Pattern Picks!

This week we are going to features some more “modern” vintage patterns that borrow styles from our favorite retro years.

Have you ever noticed that styles are mirrored in certain decades?  For example, the 60’s and the 20’s (dropped waist dresses, pleats, hemlines, straight silhouette), the 70’s and the 30’s (flouncy puffy sleeves, long slender silhouette, etc), the 80’s and the 40’s (shoulder pads, knee-length dresses, very “professional” working woman feel).  Then came the 90’s and who knows what the heck they were thinking for the most part.  Alright, I suppose there are a few good 90’s dress designs that are reminiscent of the 50’s (just a bit bulkier in general).

The cool thing about patterns like these is that they are often much less expensive than their older inspirations, so you can sew retro without having to spend a small fortune.

Anywho, let’s move on!  These are mostly examples of 80’s does 40’s and 50’s. 😉

1. Vogue 1861: 70’s does 30’s


2. Simplicity 8011: Late 80’s does late 40’s


3. Simplicity 7443: 80’s does 50’s


4. Simplicity 5100: Another great 80’s does 50’s (one of my favorites!)


5. Vogue 1375: An awesome 80’s does 40’s (or even late 30’s, if those weren’t kimono sleeves)


What is your favorite decade for mirrored styles?





Ok, would anybody like to purchase this maternity dress for me?  As an early early birthday present?


Oh my gosh, you guys.  I want it soooo bad.

Alas, it is not in the budget right now.  I might just have to copy it.

Yep, move over 50’s maternity pedal pushers–this one is next on my list now.



Pattern Picks!

Yesterday was a little eventful, and I wasn’t able to get to all of my usual Monday To-Do list items, such as “Post pattern picks for the week.”

So here they are, a day late, but still pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

1. McCall’s 5829: One-piece swim suit, proportioned to your size!


2. Anne Adams 4704: Sundress with tie straps and v-neck


3. Simplicity 3333: Hooded dress.  What more is there to say?


4. Baby goat


Whoops, I mean 4. Advance 7833: Really cute raglan-sleeved blouse


5. Simplicity 2624: Ok, this one is not really anything super special (although it is a pretty pattern), but take a look at the back of the envelope:


Ha!  Some lady of days past blotted her lipstick on this pattern.  You don’t see that very often.  It is little discoveries like these that make pattern collecting so much fun.  Most of the time all you see is an envelope, instructions and pieces, but every once-in-awhile some little bit of history just happens to pop out at you.

Or smooch you.

Have a lovely day!


Juji’s Babies!


Well, today WAS the day!  Juji gave birth to two adorable little bucklings this afternoon. 


The labor and birth went super smoothly, and Juji knew exactly what to do.  She is going to be a great mom.


The firstborn buckling looks to be Cou Clair or Cou Blank (I’m still learning) with blue eyes.  The second is red buckskin, I think, also with blue eyes. 


Evelyn witnessed the birth.  She didn’t quite know what to think! 


We have named the Cou boy Pickle and the buckskin Moe.

It doesn’t get much better than baby goats, folks. 

Alright Miss Irma–you’re next!





Been working on this all week.  It actually has sleeves now, but I haven’t taken a photo of it yet.  I just need to hem it and add a hook and eye closure at the center front and she will be runway ready. 

Stay tuned for more and for my next maternity sewing project plans.

  Oh, and hopefully some cute baby goats within the next week or so!



My First Award :)

LiebsterAwardWow, I’ve been blogging since 2008 and have never been nominated for an award before!  I feel so honored.  Mostly because the blogger who nominated me seems to be quite a kindred spirit, and I love that kindred spirits are reading and enjoying my blog.  Thank you Betsy from Betsy’s Baby!  I was nominated for the Liebster Award, which is meant to be given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and who you believe deserve some recognition.

The Rules:

-You must answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you

-You yourself then pick 11 blogs who in turn have under 200 followers

-You must think of 11 questions for the blogs you have picked and also tell them

-You must link back to the blog that nominated you

-Write 11 facts about yourself

So here we go!

1. Where did you get the name of your blog?  It is borrowed from the name of my Etsy shop.  I know, I know, “sewist” is not technically a real word.  But it sounded so cute, and much better than “The Vintage Home Seamstress”.  You will have to forgive me, my English-loving friends.

2. Why do you blog?  I began blogging back in 2008 as a way to share my creative projects, musings, and adventures with my 11 younger siblings.  Writing has always been a passion of mine, and blogging seemed like a fantastic way to keep my skills sharp while also sharing my passions with others who had similar interests.

3. What’s something we couldn’t know about you from just reading your blog?  I used to be a ballerina.

4. What is a blogging goal you have?  To be real, to write according to my true beliefs, and never to bow to the temptation to write a blog about something sensational merely for views and clicks.

5. Where are you from?  Born and raised in GA, although people always think that I am native to someplace else because I have no southern accent. (My mom is a native Californian, and forbid us to ever say “aint” or “ya’ll”.)

6. Who or what inspires you?  Different people and things inspire me in different stages and moods in my life.  Right now I have been going through my annual rainy-day British period romance movie phase.  I’m thankful that I have a small toddler to keep me busy, or I would most likely be wasting my days away lying on the couch with popcorn, tea and a BBC Jane Austen 24/7 right now.  That said, I do have things that inspire me all the time.  Good music–and I mean good, raw, beautiful, tasteful, unique music.  Theology.  G.K. Chesterton.  Being outside.  Working with my hands.  Seeing the creative work of other people’s hands.  Home and hearth.  And right now, the beautiful journey of pregnancy.

7. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?  I used to say as soon as I grew up I’d move out of Georgia, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to really love these old north Georgia mountains, and I’m not so sure I would want to leave them.  I would, however, love to live someplace exotic for a short time (by exotic I mean foreign, like southern France or London or Germany)…as long as we could come back to our little homestead in the mountains.

8. What do you hope most for your future?  That the turmoil in this country and world would be brought to peace, and that my children will have a beautiful place to grow up and live in and be a part of as adults.

9. How has blogging changed you?  It keeps me accountable to finishing projects!

10. What color is your kitchen? Robin’s egg blue.

11. What do you see out your window?  An unusually snow-and-ice-covered landscape that is our front yard.

11 Facts About Me:

1. I am a devout Christian.  2. My mother is 1/2 Italian, which makes me 1/4 Italian (however I only inherited the brown eyes and olive skin–I look like my dad!)  3. I am the oldest of 12 kids.  My youngest sibling (my brother Cael) is 5 years old.  4. I fell in love with my husband when we were in high school.  He fell in love with me when we were 23, after being engaged to someone else.  At least he finally figured it out.  5. My favorite decade for vintage fashion is the 30’s.  6. I began raising goats in 2010, when I thought I would never ever get married and I might as well just get some goats to keep me company.  7. My favorite color is yellow.  8. I taught piano lessons for 8 years before giving birth to our daughter.  9. My husband and I have a band and even recorded a CD.  10. I hate sea food.  11. I probably have over a thousand vintage sewing patterns sitting around in my house.

Now, for my nominations.  A few of these might have over 200 followers, but they deserve even more. 🙂

Farmhouse Garden:  One of my favorite blogs ever.  She sews and homesteads and is a mommy.  She has an awesome Etsy shop too!

Brentwood Lane: Although it looks like they have already received the Liebster Award, I am going to nominate them again anyway.  😉  Brentwood Lane is a blog by three sisters who write about vintage fashion and sewing projects.

Come Further Up:  This blog is dear to my heart.  I believe I started following Clair and her lovely musings back in ’08 or ’09.  I always feel uplifted and blessed after perusing her thoughts.

Sewing Through The Motions: Amy’s blog is fantastic.  Charming, witty, and full of really awesome sewing adventures.  Plus, she is a fellow goat lover. 🙂

In A Goat’s Shoes:  Ok, this blog is awesome.  Especially if you love goats, like I do.

Jennafifi:  This blog belongs to my sweet little sister, Jennifer.  She is such a lovely person, and enjoys writing about her journey of faith, creative projects, and life in a large family.

Relish Living:  Another sister’s blog.  This one is written by my sister Skylar, who is an amazing photographer and poet, and documents her ponderings artistically through her blog.

{Mom}ents with God: A lovely blog with thoughts and encouragement for the Christian mother.

Eden Hills Blog: Goats, chickens, soap making, homesteading…you get the picture.

Jen of All Trades: Motherhood, homeschooling and sewing. Love love love!

Utterly Blessed Farm: Goats!

Questions for you, nominated bloggers!

1. What inspired you to start your blog?

2. How long have you been blogging?

3. What motivates you to get things done?

4. Do you have a favorite old movie?

5. If you could be any fruit, which fruit would you be and why?

6. What is an oddball fact about yourself?

7. Why did you choose the name of your blog?

8. What is your favorite book?

9. What is your main goal for 2014?

10. What color eyes do you have?

11. What is something that makes you really happy?

Thank you again Betsy! 🙂


Pattern Picks!

Today I listed a few more than I usually do, and I had a very difficult time picking my favorites.  What do you think of these?

1. Simplicity 3778: Lovely day dress from 1941



2. Simplicity 4609: Skirt with awesome back pleat and belt from 1954



3. Simplicity 4410: Lovely wrap-around blouse from 1953



4. Simplicity 4056: Cute button-up shirt pattern from the early 60’s (love v. 2)



5. McCall’s 3396: Amazingly beautiful, full-skirted dress from 1955 that makes me wish it was spring



Which is your favorite?