Vintage find at Thrift Store

I went thrift shopping Friday and got some great sweaters, some tee shirts to use for baby leggings and tees, and I found a few handmade items on the rack. I found an old seersucker dress with a small stain that will cut apart for quilts, a gingham apron with rickrack, and a 60’s poly wool dress. This person put lots of care into sewing it. It’s not my color or size but I bought it to study the pleat construction.

A classic shape with pleats.

The box pleat is pieced in and has the lovely stitching at top.

The hem and sleeves both have hem tape and hand stitched hems.

Lapped zipper and perfect straight stitches. The zipper is a little crooked from me washing and drying the thrift store finds.

I just love the care and time that went into this dress and couldn’t stand to see it get tossed. I’ll put in my studio as a reminder of how well made garments last.

Me Made May, going slowly

I love me made may, where you pledge to wear as much clothing you made as possible. I have discovered that I have hardly any me made clothes! I have several Lodo dresses, which are fantastic for me. Grab, throw on and go. I have a lot of self-drafted pencil skirts.

Purple interlock Lodo dress.



Navy cotton/lycra hooded relaxed raglan.

I am seriously lacking in me made tops. I think I have less than a dozen items good for summer, so I am currently working on filling the gaps rather than photographing the same dresses over and over. I do have a navy Patterns for Pirates tee with a hood that I love, love, love. I pack it on all my trips.

Pink rayon challis Amy Butler fabric in a Burda pattern with french darts.

The pink paisley is an Amy Butler rayon challis that I loved as a dress but shrank so now it’s a tunic.

Pink Lodo dress with a great Alexander Henry bias trim.

The pink lodo dress was my first and got me hooked on the pattern. Fast, easy, comfy in 90+ degrees.

Fresh start

I cleared my blog history because it didn’t really represent me and who I am. So, who am I? A 49-year-old woman who has four grown children and one granddaughter. A gardener, a seamstress, a wife to a talented artist. Sometimes a knitter, definitely¬†not a crocheter. Crocheting is way confusing. A baker, a cook. A weightlifting¬†yoga lover. An animal lover. A woman with chronic pain and autoimmune disease.


The radish queen
Working on a wrap dress
Summer bounty
Local fields
First doll for the grandbebe
My ferocious Chihuahua
Bread baking supplies