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Giveaway! “Pride & Prejudice” Zipper Pouch

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P&P zipper pouch from andBEeverly

Kristen over at andBEeverly on Etsy has offered a special giveaway for my customers: a cute Pride and Prejudice zipper pouch! It is 9 x 5 inches and features Lizzy and Jane on one side and Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley on the other. Kristen prints her own designs on lovely linen material with Spoonflower. Be sure to see […] Read more…

Mimi’s Vintage Beauty Philosophy

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"Going Out" by Norman Rockwelll

I so enjoyed writing about my paternal grandparents in Part I and Part II of this series, and I promised to share at least one more post about my grandmother’s beauty regimen. Well, as I got thinking back over my memories of Mimi, I realized there were actually quite lot of things to write about, so I’ve got at least three posts before I’ll finish off. Today’s will be my grandmother’s general philosophy of loveliness. It’s one that rings true with me all these years later, and I think its wisdom is timeless. I hope you enjoy this blast from the past that still resonates today! Read more…

Fashion Inspiration: My Glamorous Grandparents (Part 2)

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My father at two months old. Don't his parents look proud?

In my first post, I covered my grandparents’ early history in Hollywood up to the point where “Pop” asked his US Army Air Forces superiors to consider sending him overseas to join the air war instead of working in recruitment and training. They granted that request, and he immediately transferred to North Island to learn to fly Lockheed’s brand new P-38 “Lightning” before joining the 48th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group, serving in North Africa. Read more…

Fashion Inspiration: My Paternal Grandparents

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Thelma Jean Robbins

From my earliest memories, I have loved to play “dress up,” and a large portion of my play wardrobe came from my paternal grandmother’s cast-offs. I remember teetering around on silver high heels in a sparkly red chiffon dress liberally sprinkled with rhinestones. How I wish now that I’d known what I was wearing and saved it, but–alas!–that particular dress got worn to death and ended up in shreds long before I could appreciate its real value. Thankfully, my grandmother kept back a lot of her favorite clothes for me to enjoy as an older teenager, and I still have several beautiful pieces. Read more…

Casey’s Swing Dress Sew-Along

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Finished Swing Dress with Self-Fabric Belt | Sense & Sensibility Patterns

Jennie’s Note: The lovely Casey Maura created this Sew-Along tutorial for my Swing Dress pattern in 2011. I asked her later if I could repost it in its entirety (in a single post instead of 13) on my site, and she was kind enough to send me the text with accompanying photos. Nearly four years went […] Read more…

Let’s Make Colonial Costumes for Girls!

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Girls' Colonial Dresses

Out of all the patterns I’ve designed in the past 18 years, the Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern is, hands down, my own daughters’ very favorite. I’ve made them so many dress-up dresses from this pattern in toiles and stripes and prints, and they want new ones as soon as they outgrow them! But this year, both girls asked if I could make dresses that looked more like something “Felicity” (the now retired–sigh–American Girl doll) would wear. Read more…

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