Summer Sewing For Me {Blue floral frock}

After a lovely day at the beach with my Dears, I was in the mood to wear something flow-y with cotton coolness. So, I pulled out some vibrant vintage prints, and went to work on a summer frock. Here is the lovely, amazingly breezy final product: 

Vintage fabric + frock pattern sewing. SugarBeans.org

This may be my most favorite frock to date-- it's the perfect fit with lots of wiggle room and POCKETS! I always fall for dresses/ skirts that have a place for some lip balm or coins. And after my day at the beach with a bit of sunburn on my upper body, this was perfect! 

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Here's the vintage Simplicity pattern that was shortened with my pull of vintage sheets. I was a little nervous about the ties on the shoulders, but after wearing the frock for an evening, they didn't bother me as much as I thought they would; so good news on that front.

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Another happy vintage frock for my wardrobe! This year has been unprecedented in sewing projects for me. I am so glad to have made the time to sew some fun bits for my closet and outfits that make me happy, cost little to nothing + fit my personally. Not dressing to please anyone but me. 

Dress Cost: Floral sheet: $2
                    Gingham piece: FREE from another sheet
                    Pattern: .99
Final Cost: $3

What's on your sewing list? Anything special just for YOU??

xox- Susan

Vintage Dinner Napkins {Gift it}

It's the summer of eating outdoors at our home. The umbrella is up, out deck is swept and we are ready to eat our breakfast, lunch + dinner outside. This girl is craving sunshine and breezes, and lately our backyard oasis is the best place to read, eat and rest. With these summer cravings comes a desire for friends- old + new- to join our little gathering outdoors. I love to add some handmade goodness with vintage dinner napkins. 

Vintage dinner napkins. SugarBeans.org

I pulled out some coordinating vintage sheets to make these charming + colorful napkins. There are some listed in my Etsy shop if you are in need of some for you or as a hostess gift. 

 Cherry crisp made from our cherry tree.

Cherry crisp made from our cherry tree.

Last week's cherry crisp eaten outdoors with some vintage dinner linens. 

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Vintage dinner napkins. SugarBeans.org

A mix-matched set of vintage dinner napkins is on hand at our house for such a summer as this:) They clean easily + are oh so colorful. Other vintage goodies + crocheted items are available in the shop as well. 

Happy Summer,Sweets! 
xoxo, Susan

Vintage Pattern Sewing {Wrap Around Frock}

Vintage Pattern Sewing {Wrap Around Frock}

When the Simplicity patterns are on sale for .99 at Hobby Lobby, I stock up! I love that Simplicity offers patterns from different eras, redone and ready to purchase NEW today. Once I spied the 1950's wrap-around frock, I added it to my pile of 'must-makes' for future reference. Here is the finished dress: 

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Vintage Sheet Frock W/ Modern Pockets {sewing for me}

Vintage Sheet Frock W/ Modern Pockets {sewing for me}

Finding sweet vintage sheets is such a thrill for me! And when I stumbled upon this floral beauty, I  knew it was destined to be a frock. The yardage required to make a dress/ frock can be pricey, so using an inexpensive (but darling) vintage sheet is a great fit especially when testing a new-to-you-pattern.

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Vintage Sheet Frock {sewing for me}

Vintage Sheet Frock {sewing for me}

I recently picked up a large striped full bed sheet in brown stripes with dainty orange flowers. Not my usual choice in fabric, but darling none the less. And for only $1.50, I knew it would work for a future project. After scanning my recent haul of .99 patterns, I pulled a shirt/ frock pattern that I thought would be cute with the stripes and browns of the sheet. Here is the final product. 

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Vintage Embroidered Linens to Zipper Pouches (repurpose)

Vintage Embroidered Linens to Zipper Pouches (repurpose)

When I find a vintage hand-stitched pillow case or tablecloth at the thrift store, it is so hard to pass up; I know it takes hours to accomplish the patterns or designs depicted and for $1 or less, another new item or two can be created.

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Vintage Pattern Sewing {for me}

Vintage Pattern Sewing {for me}

I am pretending Spring is close and sewing up some light cottony frocks from floral vintage fabric and trim. If I only have a quick minute to pop into a thrift store, the area I will look at first is the bedding and linens. This has often been a treasure trove of crispy vintage goodness for a fraction of the cost of floral yardage at the fabric stores...

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Vintage Book Tags {Gift it}

Vintage Book Tags {Gift it}

As a former teacher, I LOVE books. Even though my children are no longer drawn to the simplicity of children's storybooks, I cannot help but to pick up the lonesome pages and consider ways to incorporate the beauty of the illustrations into my home...

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