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Friday, August 11, 2017

Dancing Chickens Dress

This fun smocked dress was an online class offered by Maggie Bunch. The pattern is called "Ode to Joy" and I liked the different neckline, which is elastic and doesn't need snaps or buttons. The dress was intended to teach matching border fabrics in a circle. I ordered this chicken print from fabric.com because I love chicken-y things since we have them for pets. I agonized way too much over the co-ordinate for the neckline, but I do love the red dot I chose.

Here's a better picture of the funky chickens. I'm not usually a fan of cartoony fabric, but this did strike my fancy.

The smocking is a simple scallop design. It is smocked front and back. I want to make some shorts or bloomers to go under this, but I haven't done it yet. We've been having way too much fun at the pool and lake to do much sewing. This is a size 3-4. I don't have a model for it, so it will be stored away with my other creations.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vintage Lindsay Maid Boy's Suit

I recently purchased this darling vintage boy's suit. It is probably from the 1930s. The smocking is beautifully done.
The trim stitching is all done by hand, but the construction appears to be on the machine.
Isn't that collar precious? Very simple,  but lovely.
This is the tag. It was made in Scotland for Henry Morgan & Co. Apparently, Henry Morgan was a Scot who opened a very successful store in Montreal in 1845. They expanded to other locations in the 1950s and were bought by the Hudson's Bay Co, in 1960. This doesn't really help dating this suit, does it?
I am not sure what size 16 is either, but I'll bet some of my UK friends on facebook will know.
Here is the hang-tag. The only thing missing is the "button insurance" that was originally in the little window. Don't you love that? Button Insurance!!
Here's a view of the back. I love the bubble button-on pants. This suit is in perfect condition, apparently never having been worn.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Here is one of my recent creations. I found a large piece of yellow chenille at a thrift shop when we were at the beach. It inspired me to try this combo I had seen awhile ago. Someone made a peasant dress using a vintage embroidered pillowcase with the chenille sleeves.

I was going to use one of my vintage animal embroideries, but then I decided to use this larger floral spray, which seems like it would have gone on a pillowcase in the "olden days."

The white is poly/cotton broadcloth, because I didn't want it to need ironing. The eyelet is an inexpensive poly/cotton as well. I usually prefer the Swiss, but I intended this to be playclothes, so I wanted to keep it easy care. Can you see how I wove yellow floss through the holes in the trim? I love that little touch, though it is hard to see.

It isn't as wrinkly as it looks, but I had to add highlights to the photos to bring out the details. Do you like my title? Who remembers Laverne & Shirley? Apparently a schlimazel is someone who is the recipient of the klutz's bad luck (the klutz is the schlemiel). I can't figure out the connection to my outfit, but hey, it makes a catchy title!