Thursday, February 28, 2013

Funny Face and some name winners!!

Introducing Norma Vie Ladie and Beauregard Lawrence Voiture

I chose Norma because, well, that was my mother's name and when I saw Elizabeth Rose mention it (the first name), I did a head slap. How could I have not thought of that!?

As for Beau, I was thinking about making his name literal, and thanks to Grace Hopkins for giving me that extra push. 

The other characters I'm still working on and I'll announce those winners shortly.
As for Grace and Elizabeth, please email me your addresses and I'll send you both a small thank you!
Have a great day everyone!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vintageville town welcome sign.

This has been occupying all of my time :) More drawings (and sewing) soon...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I got to work on a 30s evening gown!

Even Brian was excited for me.
A friend came over with a recent purchase from the Santa Monica vintage expo and it was just lovely.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

See Lady's home.

Still working on drawings of Vintageville and thought you'd like to see some of the character's homes.

Lady lives in a charming 1920s 2 story.

Beau's house is a quaint Tutor a few blocks down the way. He restored it himself :)
More later!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I LOVE vintage typefaces and typography. Here is a really lush collection of yummy visual type.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Catalog Sunday

This Sunday I have hats and coats from my summer (go figure) Chicago Mail Order catalog dating 1937.

Friday, February 15, 2013

NVL Fun in the Sun swim suit sew-along!

Get ready! It's time to prepare for fun and sun this summer and what better way to do that than to have a sew-along! I'm going to be making the super cute repro I recently listed in my store and I welcome you to join me.

For this sew along, I'm going to make the suit as is as a mock up just to figure out everything, then go into altering it and grading. I've started a pintrest board where I'll list a lot of progress pictures.

Banners galore!!
There is still plenty of time to grab this pattern and join in. 
Yay sewing!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Thought you guys would like to see downtown Vintageville.

Here is a concept image of downtown Vinageville. What do you think? We've got the major department store on the right, Radish's. Radish's Department store is THE place to go. Also there's Rats on the left, the best bar in town. In the back behind the fountain is city hall and behind that is the park. There is more of the town but this is one of the major streets.

Don't forget to keep those names coming!! 
Have a great day!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wearing Tights with your vintage wardrobe.

Good morning lovely people.
While some of us are gearing up for the warm weather of summer and itching to stuff their winter clothing in the cedar chest for another year, many of us are still bundling up in sweaters for a few more weeks. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Contest: The Lady needs a name.

I was vacuuming this past weekend and I was pondering NVL. As the dog hair and cat hair were being sucked up, it hit me. I should just world build the Lady. Then, like a flood gate ideas began to tsunami into my thoughts. The gears churned, mulling over it in my head for 36 hours I think I have a workable storyline I'd like to share.

I keep getting these vignette images of silly things the Lady might do and it dawned on me why not create a world for her to do them in. So far, I see this world consisting of three places; the town she lives, Vinageville, 'The City' the giant nearby metropolis where all her dreams will come true, and a smaller nearby ville or burgh, I haven't decided.

Vintageville is basically a retro mecca. It's got a soda shop, a museum, a local tv station, a newspaper, an Elks Lodge (or equivalent), you name it. The Lady just moved there from said smaller town (that's still in the air) because she bought a 'new' house. She wanted to live somewhere between her old hometown and 'The City' because she wanted to be close to a place where her dreams are gonna come true. 

Her great Uncle (name undetermined) lives in Vintageville and he owns the barber shop. He told her of this house for sale and did all the scouting for her. She gets there and the house is not like the picture he sent. In fact it's nearly dilapidated. He sees it a a fixer-upper, she sees it as a disaster.

The Lady had hoped to spend the time in her new house working on her dream, but she now has to get a job to pay for the repairs on the house. She gets a job sewing clothing in Mildred's Fashions,  the seamstress shop in Vintageville's downtown. This sets our story.

I'm still working out the total number of characters, but the Lady is our own highly fashionable gal from my drawings. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Odds and ends of the weekend.

Happy Monday one and all!!

Oh, my, goodness! Thank you all for responding so enthusiastically and swiftly to my repro pattern! I can't believe the response, it was amazing and made me tear up a bit. It was the best etsy weekend I've had in MONTHS, so again, thank you all I truly, truly appreciate it.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Catalog Sunday

This Sunday I have an extra treat as a thank you for the pattern buyers this weekend. More on that tomorrow, but this week's Catalog Sunday is filled with great mid 30s fashions form Chicago Mail Order.


Friday, February 1, 2013

New Pattern Day!

This super cute one piece bathing suit is a 40 bust, 34 waist, and 43  hip. The bottoms of this 40s suit attach to the lining of the suit, but I think if you are savvy, you can make this  a two piece. That is what I plan to do.

The pattern is up for pre-sale, and I'd like to get 3 orders to cover the cost of printing. If you all can order early, share this post, and tell the world, I'd appreciate it.

Have a great Friday!!!

Time to start getting ready!

I saw this at Target the other day when I was going to buy Brian a body pillow.
He always scratch at the comforter in the living room 
I've made into a bed and bunches it up for support.

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