No Snow, All Sew

Sweetpeas!

Firstly, sorry for my blogging neglect this month. I’ve been away from my sewing machine, and a stream of family events have totally soaked up my December. Fortunately, things are a little calmer now that the holidays have passed – although I still have 10 days of time in the US!

That said, I’ve had a super successful Christmas sewing-wise. My family have totally embraced the hobby and have taken it upon themselves to give me gifts that would held me move forward with new projects and skills.

Books

From my fiancé’s lovely parents, I got a couple of sewing-themed books: ‘Couture Sewing Techniques’ by Claire Shaeffer (which I’m already knee-deep in) and ‘Everyday Fashions of the Forties’. The second is an amazing collection of illustrations, photos and ads from Sears Catalogues of the 1940s. Also pictured are two gorgeous vintage brooches bought for me by my mum and the photo’s background is 3m of a 1940s fabric from my parents. Needless to say, I’m insanely excited to find a pattern worthy of this material!

Knowing my love of old magazines, my fiancé got me three American magazines from the 1940s (two Woman’s Day, and one Better Homes and Gardens). He also got me a couple of old sewing manuals, providing tips on various vintage sewing techniques.

Accessories

And finally, my fiance’s parents sorted me out with some extra accessories! Pictured on the right of the photo is a tomato pincushion – I’m told this is an American staple!

So there’s no doubt that I did very well this year, and I can’t wait to get back home so that I can start putting everything to use. For now, I’m contenting myself with a stroll through the magazines and books. The collection of 1940s Sears Catalogue photos has been providing me with some extra inspiration for future makes. A few dresses have totally caught my eye:

Aren’t they divine? I just need to find some patterns that will work!

Anyway, my loves, I hope that you have all had a fabulous December, whether celebrating Christmas, another holiday, or just relishing in the winter weather. I’ll be back shortly with a few new patterns that I’ve collected, plus some insights into the domestic life of the 1940s. In the meantime, have a fabulous New Year’s celebration – I’m massively looking forward to getting to know you all even better in 2016!

Laura x

Hats

Me and Mama Clarke doing some vintage hat shopping!

‘Tis The Season

Hello from the US!

I’m determined not to let my travelling interfere with my attention to Sew for Victory, but jet lag has sadly gotten the better of me over the past few days. Fortunately, I’ve managed to get in a little bit of sewing – albeit hemming a bridesmaid’s dress for someone else (in exchange for a hair cut!). I stowed away a couple of sewing projects – the Joan dress (which I’m determined to finish) and a repeat of the Belle Curve dress in a fabulous art deco fabric. So I should be plenty occupied!

This has also been my first chance to show off my handmade clothes on this side of the Atlantic.  And a great opportunity to take a first-hand look at American vintage clothes and accessories. Even in the backswamps of Missouri, vintage shops aren’t too hard to come by. I will be spending the greater part of tomorrow visiting these local hotspots for anything that catches my eye. In particular, I’m hoping to find some nice vintage brooches and hair pieces.

Something like this …

pearl brooch

Or this …

colourful brooch

I also adore this art nouveau-style moonstone brooch:

moonstone brooch

Hopefully I’ll come back with something gorgeous! What about you? Do you wear any vintage-inspired accessories to accent your style?

Will report back soon!

L x