vintage stand mixer

Happy Sunday makers! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. If you missed my posts on Instagram this week, something VERY EXCITING HAPPENED. Well, exciting if you like vintage appliances and new technological applications. The stand mixer in the above photo is my greatest flea market score of all time. It’s basically a Kitchenaid (and even has a SAUSAGE GRINDING ATTACHMENT!) but only cost $50, was made in the UK in the 50s and has the patina of decades of love and baking rubbed into its enamel shell. Needless to say, I adore my Kenwood Chef… until it sputtered out on me a few weeks ago. Something in the gullyworks broke and I wrote it off as destined for vintage appliance heaven…. until my friend David came over, took one look at the guts and said, “Oh, it’s just a gear that broke. I can scan these fragments, build a digital model and then print a new piece on my 3D printer using an industrial nylon fiber”. And then he did exactly that. And now my baby is purring like a kitten and BAKED GOODS FOR EVERYBODY. Every once and a while, the rapid pace of technology doesn’t fill me with abject terror. This was one of those times.

Here’s what the sewing world has been up to:


What happens when you take two of my favourite sewing bloggers and send them on a trip to the Croatian seaside? Oh, just pure bliss. Mokosha and Tea Okereke make the living look easy.

I am hoping to make a few more garments this year from my vintage pattern stash. This kimono robe from A Stitching Odyssey is great incentive.

Speaking of vintage patterns; only Carolyn could look at the scary 80’s cover art on her Issey Miyake pattern and have the vision to make this DROP DEAD GORGEOUS pale pink asymmetrical skirt.  The pattern is for sale here, btw.

I basically fainted when I saw Dolly Clacket’s wax print beauty on instagram this week.

If you don’t smile whenever you see one A Colourful Canvas’s bright beauties, I don’t know what to do for you.

A SUPER cute vintage top in a tropical print by Handmade by Heather B.

This tuxedo jacket by Girls in the Garden is the actual dictionary definition of chic.


I just spent a silly amount of time cleaning up and organizing my Pinterest boards. Order makes me feel calm. I just added two new boards for sewing nerds: Sewing Blog Goodness (I’ll be pinning all my favourite makes from around the web) and Sew Inspo, so I have a place for cool construction details and techniques.


An easy, mellow, folky, awesome playlist from Sharon Von Etten (one of my all-time favourite singer-songwriters) on Spotify.


A really inspiring, must read interview  with Martha Porter on Design Sponge.


I just zipped through the Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. It’s a great, easy summer read. I especially loved this passage on wearing what you’ve made:

This can be the most fun: to show off some funky scarf that reveals your inner cool. And other times, it’s just so hard to wear something that didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. But just put it on anyway; celebrate your hard work and your talent. And your love. Every knitter stitches with love, even when they’re just starting, all red-faced and frustrated. Why else would we create? Especially in a world that doesn’t need homemade anything. That’s when we need homemade everything. It never matters if things don’t end up just the way you planned. Every moment is a work in progress; every stitch is one stitch closer. There may be worse, but there will always be better. When you wear something you’ve made with your own hands, you surround yourself with love, and all the love that came before you. The real achievement, you see, is being proud of what you’ve made. I know that I am.


Feel immediately better about your skin with these insane beauty retouching time-lapse videos.


Creative Bug is offering one free month to try their classes, with one class to keep forever after (no credit card required to sign up). Some cool classes: Sew a Leather Bag, Stitched Rope Basket, Smocked Necklace or Pattern Drafting.


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