Category Archives: Sewing

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24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes – Advent Calendar 2018

Welcome to the Advent Calendar 2018 with 24 free, old-fashioned Christmas crafts and recipes!

24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes - Advent Calendar 2018

It’s time for my traditional Advent Calendar! This year it’s the third year that I run the Advent Calendar on my blog. For those of you who are new to my Advent Calendar: The Advent Calendar works like an ordinary Advent calendar, each day you can open a new door. Behind the doors are free vintage Christmas and winter crafts, old-fashioned Christmas and wild foraging recipes and Victorian and Edwardian winter- and Christmas-related posts. The Advent Calendar 2018 starts on December 1. Continue reading 24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes – Advent Calendar 2018

Bend Eyes Into Bars – DIY Hook And Bar Closure

Turn Eyes Into Bars - DIY Hook And Bar Closure

It’s easy to turn store-bought hook and eye closures into hook and bar closures. In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to make a DIY hook and bar closure.

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Hook and eyes and hook and bars are a great way to fasten your garments: I use them on skirt waistbands, as vintage dress closure together with snaps instead of a zipper closure (picture below) and as secure and historical accurate closure for my Victorian bodices. Continue reading Bend Eyes Into Bars – DIY Hook And Bar Closure

Easter Countdown 2018 – 30 Free Easter Craft Tutorials And Recipes

aster Countdown 2018 – 30 Free Easter Craft Tutorials And Recipes

Count down the days until Easter Sunday 2018 with 31 free Easter and spring craft tutorials and Easter recipes.

Each day a new Easter recipe, Easter craft or sewing tutorial, or a post about Victorian and Edwardian Easter customs and traditions awaits you on my blog. Stop by every day to open a new door and find out what’s behind it waiting for you! The Countdown starts on March 1 and ends on March 31.

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Advent Calendar 2017 – 24 Christmas Craft Tutorials For You!

Free Online Advent Calendar 2017 With 24 Christmas Craft Tutorials

I’m excited to announce that I’m hosting an Advent calendar again this year on my blog!

Count down the days until Christmas with my Advent calendar. Each day from December 1 to December 24, a new Christmas craft tutorial, a Christmas recipe or a post about Victorian Christmas customs awaits you on my blog. Continue reading Advent Calendar 2017 – 24 Christmas Craft Tutorials For You!

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

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 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

How To Make Drawn Thread Work

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make basic drawn thread work by hand. Drawn thread work is a counted thread embroidery: some 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. ‘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) Continue reading Drawn Thread Work Tutorial