Sew & Tell Saturday 4/ 20 /13

Welcome to Sew & Tell Saturday!
Marie from A Sewing Odyssey makes such adorable clothing! I have been following her blog for a long time and love her many vintage style creations. I just have to show a picture of the envelope of the 40’s pattern she used for this adorable red polka dotted dress she made :
It’s been awhile since I sewed something for myself from a vintage pattern and this project makes me want to get busy on my own forties dress.

Michelle from Handmade Martini is right to give the original pattern which she  totally redesigned credit. But this isn’t a remix. I would call this an original design! She used the popular Renfew pattern, a simple t shirt pattern, as a starting point for her design. Using a basic pattern that you know fits you well because you have altered is so much already to fit your body, tracing it, and redesigning the whole thing is called fashion design in my book, my friends! At least, that’s my opinion. Do you think a design has to be drafted completely from scratch to be your own? That’s for you to decide, I guess.

Want to make your own simple knit pencil skirt? Deby from So Sew Easy shows you how with directions to make your own patternless knit pencil skirt. This is a fast painless way to make a skirt if you are a beginner or not. Deby has tons of DIY fashion tutorials on her site.
On the kids sewing front, Mie from Sewing Like Mad comes up with many interesting, original and creative kids designs like these leggings here that she designed. I like that she’s not afraid to take chances with her sewing!
It  never ceases to amaze me at how Jamie from Scattered Thoughts Of a Crafty Mom manages to come up with a new and original kids sewing and design tutorial EVERY week! I honestly don’t know how she does it. And her photos are always drop dead gorgeous as well. Her directions show how to make this top in any size. I’m tempted to add this to my long list of things to make myself this spring.


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  1. Mie@Sewing Like Mad says

    Wow Justine…..features deluxe! Thank you SO much!!
    And love that polkadot dress.

  2. Stone Cottage Adventures says

    What inspiring features! ‘Gotta go sew something! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Thank you for hosting!

  3. Deby Coles says

    Thank you so much! I was delighted today to see my skirt featured on your site – you made my week! Thank you for hosting the party – I love to visit every week and see what everyone has made.
    See you next time.
    Deby @So Sew Easy

  4. Merche Martinez says

    Very inspiring, specially the little girl´s top, I´m sure my daughter would love one!

  5. says

    Thanks, Justine!! Your encouragement means so much to me, and seeing all these other lovely features is super inspiring!

  6. Marie says

    Aaaw, thanks so much for featuring me and for the kind words Justine! You’ve made some fab vintage dresses before, so I say go for it ;o)

  7. amy mayen says

    Justine, I know you’ve already seen my bubble pocket shorts but I couldn’t NOT join your party:) I’m thinking about trying to make something for me this week…last time was an epic fail, but I’m done nursing my wounded pride. Ready to try grown up clothes again lol! Thank you for having an awesome blog & hosting an awesome party!!

  8. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom says

    Hi Justine! You are too sweet! Thanks for the feature, I only wish I had the motivation to do one every week!