May 31, 2010

2 nights = 2 blouses

I think I might have found the perfect summer blouse. It's a 1958 McCall's pattern and one can easily finish the project in 4 hours or so. It comes with a two kinds of collars with the options of short or long sleeves. So far I've made it in a white cotton and a white/blue/red checker cotton and this is only the beginning...

May 28, 2010

Fabricoholic? Me?

I haven't bought fabric in a while in anticipation of the Textile Museum of Canada's yearly fundraiser "More than just a yardage sale". I went this morning and was it worth the wait or what! I found some incredible fabrics (for a fraction of the price) and my head is spinning with ideas of possible creations. Skirts, blouses, dresses, a jacket or two for the fall...  

May 25, 2010

What NOT to make for your kids

As my son's first birthday is approaching (too fast!) I started looking around for patterns for a cute toy to make for him. Since I'm a vintage lover I was curious too see what I could find on etsy but I quickly decided to go for a more contemporary toy pattern when I saw these images:



May 21, 2010

The Pledge

Wardrobe Refashion has a interesting pledge.

I pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! 

I've decided to do it! I won't buy any new pieces of clothing for 2 months. I think this will really trigger my creativity and make me reflect on my shopping habits. Will I be able to distance myself from the experience of shopping or will I start to anxiously count down the days and go nuts in some horrible mall once the 2 months are up? As a comfort, the pledge allows vintage and second hand shopping. (Thank god, cause I'm going to Stockholm in July!)

May 17, 2010


Here are some vintage knitting patterns from a few issues of "STICKAT", a Swedish knitting magazine. The magazine started in 1945, right after the end of the second world war, but I have no information what happened to the magazine. The issues I have are from 1946-49 and I found this note in one of them:
"Would you be so kind and go down stairs and see which key fits in the entrance. The key I gave to Johansson's in the shiny one. Bring back the key that fits. When you arrive I will go out at buy the paper"

On the back it's another note:
"Your laundry was dry so I took it in for you. If you want to, you can take the stairs today and go and visit Märta tomorrow if you get lonely. I'm going out to look for a cute fabric"

For me, this is the best part of buying old patterns, to find little treasures and get a glimpse in to the life of the previous owner.

May 16, 2010

Found object

In my last post I mentioned that I wanted a pair of cat eye sunglasses for the summer. Well, I spent my Saturday night organizing my closet and drawers (yes, that's exactly how exciting my life is). As I was standing there with a bunch of old stockings in my hand it hit me. I already HAVE a pair of cat eye sunglasses! A few years back I found these great Ray Bans at a flee market for $10. Never really used them and put them away. I wore them today and I love them already! A great tint and very comfortable.

As for reading glasses, these super cute frames from DITA is what's on my wish list:

May 14, 2010

Perfect summer accessory

I have visions of wearing cute vintage sun dresses this summer, cat eye sunglasses and a vintage wicker purse. And guess what I stumbled upon this afternoon on a walk home from the park with my son!

"And The Bead Goes On" (Eglinton/Mount Pleasant Rd here in Toronto) is a gold mine when it comes to vintage accessories. It's a tiny store but the owner, Cindy, has a great eye and the walls are tastefully covered with vintage purses, gloves, shoes, scarves and TONS of costume jewelry.

I also found a cute wallet in ostrich skin. Cindy had a beautiful Lanvin silk scarf that I had to pass on due to budget restrictions...

May 12, 2010


From a ruined white dress shirt came the idea of making a new one from scratch. I found a soft broad cloth and a great pattern from the early 60's and I love how it turned out. Tucked in with a pleated skirt as in the picture below but even better with a pair of cigarette pants.

May 3, 2010

Sweet dreams

I have a new set of PJs! Fabricland had an insane sale last week and I found the softest light weight cotton. Sleeping in this is going to be so comfy!