Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Can't refuse reuse!

In the past few years I have had discussions with Girl Scouts in my town about doing her Gold Award around having our town not use plastic bags. Another young Girl Scout asked me to sign a pledge to not use plastic shopping bags. Both girls got me thinking about all the bags I use for shopping. It took a few months, but I finally gave up my new bag addiction. I have a bunch of bags that fit nicely in my purse. I drive the store owners crazy by providing my own bags. The supermarkets are more used to the bags. I am happy to report that I got through black friday without acquiring a single new bag. I have very few plastic bags in the house to re-use, and none to throw out. It really took an effort at first, now it is 2nd nature. I think I've gotten my daughter in the habit too.

Here is group in England (morsbags) supporting the use of reusable cloth bags.

Do you want to make some of your own shopping bags to use up your fabric stash? Try some of these vintage patterns!


Simplicity 6912
This one would look great in vinyl or a durable canvas. You do not have to add the pom-poms unless you want.



This pattern shows you a interesting way to make a tote bag that looks like pants. I thought it would tell you how to cut off jeans or a skirt to make it into a purse. No, this pattern has you cut out the pattern and make the purse from scratch. They are nice and don't have you insert the zipper.


Last year, for my son's holiday fair, I created purses made from old jeans. They where based on instructions from Threadbangers. I was told they where not a hit. Not enough bling. I have a great messenger bag made out a chino pants. It holds all my cub scout items, and it looks great with my uniform.




This year I made purses out of Men's ties. I have been told there where a hit. I have not had luck selling them on etsy. I love working with the different colored ties, the problem is due to their shape the inside of the purse is larger then the flap.

Monday, December 15, 2008

7 Things I Would Never Tell My Father Meme

My Elana cousin (once removed) tagged me in this Meme.

1. I would never tell my Dad to organize himself.  People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.  I'm not as bad as my dad - but my house is definitely chaotic.

2. I would never tell my Dad to cook. I don't think he can do anything other then boil water for tea.  

3. I would never ask my Dad to write something.  His dyslexia is worse then mine.  I think he wrote me a postcard once in camp.  I could hardly read it.

4.  I would never like to have a major argument with my Dad.  He is stubborn!

5. I would never ask my Dad about a novel.  He can not read for pleasure.  He does enjoy many technical books and retains an incredible amount of information.

6.  I would never tell my Dad that he has too many puzzles.  He loves them all.

7. I would never ask my Dad to find something quickly.  It is somewhere, but where did he put it???

The tag: Do share 7 Things We Don't Know About You or...7 Things You Would Never Tell Your Mother/Father.

I tag: Mickey Coburn, childhood friends: Lucy Lee, Jamie Beaman and my Cousin Devs

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Simplicity Designer's Patterns

Between 1949 and 1950 Simplicity produced a line of patterns. They started the same time as Vogue's Paris Originals Line. The patterns have an oversized envelope (8" X 11"). They where nice styles, but they are not VPO's.



Simplicity 8002 c. 1949


Simplicity 8104 c. 1949


This one is the closer to a Vogue style. Notice the pleating on the front of the skirt.



Vogue Paris Original Model - 1189 c. 1952 Dess├Ęs - Suit - pleats on the side of the skirt. Didn't someone try that on the Project Runway Post Office challenge with BAD results?




Simplicity 8293
c. 1950


After 1950, this line of patterns was discontinued. I have not seen these patterns in the vintage re-issues.

Friday, May 09, 2008

A new vintage sewing pattern contest

Patternreview.com is having a Vintage Sewing Pattern Contest this month. Get out your favorite original pattern from the 1920s - 75s and get sewing! My company is sponsoring the winning prizes for the contest. Now is the time for some summer vintage sewing! As an incentive to my blog readers - please enter the coupon code "contest" and you will get a 10% discount on the patterns you order.


You do have to register for Pattern Review - but they have a free membership level.

Hope to see your entry!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Anyone for Tea?

I will be hosting a 1950's tea party at Costume Con 26 in San Jose, CA and giving a talk about the history of sewing patterns.

This brings up the question - what do you wear to tea? I can't wear gloves, because I'm serving. I need an apron of course. You need nifty music and good cookies.


Vogue 9156 c. 1957



Hat, or no hat?

Anne Adams 4834



Vogue 9260c. 1957



Vogue Special Design 4565 c. 1955


Vogue 4004 c. 1959

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr. Rogers!

In honor of Mr. Roger's 80th birthday - March 20th, 2008 is "sweater day". I grew up watching Mr. Rogers. I loved the shows music and the puppets. I was great "seeing" him on the cartoon Arthur. Wear your sweater proudly today! I will wear my zip up one today. So much for spring in New England :(

Happy Birthday my neighbor!













If you want to find any more information on the men's knitting books shown above, please check them out here.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tag along

Nina - Not A Llama tagged me w/ a meme.

Here are the Rules for this game of tag:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six unimportant things about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your blog entry.
5. Let the tagged people know, by leaving a comment on their blogs.


6 unimportant things about me:

1. I am a Girl Scout and Cub Scout assistant leader.
2. My first car was a Red Pinto Wagon - no it didn't blow up. Name: the Ruby Slipper.
3. When the Blizzard of '78 hit - I got 5 days off from Junior High School - no great stories - just lots of high piles of snow.
4. I'm uncoordinated, yet I can sew - hmm.
5. I hate to be late.
6. I sang in choirs all through school - but haven't been in a singing group since then.

I tag: my cuz (a knitter) Devs, my other cuz (writer) Elana, my childhood friend (who is touring with Spamalot) Jamie, another childhood friend Lucy (who owns a knitting store), my buddy Cindi who is a quilter, and oldhalloween.