I get confused~*

This summer I dragged my machine out again.  Well, not my machine.  My machine perished in the first basement flood we had, before we knew the basement occasionally went for a swim & planned accordingly.  The machine I'm using now is/was a machine we had gotten for Thing 3 which she used for all of 5 minutes before shoving it in a closet and forgetting about it.  It is a good beginner machine.  It is cute.  It has pink & purple flowers.  

I'm hoping Santa brings me a grown up one.  Hint.  Hint.

And by now you are all wondering what the how to for today is.

This is it.  Daydream Edition.

I have already sewn a few things.  Made a prairie maxi skirt out of sweet flowers & bees

Which I'll get around to wearing & posting in the near future {I swear, I swear}.  Some repairs-- added elastic to a few thrift finds that were too big to wear but too adorable to pass up as purchased, rounded a few vintage collars, patched a few holes.  A sweet ruffled skirt for Thing 3.  Pillowcases.  You know.

Then I bought this skirt on eBay

And this jumper on Etsy

Vintage 70s denim overall jumper dress with embroidered flowers(sm-med)

and fell in love.  

I don't really know why.  

Maybe its the whole childhood thing again-- when they were in to style in the late 70's/early 80's, I was too young to wear them.  Or because they go perfectly with clunky wooden platforms or boots {both of which I adore}.  Or because they are easy to wear all year round {tanks, tees, button downs or sweaters}.  Or because of the unquestionably folkie-vintage-crafting-with-paste vibe they radiate.  Or maybe because they have awesome appliques. I don't know & I don't care.  I just want them in every color.

I wore the froggie last week & got lots of compliments it {& my hubs grinned & rolled his eyes & Thing 1 despaired & Thing 3 approved & Thing 2 hopped because he is a boy & that is what boys do}

I started checking out sewing patterns a la eBay & Etsy, & discovered both are painfully easy to make.  I've ordered a few vintage patterns that I am literally following via FedEx as they make their way to me.

{That last pattern is sooo for the peter pan collar}.  So for now, all I can do is daydream about the day they arrive & I can start making my wardrobe really groovy.

And you, if you are so inclined, can look forward to many future Tuesday posts outlining how the projects are going.  I'm totally starting with that wrap skirt in the upper left corner.

And I'll teach myself {& you, if you so desire} how to applique too, so there.

Until then ha...wait...was that the mailman??

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a $30 credit at Sarah Jane Vintage--head over to Hiya Luv to enter!


  1. Such a cute frog skirt! I really wish I could sew better, it's something I've always wanted to do and never really figured out... this was going to be the year but nope. There's always next year!

  2. oh my I LOVE that mod simplicity pattern. I used to sew in high school and college, but alas, my sewing machine has been growing dust in the closet for about 10 years now. May be time to bust that baby out!

  3. I love your eBay and Etsy finds! It's so great that you can sew and make clothes. I do not like to sew and I wish that I did like it. I would love to make clothes. How cool.

    1. You should try it again! We could swap patterns!


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