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The ‘Rodeo & Wrangle’ Blank Canvas Tee hack tutorial – Part I – The pattern

When I posted the Rodeo & Wrangle & Ramble in Style outfit last week, I promised to post instructions on my ‘hack’ of Steph’s Blank Canvas Tee pattern. This is Part I – drafting the pattern. Part II will be how I sewed it. Please note that knits are not my forte (I’m a historical seamstress after all), so the sewing in particular  is not necessarily the correct or best way to do this – it’s just what I did, and it worked. This tutorial will be improving slightly in the future – tutorials need to be written, then photographed, then re-written, then re-photographed to make sure it all syncs up, and I still need to re-photograph. I used a size 35″ bust Blank Canvas tee for myself, so all of these steps are based on that. My inspiration for the hack was Marian Martin 9254.  I wanted to create the look of a 1940s blouse with the ease of knitwear.  I particularly liked the flutter sleeves and diamond cutout neckline. Step 1: Raising the …

Giveaway time!

In celebration of over 700 followers on facebook*, it’s time for a giveaway! So what’s up for grabs?  All the accessories you need to be the perfect little quirky-vintage hostess.   There is an adorable vintage apron with cute little front pockets: Two sweet vintage handkerchiefs and a sparkly stick-pin brooch: Want to see how sparkly the brooch is?  Soooo sparkly! If things get too warm in the kitchen, every perfect vintage hostess needs a fan: Not so hot on cooking?  I’ll send you either a bag of NZ licorice (soooo yummy!), or if you aren’t a licorice person, a block of Whittakers chocolate (I’ll even give you a choice of flavours). And, of course you need a tablecloth to put your goodies on.  This one is rayon and has Australian Flowers, and is super sweet. And finally, when you are all tired out from hosting people and looking beautiful, maybe you’d like to curl up with a good book.  Or at least one I can just about guarantee you’ve never read: the Belle of …

Does thread have a shelf life?

As many of you may know, I love using vintage fabrics, and vintage threads.  I inherited hundreds of threads from Grandma and Nana, and buy old thread at op-shops whenever I see it. I estimate that 90% of my sewing is done with vintage thread, and I’ve never had a problem with it. No breakages in the machine, no breakages in clothes I wear (including ones I made over a decade ago, and still wear), no funny pulls or tension issues. Yet over, and over on the internet I hear ‘never use old thread’, ‘thread has a shelf life’, ‘vintage thread just isn’t strong enough and doesn’t work right’, ‘old threads are thicker’. I use new thread for commissions and when sewing with students, so I’ve been able to compare new with old on the same machines, and even on different projects in the same fabrics.  I’ve tested and tested, and just can’t find any substantial evidence that using old thread gives a substandard result compared to new thread. I do match thread to fabric – …