My heart always does a little flip when I find a vintage sewing notion on my thrifting adventures. On more than one occasion, I've found boxes (sometimes actual sewing boxes -Yea!) full of notions. Some of them I keep in the package because the sweet buttons on the card are so dear or the packaging is so vintage-cool. A lot of it, like the binding, elastic, and snaps just get used.
One day, I was rifling through my newest box of treasures, wondering if I got my $3 worth, when I found a little metal... thingie. It had the name Dritz embossed on it so I knew it was indeed a sewing notion, but I hadn't any other clue as to what it could be used for. Also embossed was the patent number which I searched on the interwebs.
...and I found that it is a bound buttonhole attachment. How exciting! A bound buttonhole provides such a finished, professional look. It's not one of those details that you see in ready to wear clothing; at least not in my price range! It's one of those things that makes vintage clothing so desirable. It's these kind of details that makes sewing your own clothes special. So, I thought I would try to find out how to actually use this little device. Granted, I do have a lot of vintage sewing books, but I was on the internet anyway. I came across a blog that had the answer: The Coletterie!
Not only did I find the perfect answer, but also the perfect blog. Okay, now click on the link, but come back eventually because I must warn you: There is A LOT to look at. The blog is filled with the history of fashion, tutorials, sew-alongs, and oh, the patterns! Colette is actually the name of Sarai Mitnick's pattern company- the finest patterns I've ever seen. I've just found the perfect fabric for the Violet top and can't wait to plunge in. There's a whole sewing lesson in there, and if you do follow the blog, you'll discover lovely little details to add to your patterns. Today there was even multiple styling options for one of their dresses.
Reading the Colette blog and forum is blissfully inspirational and also provides the means to make that inspiration become reality and see how others have been inspired ... which is inspirational! *Sigh* If I can't go fabric shopping with Sarai herself, at least I have the Coletterie.
And then there's this:
Yes! What I imagine to be a sewing course between two covers! I'm so excited about the release of this book in November and available for pre-order now. I'm feeling confident that it will be not only informative but also beautiful! This, along with the new Fall patterns that have just been released (Hello, Peony!) I think I'll be quite busy until Spring... when I might actually complete my Colette Spring Palette Challenge! Does it really matter what year?!
So, I picked a name out of a hat and the winner of
Singer Sewing for the Home is:
Please email me your address and I'll ship it off to you soon!