The Everly Brothers, Wake Up Little Susie, 1957

When I was a little girl, my favourite thing to listen to on the radio was our local Oldies station, and a lot of the songs I loved to listen to the most were by The Everly Brothers. Today I have an iTunes playlist that is filled with their music, along with that of the … Continue reading The Everly Brothers, Wake Up Little Susie, 1957

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I haven’t written about McCall’s Fall 2017 Pattern Release…

Because I'm seriously unimpressed by the entire collection. Maybe I'm just way too picky, but I would not buy or make a single one of these patterns: (Image Credit: McCall's, Click to enlarge)   Nah, I'm not too picky, I just know what I like. And I don't like any of this enough to invest … Continue reading I haven’t written about McCall’s Fall 2017 Pattern Release…

Let’s Take 1930’s Home Economics Together! Unit 4: Assembling the Ensemble

Last week, we ended Unit 3 by drafting some more patterns and making some 1930's pajamas in Lesson Twelve: Sleeping Garments from Dulcie Godlove Donovan's "The Mode in Dress and Home," published in 1935. This week, we will start Unit 4: Assembling the Ensemble and then go back to the use of commercial sewing patterns … Continue reading Let’s Take 1930’s Home Economics Together! Unit 4: Assembling the Ensemble

Ariadne Oliver/Zoe Wanamaker Appreciation Post

The Agatha Christie character of mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver (marvelously played by Zoe Wanamaker in Agatha Christie's Poirot with David Suchet) is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. She is just such a delight and never fails to make me laugh with her matter of fact but completely snarky comments to Poirot. … Continue reading Ariadne Oliver/Zoe Wanamaker Appreciation Post

The Stuff that Dreams are Made of: Vintage Designer Sewing Patterns

I'll admit it, vintage designer sewing patterns make me swoon! I can spend an utterly  ridiculous amount of time on Etsy and Ebay just internet-window shopping for these coveted pieces of the past. Today I thought I would share some of my favourite finds with you. Please note: these images do not belong to me, … Continue reading The Stuff that Dreams are Made of: Vintage Designer Sewing Patterns

More Than Just Clothes: Letting Go of Toxic Reminders

This is going to be the most personal post I have written on this blog - actually it's the most deeply personal thing I've written in quite some time -  and it is completely off-topic, but I feel compelled to write it, and share it. Yesterday morning while getting dressed, I somehow ended up cleaning … Continue reading More Than Just Clothes: Letting Go of Toxic Reminders

A Sweet Vintage Lambswool and Angora Cardigan

I came across this sweet little vintage cardigan awhile back and have been trying to figure out when it is from, to no avail, though I'm guessing maybe the 1960's? The label reads: Pacific Classics, Hand Decorated in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony, 70% lambswool, 20% angora rabbit, 10% nylon.  The cardigan is such a … Continue reading A Sweet Vintage Lambswool and Angora Cardigan