Lady Ties Launch Party

September 21, 2011

Handmade Retro Ladies Ties

Twelve different styles of Lady Ties are now available in the Flapper Girl Shop.

To celebrate the launch of this new line, I am having a little giveaway! For a chance to win your choice of Lady Tie from my shop, leave me a comment telling me which current design is your favorite, and what colors or patterns you would like to see next. Please be sure to leave your URL or email address so I have a way to contact you if you win.

I will pick a winner at random on Friday, September 30th! Good luck and thank you for all your ♥ and support! xo

Lady Ties for All!

September 15, 2011

Proof that Lady Ties are coming soon!

Expect them to be in the Flapper Girl shop later next week.

Video Tutorial: Sew A Button

December 17, 2010

For today’s crafty tutorial, we have Jake O’Donnell showing us the proper way to sew a button onto a garment.

Jake is a Portland artist, designer, and musician. We used to play together in the Jolenes, and in addition to being a percussion whiz, he made our band so many amazing matching outfits! Be sure check out Jake’s current band, The Satin Chaps.


Video Tutorial: Darning

December 16, 2010

For today’s crafty tutorial, we have Theresa Rohrer showing us how to darn socks and sweaters. Theresa is a Portland artist and graphic designer who also has a love affair with vintage Jell-O recipes. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Roaring Design.

Meet Stitch Witchery, Your New Best Friend

August 4, 2010

I’ve been making aprons for over three years now. A combination of plenty of practice sewing these, and a bit of trial-and-error experimentation with my method has brought me to a place where I can make these babies pretty quickly without error, and without needing to double-check my steps.

However, the last step in my apron process has always given me a little bit of trouble. All the last step involves is finishing the waistband, and sewing the open seam in the back closed. It sounds simple enough, but it’s a little tricky, because of the rick-rack trim on the front.

I’m a perfectionist, and I make sure that my stitches never veer off of the rick-rack onto the fabric. As such, I have to sew the back waistband seam closed from the front. So I can’t see it as I’m sewing it. I have to depend on pins to keep it in place. And let me tell you, pins and me… we’re not exactly the best of friends. The pins somehow tend to let things slip around back there, and sometimes there will be parts of the back seam that don’t get stitched closed, and I have to go back and stitch them up. It’s sort of a pain.

Well, this week I made a huge discovery. I was working with some apron waistbands that were made from silky, slippery material, and there was no way I could even pin this stuff down. What’s a girl to do? That’s when I remembered I had bought some Stitch Witchery* at the Kitten awhile back, and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

Holy. Smokes. This stuff is amazing. Instead of wrestling with unruly pins, all I did was put a little strip of it underneath the seam I was going to sew.

Stitch Witchery Aprons

Then I ironed it down, using plenty of steam.

Stitch Witchery Iron

And it totally holds everything in place! I was able to do my final stitching flawlessly and everything turned out perfect. So now I am using it on all my aprons, not just the ones with the silky waistbands, and I’m excited about it!

* I admit I really love the name Stitch Witchery, and I love saying it too. Kudos to the marketing genius who thought it up. Now all they need is a rad witch logo to ago along with the awesome name.

I Made Another Skirt!

June 30, 2010

Handmade Skirt

Well, I made another skirt. This time I used an awesome vintage green floral print I found at the Knittn’ Kitten (of course). Seriously, locals, if you haven’t been to the Kitten, you are totally missing out.

I used this pattern again, and for some reason, this skirt fits me a little bit better than the last skirt I made using the same pattern. I also hemmed the skirt up a little higher, since my last one was a little too long for my liking*.

Handmade Green Skirt

I think this may be the last of my personal projects for the summer, except for a few baby gifts for my friend Esmeralda, who is expecting a baby boy in just a few short months.

I wanted to make two dresses for myself, but I’m going to start on my Hallowe’en line when I get back from Chicago in mid-July, and depending on how that goes, I may have a little bit of time to sew the dresses at the end of summer before school starts back up. We’ll see. I’m beyond excited to get started on my Hallowe’en stuff, though! It’s something to look forward to post-vacation.

Handmade Skirt With Vintage Fabric

What am I up to the rest of the week? Putting together my garage sale. I haven’t had a garage sale in years. I figured I could handle a one-day sale, though, so that’s what I’m going to be up to on Saturday. If you’re local, you should swing by!

* But cute enough for me to keep it that way.

Nattie’s Birthday Dress

June 28, 2010

Huzzah! I totally finished making Nattie’s Emily the Strange inspired birthday dress. Her birthday isn’t until later in July, but I wanted to get it done before we head off to Chicago next week.

I used the See & Sew B4956 pattern. This dress is really simple and easy to construct. It’s the same pattern I used for Nattie’s flower girl dress two years ago.

I’ll be sure to post a photo of Nattie in her Emily gear after her birthday next month, but until then…

Here’s the front. Just plain, cute black corduroy.
Nattie's Dress

The lining is super soft black and white gingham flannel.
Nattie's Dress

Here’s a full-length shot.
Black Dress

Emily the Strange