Sewing Vintage Style Jeans

Sewing Vintage Fashion

As I’m transition my wardrobe to a 1940s inspired style I KNEW I still needed a pair of jeans.  So I set out to create my own pair of 1940s jeans.  I looked at TONS of photos on Pinterest and Instagram of 1940s jeans and reproductions and selected all my favorite elements.  The double cuff at the bottom, large pockets, side button closure, and the overall fit.  I made sure to incorporate all of those into my jeans.

I love how my jeans turned out, but it was a long journey to get them made with plenty of struggles along the way. I started with Simplicity 8447 as my jumping off point.  Then made tons of alterations to the pattern including removing the darts, taking in the legs and crotch, drafting pocket patterns and a lot more!  I made a few practice pairs then ordered a bolt of denim for the final version.

1940 style jeans

This was my first time making anything larger than a tote bag out of denim, my first time using topstitching thread, and my first time making this many alterations to a pattern.  I’ll be honest, I doubted myself and my skills through several parts of the process.  But I was determined to keep going and make something I could be proud of!

Check out the video HERE to see exactly how I made my jeans!

The jeans turned out exactly how I wanted.  But I’ve already learned new things to help make my next pair even better!  YEP, I’m planning on making more vintage style jeans in the future!  If I had been asked years ago, or even last year, if I would make my own jeans I would have laughed.  But it’s an amazing feeling to create my own wardrobe staples.  I hope to learn more and more with each pair I make!  I’m planning on the next pair being a more fitted 1950s style pair with a hidden zipper closure in the pocket.  This will require a whole new pattern drafting and several more practice pairs, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to start, but I can’t wait!

Would you ever try making your own jeans?!?  What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever sewn??

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Anna’s Choice | Sampler Sew Along

Sampler Sew Along - Block of the Month Quilt Series

It’s time for the sixth block tutorial in the Whitney Sews Sampler Sew Along!  Haven’t heard about it yet?!?  Each month I’ll be sharing a step by step tutorial to make a traditional quilt block as well as how to sew the blocks together to create a sampler style quilt that finishes in a great lap quilt/baby quilt size. This week I’m sharing a tutorial for the Anna’s Choice block.

 

Part of the Whitney Sews Sampler Sew Along
I share the step-by-step instructions for sewing the Anna’s Choice block in the video HERE!

Don’t forget to share a pic of your finished block with #SamplerSewAlong so we all see it!

If you want more details on the supplies I use in my videos, you can find them all HERE!  I set up an Amazon storefront so all my most used items are in one place and if you use my link to purchase anything I get a small percentage for referring you and that goes to help create more quality content like this video tutorial.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

DIY Letter Board Bag – Sewing How to

Letter board bag using velcro letters

I shared on my vlog channel recently that I had a set of velcro letters I had saved for over a decade.  The letters came with a t-shirt that had a large velrco patch on the front.  You could use the letters to spell out messages.  I wanted to repurpose the letters into something fun for my kids to play with.  Several people asked me to share a tutorial for whatever I made, so here is the letter board bag DIY!

One side of the bag has 4 rows of velcro where any message can be displayed and the other has a zipper pocket where the letters can be stored.

Letter Board Bag Sewing How to

The video also includes an easy way to make your own velcro letters.  Check out the full step by step tutorial HERE!

We are a homeschooling family, so I made this bag for my kids to practice spelling and reading, but it would be fun for anyone to carry as a clutch.

By the way, here’s those measurements again from the video in case you didn’t get them written down.

Letter Board Bag Measurements

What would you write on a bag like this?

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

 

Sewing a 1960s Pattern with a 1960s Machine

Creating a shirt from a 1960s Simplicity pattern on a 1960s sewing machine

I love wearing vintage style clothing and thought it would be fun to sew a 1960s inspired shirt using my sewing machine from the 1960s.  I found a couple of vintage sewing patterns in my collection for knit shirts and some fabric a viewer sent me recently.  I couldn’t decide between the two, so I asked on instagram which I should use for my 1960s inspired shirt.


Simplicity 3980 was the winner!  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram so you can vote in my other polls! I followed the pattern to create view 1, a drop shouldered shirt with a cowl neck.  This is a great casual shirt for Autumn and I can not wait to wear it.

See how the shirt came together HERE!

So what do you think, did I do the pattern justice?  Would you like to see more projects like this where I’m following vintage patterns?

BTW did you know I have a huge giveaway going on right now?!?  It’s to celebrate Whitney Sews reaching 100,000 subscribers on youTube.  Check out the giveaway HERE so you have a chance to win!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Whitney Sews 100,000 Subscriber Giveaway!



You see that face?!? That is my excited face for reaching 100,000 subscribers on Whitney Sews.  I started posting tutorials on youTube in 2009 and would have never guessed so many people would watch and subscribe!  As a way of saying thank you to all you lovely people I am hosting my biggest ever giveaway!

You can see all the goodies I’m giving away, and find out how to enter HERE!

 

Shop some of the giveaway prizes and help support Whitney Sews!

 

Feel free to share about the giveaway using #WhitneySews100KGiveaway so your friends know you entered 🙂

Best of luck and Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

Sewing Pattern 101 – Selecting and Understanding

How to pick the perfect sewing pattern and understand the sizing

This week I’m kicking off my Sewing Pattern 101 Series!  As I shared in my last Sew Your Stash Update, I have made it a goal of mine to use more of my 300+ sewing patterns.  Along the way I’ve been sharing pattern reviews as well as step by step tutorials.  But I wanted to do a separate series breaking down sewing patterns so they are easier to understand for beginners.  In this first post I’ll cover selecting a sewing pattern as well as all the information found on the envelope and what it means.

Before going to the store to pick out a pattern you want to start by taking your own measurements.  The three most important are bust (the fullest part of your chest), waist (natural waist which is the smallest part of the body), and hips (around the fullest part of your hips and bum).  Sewing patterns are sized differently than store bought clothing, so you will need to use your measurements to determine which pattern size is right for you.

In the video I cover how to find a sewing pattern using the pattern catalog and locating the actual pattern in the cabinets. When you look at the sewing pattern you select you will notice there is a ton of info listed on the envelope!  So I’m also sharing what that information is and how to read and understand it.

You can find all of that and more in the video HERE!

I would love to know if you use sewing patterns already.  If so do you have a favorite pattern company?  If not, do you feel like you are ready to select a sewing pattern and give it a try? What other topics would you like to see covered in a future Sewing Pattern 101 video?  I’m always open to suggestions and requests!   Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

The BEST Memory Sewing Projects – Huge List With Tutorials

Tons of projects for keepsake sewing

I love keepsake sewing!  It is truly an honor to be entrusted with preserving memories by creating special items using a loved ones clothing!  It is something I never thought about until last year when I was asked to sew some projects for a friend using their father’s clothing.  He had recently passed away and the family wanted some tangible items to help them through their grief.  I made a large denim rag quilt using the jeans and t-shirts they provided.

a keepsake quilt

It turned out wonderful!  The quilt brought joy to a widow and opened my eyes to another way I can use the talents I’ve been blessed with to help others.  As a surprise I used some of the leftover material to create my first memory bears for the grandchildren.

Memory bears made from clothing

I loved surprising my friends with the memory bears!  Since then I have made many more bears.  Each bear (and every other memory item) is so special and rewarding to make!

Need some inspiration for other keepsake projects to preserve precious memories using your loved ones clothing?!? Today I’m sharing a whole list of projects that are perfect for memory sewing. They are all projects I have made in the past and have step by step tutorials for on my channel.  The projects range from t-shirt quilts showing off several t-shirt designs to ornaments made using the leftover scraps and much more discreet plus many more in between.

Find all the inspiration you need in my video HERE!

What was your favorite project on the list?!?  Will you be making any of them?  I would love to hear about it!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

Sew Your Stash – End of Summer Update

Update on my summer sewing projects

It’s that time again, for a Sew Your Stash update!  I’m sharing all my summer sewing projects and how they fit with my newest Sew Your Stash goal – to use more of my sewing patterns.  I’m switching my style over to a vintage inspired wardrobe (more on that HERE), so it was a great time to start making some 1940s and 1950s inspired clothing.  I made some good progress into using my 300+ sewing patterns!

I was able to use about 7 patterns (which is a lot for just a few months) and go ever each project along with pics in my update video HERE!

I can not wait to keep working on using my patterns as well as my fabric stash!  I think my favorite thing I made this summer were the 1940s inspired shorts.  They were a last minute idea, but I love them, and am getting so much wear out of them already!  The shorts are so comfy to wear and finally used up a piece of denim from my stash.

What is your favorite item shown in the video? I would love to know!

Don’t forget you can join the Sew Your Stash facebook group to share the projects you are making from your stash.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Rail Fence | Sampler Sew Along

Sampler Sew Along - Block of the Month Quilt Series

It’s time for the fifth block tutorial in the Whitney Sews Sampler Sew Along!  Haven’t heard about it yet?!?  Each month I’ll be sharing a step by step tutorial to make a traditional quilt block as well as how to sew the blocks together to create a sampler style quilt that finishes in a great lap quilt/baby quilt size. This week I’m sharing a tutorial for the rail fence block.

Block 5 of the #SamplerSewAlong
I share the step-by-step instructions for sewing the rail fence block in the video HERE!

Don’t forget to share a pic of your finished block with #SamplerSewAlong so we all see it!

If you want more details on the supplies I use in my videos, you can find them all HERE!  I set up an Amazon storefront so all my most used items are in one place and if you use my link to purchase anything I get a small percentage for referring you and that goes to help create more quality content like this video tutorial.

You might be interested in knowing that I’m currently hosting a giveaway for the 32 piece Ultimate Presser Foot Set from Madam Sew!  Check out the video HERE where you can see the unboxing and enter to win your own!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

1950s Inspired BB-8 Skirt

Vintage style BB-8 podole skirt

Sometimes I get an idea for a project and I KNOW I HAVE to make it. That happened when I was scrolling through my instagram and saw a picture of a poodle style skirt, but instead of a poodle there was a BB-8!  In my mind it was perfect!  I’m switching to a more retro style and love Star Wars, so a 1950s inspired BB-8 skirt is the perfect mashup!

I took a screen shot of the original skirt and started working out the details in my mind.  I knew I needed a BB-8 patch (the larger the better!), orange ricrak, and grey fabric.  I also wanted to make sure it was a full circle skirt with pockets and a matching petticoat.  I didn’t have an occasion to wear the skirt in mind, so it wasn’t at the top of my list to complete.

I did start gathering supplies so when I wanted to start the skirt everything would be ready.  I picked up the patch from THIS etsy seller and the ricrak from Hobby Lobby when it was half off.

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Then I remembered some grey curtains I had been given that would be perfect for the skirt!  So I started in making my skirt one Friday night.  The plan was to vlog the process and complete the skirt in time to wear to a convention the next day…that did NOT happen! The skirt was a disaster and I gave up on it at 2 a.m.

But a couple of days later I started over and made a beautiful skirt I’m so happy with!  You can see more pics and hear all about the mockup mishap and everything else HERE!

DIY retro style BB-8 skirt

Once the skirt was complete I set to work making a matching petticoat.  I picked up the tulle at a local store closing (check out the haul HERE).  I had never made a petticoat before, but found a tutorial online that was really helpful!  Using her video I came up with the numbers to use for my petticoat.  It has two separate layers that are each made of three tiers of tulle.  The two layers are sewn together to a cotton tier.  A slip was added in for the lining and the top edge bound in bias tape with a snap closure.

I didn’t film a tutorial for the petticoat, but I will give the measurements I used to give you an idea of how much tulle went into making the volume.  The cotton tier of the petticoat measures 5.5 x 48 inches.  I bound the two short sides with bias tape and only tacked together at the bottom so I can pull the petticoat on and off.  All the rest of the tiers were sewn into loops.  The second tier is 8 inches x 4 yards, the third is 8 inches x 12 yards, and the final tier is 7.5 inches x 36 yards.  As I mentioned earlier tiers 2-4 are sewn twice so there are two tulle “skirts” sewn to the cotton row.    I’m sure all of that is a little confusing if you’ve never sewn a project like this before, but refer to the video HERE for more help!

I show the skirt and petticoat as well as go into more details about the process in my DIY Inspiration HERE!

So what do you think of my BB-8 skirt?  Did I do the original design justice?  I’m so happy with how my skirt and petticoat turned out and am proud I was able to make it exactly how I wanted!

Want to know more about my switch to vintage inspired fashions??  Read all about it HERE! Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-