Spotlight: Singer Featherweight

Spotlight 1: 1961 Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine Welcome to 昔のSewing’s first spotlight! Spotlights are for for fun vintage or antique items in my possession that don’t require any restoration work, but that I still want to share with you. Today’s spotlight is extremely important to the blog since it’s the sewing machine I do allContinue reading “Spotlight: Singer Featherweight”

Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Cleaning (Stage 2)

Project 3, part 4 – Cleaner, but Still With Missing Buttons! (Part 1, part 2, part 3 here) Welcome back to the Victorian Era nightgown restoration project! A few days ago my order of Vintage Textile Soak arrived, so I was excited to see how it would work. The instructions said that items could soakContinue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Cleaning (Stage 2)”

Mary Quant Minidress: The Beginning

Project 4, part 1 – British Fashion meets Hawaiian Flair Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! Today begins the first project involving sewing an outfit completely from scratch. It’s not the first time I’ve sewn clothes, but I also don’t really have a lot of experience doing so. I’m really looking forward to the challenge!Continue reading “Mary Quant Minidress: The Beginning”

Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Cleaning (Stage 1)

Project 3, part 3 – Cleaning is Harder Than I Thought (Part 1, part 2 here) In my head, this was going to be the easiest part of this project – just dunk my garment in water, and all my problems would dissolve away! I’ve had to clean stains out of modern garments, and IContinue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Cleaning (Stage 1)”

Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Mending

Project 3, part 2 – Sail Stitching and How Things Get Misidentified (Part 1 here) Welcome back to the Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration project! The first step for me after assessing the state of my nightgown was to mend any rips or holes. Historian Ruth Goodman, in her excellent book How to Be a Victorian,Continue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Mending”

Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Beginning

Project 3, part 1 – Meet the Nightgown and the Victorian Era Welcome back to Mukashi no Sewing! Today marks the beginning of a new project; the restoration of a Victorian Era nightgown. I adore the Victorian Era; it was a fascinating and complex time worldwide. In the history of the United Kingdom it isContinue reading “Victorian Era Nightgown Restoration: The Beginning”

Obi Makeover: The Sewing and the Reveal

Project 2, part 2 – Learning New Skills is Fun! (Part 1 here) Welcome back to the obi makeover project! As predicted, this was a pleasantly quick project to finish – about 8 hours total including things like unpicking the obi and pinning up 3.5 yards of piping. I’ve never done piping before, so IContinue reading “Obi Makeover: The Sewing and the Reveal”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Reveal

Project 1, part 5 – Revealing the Finished Kimono and Sharing Final Thoughts (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 here) Welcome back to the Meiji Kimono Restoration project! Today I’d like to share with you a bit about the obi I chose for the ensemble, along with my final thoughts on the projectContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Reveal”

Obi Makeover: The Beginning

Project 2, part 1 – Mottainai and Getting Started Welome back to Mukashi no Sewing! I actually hadn’t intended for my second project to also be Japanese (or at least, Japan-adjacent), but another project is taking a bit longer to prep than anticipated, and this one is something I need! Along with being Japan-adjacent, IContinue reading “Obi Makeover: The Beginning”

Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Finishing

Project 1, part 4 – Finishing the Mending and Previewing an Obi (part 1, part 2, part 3 here) Welcome back to the Meiji Kimono Restoration project! I’ve finally finished up all the mending – huzzah! When I sat down I thought “oh, there’s not much more to do,” but in reality it was anotherContinue reading “Meiji Era Kimono Restoration: The Finishing”