I love genealogy and the everyday history of local areas. In her recent The Way Sewing Used to Be post, Madalynne shares some vintage hooks and eyes from a Philadelphia source as well as a little history about the Philly fabric stores.
Laura Mae of Lilacs and Lace makes the loveliest frocks with the prettiest insides. While I love nearly everything she makes I currently don't live the kind of life suited to most of her projects. However, recently she's been working on some Alabama Chanin style separates that I might have to give a try. Here latest work in progress is here.
Dear Lladybird Lauren, please stop making cute summer things. I already have a To Make list that will keep me busy until sometime in January.
I've been wondering, would it be easier to draft a skirt sloper rather than fit a current pattern? Or are both equally likely to drive one to drink? I've scouted out a couple of tutorials that I may give a try:
- Making a Pencil Skirt Sloper from So Sew Easy. The post covers drafting both front and back skirt slopers + darts. I would call the skirt more of a straight skirt since I think of a pencil skirt as something that's more pegged at the bottom.
- Drafting a Skirt Sloper from Simple Simon and Co. Another pencil/straight skirt. This post covers drafting the front and back slopers and talks about two ways to make darts: drafting them from scratch or making a muslin without darts and trying it on to see how big the darts need to be.