Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! I’m Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. It will probably come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of vintage patterns. I adore reproductions, which are generally a little more forgiving because of the added markings and updated instructions, free of damage and strange smells. But there is something wonderful about working with a vintage pattern that is decades old. Some have written notes or postmarks, and even contain newspaper clippings, or facing pieces cut from newsprint. I love to imagine what the original purchaser had in mind when she picked out her pattern!
I chose a beautiful lightweight navy wool for this mail order pattern from the late 1940s. A classic fabric for a classic silhouette!
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Hello everyone! I am back with a new vintage dress and an underlining tutorial. Along with this yummy fuchsia chenille, I received a length of silk organza for this project.
Silk organza really is a miracle fabric, in my opinion. It is crisp, lightweight, and can perform so many different functions. First off, it makes truly beautiful garments, especially when embroidered. At the other end of the spectrum, it can make an excellent press cloth. Tear it into strips, and it can help to stabilize a zipper opening. I even substitute organza for fusible interfacing on facings. I could go on and on, but perhaps I should get back on point!
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July and August – Britex Fabrics just designated a table crammed full of wool fabric at 50% off the regular price. These are marked down just in time to make elegant pleated front slacks, chic pencil skirts, gentlemanly Norfolk jackets, cozy ponchos and other items for fall and winter. Included on this table are worsted wools, stretch wools, imported wools, cashmere/wool blends, metallic wools, polyester/wool blends, solids, and plaids. These wools are all over 55”/wide, and regularly cost $27.99 on up a yard. This sale is good through August 31, 2010. (no mail or phone orders)