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Archive for May, 2009

I am always on the lookout for vintage patterns with embroidery ideas.  I like to go to antique malls and thrift stores where once in awhile I will have a lucky day and find some inexpensive gems.

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The pattern above dates back to the fifties.  I love the front inset with the bold embroidery motif.  There was a Spanish influence on fashion and interior design going on in the fifties, and matador or toreador pants were in style for awhile.  I think there were several big movies at the time that focused on bullfighting. I have an old McCalls Needleword & Crafts magazine from that period that highlights this fashion trend.

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This pattern shows the embroidery on pillowcases, but I like to rearrange the motifs to fit the garment I am working on.

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Here’s two old Vogart transfer patterns. 

Right now there is not much sewing going on because we have been putting in the garden.  Below is a view of one of the beds with the garden still full of baby plants, mostly cucumbers, sugar snap peas, chard, shallots, carrots, and beets.

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These poppies come up every year around the deck.  I am trying to get more different colors to grow, but so far only have the white, orange, and red orange.

This spring I am working on shirtmaking.  I have to finish the fitting on the pattern for A, and somehow I am going to work in some more machine embroidery and a few more Mexican peasant blouses.  Aside from a tote bag or two, the only things I have sewn so far this year are two tablecloths and some mending.

With the economy the way it is, I haven’t been buying fabric at all, but this just makes me appreciate the enormous stash I have in the sewing room.  Time to warm up the sewing machine again.

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