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Free Image Friday – Vogue Swimsuit Model

When I say “swimsuit model” this lovely lady doesn’t really spring to mind. But, back in the early 1920’s a head-to-toe wool suit, bathing cap and apparently, matching cape was all the rage for beach living. To me, it just looks hot and heavy! I just don’t see this style coming back in fashion anytime […]


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 […]


Common Threads & St. Louis Inspiration

Last week I traveled up to St. Louis to the Baby Lock Common Threads event. This was my second time to be a part of this inspiring and educational retreat. I love getting a chance to connect with a really wonderful community of bloggers, magazine editors, publishers, and of course, the fabulous people at Baby […]

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Stitcher’s Garden Fabric Debut at Quilt Market

Last month the Indygo Junction team and I traveled to Salt Lake City for Spring Quilt Market. We launched a lot of great new products, including 22 new patterns, including our Indygo Essentials garment line, three coloring books, two embroidery books, and a new line of dimensional English paper piecing kits called Fabriflair! My new […]


Free Image Friday – Vintage Swimmers!

How cute is this illustration of vintage swimmers in the ocean? I love their little batching caps! They are also wearing swim shoes, do you know if that was a part of a vintage bathing ensemble? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them before. They could just be part of the artists’ choice of […]


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 […]