Lady Dandy Waistcoat pattern

Lady Dandy Waistcoat pattern from Charm Patterns and Dandy Wellington

I’m excited to expand this month’s guest artist design, the unisex Dandy Waistcoat, into our regular and curvy Charm size ranges! Working with Dandy has been a dream, and I know you’re going to love this striking vintage-inspired waistcoat. Sew up this fitted vest in our regular Charm size range (2-20 and 18-34 with bust […]

Rockford Peaches Halloween Costume, Part Two: Sewing!

Welcome back to our tutorial series for our Charm Rockford Peaches hack! In Part One, I showed you how to adapt the Presley Shirt pattern and a flared skirt to make this adorable sporty look. Make sure to read that post for supplies and pattern adaptations!  Follow this video to see how it’s done! Step-by-Step […]

Make Your Own Fabric Pompoms

Frenchy Robe with pompoms from Charm Patterns

Aren’t these pompoms adorable? We’ve used the nylon chiffon fabric from our Frenchy Peignoir Set to create floofy decorations that are perfect for vintage sleepwear! I was inspired by iconic designer Lucie Ann to create these fabulous embellishments. They look fantastic tied to the end of your ribbons or chiffon tubing on the Frenchy Robe. (We […]

Rockford Peaches Halloween Costume, Part One: Adapting the Pattern

Want to be a Rockford Peach for Halloween this year? Me, too! I’m obsessed with the new version of A League of Their Own and was inspired to create this Halloween pattern hack for you. You all loved the photos and video I posted on Instagram, so here is a run-down (and video tutorial!) on […]

Frenchy Peignoir Set pattern

Frenchy Peignoir Set pattern from Charm Patterns

Meet the Frenchy Peignoir Set! This month’s pattern was so much fun to design—and it’s even more fun to wear! Create the vintage-inspired nightie and matching robe of your dreams, in sizes 2-20 and 18-34.  The Frenchy Peignoir Set is a flared trapeze-style nightie and matching robe, with multiple options for length, decoration, and details. […]

Dandy Waistcoat pattern

Dandy Waistcoat from Charm Patterns and Dandy Wellington

So dashing! So darling! I’m delighted to share this month’s guest artist design with you, the Dandy Unisex Waistcoat. Working with Dandy has been a dream, and I know you’re going to love this striking vintage-inspired waistcoat. Sew up this unisex version (in sizes XS-5XL) for yourself or for your nearest and dearest and then […]

Brooklyn Jacket pattern

Brooklyn Jacket sewing pattern from Charm Patterns by Gertie.

Meet the Brooklyn Jacket! Yet again, I’m bringing you something inspired by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, since I know you all just can’t get enough of her looks. Midge never shies away from a fabulous jacket or coat, and as costume designer Donna Zakowska wrote in her excellent book Madly Marvelous, “her rainbow closet of coats […]

Gertie’s Ultimate Guide to Foundation Garments – Bras & Corsets

The Waspie Belt vintage sewing pattern from Charm Patterns.

“What bra are you wearing underneath that dress?” This is one of the questions I get asked all the time! The right foundation garments can do wonders to get that iconic ’50s silhouette, which was all about defined waists, perky busts, and curvy hips. I don’t wear shapewear everyday, but when I do, I am […]

Gertie’s Ultimate Guide to Foundation Garments – Petticoats, Slips, & Panties

Gertie from Charm Patterns with her petticoats showing.

“What’s the secret to the perfect 1950’s silhouette?” The 1950’s was all about defined waists, perky busts, and curvy hips. To get your outfit to look like our Charm photos or have a traditional vintage silhouette, you’ll want to invest in the right bra, shapewear, and a few fluffy petticoats. (Check out Part One of […]

SewRena Collection of patterns

SewRena Collection of sewing patterns from Charm Patterns.

The SewRena Collection was inspired by my love of versatility and creativity. I admired how styles from the past included interchangeable accessories like collars, dickies and cuffs to give staple wardrobe pieces new life. I also appreciate how simple these pieces can be so that the creator can go in and customize these pieces and […]