Showing posts from February, 2017

Beyers Wäscheheft; sewing vintage undergarments and pajamas for the whole family!

One of the ways that I satisfy my sewing craze when my limited time prevents actual sewing, is browsing/collecting/hoarding vintage sewing ephemera.

I've written before about Lutterloh, and once I realized how much I admired pre and post-war German sewing ephemera, I expanded my searches internationally-- which led me to fabulous sewing magazines. I'd heard of Burda before, but it wasn't until I browsed eBay that I realized the trend of sewing magazines began long ago-- why didn't this approach become popular in the US? It's so practical and conservative to issue a full magazine of patterns, allowing the user to trace the pieces once they are ready/interested.

Anyway, I recently purchased a collection of old sewing magazines from a seller in Italy for a very fair price. After winning the bid, she emailed and asked if I would be interested in having extra magazines for no charge except additional shipping. What a kind offer! With an enthusiastic yes and payment, I w…

Pattern Drafting and Fitting with Alfred Bach's Basic Pattern

A few weeks ago I purchased an interesting vintage draft-your-own dress package on eBay, and also purchased an expansion pack of sorts that allows the seamstress to extend her basic block into FIFTEEN new dress styles, by adding collar/neckline variations. Yeah! I've been keen on getting myself set up with a basic block, but haven't found the time or energy to really develop my own sloper. Alfred Bach's set promises to "FIT ALL SIZES," including Tall, Petite, Stout, Slender; Teens, Juniors, Misses, Half Sizes, and Large Sizes.

Quite the promise, huh? In reality, the blocks range in size from 28" bust to 50" bust, and allows the user to grade between sizes rather easily. The insert included with the pattern block pieces was quite short, but explained a few basic mods like adjusting the waist, adjusting for broad back or forward shoulder, etc. He's also quick to note that if you want more information/guidance, then just go ahead and purchase his series…

Handspun Yarn: AVFKW Blue Faced Leicester wool, undyed

2016 was a good year for me and my spinning wheel-- we became reacquainted and I found my passion for fibery goods again. This is especially great news and rather heartwarming to my husband, who is probably wondering if we should use all of my fiber to insulate our future home. My fiber stash has grown to a gargantuan size, thanks to the many sheep and alpaca fleeces I've acquired, along with a surprising amount of prepared fiber that I haven't spun as quickly as I'd expected.

One of the spinning projects of 2016 included this fiber from A Verb for Keeping Warm, 4 ounces of undyed, brown BFL. While I really enjoy working with wool from raw fleece to spinning, it can be so relaxing and rewarding to just spin something that's completely ready to go.

I spun the yarn worsted style (inch-worming along with my drafting technique), then chain plied it. It was a very straightforward project, in which my aim was consistency in my drafting. My technique is improving!

I'm rea…