Free Image Friday – Sunbathers

Don’t you wonder about the people in vintage photographs? Who were these ladies, in their fun stripe and polka dot bikinis? Were they on vacation or a local beach? Did their feet get burned because the shade of the umbrella didn’t reach that far? I love these vintage mysteries! To download this free image, be […]


Free Image Friday – Summer Swimming

Both school and the sun are out, which means one thing – a trip to the pool! I’m so glad that we don’t have to wear heavy wool swimsuits like these ladies! If you want to see more vintage swimsuits, check out this fun post I wrote on stitching my own suit! To download this […]


Free Image Friday – Mother Of Pearl Buttons

Happy Free Image Friday! I have collected mother of pearl buttons for years and I have a variety of gorgeous old button cards, like the one below, as well as bowls full of single buttons. Seeing this image reminded me of a blog post that I wrote for BurdaStyle on the history of the Mother […]


Free Image Friday – Downton Abbey Ladies

Happy Free Image Friday! These ladies look like they are the height of style, don’t they? They would be at home walking around Downton Abbey! If you like fashion from this period, you should check out my Vintage Notions Monthly magazine, which features vintage fashion illustration from 1916 on! See the magazine here…


Passion for Fashion: Contemporary Kimono

When we were designing the Contemporary Kimono pattern, I wanted to make a simple jacket that would work for all occasions – dressy or casual – a simple, stylish jacket to become a wardrobe staple. We created an everyday jacket out of my Fire Red Crossroads Denim – though, we added a little extra oomph […]


Free Image Friday: Vintage Label

Mother’s Day is coming up, which means gift giving – and wrapping! If you are looking for the perfect gift wrapping label, look no further. How lovely is this vintage tag? You could print in on sticker paper, cut it out and stick on the gift, or print it on cardstock and create a unique […]


Vintage Made Modern: The Take-Two Tech Pouch

As you know, I am always collecting bits of vintage inspiration – sewing book here, a magazine there. A few years ago I picked up this single page pattern for a leather-craft coin purse. The copyright on this piece is 1947 and it came from Drake’s LeatherCraft in Los Angeles. What a treasure! I don’t […]

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