Completed: Haute Handbag

Vint Hill Vintage


Remember this pile of materials I dragged home from the expo? They are now my dream handbag!


This is my own pattern/design as I have scoured the world for a purse pattern that meets my needs and come up empty handed. I wanted something roughly the size of a sheet of printer paper, a few inches deep, a zipper on top, front zipper pocket, and tons of interior pockets for organization. Plus it needed to have sturdy handles just long enough to throw over my shoulder. Picky, picky.


Both the exterior and lining are linen. I fused the exterior to a very firm single-sided fusible craft interfacing to give it this much body. The sides and bottom are folded rather than separate pieces so that they are more sturdy. There is also a second piece of interfacing in the bottom so that it keeps it’s shape and doesn’t fold down at…

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New romper…

A few months ago I saw this reversible stripped knit fabric on one of my warehouse walks. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make something out of it for the blog. I loved the feel of it and the fact that it was reversible was an added bonus. Robin found this pattern and we both liked the ease and flow of it. I also like that as it cools down I can put on a pair of tights and knee-high boots and have another look. Sorry it took a few months to get it sewn & posted, but better late than never. Here are a few pics of the process and the links to the materials we used.

Pattern: Vogue 8813 Fabric: Stripped knit Buttons: Grey/brown swirl Notions: Wonder Tape

using sew through double sided tape to make matching stripes a breeze

marking lines for ruching

applying cording for ruching

And off to work I go.



New, Just in from Robert Kaufman…Squares, Strips, and Hexies

Just in, new pre-cuts


42 pcs of Kona® Cotton, Summer ’13 palette, by Robert Kaufman. Each square measures 5″ x 5″. Charm Pack includes a duplicate of some prints.


40 pcs of 2 1/2″ strips, all Artisan Batiks, Elementals Geos. Includes two pieces of every print. / 2.8 yards


42 pcs of Kona Cotton Solids White Palette for Robert Kaufman. Hexagons are laser-cut at 2” per side, and measure 3 7/16” across the middle from side to opposite side. Please note the laser-cutting process discolors the edges of the fabric. This discoloration can be minimized with hand-washing, and that area of the fabric would be hidden in the seam allowance when pieced.



We’re getting ready for Halloween…

October is here and that means Halloween. Here are a few projects that we have up in the store. Hopefully they will inspire you to get sewing. Also our entire Halloween section is 20% off until this Sunday. Don’t miss out.

Halloween costumes…

This flapper dress is simple and fun.

Pattern: Simplicity 1770
Dress:  white brocade/white fringe/metallic trim on dress/stretch headband trim/metallic flower/




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This GI Jane meets glam look is great for your Halloween party, yet easily transitions to your regular wardrobe. I tried the pants
on and they are really comfortable and perfect with a black t-shirt.

Pant fabric:  ML256115
Camo Sequin top fabric: ML256130
Star studs for the hat: ML256155
Pant pattern: ML256145
Top pattern: ML256140



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Here are a few easy aprons that work perfect with all of our Halloween cotton prints.
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Lastly I love this fun table runner our cotton buyer made. She used the Moda Pumpkin Party charm pack, a fun print for the back, and some ric-rac.
Super easy & great for your Halloween parties.

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Happy haunting! Don’t forget if you live in the LA area our employees will be dressed up in the costumes they made Saturday, Oct. 19th. This is always a fun day to come down and shop. Also don’t forget to tag us if you make a costume from our fabrics. We would love to feature you in our monthly newsletter.


Completed & Tutorial: Fish Costume

Vint Hill Vintage

I’ve been secretly stitching on my son’s Halloween costume all week in preparation for my first guest post on The Train to Crazy’s Handmade Dress Up Series. Grab your favorite beverage and a comfy seat for this post. It’s a doozy.

Last year when my son asked to be a zebra for Halloween, I took on the challenge and came up with the world’s cutest costume. It’s furry, too!

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This year when I asked him in August what he wanted to be, he said a ghost. I was disappointed. Anyone can cut some holes in a sheet. I wanted to do some real sewing. Two weeks later, he had changed his mind. He wanted to be a green fish. After asking him several more times, his mind was set. A green fish it is.

I brainstormed for weeks and Googled fish costume images for hours. I settled on using his…

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