Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Duchie Award For Me, and A Coupon For You!

Some time ago (okay, over a month ago; ack; so sorry!), I received the Duchie Award from the lovely Lauren of Wearing History! I am always so honored to receive blog awards, but it feels extra special to receive one from someone whose style, skills, and creativity I admire so much!

“When you receive a Duchie Award, post on your blog (in any order)":

  • Five things you love about historical costuming/wearing vintage clothing
  • Three (or more) blogs to pass the Duchie Award onto
  • A link back to the blog who awarded you the Duchie”

Five things I love about historical costuming/wearing vintage clothing:

1. The details. Vintage patterns have beautiful details that most modern patterns just don't have. A sleeve from the '30s can have more features than an entire modern dress, and don't even get me started on all of the wonderful seaming and pleating!
2. As Lauren said, learning new skills is a huge part of making vintage clothing. Most of my '30s patterns have very limited instructions, and I am amazed at how far I have come since I began sewing with them. I remember saying things like, "It says to put the bodice together, but it doesn't say how!" In fact, I just purchased an early '30s pattern very cheaply because its instructions are missing, and I can't wait to get started on it!
3. Dressing my little one. While finding pretty dresses for little girls is not difficult, finding nice clothes for little boys is a different story. They can be had for a price, but even these stop being available after about age 2. If you don't want your little one going around in t-shirts that say something inane like "You Bug Me!" or "Macho Man!", you must either buy expensive clothes or make them yourself. I haven't been posting any pictures of my little vintage boy, but I have been taking them, so I will remedy that soon!
4. The Accessories. Hats, gloves, collars, cuffs, beautiful jewelry; there is so much opportunity for creativity with accessories.
5.The limitless possibilities. Almost all of my patterns have one or two variations, and I've found that I can make up the same dress using different materials, and it looks like a completely different dress. I can't see myself ever getting tired of '30s fashions!

And now to pass this award on to three more blogs! I always have such a hard time with this, because there are so many wonderful blogs out there, but here are three that I just love:

Lilacs & Lace- I first found Laura Mae through Sew Retro, and she makes the most beautiful vintage clothing! I'll never know how she manages to make so many wonderful garments so quickly!

Time Traveling in Costume-I love all of her beautiful creations! Plus, according to her latest post, she is getting ready to make some dresses from my favorite era; I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

My Happy Sewing Place-Debi just celebrated her blogiversery and re-posted photos of many of her lovely creations, which reminded me of all the beautiful outfits she has made over the past year!

Thanks again for the award, Lauren!

Also, Rhiannon of the lovely etsy shop Garb-oh Vintage has graciously offered my readers a 20% off coupon for Black Friday! Just use coupon code "SHOPFRIDAY" at checkout to save on some beautiful vintage clothing.

There you have it: an award and a coupon; plus, someone at Walmart told me that I look 25 yesterday...Christmas has come early for me this year! Ha ha


  1. AWWWW!!! THank you so much! I just love your creations!! xoxoxo

  2. Thank you! Some time back Lauren also nominated me for a Duchie award but I had no idea what it was, or what to do. You made it quite clear for me.

  3. Thank you Nabby! My first blog award – this is very exciting! I feel absolutely honored.

  4. I have a 3 year old boy myself. Before he was born I stocked up on Jacadi on sale for a while but now I can't catch up! I need to start hunting down vintage clothes for him too, but how is a mommy to have time?!

  5. Congratulations on your award, couldn't agree with you more about 30's fashion! X

  6. oh yes please, I would love to see your little vintage boy! I had so much fun dressing my daughter, but ACK my son. I did make him a little John-john suit. ANd then I had visions of a seersucker shorts suit, but I ran out of time. Can't wait to see what you did!

  7. Hi, I found your blog via Lilacs & Lace. Love, love your sewing :-D And I'm so incredibly happy to come across another Poirot fan.

  8. You're very welcome :) Much deserved! I love your creations!
    Loved reading your 5 things, too. Ditto wanting to see pics of your little boy!