Category Archives: Sewing & Crochet

Here you’ll find free sewing and crochet tutorials, clothes and accessories I made or am making at the moment; as well as other sewing related things.

1940 – 1950s Bra & Garter Belt + Free Patterns

1940s 1950s Bra And Garter Belt + Free Patterns-24

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we’re clearing out Grandma’s house at the moment. And I found some of her lingerie: bras and garter belts! They’re probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. The bras have the characteristic, pointy, conical bullet bra shape of the 1950s – but not as exaggerated as some of the 1950s bras.

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And if you want to sew your own pin-up bra or vintage garter belt, I traced the patterns of two of the bras and of one of the garter belts. You can download the patterns for free and adjust them to your size. Continue reading 1940 – 1950s Bra & Garter Belt + Free Patterns

30+ Easy DIY Summer Crafts & Recipes

30+ DIY Easy Summer Crafts & Recipes

Celebrate summer with these easy and fun DIY projects and summer recipes. 30+ tutorials to make your own summer accessories, summer recipes with fresh berries & flowers and, of course, ice cream recipes! Those long summer days are perfect to chill out on your DIY pallet couch with a glass of homemade refreshing lemonade enjoying the smell of your natural rose petal blush! Continue reading 30+ Easy DIY Summer Crafts & Recipes

Jersey Applique Tutorial

Jersey Applique Tutorial

Jersey applique is so beautiful and such an easy project – even for a sewing beginner or for your kids! It just takes some minutes, and it’s a perfect project to use up all those jersey knit scraps. You can choose a simple design for your jersey applique, such as dots, stripes or flowers, or a more complicated pattern.

The jersey is appliqued with running stitches by hand. But even if you hate hand sewing, don’t fear: jersey applique is really easy and fast to sew. Continue reading Jersey Applique Tutorial

Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets – Tutorial

Lavender sachets were a popular gift in the Victorian and Edwardian era: ‘A delightful gift that will cost but little in time or money’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2a).

Lace Lavender Sachets Tutorial

Lace lavender sachets are fast to sew and a great way to use up fabric and lace scraps. I used lace scraps from my Edwardian lingerie blouse and muslin scraps from my Victorian afternoon gown. (UK) Muslin is very sheer – perfect for lavender sachets. Continue reading Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets – Tutorial

Drawn Thread Work Tutorial

Learn to make drawn thread work by hand! Drawn thread work is a beautiful whitework embroidery! It’s easy to make but it takes time.

How To Make Drawn Thread Work

‘Drawn-thread work forms a connecting link between embroidery and lace work […] it is very durable, and washes well.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make basic drawn thread work by hand. Drawn thread work is a counted thread embroidery: Warp or weft threads are removed and the remaining threads are grouped together with hemstitches.

Drawn thread work has been popular for a long time. It was already used in the Middle Ages (source), and was still popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era and the 1920s. Continue reading Drawn Thread Work Tutorial