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Vintage Sew-a-long: The Circle Skirt

I need to get a move on and make my spring and summer garments, but somehow, for some reason, something keeps distracting me! I need to find my motivation again. I noticed that as soon as I started the Killer Kitsch Designs Vintage Knit-a-long last year, I became extremely motivated to knit as many garments as I could. Before I would occasionally knit something for myself, but generally I was knitting for others. I realized it was time to fill up my wardrobe with knits from all of the vintage patterns I’ve been collecting. Now… how do I do the same for sewing.

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My sewing machine has been calling to me.

My sewing machine is now yelling at me!

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January 1st, 2017 I made a promise to myself to only purchase vintage, thrifted items or make my own clothes. As a curvy girl I was tired of always being frustrated by off the rack clothes and as a consumer, I was upset about the shoddy quality of anything I purchased from retail stores. As a lover of movies from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s I realized we needed to take a step back to a time where you actually cared about the quality of your clothes and when you couldn’t buy something, you refashioned or mended and made due!

Now… how do I get back my sewing mojo? By starting vintage sew-a-longs.

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I’m by no means someone who can give instructions on sewing. I’m not a trained sewist and have learned sewing from my Mother, home ec and years of creating my own garments. These sew-a-longs aren’t tutorials in any way. What they are, is a group of like-minded sewists, creating vintage-inspired outfits together. The sew-a-longs will range from easy (like the circle skirt) to a bit more challenging, just like the knit-a-longs.

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I have always loved sewing. When I was a kid I would design and hand sew outfits for dolls. I learned how to sew garments on my great grandmother’s Raymond Treadle machine (1898), alongside my mother. (I’ve since inherited the machine) I was inspired to learn sewing because my mother used to make all of our clothes. On Instagram, I follow many vintage accounts and their dedication to remaking vintage patterns is what has motivated me to start sew-a-longs. 

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If this is something you also want to do, please join our group on Facebook. If you share your photos on Instagram, please tag me @killerkitsch13 and use hashtag #killerkitschvintagesewalong.

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We are starting on May 16th and will do the sew-a-long for the last two weeks of May!

This will be a super easy skirt to sew, so if you are a beginner, this will be perfect for you. Everyone is welcome to join!

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Resources that will hopefully help you out during the circle skirt sew-a-long.

Circle Skirt Calculators
Circle Skirt Templates and Tutorials
YouTube Tutorials Playlist
PDF of a circle skirt template
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Favourite blog: My Kingdom For a Hat

As I do with most of my favourite vintage bloggers, I discovered My Kingdom For a Hat via her Instagram account. Her wardrobe is #memade and she is another vintage gal who is inspiring me to have a vintage #memade wardrobe as well. I have the material and the patterns. Now that fall is upon us, I am itching to start sewing again.

I originally made this dress for a Pokemon trainer cosplay. Keen eyes will notice the appliques on the headscarf: bug types for life. I don’t consider myself a gamer or really much of a nerd, but my God I love me some Pokemon. The cosplay weekend ended up rained out, but my godparents’ cabin more […]

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Favourite blog: Subversive Femme

When you are a curvy girl like me, you hesitate to make vintage patterns because you are never sure how they will look your figure. For many years I have stuck with the 1950s fit and flare because I know they work on my body type.  Then, I found Subversive Femme!  She is a stunning redheaded curvy girl who uses patterns from the 1930s to 1950s and creates stunning reproductions.

For both sewing and knitting inspiration, please follow her on both WordPress and Instagram.

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The photo is from the Subversive Femme website.

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Favourite blog: By Gum By Golly

I am madly in love with By Gum By Golly and not just because of she is a sassy redhead.  Tasha and her partner are living the vintage life to the fullest. If you walked into their home or met them on the street, you would feel like you stepped into a time-warp. Not to mention, I want to make every single project that Tasha makes. You should also follow her on Instagram because she is very active on Instastory.  https://www.instagram.com/bygumbygolly/

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Other reasons I love this blog is By Gum By Golly also has tutorials on how to resize vintage patterns to modern sizes. I reference her often. http://bygumbygolly.com/category/tutorials/

Please go check out By Gum By Golly and get lost in the beauty of her vintage world.

Photo is from By Gum By Golly website.

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Favourite blog: Vintage Dream Blog

This is one of my favourite Vintage Blogs.  I read this blog on a regular basis, along with a few others. I am going to start reblogging a few of my other favourites as well. Please check out Vintage Dream Blog.

Why is this one of my favourites, you ask? Take a quick browse through and you will see stunning reproductions from original 1930s patterns. As well the way the outfits are styled is breathtaking!

Stay tuned for my other favourites.

As I type this, it is 91 degrees Fahrenheit (32.7 C) outside. In September 😦 But that is Texas for you. The only good thing in my mind about a hot September is that I still have a few weeks left to wear summer fashion. Which means I have a few weeks left to SEW […]

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