Thursday, May 2, 2013


Hello Friends!

Well, I am beginning a new chapter in my blogging life.  Actually, I am just beginning a new blog. ;)  It is called The Vintage Home Sewist.  I will be posting there from now on, and plan to be much more faithful about posting too!  

In fact, I just posted about a very cute 1960's babydoll nightie that I made for a friend.  It turned out adorable.  You have to check it out. 

I am in the process of turning my one Etsy shop into two seperate shops--one exclusively for vintage sewing patterns and the other for vintage clothes, accessories, etc.  I figured it would be good to focus in on certain things, not just have one shop with soooo much stock.  My new blog is part of this, and will go along with my vintage pattern shop on Etsy, which is called TheVintageHomeSewist. ;)

Anywho, I hope that you will all follow me at my new blog so that we can keep in touch!  I also hope that you all enjoy a lovely May weekend. :)


Saturday, April 27, 2013


Please forgive me for being a day late in posting this!  Yesterday ended up being one of those days when you leave to run errands and end up being gone ALL DAY.  We didn't get home until 1:00am, at which point I only had enough in me to nurse the baby and fall into bed. ;)

Sooo, who are our winners?  Drum roll please...

Item no. 1: Vintage Glasses
Winner: Ellen Goik

Item no. 2: Vintage Gloves
Winner: Bonita Vear

Item no. 3: Vintage cosmetic bag set
Winner: Jennififi

If you are a winner, please shoot me an email via the link in my profile and I will get your prize to you as soon as possible!

Thank you all so much for entering, and for following my little blog.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Arch-Nemesis

"Arch nemesis are friends from a long time ago that have more or less equivalent powers, but also have oposing ideologies. They are therefore always fighting with each other."

I have my own arch-nemesis.  His name is Rooster.  Yes, we used to be friends back in the day, when I fed him and cared for him and cleaned his nasty poopy brooder.  But things have changed.  We now have opposing ideologies.  He does not think I should be able to get anywhere near his broody hen-wife, or, in fact, exit my dwelling at all under any circumstances.  I obviously disagree.  Thus, every time I exit my home, I am hunted down, snuck up on, and attacked by Rooster.  Even though I still feed him and care for him and clean his nasty poopy chicken house.

He is very cunning and stealth.  He plays it cool.  You think you hear footsteps behind you, and when you look, all you see is a sweet little rooster pecking nonchalantly at the ground.  And then BAM!  You are hit from behind with a sharp beak and scurs.  

I'll be honest, he scares the crap out of me.

This morning I heard some scuffling on the front porch and when I peeked out, I saw the nest uninhabited, and Rooster and hen-wife no.1 standing guard while broody hen-wife dashed down the steps to grab some breakfast.  I had to laugh at the scene, and it really did make me feel a little more sympathetic toward ol' Rooster's cause.  He had a reason to feel protective--he's been guarding 16 eggs!  

(The Egg Gaurdians)

(Broody Hen, taking a breakfast break)

Said eggs should be hatching within the next week.  We are going to move broody hen-wife into the chicken pen with her eggs this weekend to make sure that they are protected from predators.  

I don't know if Rooster and I will ever come to an understanding.  The best I can do right now is keep the hose close to me and squirt him real good when he starts charging.  He doesn't seem to like being soggy. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

1960's SALE and Celebratory Giveaway!

Just wanted to shoot out a couple of reminders! Firstly, my 60's decade pattern sale will only last to the end of the month, and I still have a lot of cute patterns marked down to $7.99 and under!

Secondly, if you haven't entered my Celebratory Giveaway, make sure to do so!  I'm giving away three awesome vintage items, and don't have very many entrants at this point!  I may end up extending the end date if I need to so that you all have a chance to enter. ;)  

I hope you all have a LOVELY afternoon!


p.s. still working on my blouse--currently I have the side seams done and half of a sleeve put in. ;)  

Monday, April 22, 2013


Just a reminder, for those interested. :D  The month of 20% off of 1960's sewing patterns at Bessie Miller Vintage is almost over!  

This is one of my favorites.  Isn't it to DIE for???


Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I do have a great selection of patterns from this particular era. ;)  You can check them out here!


In other news, just look at this cute broody hen!

Well, she is cute in theory at least.  In reality she has rather a nasty personality right now.  I understand, though--gotta protect those little eggies! 
Her chicks should be hatching in about a week or so.  I can't wait!!!

Have a lovely day,

**Don't forget to enter my giveaway!**

Saturday, April 20, 2013

1940's Blouse--First Garment Project of the New Year!

I have hesitated to sew any garments for myself thus far, as I just wasn't sure what my body would do after giving birth to my little stinker. ;)  I think I've kinda regulated, though, and I desperately need some good warm weather, nursing friendly shirts.  So I bought this lovely cotton from, grabbed this classic button-up shirt pattern fro my stash, and dug in!

My sewing machine is still down, so I decided to just stitch this up by hand.  I got a lot done this afternoon!

The pattern: Simplicity 4405 from 1942, version 2 (short sleeved).

My pieces, all cut and piled on the chair. :)

Collar--the underside, with the interfacing stitched in. 

Gathers at the shoulder seams!

I top-stitched two lines of running stitch on top of the shoulder seam. :)

Baby E was awesome and hung out in her swing while I sewed.  Such a good girl!

The day's accomplishments:
Collar finished (but not attached yet), shoulder seams finished, facing hem pressed and stitched.

Next I'll do the side seams (french), attach the sleeves, attach the collar, make buttonholes, apply buttons, and finally hem!

Isn't this fabric just lovely???

Have a beautiful weekend!


p.s. If you haven't already, be sure to enter my giveaway!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Celebratory Giveaway!

It's time!

As a thank you to all of my supporters over at Etsy, on Facebook and of course on my blog, I am holding a celebratory giveaway!

Up for grabs are these three awesome vintage accessories (baby not included):

1. Vintage Eyeglasses
These glasses have nonprescription lenses. :)  They have a very fresh, summery look to them! 

2. A Pair of Vintage Buttery Yellow Gloves
Are these adorable or what?   I bet you have a cute dress you could wear these with...

3. A Set of Vintage Cosmetic Bags
Includes two snap-closure bags and one kleenex holder, with original vintage kleenex, never been opened!  This set is new old stock, so it hasn't been used. :)

To enter, you must
a) Follow this blog (through Blogger or by e-mail)
b) Post a comment on this blog post stating which item you would like to win (only one please!)

For additional entries, post about this giveaway on your blog and/or share this giveaway on your Facebook page and post the link(s) in a comment on this blog post!

All entries will be put in a hat and winner will drawn next Friday, 4/26 at random by my hubbie. :)

Thank you all again for your support!  I appreciate you!  Good luck!