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Winter’s Wool Coat From Blankets

Winter has been wearing this coat for the last two winters. She wanted a vintage-looking wool coat that was very warm. She couldn’t find what she wanted, so she chose to sew one. She could not find a coat pattern to sew she wanted either, so she chose to adapt an out-of-print dress pattern (Vogue…

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Vintage Reproduction 1940’s Overalls

  Winter was wanting to make herself some 1940’s style overalls. I ordered this printable pattern for her. She made the first pair out of some dropcloth that I had  (that painter’s cloth you buy from the hardware store to put down while painting) and made the second from some denim that my sister-in-law gave…

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Polka Dot Dress Refashioned From a Maxi Skirt

  Last fall, my eldest and I were invited to someone’s house to check out the clothing she was giving away. Her mother said she had told her daughter to narrow down her clothing and wondered if we would like her hand-me-downs. This young woman is always impeccably dressed and we went over there a…

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Vintage Inspired Pillowcase Nightgowns

I love a loose-fitting cotton nightgown for summer. Winter wanted a summer nightgown, and so she set forth to make one using a pillow case we had. It was a hand-me-down from my mother (the sheets had worn out) and was rather long, being a king-sized pillow case. It wasn’t a vintage-embroidered pillowcase, but she…

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Personalized Bath Towels

Several years ago, it became rather obvious that the standard two-towel towel racks were not going to be enough for our family’s needs. We switched the towel racks out to some hooks that my husband found on eBay. We added a piece of molding to the wall first, painted it, and then added the hooks….

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40’s Inspired Red Dress

    Winter originally made this dress for Christmas, using some fabric that was given to me by a reader a few years ago.  She was inspired by the dress Queen Elizabeth wears in “A Royal Night Out.”    She used a pattern she already had, but then made lots of changes, as she was…

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Thrift Store Skirt Refashion

Last spring, when I was 8 months pregnant, I went through my closet and ruthlessly edited out clothing that I had, cough, outgrown before I became pregnant and that I figured was never going to fit me after my eighth baby was born. Before I took it all off to be donated, I offered it…

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The $1 Dress

Winter just attended her first formal dance, a Winter Ball put on by the local LDS Seminary, which she attends. They have 375 students who attend a religion class early every morning an hour before school starts.  Because of our dating standards, only those who are 16 and older could bring dates to the dance….

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Baby Boy Blessing Outfit

Since we blessed Octavius in September, I thought short sleeves would be in order. I used the same pattern as I used to make a blessing outfit for Cyrus and Ezrom. This time, I used a linen and cotton blend fabric that I bought several years ago (at 40% off). For the bodice, I cut…

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New Aprons

Note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. The sewing for myself is always the last sewing to get done. I wear an apron often–while cooking, while canning, while baking, while doing dishes, and often while gardening. I’ve made my old aprons last a few more years than I had…

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Cinderella Photo Shoot

  On Monday I received a phone call from a friend. Her nephew is a fashion design student and had a photo shoot lined up the next day, but his photographer had just cancelled. She asked if I wanted to come and take pictures with her. The location was Lake Las Vegas. I’d seen pictures,…