Posts by Rochelle New

Rochelle New
Rochelle's obsession with vintage sewing started early, thanks to her mom's knack for making costumes and reciting lines from old movies. Inspired by the 1940s, Rochelle shares her projects and hosts the annual Sew For Victory sew-along, on her blog Lucky Lucille. Rochelle won the 2013 Craftsy Blogger Award for best photography, and has been featured in several craft magazines and online publications for her vintage projects. Aside from sewing, Rochelle enjoys rescuing animals, WWII reenacting, bowling, snowboarding, knitting, and letting other people cook for her.

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Cording for Creative Embellishments

Garment with Piping Cording

There are many different methods for adding cord to your next sewing project. Some of the methods are easier to apply, like ready-made trim and piping, and some range on the difficult to mind boggling side (thank hand sewn cording!), but all of the methods really make a sewing project something special when you take the time to learn them.

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Vintage Style That’s Authentically Yours: Sewing and Knitting Patterns

Vintage Sewing

People are attracted to vintage clothing for various reasons. One mistake that's often made though, and I'm guilty of this too, is falling in love with a vintage style that just isn't very practical for your everyday life or true to your personal style. Just because you adore 1920s fashion doesn't mean you have wear a fringed flapper dress everyday to prove your love for the silent film era. There are plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite vintage looks into your everyday wardrobe in a way that feels authentic to your style, as well as styles of the past. Discover sewing and knitting patterns here to help you on your way!

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An Overview of the Sewing Seam Types

Sewing Seam Types

There are many purposes for different types of seams beyond simply holding a garment together. Seams can be used for fashion and decoration, as well as function and finishing. Some fabrics require special types of seams to help with handling, and some patterns require certain types of seams for their construction and fit. When you get into it, a seam is not just a simple line of stitching!

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Sewing With Ease

Sewing Ease

If you've done any regular garment sewing, you've probably run into the term “ease” at some point. There are a few different types of ease that play an important role in your sewing projects and how they fit. In general terms, ease is the difference between your actual body measurements and your finished garment measurements at the same points (bust, waist, and hips). The amount of ease greatly depends on what you're wearing and what it's made out of.

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Sewing Authentic Vintage: 5 Tips for Choosing Fabrics and Notions

Vintage Buttons

Just like when using vintage patterns, sewing with vintage fabrics and notions is the most obvious way to create the most authentically vintage garment possible. That's not always the most practical option for modern sewers though, and many prefer to sew vintage patterns with modern notions simply to make the garment machine washable. That's perfectly okay! There are many different options to achieve an authentic vintage look.

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Tips for Choosing Vintage Patterns (Or Drafting Your Own!)

Dress Made with Vintage Pattern

When sewing vintage clothing there are many different approaches to take in order to create an authentic look. Sewing from a real vintage pattern is perhaps the most obvious way, but it's not always the easiest. There are also many modern methods to sewing vintage inspired clothing that will give you the same results.

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Making a Vintage Dress: Patterns and Projects to Inspire

Woman Modeling a Vintage Dress

Styles and silhouettes have changed greatly as the decades progress, and there are many to choose from when sewing vintage garments. It may take some research and sewing a few different eras before you settle on your favorite. Vintage sewing can easily turn into a history lesson when diving into different decades, but that's half the fun of sewing vintage! Without diving into that history lesson too deeply this time, let's take a quick look at some beautiful dresses inspired by decades past.

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