‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello! (that’s hello to you!) Happy April Fools, me-dears! Now, don’t worry, this post isn’t a hoax (oh, the joys of April Fools landing on your post day! Everyone thinks you are joking.). I have long been thinking how much I owe to the various sewing and knitting bloggers that I follow. You all inspire me so much, that I thought the subject deserved a post of its own. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to a few of the lovely ladies who inspire me in my creative pursuits.
Ooh, and by the way, before I get started, let me tell you, you can click on each banner on the image to be taken to the respective blogs. Pretty nifty, eh?
Okay, let’s start at the top!*
Jennifer Lauren Vintage: This lady, seriously, is so inspiring in her work. Not only has she released five patterns within the past year, on top of that she is going to have a baby too! Jennifer’s perseverance is so encouraging, and her elegant, vintage-inspired designs jive so well with my personal taste (she loves circle skirts! Now, that’s a girl after my own way of thinking), what’s not to love?
Mode de Lis: If you all have not heard of the lovely blog that is Lily’s, you all are missing out on a sartorial masterpiece! Every time I find out that Lily has a new post up, I am so excited to see what new creation she has made. She makes everything from the 1700s to the 1950s, and looks awesome in any style she decides to wear. Oh, and if there is one thing she constantly amazes me with, it is her skill of pattern matching. Seriously, have you seen the pattern-matching she has done on her printed dresses? I never would have the patience to do that!
Petit Main Sauvage: This is one of the “foreign sewing bloggers” that I follow. Lauriana’s work is always pushing the boundaries of the norm, drafting her own patterns inspired by the vintage eras, and creating unusual jumpsuits. And usually she is generous enough to share how she altered, drafted, and created the garments that she has made. Sweet!
Renee and The Cat’s Meow: This is a blog that I actually discovered fairly recently sometime last year. Renee makes such fun, beautiful 1940s pieces. From gorgeous sweaters (I’m actually working on my own version of this lace one right now, you can see it in the photo above), to super awesome Palazzo Pants, her creations are always reminding me of why I love the styles of the 1940s.
The Dreamstress: Leimomi’s blog is one of the first historical fashion blogs that I started following. She always has such informative posts, and her garments have such research put into them. You can tell she cares a lot about the historical sewing community, not only with hosting the Historical Sew Monthly, but how much thought is behind each and every post. AND, she makes 1930s clothes (on top of all the other eras that she creates garments from)! Including the most awesome of big-pants-beach-pajamas that I have ever seen!
The Dress I Made: This is another foreign blog, but its not just a sewing blog. It is the now completed journal of a lady who created her entire wardrobe from scratch. Yep, just packed everything away in a suitcase and started her wardrobe all over again, drafting patterns, knitting hats, making leather bags, etc. You could say that this blog is the catalyst that gave me the courage to not only sew my own clothing, but to try and create everything in between, and not be afraid of failure and trying new things.
Tickety Boo Tupney: Oh Tickety! Though her posts are few and far between (she finally posted today after a three month long silence!), they are all the more worth it on account of Tickety’s humor, wit, and delightful 1940s creations. She makes everything from hand-embroidered knickers to knitted blouses. She is a constant source of inspiration to me as I attempt to create more 1940s pieces, and her little illustrations to go along with some of her posts are so cheery and fun! So, if I’m ever seeking 1940s inspiration, you can be sure at some point or another I am going to pop ’round to Tickety’s blog to see if she has made anything I can be inspired by. Oh, and you must see her duster bathing suit. Fabulous, quirky authenticity at its very best.
Vintage Follies: I used to admire Cherise’s work when she blogged over at Fintage (A Finnish vintage community blog), but it wasn’t until that blog started slowing down that I decided to take a look at Cherise’s blog to see what she was up to. Oh, you should see the dresses that she makes! Absolutely to die for! And, she replicated a suit pattern (hand drafted and all), and it turned out looking better than the original (in my opinion at least).
Have you visited any of these blogs before?
What sewing or knitting blogs inspire you?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer
P.S. Our Lilla Rose sponsor is having a sale today, and all of the proceeds will go to helping a family adopt an orphan, and support a widow in need. So, if you had your eye on any Lilla Rose items, buy them today! The sale is today only.
*Please note, I don’t strictly follow Christian blogs. I am not affiliated in any way with these blogs, they are merely a source of inspiration to me. My principle is to take what the world has already made, and use it myself to the glory of God.