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Tasha  A vintage-obsessed blogger who's knitting, sewing, frolicking, and watching Doctor Who in her little 50s ranch in Chicago. Latest blog post ⬇️

http://bygumbygolly.com/2017/07/novelty-knights-in-shining-armor-dress/

Brb gotta go make about a dozen more of this blouse before summer is over! πŸ–€πŸŒ·πŸ–€
Blouse: the 2nd--nailed--version of my endless 50s blouse saga (2nd after the gingham version I shared the other day). More on it soon!
Skirt: @vivienofholloway that I somehow managed to squeeze into at the store during their April sale when we were I London (didn't have it larger), but rightfully needs a cincher to shove myself into it πŸ˜‚
#sewing #sewcialists #vivienofholloway #roseprint #vintagesewing #vintagepledge #1950s #1950sfashion #vintagestyle

Nancy Drew progress report! πŸ•΅πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ I slowed down but I'm still on track to get this side done in one month, my goal (2 days left). Here's where I'm at, and at this point with only 2 colors it's flying. Keep in mind this is lumpy bumpy and such since it's not blocked yet obviously.
Gauge is on target, so this should work out to be a slightly relaxed fit, longer body, think 1940s collegiate, maybe a women's college look (I say that since I went to one πŸ˜‰).
I'm over the moon with how the book cover chart came out, and all that intarsia has been mind-numbing (I had up to 15 bobbins) but I'm excited to dive into the one for the other side! This one is Quest of the Missing Map, the other is Clue of the Black Keys.
If you'd like to hear me yammering on about the book title and front vs. back, I did some videos this morning in my Stories. πŸ‘†
#vintageknitting #knitting #nancydrew #nancydrewsweater #intarsia #jamiesonsofshetland #knittersofinstagram #intarsiaknit

The thrill of sewing victory face! πŸ™Œ 4 muslins + 2 failed blouses later, I've finally {almost} nailed this 50s halter blouse pattern that's dogged me for 2 weeks!! Only thing I'll change in future versions (AND LO, THERE WILL BE MANY) will be to raise the bust dart back up a bit. I'm using a plastic doohickey to convert my bra straps to racerback and it raised my bust apex up, so it's now a bit baggy under the bust dart which is also now a bit low. (Totally don't even care especially as it means I don't need to wear a strapless!) But I nailed the gaping back armhole while getting a fit through the body that I'm happy with! And I also finally learned how to properly ease in bias tape around the steep bottom curve of an armhole without puckering. Never too late to learn new tricks! βœ‚οΈ Thanks to everyone who's put up with approximately a million Instastories videos on this damned blouse. πŸ˜‚ Sewing is sometimes a trial but sooo worth it!!!!!
(Now I just have to decide how to proceed with the sheer Swiss dot I want to use for a black version. I'll likely underline due to an obvious center front seam, but dealing with a 1/4" seam allowance at the armhole for bias tape seems extra fussy with two layers. Maybe also spray glue baste the layers around the armhole...? πŸ€”)
#sewing #sewcialists #vintagesewing #vintagesewingpatterns #sewingarea #sewingroom #redhead #1950s #vintagepledge

We escaped reality for a few hours last night at a lovely rosΓ© wine pairing dinner. 🍷 Mel is wearing a vintage rayon shirt and the jeans I sewed, I'm wearing a modified Sewaholic Alma top I sewed years ago and skirt I sewed last summer from one of my precious vintage cottons, with @remixvintageshoes sandals and vintage accessories. πŸ–€πŸ’™ Also with fresh hair color which is the beeeeest. πŸ™Œ
#vintagestyle #sewing #sewcialists #vintagerayon #alohashirt #vintagefabric #telephonecordpurse #vintagequeer #1950sfashion #1950s #redhead #remixvintageshoes #morganjeans #bakelite #sewaholicalma

Tonight's Bakelite stack. Love this combo so much. πŸ–€πŸ’ πŸ–€ (Only fakey is the black scallop which I made a few years ago when I still played with resin.)
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#bakelite #thedailybake #arizonaturquoise #bakelitestack #1950sfabric #restoredbakelite #brighterbakelite #sewing #vintagefabric #turquoiseandblack #rednails #gelpolish

On my blog!✨More about the vintage hooded shirt and red twill jeans I sewed. Btw, the photos were taken before I removed one of the back pockets and sewed it on again because I realized it was noticeably off thanks to said photos. Oops. πŸ˜‚ p.s. I'm gearing up for hosting a vintage jeans sewalong early this fall! Contact me privately if you might like to donate a prize, I'm still working out details and such. 😊
#vintagesewing #sewing #sewcialists #vintagesewingpatterns #simplicitypatterns #mccallspatterns #vintagepledge #plaid #vintagestyle #1950s #1950sfashion #moodfabrics #vintagejeanssewalong

1️⃣ My dad sent me this tee out of the blue! 😍 I can't waaait for the 13th Doctor.
2οΈβƒ£πŸ–•πŸ–• to Nazis, white supremacists and bigots, and those who apologize for them or silently support them with their votes. Diversity, equality, acceptance, understanding for those who are different than ourselves, ALWAYS. ❀️

Going out on the town. It's a chartreuse kind of night apparently! πŸ˜‰ Sun Surf rayon shirt & Morgan jeans I sewed on @melmakesart, vintage dress on me, @luckyloushoes Souvenir sandals, purse from @shopvdm.
#vintagestyle #vintagefashion #rayon #sunsurf #sunsurfshirt #vintagedress #shopvdm #luckyloushoes #1950s #1950sfashion #alohashirt

Since I've had a couple of sewing fails lately (well the blouse I talked about yesterday and I've been sharing in Stories isn't a fail yet but it's felt like it πŸ˜‚) here's a #tbt to NOT a fail: the rayon pake muu I made last month. I love this thing! And realized I never shared this photo when I wore it to a family garden party! πŸ’™ Maybe someday I'll get around to blogging about it...
#sewing #sewcialists #vintagesewing #pakemuu #polynesianpatterns #muumuu #rayon #vintagepledge #basketpurse #mgemi #1950s #1950sfashion #vintagestyle

My sewing is NOT all sunshine and roses. Check my Stories over the last day for the saga that is this pattern. Bonus swearing and the finger included. πŸ˜‚
I'm working through some issues with fit that didn't present in the muslin, fabric that was terrible to sew and felt worse on me once sewn up, and armhole finishing techniques that are dogging me. It's a tale of frustration, giving up, not giving up, stubbornly sticking to it when I should stop, wrapped up with reeeeally needing/wanting the final item in my closet! 😩
Possibly there's now a light at the end of the tunnel though. Hopefully my Stories sewing docu-drama will have a happy ending soon!
#sewing #sewcialists #vintagesewing #vintagepledge #butterickpatterns

Got to meet the delightful @polkapolish Friday night, on her way through Chicago on a road trip! It included a hotel bar, seeing lots of people knitting (from Stitches Midwest), spying on aerial acrobats at an Indian wedding, and debating if the hotel flower arrangement included knitting needles and metal 'yarn'. And more power to her and her husband for meeting me, Mel, *and* my mom @thatcleverclementine who I also got to see this weekend! πŸ˜‰πŸ’—β€οΈ
#vintagefriends #vintagebloggers #stitchesmidwest #pendleton #knitting #vintageskirt #vintagestyle #knitters

Mail day 😍😍😍 My green @luckyloushoes Souvenir wedges are here! I've had a pair of their Souvenir wedge mules for years and for some reason waited this long to get an ankle strap pair. Which is crazy as an ankle strap wedge is one of my shoe perfection combos. With the leather liner on the wood now (my mules are really old so don't have that) and a sturdy strap they are soooo comfy. 😭 I'm going to float away into shoe happiness land now! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š
#luckyloushoes #souvenirsandals #luckylou #reproshoes #wedgeheels

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