Sew Pomona

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Sew Pomona
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." William Morris, The Beauty of Life 1880

Sew Pomona

Welcome to Sew Pomona! Here you'll find all my crafty endeavors, from sewing and patternmaking to natural dyes and embroidery. Follow my adventures as I work to craft a beautiful life for myself and my family in sunny Florida.


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The World of Anna Sui Exhibit

The World of Anna Sui exhibit curated by Denis Northdruft and organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum,London is now on the final leg of it’s international tour. The exhibit features over 100 looks from fashion designer Anna Sui’s archive, spanning her career from 1981 to 2017. I got the chance to view this fabulous exhibit right before it closed two weeks ago at the NSU Art Museum in …

Haslam 1929 Yellow Floral Slip

I’m back today with one of my favorite summer makes, this 1929 Haslam drafted slip from Book of Draftings #6 in a sweet yellow floral print. I couldn’t resist this lemon yellow japanese cotton print and bought up 3 yds from Blackbird way back in March. I also used this fabric for my vintage McCall’s 6634 Blouse. It’s really not the best color on me but I just …

Vintage Beach Set, Vogue 5257 Bikini Top and McCalls 6634 Short

Last week I shared my favorite make of the year, my embroidered seahorse beach jacket. If you haven’t seen that post be sure to go back and read it! Here’s the bikini and short I made to coordinate with that look. I used two different vintage patterns to make this look, a Vogue (5257) bikini from 1961 and a flared bias cut short from 1979, McCall’s 6634. I …

Vintage 1950’s Seahorse Embroidered Beach Jacket, McCall 1524

I bought this Vintage 1950’s Beach Jacket pattern, McCall’s 1524 on Etsy and really lucked out. I fell in love with the lines of this simple jacket pattern- not even realizing it had embroidery- and seahorses at that! The pattern contained intact (and fully functional) embroidery pattern transfers! So perfect for Florida! It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time either. I scooped up this pattern right …

Swiss Dot Flounce Blouse Version 2.0

I’m back again today with my newest version 2.0 of my Swiss Dot Blouse. If you missed my last post go back to see the original version of this blouse! I love this blouse with this new flounce sleeve. Perfect for summer and easy to wear. This was a very easy refashion once I removed the original sleeves. I had plenty of fabric to work with with the …

Swiss Dot ASG Project Blouse

I have a new blouse to share but I thought I should preface it with the original version I made last year but never shared here on the blog. This is my Swiss Dot Blouse I made with my ASG Group pre-pandemic. I have since refashioned it and will share the updated version tomorrow so you can see both. Please forgive the photo quality! I took these pictures …

Madeira Style One Seam Blouse

I’m back today with another of my lace insertion projects, this time a “madeira style” applique done on the machine with a ladder stitch. If you missed it you can go back and read my earlier post on lace insertion here. This make used the same base pattern as my last post, my Entredeux Top, without the added style lines. I really love this pattern I drafted and …

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