The week before I left for my trip, I went to my final sewing class. It really gave me confidence to tackle projects independently and also got me out into the sewing world here in Philly. I’ve visited a lot of shops around town, some friendlier and more extensive than others, but in my post class search for a new project, the shops about town were falling short. And although I would love to take another class, financially, I am going to have to hold off a session or two. So this winter, in an attempt to hold on to my newly acquired knowledge, I’ve decided to sew a garment each month of the winter, starting in November.

I went online to Etsy and found some amazing vintage patterns (as seen at the top of the page). I ordered them in what I hope is my size (although I’m sure sizing has changed since the 50’s and 60’s), and I have been searching for fabrics to match. The one difference I noticed in the sizing of patterns, is that older patterns only come in one size whereas the current ones come with several size adjustments. Oh well, I guess it’s as good a time as any to learn how to tailor garments in and out! And as November is tomorrow, my mission this week has been to score fabric, so that I may begin my first dress. Since I came home last night, empty handed from my trip to Jomar in South Philly (not as awful an experience as I was lead to believe it was going to be), I woke up early and dove right into my daily Etsy fabric hunt. Luckily, I found this great vintage fabric from the shop Canal Street Vintage and I plan to begin sewing the dress on the bottom right as soon as the fabric arrives. So stay tuned for all of my updates, problem shooting and finished projects as I sew through the winter!



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