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Sassy Summer Peasant Blouse Sew-a-long!

I’ve been feeling extra sassy lately and I attribute it to the twirly, whirly skirts I’ve made during our recent circle skirt and Lila & June sew-a-longs! Now it’s time to sew a top to go with our sassy skirts!  I thought the perfect pairing would be a self-drafted peasant top! This is a top that is easy to make and is great for beginners or experienced sewers alike!

Over the recent months, you may have seen the very popular Rita blouse being made. It is in the style of a peasant blouse, but a bit more structured. The one we will be making is more blousey and looks more traditional, not to mention it looks great either with a solid colour or with patterns. You can also give it a bit of extra oomph by adding ric-rac or embroidered pieces. It will be a really fun blouse to make!

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I have created an FAQ page with links and you will find it in the files area over in our Facebook Group Killer Kitsch Vintage WIPs. There is a variety of tutorials including a very easy to follow one by the Things of Cloth Blog (the neck is a bit higher on this one if you want a lower neckline to keep that in mind when drafting). I have put the pdf tutorial in the files as well. This is the one I am going to be following. 🙂

If you post photos on Instagram, please tag me @killerkitsch13 and use hashtags, #killerkitschsewalong #peasantblousesewalong

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The Agatha Christie Knit-a-long!

“Difficulties are made to be overcome ~ Miss Felicity Lemon, Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Plymouth Express”

Growing up I devoured Agatha Christie novels. When Poirot and Miss Marple finally made it to television, I fell even more in love with both Miss Lemon and Miss Marple and of course will always have a mad crush on Hercule Poirot! I have always wanted to replicate so many jumpers, dresses, heck complete outfits from many of the episodes. I like many others have watched all of the Agatha Christie novel based shows over and over. They are my happy place. Now I am making mine and others dream of owning an Agatha Christie garment come true!  Let the Agatha Christie knit-a-long begin!!!

We have three patterns this time around for our Agatha Christie-themed knit-a-long !!! We will be doing the Miss Lemon Sweater and in honour of Miss Marple, a Swagger coat (there are two versions)!  The three patterns in the file area of our Facebook group!

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This Vintage Knit-a-long runs from July 1 to September 30th, 2018. I would like to give a huge thank you to Suna (Vintage Granny — http://vintagegranny.blogspot.ca/) for agreeing to allow us to use her pattern for the Miss Lemon jumper! Suna is also a member of our group, please say hi!  One of the swagger coats is from my store and the other Miss Marple swagger coat has been donated from Bex of the Subversive Femme. Thank you again to Suna and Bex for donating patterns.

If you are participating in the KAL and are posting your photos on Instagram, please tag me @killerkitsch13 and use hashtag  #killerkitschknitalong.  If you are using the swagger coat from Subversive Femme, please tag @bexthefemme.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am to get started!

All the links:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/killerkitschvintageknitalong/

http://vintagegranny.blogspot.com/2013/01/miss-lemon.html

http://subversivefemme.com/swagger-coat-from-corticelli-mid-1930s/

 

 

 

 

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Me-Made Promises

Two years ago on my birthday, I made a promise to myself, my version of a New Years resolution.  What I promised was to stop buying ready made fast fashion and to start making my own garments and to start thrifting for items that can pass for vintage or be refashioned. There were a few reasons I wanted to do this. Firstly, I wanted to reduce and reuse. We used to have a mend and make do mentality that had gone out the door, or so I thought. The vintage community on Instagram opened my eyes up to that. Secondly, I’m a curvy girl and the thoughts of going into a department store and trying on clothing actually gives me tiny panic attacks. Do they put funhouse mirrors in those change rooms? Thirdly, and I think the most important on the list, making my own clothing and clothing that fits my body properly is empowering. This birthday, I am promising myself to work towards a mostly me-made wardrobe.

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I’ve decided not to go the full-on, 100 me-made wardrobe only because I know from time to time my fella will give me a gift card for some of my favourite vintage reproduction stores and as I said earlier, I want to thrift for clothing. The only time I don’t have mini-meltdowns is when shopping in these types of stores. They actually create garments for curvy girls and I also know the clothing is well made. Additionally, I do want to add more vintage (when possible) to my wardrobe and vintage like thrifted items (especially knowing that the money from these thrift stores is going to a good cause). Instead, my goal is 75%, this is doable. A girls gotta give a girl some leeway, right?

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An additional promise I’m starting with this birthday is to do a pre-birthday closet purge. I have items in the said closet that haven’t been worn, may no longer fit or never really fit well ane they are literally just collecting dust and taking up space. Space that will quickly be filled by the garments I’ve been making. In the last month, I’ve made five skirts and am now moving onto tops and very soon, dresses.

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As I mentioned above,  it is empowering to make my own clothing and somewhere along the line I forgot that. When I was a kid my mother used to make our clothes and most of it was self-drafted. I remember how proud she was of her creations and that became my role model for being my own seamstress. All through my teens and a good part of my twenties, I continued the tradition making many of my own garments… then I stopped. For a long time I would say that life got in the way.  Somehow it became easier to buy inexpensive, horribly made clothing. You know, for time saving. Yet, I was still having to adjust things, take them in, fix seams, change buttons… who was I kidding!

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I’m the type of person who finds motivation when participating with other like minded individuals in functions such as making garments. I know from my past that if I joined a sew-a-long or knit-a-long I am going to challenge myself to complete a garment. These are the reasons why I’ve started Facebook groups both knit-a-longs and sew-a-longs. Not only do we create garments but we are using vintage or vintage reproduction patterns that challenge and improve our skills.

Another thing I have been doing to help motivate myself is by following garment creators and makers on both Instagram and blogs. Here are some of my favourites.

Atomic Redhead  https://atomicredhead.com/

By Gum By Golly http://bygumbygolly.com/ 

Evelyn Woods https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ59owAiWL2IgaANbG-jm0Q

Harlow Darling http://www.harlowdarling.com/

Krystle Couturiere http://1930slife.blogspot.ca/

Lila & June https://lilaandjune.com/

Poision Grrls https://www.ravelry.com/stores/poison-grrls

Subversive Femme http://subversivefemme.com/

The Closest Historian http://theclosethistorian.blogspot.ca/ 

Vintage Dream Blog https://vintagedreamblog.wordpress.com/

Vintage Gal http://vintagegal.co.uk/

Vintage Sewing Pattern Catalogue https://thevspc.org/?wref=bif

We Sew Retro http://wesewretro.com/

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I don’t expect to have hit the 75% mark by the time my birthday roles around next year, but I know that I will be well on my way to hitting that mark! I do have faith, I’ve been successful with my birthday promises this far. Do you make birthday promises as well?

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Sew-a-longs & Knit-a-longs OH MY!

Summer dreams are 1957 Chevy’s with their tops down cruising down the main street, girls twirling their half circle skirts to Elvis, cute cotton knit jumpers and espadrilles.  Turn up that rock and roll, make yourself a mai tai, get out your sewing machine or knitting needles and get those a-long engines revving!

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In June and July, we have some really fun sew-a-longs and knit-a-longs for you!  You will find them in both our Killer Kitsch Vintage Knit-a-long group and in our Killer Kitsch Vintage WIPs group!  These can both be found on Facebook.

Over in our Killer Kitsch Vintage Knit-a-long group we are dancing our way to the end of our April through June knit-a-long and getting our needles ready for our Agatha Christie themed KAL. We will be knitting the Miss Lemon Jumper and the Miss Marple Swagger Coat. I am grateful to Vintage Grandma and Subversive Femme for donating patterns for these KALs. We will be starting the new Vintage Knit-a-long on July 1st!

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Over on the Killer Kitsch Vintage WIPs group we will be starting the Lila & June Wrap Skirt Sew-a-long on June 15th and finishing up on June 30th!  Because every skirt needs a jumper or blouse to go with it, on June 20th we will start the Poison Grrls Boardwalk Blouse KAL and will end on July 15th!  The Boardwalk Blouse is an amazing quick knit! (The Killer Kitsch Vintage WIPs group is a show & tell group for your vintage or vintage reproduction knitting, crocheting and sewing!)  A huge thank you to Kirsten of Lila & June and Amy of Poison Grrls!

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The patterns for the Lila & June sew-a-long can be found here for North America and here for the UK.   The Poison Grrls pattern can be found on Ravelry.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am to get started!

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Sale!

Hello lovely vintage dames and fellas!  I wanted to let you know that I’m having a sale in my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KillerKitschDesigns). With Summer just around the corner, I know you are all working on your summer knits. I have put all short-sleeved downloadable patterns on sale for 50% off!  The sale will be on until April 30th!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the patterns on sale! There are many more!

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What’s in the Queue

I have big knitting and sewing plans for 2018. BIG! I have to say, I am being partly motivated by the vintage knit-a-longs that I created in 2017. I need to find more motivation to sew, because I don’t want to also create a sew-a-long, I will need to join others. I do have quite a few Gertie patterns, so I may join up to one of those soon. The beauty of knitting and sewing your own garments is you can customize them to fit your body!

As I mentioned, there is a brand spanking new vintage knit-a-long happening, and two of my queued knits are from the KAL. I will be blogging tomorrow about the KAL so stay tuned!

My hope is to get one jumper made a month this year, along with a few accessories. I am also hoping to make at least one garment per month. Though there are currently less in my queue than I’d hoped, I will figure that out. I’m hoping that joining a sew-a-long will get me more motivated to sew this year.

Without further adieu, here is what I have in the queue so far… (please note, this isn’t everything, I have to leave room for the future KAL sweaters)

Knitting Queue (in order)

Sewing Queue (not in order, though I have material for 3 skirts)

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SALE!

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Hello! I’m having a 25% off sale in my Etsy store. Use code YULETIME2017 at checkout. This applies to all downloadable patterns. Sale ends on December 17th!

Don’t forget to join our Vintage Knit-a-long group on Facebook!

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New Killer Kitsch Vintage Knit-a-long!

AND the winning jumpers are!  Ding! Ding! Ding!  The #4 the short sleeved blouse and #1 the skater sweater!

 

I can’t wait to see what colourways everyone comes up with!

Here are the knit-a-long details:

The knit-a-long will run from January 1st to April 30th. During the knit-a-long you are welcome to knit one or both of the patterns. I will provide the patterns to you for free.

To join the knit-a-long is simple. I have listed everything below:

  1. Join our group on Facebook. I will have the patterns in the files area. (if you don’t have Facebook, don’t worry, please private message me and I will send you the pattern)
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/killerkitschvintageknitalong/
  2. Post your progress photos and finished jumper photos here on Instagram.
  3. When you post photos tag me and use hashtag #killerkitschknitalong

During the knit-a-long I will be reposting your photos in my Instagram and adding them to the photos in the group.

Why a Facebook group? I learned a lot from running my first vintage knit-a-long and it is important to have a central area for everyone to go to ask help questions and one place to store all the knit-a-long files. I also want to build a vintage knitting community and this is a great way for everyone to discuss with all the other vintage knitters in our community.

You can join anytime between January 1st and March 30th and this knit-a-long will wrap up on April 30th.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this next knit-a-long. The last one was incredibly fun and all the jumpers beautiful!

 

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Rock-a-long To That Rockabilly Sound

A sad thing that has been happening in Toronto over the last few years.  The arts/music scene has been taking a hit due to the crazy surge in rental and housing prices. Many bars are closing and it is getting harder and harder to survive in Toronto as an artist of any level due to this. One thing I truly love about this city is or should I say did love about this city was its artistic diversity. Sadly for Toronto, much of that has up and moved to Hamilton (amazing for Hamilton). Not only does Hamilton have a growing artists community, it also has a growing Rockabilly scene, something that used to be a much larger scene here in T.O. Don’t get me wrong, our Rockabilly scene is still here and it’s still amazing, but it needs to receive the love it once did. Let’s start giving it back the attention it deserves.

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Anyone who is or was into that scene will recognize the bands and places I have listed below. By no means are the lists below complete, but they are the popular choices and I wanted to give you a saucey taste of what is out there. If we start supporting these artists, stores, and venues again, the way we did in the late 90s and early 2000s, we will help them survive and bring them back to the popularity they had back then! We could start a revival!

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I used to head out to the Cadillac Lounge or The Dakota to catch bands such as the Royal Crowns, Ginger St. James and Alistair Christl on the regular. I would be at the Black Dice Cafe on many occasions and I loved spending a steamy night at a burlesque show. Like many, and I’m not sure why I did, I’m just as guilty, as I stepped away from that scene. I’ve been feeling nostalgic for it again. I’m not sure if it’s due to all of the Wanda Jackson albums my fella brings home or that my love for vintage everything has peaked again. Either way, I would love to see this scene thrive again, as it used to. We recently saw Wanda and I was actually surprised that there wasn’t more of a Rockabilly presence in the crowd.

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I would love to see the Rockabilly scene in all its glory again! Get your poodle skirt and saddle shoes on. Get that pompadour high and let’s get ourselves out to a night of squealing and dancing to that killer Rockabilly sound!

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Well known musicians

Christian DeArmond — https://christiand.ca/

Dodge Fiasco — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVljgXcCsSA

Ginger St. James — http://www.gingerstjames.com/

Hellbent Rockers (Hamilton, but play Toronto) http://hellbentrockers.com/live.html

The Greasemarks — https://www.facebook.com/Greasemarks/?fref=mentions or http://www.greasemarks.com/

The Hellbent Rockers — http://hellbentrockers.com/

The Millwinders — https://millwinders.bandcamp.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/The-Millwinders-333439737373/

The Royal Crowns — http://www.theroyalcrowns.ca/

The Swingin’ Blackjacks — https://www.facebook.com/swinginblackjacks/

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Rockabilly Bars (or bars that hold Rockabilly events)

Burdock — http://burdockto.com/

Cadillac Lounge — http://www.cadillaclounge.com/

Castros Lounge — http://castroslounge.com/

Cherry Cola’s Rock n’ Rolla Cabaret Lounge — https://www.facebook.com/cherrycolasrocknrolla/

Disgraceland (Bar and Grill) – https://www.disgraceland.ca/

Grossman’s Tavern — www.grossmanstavern.com/

Gun, Rod and Barbers — rodgunandbarbers.com/

Horseshoe Tavern — http://www.horseshoetavern.com/

Junction City Music Hall — www.junctioncitymusichall.com/

Revival Bar — www.revivalbar.com/

The Black Dice — http://www.blackdicecafe.com     

The Dakota — thedakotatavern.com/

The Hole in the Wall — https://www.facebook.com/HoleInTheWallTO/

The Local — www.thelocalpub.ca/

The Monarch Tavern — http://www.themonarchtavern.com/

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Tiki Bars

Bill Hicks Bar – 946 Queen Street East

Bovine Sex Club – 542 Queen Street West

Miss Thing – 1279 Queen Street West

Shameful Tiki Room — 1378 Queen Street West

The Shore Leave -1175 Danforth Avenue

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Where to buy clothing

Black Daffodil — 3097 Dundas Street West
Doll Factory by Damzels — 394 Roncesvalles Avenue
Rosie the Rebel — 604 Queen Street West

Social Media Pages

Toronto Rockabilly —  https://www.facebook.com/torontorockabilly/

Toronto Rockabilly/Surf/Burlesque Community —

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1075214662489029/?fref=ts

RnR Dancing in Toronto and beyond  — https://www.facebook.com/groups/120849821417387

Vintage Society — http://www.vintagesociety.ca

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Why Rep Theatres Are Important To The Vintage Culture and Community

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I am a huge, HUGE classic movie nerd. Especially Silent Movies, Pre-code movies and 1950s Sci-fi. As a child, many Saturday mornings were filled with watching these movies and I have many fond memories of Saturday Night at the Movies with Elwy Yost. I grew up loving black and white classic cinema. Living in Toronto I am beyond fortunate that there are rep theatres that still show these movies on the regular or have themed movie afternoons/evenings. My fella and I have become regulars at the 4 pm Sunday show at the Carlton. $6 gets you a movie, popcorn, and a drink. Each month is themed. We are also a stone throw from The Revue and are found there often, especially during the Toronto Silent Film Festival. Why do I think these types of theatres are important, let me tell you.

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History. The history of the theatre and the history that comes along with the movies that are shown. Sadly, with the condo boom, many of Toronto’s beloved architecture, including old movie houses are being torn down. I don’t want to make this piece about that, I do want to raise how important it is to keep some of old Toronto still alive and intact. This includes our original movie theatres. There is so much incredible history in these buildings. Imagine the movies that were shown in these beautiful structures. Everything from The Silents of the early 1900s to the gritty movies of the 1970s. The people that would have walked across the thresholds. Buildings that allowed you to take refuge from the heat, the cold, the depression, the war or the general world outside. A place where you could escape to another world via celluloid. I often dream of being a child, jaw open while being mesmerized by a Silent Film, a sassy teen being inspired by the Flappers gracing the screen or a twenty-something being tantalized by a Pre-code bit of raunch. Witnessing a time in history and film-making when the creators cared about the story and the presentation.

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An escape. The world we live in is a harsh place to be in. It’s equally complicated by the all too convenient ability to pull out your phone to see or read the news, check social media, watch hours of youtube or stream whatever content you want and almost never be left to use your imagination if even for a short period of time. It’s why I write in complete silence. Going to a movie theatre, where you have to put your phone away is a wonderful feeling. To spend one to two hours being swept into another world, another time. To see films about a period of history, shot during that actual time. The music, clothes, sets — the story. Is it wrong that I still have crushes on Jimmy Stewart or Clara Bow?

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Most importantly, supporting independent businesses. Most of these theatres are independently owned. I would much rather support independent or family-owned businesses. I don’t only go to rep theatres to see the classics, I would much rather see the latest blockbuster in them. Yes, it means waiting a few extra weeks to see it, but if it means the money is going to a small business, I will wait.

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Please, check out your local rep theatre. The more we frequent them, the longer they stay alive.

MOVIE THEATRES :

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (The Annex) – 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto 416-637-3123 — http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/

Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton Street at Yonge, Toronto, 416 – 494-9371 — https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/carlton-cinema/

Fox Theatre – 2236 Queen Street East, Toronto, 416-691-7330 — www.foxtheatre.ca

Humber Cinemas – 2442 Bloor Street West — http://www.humbercinemas.com/

Kingsway – 3030 Bloor Street West — http://kingswaymovies.ca/

Regent Theatre – 551 Mount Pleasant Road — http://regenttoronto.com/

Revue Cinema  – 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M6R 2M9 — http://revuecinema.ca/

Royal Cinema – 608 College Street, Toronto, 416-466-4400 — www.theroyal.to