Black & Vintage:
At the Intersection of Fashion & Black History
Vol. 1 | Summer 2017
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Mr. Holder, I hope that your passing was easy and that you were surrounded by
love, loved ones, art, music, laughter, dance, performance, excellence, elegance, peace and more.
Your legacy is large. I will share it with all who will listen so that it may carry on.
Wishing his partner in all things, Carmen, endurance and strength.
And his son, Leo, with whom he had his last dance.
This was my grandma’s book. It’s seen better days.
In her defense, she had seven children and a husband with near legendary book destroying super powers.
It’s possible she absconded with it from NYPL….
Perhaps she got it at library book sale. (#HopefulLibrarian)
Grandma left this super cute sketch between its pages.
I think….we have very similar handwriting (so close that I actually signed a couple of her credit cards).
I’m still not entirely sure I didn’t draw this.
It’s an acceptable mystery.
Onto book show-and-tell with:
This first edition of The Vogue Sewing Book was published in 1970.
At the Butterick Plant.
If I ever have a my own business, my ultimate goal is to take it all the way to plant level.
It tells you right here in the preface…
Clocking in at over 400 pages, you’d be hard pressed to identify one thing missing from this tome.
Imagine how indispensable it was to the YouTube-less sewers of the past??
Broken down into books within the book, we have
Lopsided figure fitting.
There’s even a fashion vocabulary.
The revised and updated edition of this book has it’s own brand of charm.
But nothing can top this old beat up beauty.
This bit of my gran. In book form.
Right on the SHELF.
My garment sewing mojo has taken a little hiatus. Instead, I’ve been reading and day dreaming about a host of other creative endeavors to get stuck into.
I am not a quilter, but I will be making my own version of this art quilt.
It’s Frida. So, obviously, I love it.
I stumbled across it at the perfect time: while focused on projects/additions to bring color to my bland home.
I can’t wait to see them in person!
Image from @alexanderhenryfabrics on Instagram
Alternative title: Nettie – A Love Story
This gorgeousness is my super awesome, babetastic, brilliant mate Heather Lou‘s newest labor of indie sewing pattern LOVE!!
Which she named after yours truly!
She has a post full of the sweetest things ever said about me (that my hubby and kids didn’t say, anyway) and I only have the tenderest of feelings about her. This part of her post resonates the most with me:
“I am so grateful to be a part of this inspiring, generous and creative community. Me? Wings. You? Wind.”
I’m continually amazed by how much my sewing friends mean to me. I will always choose their company over others because we can talk about anything PLUS sewing!! That’s indispensable! The gave and take, the honest discourse about serious issues and the laughs (OH, the laughs) are more than I ever expected to get out of blogging.
I’m still gobsmacked, honored and blushing that Heather was in any way inspired by me!!
Get ready for a whole HEAP of Netties!!
And you can knock up one with the odd yard of knit in your stash.
I have SO many mods in mind (Bombshell+Nettie mash-up, cropped, a low back version, and on and on!) that I foresee a LOT of Nettie in my summer!
Stay tuned for the goods on the different fabrics I used, the (kick ASS) fit, tips and more loving on Heather!