• 1930s Handmade Applique Tablecloth

    November 5, 2015 Kate

    In addition to the stunning 1940s photograph of my grandparents, Vera also gave me this sweet tablecloth her mother made roughly 85 years ago. It’s applique with a tatted edge. She knows I’m into this sort of thing so she made sure to show it to me during our visit. She remembers her mother sitting at the…

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  • The Cave Supper Club, June 18th 1942

    November 5, 2015 Kate

    When in Vancouver recently I got to spend some time with a dear family friend, Vera. She was best friends with my Nana and actually with her the night she met my Granddad. Now 95, she’s my last living connection to my grandparents from their generation. She knew them in a way I never did, in…

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  • Who Should You Follow?

    November 4, 2015 Kate

    Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your phone, shaking your head thinking “… Who the heck am I following?!” Why am I looking at all these perfectly curated photo’s of DIYs I have no interest in making? Why are there so many succulents and copper accents and fringed accessories? Why am I looking at this? I…

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  • How I Made A Tunisian Crochet Pillow Cover

    October 29, 2015 Kate

    Looks pretty cozy, right? I recently swiped a couple skeins of chunky yarn from the sample closet at work (thanks, Kollabora!) with the intention of making a cushion cover. I was thinking, oversized, simple, monochrome, and textured. I thought Tunisian crochet would give me the density/texture I was looking for, so, here we are! I…

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  • Easy Zippered Oil Cloth Travel Case

    September 26, 2015 Kate

    I had some delicious Marimekko oil cloth buried in my stash that I finally got around to making a little travel tote out of. This was one of those last minute necessity makes. I was leaving for New York the next day so I needed easy and I needed now. I knew the style I wanted and…

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  • Vintage Mail Order Quilting Patterns

    September 4, 2015 Kate

    Last one in this little vintage sewing series – quilting patterns. In this very worn paper Eaton’s bag I found a stack of newspaper clippings as well as some cardboard cutouts of my Grandma’s. The Laura Wheeler Designs clippings seem to be from the 1930’s. I have no experience quilting so I’m not sure what all the…

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  • Vintage Butterick & Walker’s Embroidery Patterns

    August 27, 2015 Kate

    A follow up to the post on my Grandmas White Zig Zag Sewing Machine, here are a few of her embroidery patterns. I’m not sure when these were published, but I think the illustrations and designs are so sweet. I just love finding old packing. I’m so intrigued by the layout, type, illustrations, text… all…

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  • In Store Inspiration #6

    August 25, 2015 Kate

    I usually lose interest in a look once it’s become super trendy, like these trench-style jackets, but there’s something about their versatility I really like. This would be fairly simple to draft and sew yourself, and I like the sash detail on the back of this one. I’m not sure what the best wrinkle resistant…

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  • Anna Kari Knitwear – Lace Triangle Doleman Top

    August 21, 2015 Kate

    If you’re into machine knitting or vintage knitwear, you’ve got to spend some time exploring Anna Kari’s website. She has a beautiful collection of vintage knitting machines and she’s complied some of her industrial knitting manuals and magazines from the 1920s-1950s which you can buy in PDF form. There’s also a free Dubied pattern book download which shows a lot of interesting…

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  • White Zig Zag Sewing Machine

    August 13, 2015 Kate

    I’m told this is the machine my Grandma did most of her sewing on (home projects, clothing, quilting, embroidery). My Dad had it serviced to working order a few years ago “just in case”. Last time I visited I took a few photo’s and rummaged through some of her saved supplies and notions. I didn’t try using…

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