Wearing History Patterns

I like to sew. I may not be great at it but there is something very satisfying about sewing a garment yourself from scratch. And I really love making reproduction clothing of the 30s and 40s from original or vintage repro patterns.  This means you can have authentic looking garments from the era that are easy to care for and that can be thrown in the washing machine, unlike like original vintage pieces.

Seems that sewing is becoming a dying art amongst the young ladies of today, which is why I love to keep my hand in. I have taught myself over the years and you can only really learn by doing. It’s also nice to have a bunch friends in the vintage scene that sew and a few that even have their own line of patterns for sale. One my favourite lines comes from Wearing History, which is run by my friend Lauren Maringola. She is an amazing seamstress and you can see many of the pieces in her line made up on her site.

I have made several garments from her patterns and they fit like a dream and are very easy to put together in most cases. I am an intermediate sewer so haven’t tried the more advanced ones yet. My next project is a pair of 1930s beach pajamas to take to Thailand with me. The thing I love about WH patterns is that they are based on original patterns with some tweaking to make them easier to make. They also come in many sizes which is a real bonus. She even has hat patterns 🙂

You can check out Wearing History Patterns here: http://wearinghistorypatterns.com

Joann Fabric is having a sale

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From November 21-25, Joann Fabric and Craft Storc is currently having a sale on just about everything. If at any point in your life you feel like you should take up sewing, crafting, or scrap booking, head on down to Joann’s and enjoy the savings!!

Yesterday my mum and I headed to the store to pick up some knick-knacks and doo-dads and we saw that patterns were on sale. On sale people!!! “Now why is this a big deal?” you ask. Well, if you haven’t bought patterns before, you might not know that those mighty pieces of paper can cost US$30 a pop or more. I was able to snag some great costume patterns for U$1.99-3.99. Needless to say I went hog-wild and bought 10 patterns because someday I might “need” to make a Victorian gown, or gloves, or vintage hats. Super cool bonus fact: there are Vintage Vogue patterns there as well!!

So go, find patterns, beautiful buttons, tremendous trims, and fantastic fabric, and have a wonderful end of November!! Click here to find the closest store near you.