The DIY Vintage Fashionista

As Autumn is quickly coming to an end, we are only weeks away from Winter being upon us. Of course I wanted one last hurrah for my favorite season of the year before transitioning into featuring winter essentials. Recently we showcased the fabulous Ice Skater Cardigan in Cinnamon from Emmy Design (Click Here in case you missed it) and now the infamous mustard is making an appearance on the blog. Today’s feature is for those of you who struggle to find clothing online at affordable prices, let’s talk about handmade clothing!

With prices of authentic vintage clothing going through the roof and reproductions clothing also on the rise, a lot of fashionistas are seeking out affordable alternatives. The answer: Do-It-Yourself (DIY). Homemade vintage 50’s inspired clothing is quickly making a comeback thanks to talented women like Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch. Gertie has launched her own line of vintage inspired patterns and fabrics along with offering Charm School sewing classes. I love following her on Instagram and seeing all the gorgeous handmade designs by everyday women like you and me. Many ladies are now starting to sew their own clothing and sourcing fabulous prints from local fabric stores like Jo-Ann’s, vintage thrift shops, online at,, etc. For beginners (like me), start by picking up a couple basic vintage swing skirt patterns on Etsy or Ebay. Tip: Circle, gathered skirts are easiest and practice on scrap fabric to build your confidence behind the sewing machine. If you are fortunate to live in an area that offers sewing lessons, I highly recommend you check them out. I will be signing up for classes in the New Year.

Last year, I was frustrated at the lack of colourful autumn leaf print designs so I enlisted the help of a friend to source fabric from Jo-Ann’s to have a skirt made to measure. She sent me photos of the various prints available and we both chose this gorgeous all over maple leaf print. For extra savings, sign up for online coupons and shop at the end of the season to pick up fabric by the yard at ridiculously low prices. Luckily my friend is super talented behind the sewing machine and whips up gathered swing skirts like a boss. Until I start dabbling on my own handmade designs, I will rely on her amazing skills to make affordable one-of-kind designs for me.

Many people do not realize that most of the authentic vintage that has stood the test of time 6 decades later were handmade by housewives from the 1950’s. Fast fashion is not made to last more than a season and forces the consumer to spend much more year after year on clothing. Not to mention, Fast Fashion is filling our landfills with more trash that won’t break down for decades sadly. I highly encourage everyone to take the plunge to learn a new skill and fill your closets with oodles of handmade clothing. This is one of my personal goals to discover in the new year.