The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 2: Episode 10 – Show Notes

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The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 2: Episode 10 – Show Notes
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S02E10 Show Notes:

Here’s a roundup of the resources, patterns, and projects mentioned in this episode:

Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses

♥ Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses: A Modern Guide to Stitch-and-Wear Vintage Patterns You Can Make in an Afternoon, by Gretchen Hirsch: https://amzn.to/2Dnud6A (affiliate link)
♥ Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing: http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/
♥ A cute example of one of the jiffy dresses from Gertie’s Instagram:

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Final book preview! This is the cover look of #gertiesewsjiffydresses. (The book is now available for SIGNED preorders at the link in my profile; the book releases April 9th.) This book is devoted to quick and easy vintage dressmaking. This one is The Popover Dress, and its idea was inspired by the fashion philosophy of Claire McCardell. My Popover Dress is a voluminous trapeze shape which is a “throw it on and cinch it with a belt” kind of dress. The dresses in the book go from very easy (no closures, minimal pattern pieces) and gradually get more challenging. This dress is at the very easy end of the spectrum with only two pattern pieces and no closures. #vintagesewing #sewistsofinstagram #sewing #sewingbook #jiffypopoverdress

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Vintage Knitting Retreat

♥ Casting on at the beginning of the retreat:


♥ Heidi’s baby-sized 1940s-style sweater:

Mollie’s Fun With Vintage Spinning Wheels

♥ Mollie’s Antique Spinning Wheel:


♥ Spinning Wheels in Olden Days News: https://theknittinggenie.com/tag/spinning-wheel/

The Wasteshed, a.k.a Chicago’s Very Own Recycled Disneyland 😉

♥ The Wasteshed’s website: http://www.thewasteshed.com/
♥ A beautiful take on Heidi’s snowy Spring Craft Fair make & take project:

Group Topic: Blocking Knitting and Crochet

♥ Haley uses Soak (scentless) for her soaking/delicate washing: https://us.soakwash.com/products/soak-full-size-shop-share-scentless
♥ Haley uses KnitIQ gridded blocking mats for blocking her projects: https://amzn.to/2V8dCOb (affiliate link)
♥ Heidi’s post about how to block your knitting for absolute beginners: https://www.handsoccupied.com/how-to-block-a-knitting-project/
♥ Heidi’s blog post about the controversial practice of setting yarn color with vinegar: https://www.handsoccupied.com/these-colors-wont-run/

The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 2: Episode 10 – Show Notes
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By Haley Pierson-Cox

Haley Pierson-Cox writes the craft blog https://www.redhandledscissors.com/. She's a knitter, sewer, maker, cross-stitcher, lover of cats, purveyor of quirk, an author of cross-stitch books, and avid swearing enthusiast! (But not on this podcast!) She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon called Tiny Cranky Haley.

2 replies on “The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 2: Episode 10 – Show Notes”

Yes to everything you said about blocking! I started out blocking on my bed but quickly discovered that the bed itself takes a long time to dry. Blocking mats don’t absorb water! I bought mine special from Knit Picks and then discovered you can get almost the exact same foam squares cheaper at kids’ consignment stores ? Also because I have cats I put a towel or sheet over the top of my blocking because they invariably want to sleep on top of it. Thanks for talking about this, I have met too many people who are afraid of blocking and as you say it makes a world of difference!

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