Labor Day Shorts

Finished up these retro, high-waisted shorts just in time for the long weekend.

Remnants from the vintage fabric that my mom used to make Fourth of July porch cushions

5633 Simplicity Pattern from 1973

This is the first pair of shorts I’ve made, and I’m still figuring out the whole proper zipper insertion thing. I’ll be honest—I ended up adding some extra snaps to help ensure that the front fit properly and laid flat. I think overall, not too bad though.

Kind of like Gidget or Marcia Brady.

Wrap Dress

Dress Detail

white eyelet purchased at a dance studio garage sale
cotton paisley scavenged from my parents’ house


Simple Modern Sewing, Shufu To Seikatsu Sha


I was pretty pleased with how this turned out. The white eyelet may have not have been the best choice for the bodice though—between the color, the sleeve length, and the crossover, I’m getting a karate uniform vibe.


I think jewelry will help counteract the karate feel.
Brooch from The Cottage Goddess, Paoli, WI, $6