vintage may guest: sweetkm

my next guest is Kristi of sweetkm.  i love Kristi because she loves blue, like a lot, and through her “so what if i sew with blue a lot, it works for me!” attitude, i feel like i have permission to go ahead and use blue for everything i make myself, too!  haha.

when i think of Kristi’s blog, i think of a stylish, practical wardrobe.  the things she sews for herself push the envelope just enough to be interesting, never so far as to lose day-to-day wearability.  she’s one of my favorite adult sewers that way.  and look, she’s even gone vintage in the recent past!

Kristi also knits (and sells knitting patterns!) and she often sews for her kids.  Kristi did a wonderful hansel & gretel look for STYLO3 – i loved the quilted vest she made and her free pattern is still on my to make list!

for her Vintage May post, Kristi sewed a faithful representation of a photo of her grandmother, and i just love it!  even her preview is like looking back in time…head over to sweetKM to see more!

SweetKM Preview Vintage May

over at craftiness is not optional, Jess is hosting a guest that never fails to bring the awesome – check it out!

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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!