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Solving Winter Blues

Our winter has been one of the most confusing, depressing and what feels like neverending in what feels like forever. Actually, I don’t recall a winter being this icy and grey as long as I can remember. Usually, November is bleak and grey, but from that point on the days are generally sunny and cold. We have went through three-plus months of minimal sun and it has not only been affecting my mood, but my motivation to sew. This week we had lots of sun and my sewing mojo is back! Ok… enough of the whining!

What I’ve been doing to combat the blues and to get inspired again, is I am researching and dreaming of my spring and summer wardrobe! I have also decided that 2019 will be the year that I up my sewing skills. It’s time to level up!

Over the last few years, I’ve been intrigued with the draft-at-home-systems such as Haslam, Mrs. Depew, Enid Gilchrist, Eiffel Pattern Drafting System, Lutterloh and other French and Italian systems. I currently have Haslam, Mrs. Depew and Enid Gilchrist and am researching others. I want to try them all! As I make a garment from each of the drafting systems I will be blogging about it and posting on my social media (Instagram & Facebook).

The beauty of these systems is they will also help me build my 2019 spring and summer wardrobe! I really want to start adding colour to my wardrobe and I’ve been obsessing a bit on 1940s summer styles such as embroidered Mexican Peasant blouses & dresses, espadrilles, big floppy hats and beach pajamas. If we get another sweltering hot summer like last year, these will be perfect. Oh, and I can’t forget a 1950s style tiki wardrobe! We will be doing a collaboration for a tiki set in our March sew-a-long! See my last post!

I also have some spring/summer knits in mind as well. I am almost done my last winter knit and am excited to get some lighter knits on my needles. I am looking to knit a few summer blouses in cotton yarn as well! You can check out my knitting queue over on Ravelry!

Are you tired of winter yet? Have you tried draft-at-home systems and if you have which ones have you used? What are your vintage summer wardrobe dreams and future makes?

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The Tiki-a-long Set Sew-a-long!

We are super excited for our March sew-a-long. March means we are that much closer to Spring weather and oh, are we ever kicking off that countdown with this SAL. The wonderful and talented Sarah of Ask Sarah will be collaborating with us for a Tiki set! Oh yes! You heard that right! A Tiki set!

As with every sew-a-long, all of the links to the tutorials that Sarah has created will be found in the files area of our Facebook Page. The top portion of the Tiki set will be a paid downloadable pattern. We will also provide that information in the documents posted in our Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/killerkitschvintagewips/


The SAL will run from March 1 to 31. As always, if you post on Instagram please tag @killerkitsch13 and use hashtags #killerkitschsewalong #tikisetalong. Please, also tag Sarah on all of your posts as well. Her instagram is @asksarah.com.au

Now a little bit about Sarah!

Ask Sarah is a DIY, self-drafting fashionista with vintage flair. Sarah can be found creating twirly half circle skirts or sassy ensembles. Sarah doesn’t put pockets in all the things… but there is always cat fur on all the things!

Ask Sarah is an Australian based creator and designer and all of her social media links are below.

www.asksarah.com.au

The attached photos of Sarah wearing her Tiki set were taken at Hades Hula House and can be found at (https://www.facebook.com/hadeshulahouse/ or @hadeshulahouse on instagram)