Sew Excited!

hurrah hooray! FROCK NITTY GRITTY! my #dottieangel frock pattern will be published with Simplicity, Pattern Number 1080 next month! It will ship to stores nationwide on June 12th and also be available via their website from that date I am guessing. www.simplicity.com. they do ship overseas I am told. Patten includes 2 frock styles & 1 smock. Note I use soft quality quilting yardage or vintage cotton/barkcloth when I make my frocks, washing and drying several times with no ironing, to get a lived in vintage vibe. Please do share your frock makes with the hashtag #dottieangelfrock and please do feel free to spread the word of my pattern release. also perhaps ask your nearby LFS if they would like to carry it so you can support them ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that is it. Tis a proud moment, for my grandmother was a most brilliant seamstress and used Simplicity patterns all the time, I like to think she is smiling down right now upon me ๐Ÿ’›… Edited: I am hopeful it was worth you all waiting patiently, thank you so kindly my dearies for being so peachy to me and my crafty soul all these years x

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I have a huge style crush on Tif Fusel, AKA Dottie Angel, and I have been all giddy that she has created an official Simplicity Pattern. The pattern will be #1080 and it will be available for sale sometime in June 2015. The pattern includes her signature cotton frock in two versions plus a shorter smock style top.

I’ve been thinking about trying to sew a garment and I think this fun little frock would be a great, simple, first project. I can’t wait until the pattern is released so I can choose some fabrics! Dottie recommends soft, pre-washed quilt fabrics, vintage cottons, or barkcloth which I might already have some stashed away. While I haven’t really taken up sewing, that doesn’t mean I have started stashing fabrics!

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In love with… Bed Jackets

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I know it sounds totally ridiculous… like something out of a 30s screwball comedy…ย  but I’ve become entranced with vintage knitted bed jackets. Part of this was inspired by a thread over on All Thing Vintage on Ravelry and part of it has come out of an urge to have something snuggly but not shapeless-and-ugly to bum around the house in. When I get cold at night, I throw on a poorly-constructed, early cardigan attempt. Its time to have something a little less frumpy.

I’ve been researching vintage pattern books, Ravelry, Etsy and The Vintage Knitting Lady in search of just the right pattern to start my own knit bed jacket. The photos here are some of my favorites and span decades of knitting history. My favorite might be the Copley’s 1545 which is an Etsy download for $2.40.

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It seems like there are two categories of bed jackets — the ones made to be warm and often knit from DK or worsted weight yarns and then the feathery-light, more refined pieces that may have been worn in the hospital after a child was born or as a boudoir wrap.

In most instances, I can’t really tell a difference between patterns listed as a bed jacket and a pattern labelled as a cardigan. I think traditional bed jackets were a looser fit than a regular cardigan and often have only a ribbon or a couple buttons for closure. Otherwise, I see very little to differentiate a bed jacket from a cardigan.

Bed jacket patterns seem to be span all the printed patterns I could find from the 30s and 40s up through the late 60s.

I think if I do make a bed jacket or two, it will get seen out in the world too. These are just too pretty to hide away.

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