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2019 Pledge

This time of year, people start thinking about their New Year’s resolutions and the majority of these, last for maybe the first week of January. Many years ago I stopped making resolutions. Instead, I have been making pledges and for things that will make me happy. This year I’m extra excited about my pledge for 2019!

Back in June I talked about my Me Made promises to myself and my wardrobe goals and though I wasn’t able to make everything in the potential queue, I’ve made quite a lot. I just did the math and since that post, I have sewn eighteen garments and in 2018 knit nine garments. I was basically sewing a garment a week for a while, though the last few months I haven’t quite sewn as much due to it being a busy time.  I have to say, I’m very proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished so far. In 2019 I plan to have even greater success.

Now onto my sewing and needlework plans for 2019! I’ve decided that I don’t want to just sew individual random pieces. This worked perfectly in 2018 because I needed to fill holes in my wardrobe, however, in 2019 I want to go bigger! With the exception of the sew-a-longs over in our Facebook group, I want to focus on very specific themes. The ones I want to do at the beginning of 2019 are Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors (the original) and Miss Lemon from Poirot.  These two I am firm on and am thinking about other themes for the rest of the year. I’m also considering re-producing some of Clara Bow’s outfits more towards the end of the year I have them to chime in 2020! The twenties are back baby!

My scariest feat for 2019 will be…. I’m making pants. Being a skirt and dress girl, I don’t remember the last time I actually wore pants. It’s been years. I generally don’t like pants because they have never fit me properly. To get them to fit my hips the waist is always way too big or too low. Solution — make my own! The plan is to make 1930s/1940s wide-legged trousers. They tend to be the most flattering to curvy figures. For my first pair, I may go with an indie pattern or use the one in the Gertie book. I do plan to self-draft trousers, but for the first one, I make go that way.

When it come to knitting, I’m not too concerned because I mostly knit from the patterns from the 1930s to the 1950s. That said, I really want to focus in on themes and I already have a solid plan! AND, I have a few patterns I am creating myself and hope to have them ready in the first half of the year.

A pledge I have made for the blog is to write-up more blog posts about my own makes and with many more photos of those garments. There is something empowering about making your own garments and I want to share it with you all!

As I said earlier, I am really excited about my pledge this year!

What are your pledges for 2019?

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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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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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Grey Wool Suit Kind Of Day — Vintage Dream Blog

Not only is this lovely lady part of the Killer Kitsch Knit-a-long, she is a brilliant vintage blogger and vintage style icon. Everyone should be following her blog!

Another cool (70’s F) kind of day here in Texas, so not one to miss a fashion opportunity, another day to wear a vintage suit to work! This wardrobe staple is a 1940’s wool two piece I purchased from Etsy store Lawrence of Baltimore. Exactly as described, timely shipping and lucky for me fits like […]

via Grey Wool Suit Kind Of Day — Vintage Dream Blog

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Favourite blog: Krystle Couturiere

If you are as obsessed with the 1930s as I am, then you will love 1930s lifestyle blog Krystle Couturiere. Not only does she recreate dresses from the 1930s using original patterns, she also writes about actresses from that period. Her latest blog is a tribute to Thelma Todd. Thelma was an amazing actress and her death is shrouded in mystery!  Please check out this blog and I promise you will be lost in it for hours!  She also has a dreamy Instagram account!

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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 […]

via me-made: minnie to the max — My Kingdom for a Hat

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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.