vintage may guest: lbg studio

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

my final guest for vintage may is vanessa from {lbg studio}!  i just love how vanessa uses color/proportion/layering in her sewing – this outfit she sewed for project run & play was one of my favorites ever, and the pop of color in this geranium tunic paired with gray bubble shorts is total eye candy.  she has an amazing eye for photography – pretty peaches, a sweet birthday tribute, pumpkin bread…mmmm so lovely.  i just want to live in her photos.

vanessa has a great shop and i’m super excited for her newest bag pattern in the works!

she’s sharing a beautiful dress sewn from a vintage pattern, and her post talks about the good and the bad of sewing from one.  as always, her pictures are absolutely lovely.  head over to {lbg studio} to see more.


thanks so much, vanessa!  and with that, vintage may is coming to an end!  we’ll do a roundup and feature some projects from the flickr group next week, and i have other things to tell you about (Em’s fifth birthday and my surreal and awesome Quilt Market weekend!).  but that’s me getting ahead of myself… 😉

now if you want to read a crazy story of how dedicated some sewing bloggers can be, head over to Craftiness is not Optional for a preview of Ruffles & Stuff’s beautiful vintage slip skirt and click through for her story.

(I hope you get a nap today, Disney!!!)

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vintage may guest: hungie gungie

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

ah, hungie gungie.  i love hungie gungie.  it’s written by two sisters, erin and caroline.  both are hilarious, and both sew beautifully.  no idea when or how i found their blog, but it’s a good one.  sometimes i wish i had a collaboratory blog with my sisters…but until i can talk them into it, i’ll just live vicariously through the hungie gungie girls.

don’t miss caroline’s first try at a hat for her little guy and lovely piped music box jumper, or erin’s beautiful washi tunic and last year’s offering to vintage may, a pillowcase tank dress tutorial!

their post today features ALL THE VINTAGEY THINGS!  vests, knickers, vintage fabric, romper, pleats, suspenders…GOTTA GO SEE!

Hungie Gungie-Vintage May

and be sure to check out their tutorial for that cute little romper!

okay you know the drill – time to head over to Craftiness is not Optional for a preview of happy together’s adorable mod t-shirt dress tutorial!

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vintage may guest: luvinthemommyhood

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

Shannon from luvinthemommyhood is a blog friend i so wish lived right next door.  she just seems like the kind of gal you could spend hours sipping tea/wine/coffee/cocoa with and knitting/sewing/chatting while your kids ran around playing together.  she’s just a warm and thoughtful person with a great eye for design and i’m so glad to have her as a vintage may guest today!

you may know Shannon for her beautiful knitting, you may know her for her impeccable sewing (and love of a good topstitch), you may know her for her amazing photography or her honest writing.  i love her for all of it.  she does such a nice job of making everyone feel so welcome on her blog, it’s really great.

today Shannon is sharing a sweet little dress inspired by Sally Draper from Mad Men – i love Mad Men (even though this week’s episode was a bit bizarre – did you see it?) and i LOVE this dress!  it looks like something Em would adore wearing.  head on over to luvinthemommyhood to check it out (and help me encourage her to release a pattern for it!).


eeeep just too cute!  today Jess over at Craftiness is not Optional is previewing a totally adorable pinwheel dress by kojodesigns – those big ol’ flutter sleeves on little Piper Jane are killing me dead.

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vintage may guest: one little minute

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

it’s kind of interesting how we all discover new blogs – maybe a friend tells us, maybe we are linked from another blog, maybe it’s through a series like this one, and maybe it feels completely roundabout.  the roundabout method is how i found my guest today, Miranda of One Little Minute.  i know i saw her maternity countdown tee all over the place, and DEFINITELY saw her big bow dress floating around Pinterest, and always liked both.  and then i saw this gal popping up on instagram (@lifefreemiranda) and realized it was HER!

anyway, i like Miranda, I think she has awesome style, fun ideas, and makes a mean rockford peach costume too!

head over to One Little Minute to check out her tutorial for a simple half apron and learn how to do a little chicken scratch embroidery on the pocket!

Vintage May- Alice Embroidered Apron- One Little Minute Blog

gotta love the gingham!  then head on over to Craftiness is not Optional to check out a preview of iCandy Handmade’s very cute mod dress tutorial!

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vintage may guest: straightgrain

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

i’ve become a huge fan of today’s guest within the last year.  it’s An from StraightGrain, who hails all the way from Belgium, and she even hosts a kids clothes belgian style series to prove it (remember my silly deer dress inspired by An’s own deer dress and cow dress?)!  i totallylove that An made sewing with forest fauna / livestock fabric a THING now.  cracks me up.

An has one pattern out (the adorable bubble dress) and the dress she made today is a preview of her NEXT pattern, apparently to be called “Tinny!”  it’s really cute, take a look…

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love this little catalog girl.  🙂

i bet you’ll be chomping at the bit to get your hands on An’s pattern once you see her post, so maybe you can distract yourself by checking out Craftiness is not Optional where Jess has a preview of the CUTEST little top by Alida Makes!  speaking of forest fauna…i need to get my hands on some of that raccoon fabric pronto!

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