Saturday, August 7, 2010

Do You Sew?

Clothing that is...

I used to sew a lot of my own clothing.  Haven't made anything (to wear) for years. Curtains, slipcovers, pillows and crafty things, has been the extent of it. 

I think one of the reasons is the lack of fabric stores.  It used to be so much fun to browse the small local shops, which have all but disappeared.  Oh sure, we have the giant stores, but the amount of dressmaker fabric is VERY limited for some reason.  No one is sewing their wardrobe these days? We also have a several really fun quilt shops, but unless you dress entirely in calico, they don't provide much in the way of "wearable" fabric, except for an cute blouse or peasant skirt.

For some reason, I am still fascinated with sewing patterns anyway.  I belong to Club BMV which allows me to purchase patterns from Butterick, McCalls & Vogue at a discount.  I pay, not much, to belong - I'm nuts! I receive email notifications of new patterns at least every couple of months.  I click into the "club" to see what's new & dream of having the time and skill to fashion a complete wardrobe for myself!

Today, as I was browsing in the Vogue section, I noticed a suit pattern in the "Vintage Vogue" section.  This pattern is circa 1947, and I am in love!  This may be the one pattern that pushes me over the top into sewing heaven (or hell).  I am not convinced I even know how to sew such a complicated garment.  Where will I wear it? it really too vintage for 2010?  I'm actually just one year less vintage myself!

What do you think?  I think I'll need a hat!




  1. Oh Chris my dear Momma would be in love with that............she was quite a seamtress/dressmaker. That is quite vintage but I adore vintage. I agree where the heck would ya wear it maybe to church with that spiffy chapeau LOL!!

  2. Hi Chris! Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog. It's so nice to meet up with you.

    I haven't sewn garments in years either, it's a shame there aren't more fabric stores around anymore. You cracked me up with the calico outfit comment! :D

    Absolutely love vintage patterns, too! Cheers ~m.

  3. I used to sew clothes too. I think the problem is the fabrics that are blends today are hard to predict how they will hang after you wear them.
    I think that pattern idea is great. I may get back into sewing clothing for my grand daughters. I know that funky vests or accessories could be where we start. One grand daughter is interested in decorating AND sewing! How cool is that?
    Your Blog is colorful and so well written! Great to see you online. I am quitting the FB games soon as the kids head back to school and I get back to RL! lol Has been a great vacation!

  4. Do you already own some gloves??? LOL. This is cool, and I want to see you in it, after you sew it up! That club sounds awesome...I may send it over to my Mom, the seamstress!!! Good luck with your pattern, if you decide to do it!!

  5. I do so and I love these patterns. I would wear them today along with the sassy hats. I just completed princess gowns for my grandaughter. Glitter and tulle all over the house. LMAO. Sea Witch


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