vintage may guest: handmade by brienne

from the first time i visited my first guest’s blog, referred over there by a friend, i fell in love.  Brienne Moody blogs at Handmade by Brienne and i’m so inspired by her aesthetic.  she lives in snowy northern Minnesota, and her use of woolens, leather, and unexpected details give a woodsy, layered, beautiful-and-useful vibe.  she’s great at making inspiring kid clothes – fox bimaa!  galaxy bimaa!  but nothing is overly precious or impractical – she and her kids always seem comfortable and at ease in their handmades.

i loved her spread in STYLO 2, and she also runs an etsy shop selling a selection of beautifully crafted accessories and knitwear.

Brienne writes thoughtfully, as all my favorite bloggers do, and has a strong need to make (especially for her kids).  read why she sews (in her words) here.

for her Vintage May project, Brienne sewed an adorable little flower-child piece for her little gal.  it’s perfect.  check out her post right here!

vintage may guest: handmade by brienne

so summery and pretty!  thanks for joining us, Brienne!

now head over to craftiness is not optional to check out more super sweet sewing by Jess’ guest today!

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hudson’s bay point quilt tutorial

welcome to the first day of Vintage May 2015!

Vintage May started back in 2012 with just kid clothes, then Jess and i expanded it to adult clothes, and this year i thought it’d be interesting to add vintage-inspired home sewing into the mix!  one evening i had a brainstorm of wanting to make a quilt inspired by the famous Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket…and i knew i had to make it happen!

hudson's bay point quilt tutorial // skirt as top

the Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket has a fascinating history – the original blankets were used as currency in the colonial U.S. and Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.

hudson bay point quilt tutorial // skirt as top

the blankets were typically traded to First Nations and Native Americans for beaver pelts and were 100% wool, which is both fire and water repellant.  they were also very warm and easily sewn into coats.

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vintage may 2015!

the month of May is almost over, but there’s still time for Vintage May!

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we’re keeping it low key this year, just one week of guests and then we’ll do a round up the week after.  the guests joining us are sure to inspire, and of course my co-host Jess from Craftiness is not Optional and i will show off our vintage-inspired projects too!

our guests, in no particular order, are…

Handmade by Brienne   ::   Sew a Straight Line   ::   CailaMade   ::   Fake It While You Make It   ::   a jennuine life   ::   SweetKM   ::   Sew Much Ado

we’re so excited to welcome all new guests this year.  this is the fourth (!) year we’ve hosted the Vintage May series and it’s been a lot of fun.  curious about Vintage Mays past?  check out the round ups!

Vintage May 2012 Round Up

Vintage May: Presented by Craftiness is not Optional and skirt as top Vintage May 2013 Round Up

vintage may 2014Vintage May 2014 Round Up

feel free to browse our pinterest board and flickr group (and add anything vintage/retro inspired that you’ve made to the group!) in the meantime.

twirly pocket skirt tutorial

we’re so excited!  see you on Monday!

vintage may roundup and giveaway!

well, the third vintage may has come and gone – what a fun and inspiring whirlwind that was!  i hope you enjoyed the retro eye candy and found a couple new blogs along the way.  i wanted to send a special thank you to my co-host Jess.  i love teaming up with her to run this series, and this year was extra special because we got to do a joint photoshoot and she took my photos, too!

i’ve got a roundup of the guest posts, some flickr faves, and a giveaway for you today!  first, the roundup – did you catch everyone’s creations?  click on the link below the image to take you directly to each post – these gals did such an awesome job.

>  > >  WEEK ONE

sadie and em

jess from craftiness is not optional  ::  kristin from skirt as top

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vintage may guest: groovybaby….and mama

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my final guest for this year’s Vintage May is Trine of Groovybaby.…and Mama!  Trine is the mother of four beautiful children and lives in Denmark.  i first found Trine’s creations on Pinterest, and assumed based on her modelesque children and super stylish garments that those pins were from a high end, unaffordable boutique, not a mom sewing for her kids just like me!

like so many of my guests this year, Trine constantly inspires me with her taste and her creations – there was one time she posted a beautiful dress in the morning and i made my version that same day!  touches of neon?  galaxy fabric?  leather pockets?  she’s a master.  Trine also sews beautiful garments for herself, and is currently competing in Project Sewn – I’m pretty sure she made it through to the finals, so be sure to follow along to see what she sews for her finale look!  i can’t wait.

for Vintage May, Trine sewed a lovely dress for her daughter using vintage fabric from one era and a vintage pattern for another.  it’s gorgeous!  head on over to Groovybaby….and Mama for her post!  thanks so much, Trine!

groovybaby...and mama

and don’t forget to check out Jess’ guest too!

have a great weekend everyone – and please come back early next week for a roundup of the series and your sewalong creations – you still have time to add them to the flickr group if you haven’t yet!  we’ve also got a SUPER AWESOME GIVEAWAY coming too!  just, you know, as a thanks for following along.