vintage may guest: girl like the sea

vintage may 2014

my guest today is Tara from Girl Like the Sea.  Tara currently lives in Virginia but grew up in Oregon, where i live.  we bonded over coffee, microbrews, fabric shopping spots, the merits of McMenamins fries, etc. – i’m mean and like making her homesick in the hopes that she’ll move back here soon.  we met up last March when she visited, and had a lot of fun!  she’s a big fat nerd, way into Star Wars and Legos and awesome stuff like that, and her three kiddos are super duper cute.  Tara’s STYLO spread was one of my favorites, and her blog is a gem you’re just gonna want to follow.  she’s one of the honest bloggers – her photography is awesome but there’s always something a bit rough around the edges about it – things aren’t perfect, and she never claims they are, but she’ll inspire the heck out of you with her creativity and she’ll make you laugh, too.  Tara sews things that make her kids happy, and she writes with a self-depricating sense of humor that draws you in.

for Vintage May, Tara sewed the most hilariously adorable 70s nerd outfits for her two cutie girls – they look so awesome and you can tell they feel great in their outfits!  get ready to giggle with glee over at Girl Like the Sea!

schoolyard nerds for vintage may

and after you’ve paid Tara a nice long visit, pop on over to see who Jess is hosting today at craftiness is not optional!


vintage may guest: stitched together

vintage may 2014

my first guest is Rachel from Stitched Together.  Rachel is mother of four with one on the way – she sews beautifully classic garments for her kids, always with the perfect pops of color (oh this sailboat dress!) and writes with passion and heart.  her photography is beautiful (she’s the queen of magic hour) and she’s a person you really feel like you get to know through her blog.  after you click over today, be sure to poke around a while; i always look forward to Rachel’s posts!

Rachel sewed for her three girls and recreated a vintage pattern cover, and I just love how the outfits coordinate beautifully without totally matching – each garment seems to perfectly fit the personality of its wearer.  check out Rachel’s post for more information and gorgeous photography!

vintage may by stitched together

and today over at CINO, Jess has Alexia from leximade, who made the perfect summery outfit for her little gal – her photos make me want to fast forward to July!  thanks so much for kicking us off, Rachel and Alexia!


the return of vintage may!

happy May Day!  Jess and i decided today would be the perfect day to announce the return of our series, Vintage May!

vintage may 2014

this is year three for Vintage May!  wow, that flew.  year one we focused on kid clothes – you can see my roundup here.  last year we celebrated both adult and kid clothes – you can see my round up here!  we both really love putting on this series together and celebrating vintage/retro style with you – sew from vintage patterns, fabrics, inspired by the fashion of days gone by – it’s all fair game.

picking flowers in her doily skirt

the series will run from May 12 – 23 and Jess and i are pulling together a fun giveaway at the end, too – be sure to follow me (bloglovin, feedly, Facebook, etc.) so you don’t miss a thing!

flap pocket skirt for vintage may

we’ve lined up an all new fabulous group of guests this year…here they are (in no particular order)!

TrueBias  ::  One Girl Circus  ::  Cut Cut Sew  ::  Petit á Petit and Family  ::  Sewing Like Mad  ::  JoJo & Eloise  ::  Groovybaby…and Mama  ::  Leximade  ::  Buzzmills  ::  Welcome to the Mouse House  ::  Oliver’s Fancy  ::  Sew Pony  ::  Stitched Together  ::  Emmyloubeedoo  ::  Girl Like the Sea  ::  Sanae Ishida

also, the reason we’re announcing this a bit early is we’d love to have you join us!  it’s always so fun seeing people sew along, and we like to round up your projects too!  please add your project photos to the vintage may flickr group.  and if you’d like a sneak peek of what’s inspiring our guests, check out our collective pinterest board.

here’s a sneak peek of what i’ve been working on…

vintage may peek

and be sure to head over to craftiness is not optional for a peek from Jess, too!

we’re so excited!

vintage may: roundup and features

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

Vintage May 2 has come to an end…so soon!  it was so much fun celebrating vintage style again with you this year – thank you for getting excited with us and supporting this series!

i really couldn’t have done it without my co-host Jess.  it was even MORE fun collaborating this year, because we had a couple extra helpers – Sadie and Em have become cute little pen pal buddies, and we now show them what the other one’s mommy sewed and they get excited along with us!  last year, Jess was deep in the first trimester exhaustion phase with baby Ava and I helped with a lot of the back end work, and this year I was preparing for Quilt Market and was out of town and just had a bunch of stuff going on, so Jess totally stepped up and did a lot of prep work – i’m so grateful to her!

i also want to thank Cherie, who was in town staying with us the weekend between week 1 and week 2, who kept me company during late night sewing (and blogging) sessions and even reminded me i had a post to write a couple times (haha!).  man it’s nice to have a houseguest that really understands!  she even got this great “photo of a photoshoot” – i love it.

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and of course, i want to send out a huge thank you to our guest bloggers – you gals are so inspiring.  i loved seeing everyone’s different take on “vintage” and, just like last year, the guest projects seemed to somehow pair up really nicely in color/style/era/feel every day!  if you missed any of the posts, be sure to click through to their blogs to check them out!  beautiful stories, great tutorials, and just plain fun projects!  you guys are awesome.

::  Week 1  ::
delia from delia creates // miriam from mad mim
 dana from made // jessica from a little gray
 heidi from elegance and elephants // melissa from melly sews
alida from alida makes // an from straight grain
::  Week 2  ::
jen and autie from icandy handmade // miranda from one little minute
kirstin from kojo designs // shannon from luvinthemommyhood
jessica from happy together // erin and caroline from hungie gungie
disney from ruffles and stuff // vanessa from lbg studio
and while our guests were sewing up a storm, so were many of you!  here are a few of my favorites from the vintage may flickr group!  thanks to everyone that sewed along – you make this so much fun for us!

vintage may flickr group round up

Row 1:  018, SummerDateNight2, Parsley Pants- Tuxedo Stripe Version, retro style summer dress, Geranium Shirt, Easter dress,

Row 2: Coat nr. 1, Debbie’s Birthday Dress – Views 1 and 2, peasant blouse with crocheted trim KCW day 6, Liberty dress, Lavender Lovelies, IMG_8741,

Row 3: Simplicity 1652, sadly, it did not fit…, Look 1/2: Simplicity 4264 – 1953, Little deer bodysuit, $1 refashioned romper, Vintage Overalls

head on over to craftiness is not optional for jess’ vintage may roundup and HER flickr faves, and we hope you had as much fun as we did!

now who’s going to sew a romper this spring/summer?  i plan to!

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