04 Dec 2015
in 1940's, 1950's, Coats & Jackets, Inspiration, VeraVenus Patterns, vintage magazines, Vintage Patterns
Tags: 1940's, 1940's coat pattern, coats, dressmaking, Original vintage inspiration, patternmaking, vintage dressmakers magazine
I recently read a Blogging Tips article and I now know it’s terrible that I don’t write regularly (five months of silence is pretty bad so thank you to those who had faith and stayed with me), apparently my SEO is terrible, while starting to write this I should already have a title ( I don’t) to help keep me focussed, this post will probably be too long … what else I can tick off the list of Top Blog Don’ts ? Oh and I over-use ‘…’ but hey, on the plus side I do try to keep a tight reign on my use of exclamation points!! Mostly. Such is life.
I am looking forward to 2016.
Non-the-less I’m back and as usual there are quite a number of project-asteroids spinning around in my little universe, I’ll start with the closest one : More
13 Feb 2014
in 1940's, Give aways, Inspiration, Original vintage inspiration, vintage magazines, Vintage Patterns
Tags: vintage lingerie, vintage patterns
I have an unused reproduction pattern for a 36 inch bust, 40 inch hips (produced by The Vintage Pattern Shop) of this 1940s bra, slip and knickers to give away. The draw is open from now, Thursday evening, until midnight Feb. 14th UK time.
If you are interested just leave one comment below and on Saturday afternoon (UK time) I’ll do a random draw and announce the winner and pop it in the post next week.
I’ve been collecting vintage lingerie patterns and magazines with their original free patterns for a couple of years now and have a nice little collection growing. Also I finally started making a photo record as I have bought duplicates a couple of times now! More
22 May 2013
in 1920s, 1930's, Costume, DIY & How To's, Free pattern, Knickers, Lingerie, random, sewing, Tutorial, VeraVenus Patterns, vintage magazines
Tags: fancy dress costume, how to draft french knickers, how to sew vintage style french knickers, Lingerie, Wedding dresses, Weldon's
Been cruising eBay a bit recently. Yeah, it’s under control, just. Got some chic vintage French fashion magazines, a wonderful German pattern magazine that is killing my eyesight with deciphering it’s spider-webs of pattern sheets, and a couple of Weldon’s Lady’s Mags from the 20’s and 30’s complete with tissue lingerie and dress patterns. This 1920’s Weldon’s Fancy Dress issue is the One That Got Away:
I really do wish I’d bid that little bit more on it. It reminds me of this wonderful early 1920’s photo of my Italian grandmother in a fancy dress costume. She was a dressmaker too.
Also during WWII she was the only woman out of 4000 employees in the U.S. tank parts factory where she worked who became a Journeyman Machinist. More
02 Jan 2013
in Accessories, Inspiration, random, vintage magazines
The New Year walk was walked, the locals were wished all the best for the 2013,
and the official beginning 2013 portrait was snapped.
The Christmas tree is now on the recycling heap and ornaments have all been lovingly packed away. Every year there are loud protests ( SOooo embarrassing Mum!) when The Angel of ‘Happinosh’, Bad Santa and the Rude Rocket are brought out and hung on the tree but they are among my favourite Christmas decorations and will always have pride of place… secretly I suspect the offspring are rather pleased that their toddler-art is still cherished.
And finally the last crumbs of the holiday baking mountain have been consumed and I can but hope my waistline returns soon to its pre December measurement.
Do I have a New Years Resolution? Not really other than something safely vague about doing more exercise …..
With one thing and another this season seemed very subdued. Toning down Christmas commercialism is certainly welcome… and maybe next year even the perfume manufacturers will get the idea that less is more and we won’t be treated to the likes of Brad Pitt droning on for Chanel in the hands-down absolute winner of worst perfume ad of 2012! It was good for a laugh the first couple of times I saw it but by NYE the entire family could recite the words. Not good.
Anyway I do wish SewVeraVenus readers a Very Happy New Year and leave you for the moment with this helpful idea from 1947 for brightening up your January outfits:
1947 Complete Book Of Sewing by Constance Talbot
26 Apr 2012
in 1930's, All Vintage Dressmaking, Free pattern, Inspiration, Lingerie, Pyjamas, vintage magazines
Tags: free pattern, sewing, vintage inspired
“Yes you can come to the pyjama party too!”
‘Lounge Lady’ pyjamas sounds so much nicer than ‘Lounge Jockey’ pyjamas
(what my family has dubbed them because of the print on the fabric 🙁 )
What ever you’d like to call them, they are finished!! More