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.
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
Some years ago I sewed this 1950s-style dress with taffeta fabric which is embroidered with white roses. Continue reading 1950s White Taffeta Dress
‘Straw is an ageless material closely associated with Christmas. […] Love and joy go into the craftsmanship, and each member of the family has a part in it. The father cuts the grain, the children husk and sort it, the mother makes it into wonderfully imaginative objects. And Christmas Eve seems mystical when the candles are lit and the shiny straw reflects their shimmering light.’ (The joyful Christmas craft book, 1963, p. 76)
The following instruction on how to make straw stars were published in the 1960s book “The Joyful Christmas Craft Book”.
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.
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
A while ago I bought these dainty vintage crochet lace gloves. Continue reading Vintage White Crochet Lace Gloves
In the final part of my 1950s embroidery and sewing series I’m showing you this pretty sampler of a hand-stitched braid. Continue reading Hand Stitched Braid – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 13
In this part of my 1950s embroidery series, I have various samplers with soutache and ribbon trims for you; all sampler were made between 1950 and 1952. Continue reading 1950s Soutache And Ribbon Trim Ideas – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 12
Trapunto is stuffed quilting: Shapes, such as flowers and scrolls, are stuffed with cotton, wool, or polyester stuffing between two layers of fabric. It’s then sewn around the shapes to ceate a beautiful, raised 3D effect. This trapunto sampler was made in 1950 for a plain colored wool dress. Continue reading 1950s Trapunto Quilting – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 11
Two double welt pocket samplers which my grandmother, a dressmaker, sewed in 1951. Both samplers are made with thin wool fabric. Continue reading Double Welt Pockets – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 10