Monday, January 18, 2010

More Vintage Sewing!

My sister gave my neice and I a big box of vintage patterns for Christmas and this was one of them. Is that not the cutest little outfit ever? I love that it has the name Betty Lou on the pattern. Wonder if she liked her outfit made from this pattern? Wonder what color it was?
I really like view C, and I had some cute fabric in my stash so I said to myself "self, I think you can make this". So I did. It went together super easy and I really like how it turned out. Cute little dress/top and shorts to match. I have enough fabric left to make one of those cutesy, frilly bows too.

Now I know no one with a child that wears a size 3, but if I hang on to it long enough I am sure onewill come along. My neice is expecting, but doesn't know what she is having yet. Hopefully it will be a girl!

I have been sewing up a storm. Hopefully tomorrow I will have some pics of some Valentines day gifts I have been making!

Happy Thursday!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vintage Sewing

I got this really cool pattern at an estate sale some time back and decided it was high time to make this um....apron kinda thingy. The date on the pattern is 1947.

The pattern actually calls view one an apron, as it is completely open in the back and is tied with the bias tape in the back. View 2 is called a poncho it is closed in the back and you slip it over your head. I made the poncho view but added the sash from view 1 because I didn't have a really cool belt like the photo on the pattern and I also don't have a 10" waist like the picture on the pattern either!! Really, does anyone have a waist like that???
Anyway, I used some thrifted fabric that I had got for $1.00 for 2 yards. I love the fabric!
This was the first time I ever used an unprinted pattern and it went together very easy. The only changes that I made were that I doubled the fabric for the pockets so they would be more sturdy. I also added the sash and the rick-rack. All in all, I really like the way it turned out and think it will be my garden apron. 3 pockets for seeds, string, scissors, etc...

Hope everyone has a great day!



Friday, January 08, 2010

My 1961 Betty Crocker Picture Book

Good Morning Everyone! It is sooooo cold in SW Virginia today. This morning it is 16 degrees with a windchill of 0! That's pretty darn cold for the south.

Last weekend one of my friends gave me the coolest cookbook ever! It's the 1961 (the year I was born btw) Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook.
I love the cover of this book! There are so many pretty pictures in this book, it was just fun to look at.
These bon-bons make me want to get into my lounging outfit and sit on the couch and watch soap opera while the maids clean my house. (Like that will ever happen!). Isn't that the prettiest server they are on?
Then there are those um... not so pretty pages like this one. What were they thinking??? There is absolutely nothing appetizing about these pictures, especially the fish on the pink table cloth.

But I found a recipe that I wanted to try. I decided to make the Pie 'n Cake Dessert. I figured even if the recipe failed and we didn't like it, at least I could wear it on my head like this man did. A hat would come in handy on these ridiculously cold days.

So here is the recipe for the Pie 'n Cake Dessert:
Make Kitchenette Cake (above). Opps! I guess I will have to give you the directions for the Kitchenette cake first!

1 1/3 cups Gold Medal Flour (don't tell, but I used Virginia's Best instead)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tea. salt
1/3 cup soft shortening
2/3 cup milk
1 tea. flavoring (I used almond)
1 egg
Heat oven to 350. Now here is where the pie 'n cake part comes in. Grease and flour an 8" pie plate and a 9" pie plate.

Measure flour by dip-level-pour method (whatever that is). Blend flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add shortening, milk and flavoring. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed on mixer or for 300 vigorous strokes by hand (like that would ever happen). Add eggs. Beat 2 more minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 8" cake for 25 minutes and 9" cake for 20-25 minutes. Immediately spread a 1 lb can of cherry pie filling over the 9" cake. Place 3 suares of chocolate from three 7/8 oz milk chocolate bars over top of the 8" cake and spread as they melt to form frosting. Serve cherry dessert warm in wedges; serve chocolate topped cake later.

Ok! So I did they cherry pie filling thing, but didn't have any chocolate bars so my 8" cake is sitting on my counter bare nekid. However, my cherry dessert turned out pretty good, although it wouldn't win any of the one gazillion food challenges on Food Network. At least I don't have to wear it for a hat!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!