Do I have better things to do than go on a rant about the Early Spring pattern release from Simplicity? Of course I do, but is that gonna stop me? Nope. Because I just looked through the entire collection and counted eight apron patterns. Yes. You read that correctly. Eight. Apron. Patterns. WTF? Why?! There … Continue reading Simplicity’s Early Spring 2019 Pattern Release: WTF is with all the aprons?!
Awhile back I bought two Ohhh Lulu sewing patterns so I could make myself some lovely vintage inspired undergarments. I was so excited the day I bought the first one, Sarah's high waist Ava panties, that I went straight out and bought supplies at Fabricland, printed the pattern, prepped the pattern and fabric and got … Continue reading In The Pink Room Mini Review
Yay! Another issue of Ladies' Home Journal! And I promise this week's post doesn't include another rant. 😉 This week's issue talks about a a "Homemaker Service" in Hartford Connecticut, "substituting for mothers"! It also includes a "complete-in-one-issue" novel by Elizabeth Cadell called Gay Pursuit ("The time comes when the thing a girl wants most … Continue reading Ladies’ Home Journal, July 1948
The other day I was browsing through a thrift store a few blocks from my apartment, chatting on the phone with my older sister the whole time and joking that she (and my other sisters) were my "good luck charms" whenever I go thrift shopping. Sure enough I found a small hand full of books … Continue reading Coming Full Circle
I have to confess, even seeing the cover of this week's issue of Ladies' Home Journal stirs up some rotten feelings, because of two key things - the mention of Pat Boone, and just a little further down, "How to Lose 25 Pounds and Stay Thin." Why the strange feelings about the two? Well, many … Continue reading Ladies’ Home Journal, January 1960
This week's issue of Ladies' Home Journal is from January 1949! Check out that haircut! Major foreshadowing of the short haircuts and styles that would become hugely popular for women in the 1950's! This issue even has an advice column called "If You Ask Me" - by Eleanor Roosevelt! Amazing! There are some very hard-hitting … Continue reading Ladies’ Home Journal, January 1949
Working on those 1970's short shorts I mentioned in my last post, while chilling out with The Beatles and listening to the Magical Mystery Tour album and just had to share this super weird video for Blue Jay Way with all of you. https://youtu.be/Coz0TmK2ZIg I love the absolute weirdness that came out of the 1960's … Continue reading Weirdness Break with The Beatles (and a 1970’s anti-drug PSA!)
I've been working on several 1970's garments using two of the 70's patterns I recently posted about. So Far I've completed a mock up of McCall's 3734, view A, and am nearly finished the shorts pattern from Simplicity 9487. On the weekend one of my sisters and I went fabric shopping and I picked up … Continue reading Sewing Through the 1970’s: fabric and works in progress
I'm so excited about this week's issue of The Ladies' Home Journal! I'm so glad I accidentally found these on archive.org a few weeks ago! You all know I'm a huge geek when it comes to vintage magazines - I blame my local library, where I used to be able to buy vintage issues of … Continue reading The Ladies’ Home Journal, January 1965
Retro With Lana is an online vintage sewing pattern shop based in California and owned and operated by the incredibly sweet Lana! Lana offers an amazing selection of patterns, and you can find anything from vintage (starting in the 1940's!) to modern patterns, and she even carries costume, craft, men's and children's patterns as well! … Continue reading Retro With Lana Review!