Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The New Store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Almost there every one. Ally's Lost and Found is just that much closer to opening. Now the graphics have to be finished and we are rolling with the opening of the new site. When the store is up I will post a link to go to so you can shop till ya drop. Just in case you are unfamiliar with the type of items I will be selling let me tell you. I intend on putting up for sale the neatest most awesome vintage items to include but not limited to vintage sheet fabric, hand made items, awesome cook books (because good recipes stand the test of time), costume jewelery, vintage glass ware and more.

This is just a taste of the fabulous items to be on sale.

 Vintage broach
 Vintage Glass Ware
 Vintage Sheet Fabric
 Vintage Embroidered Pillow Cases
 Vintage Screw Back Earrings
 Awesome Pattern Vintage Sheet Fabric
 Vintage Pepsi Uniform Patch
Vintage Cover Your Own Buttons 
Vintage Pattern From The 70's
 Are you missing a manual for a sewing machine you bought or inherited?
White Model 2134 Sewing Machine Manual

I know I will see you there. Don't forget I really really really want to host a giveaway keep coming back for updates.


Got Bows?

 Update 7-12-12
My sister has recently started school and a new job so do to that she will not be able to make bows for my store. However I am sure she will be happy to answer any inquiries for her bows. 

So you know I have a store coming soon just full of vintage goodness. I also plan on having a corner for my sister the talented bow maker.
She plans on doing giveaways and has just done one in fact. Take the time to drop by and like her site then come back and tell me the bow you like best. Show some love for a fellow crafter everyone.

Thank you for stopping by and go check these bows out. Have a great week.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mini Haul

I am hand picking inventory for my store and found these items today.

I found button cover kits and vintage patterns. Then I found this lushes deep red fabric. Not sure if I want to sell it though because I see a Ren Fest costume possibility.

Awesome day. Hope yours was just as wonderful.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Circle Skirts.........

I love circle skirts. They are multigenerational and seam to come back every decade in some form or another. Today I wanted to share with you some images and a tutorial I saw this morning on PBS that shows how easy it is to get that vintage 50's look on a circle skirt. PBS is totally not forgotten in this house. Since we feel that cable is way over rated the local channel has become a resource for cartoons for the kids and sewing shows for me. today I found a show called "Its Sew Easy". It totally was a breath of fresh air that relates to more of a younger audience however I still love my "Sewing with Nancey". She will remain the queen but I wanted to share the segment of "Its Sew Easy that really caught my attention as well as a tutorial from Whitney sews for a easy and fast version of a circle skirt.

Here are a couple of examples of circle skirts approximately 30 years apart.

This is the one I saw this morning that really caught my eye.


This is the tutorial from Whitney Sews that started my following or her tutorials.
She is a very talented person who has easy to follow tutorials. This is one of her first ones.
If your not already a follower of Whitney Sews please drop by her Youtube channel or Facebook page and show some love.

I want to thank all who come over and read. For a long time I have wanted to host a giveaway to my readers but I don't know who you are. Please join and leave a comment so I can meet you.

Have a great weekend,


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Look what I found.......

I love vintage machines and frequently admire them. Just wanted to share today's find. It reminds me of a classic car and sounds awesome. Its a Morse 4300 Photomatic zig zag model. This is the first one I have seen face to face. So far I have learned that they are valued for their ruggedness and industrial like qualities. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Hope your weekend is a fabulous one. Be safe, be well and relax. Pics from my weekend so far.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Dress tutorial using a Vintage pillow case.......

So I too have gotten the bug and am now feeling better. Since then the tutorial I had originally planned well lets just say I wanted to do something else. So hear it is.
The supplies you will need are....
A pillow case
fabric for lining
A cutting tool
Measuring tool
A sewing machine

 First you will want to cut the sewn end of your pillow case. I just cut the surged edge off. Then place fold your lining fabric and cut one inch longer on the end and 1/4th inch longer on the side.
 Sew your lining on the long side at the 1/4 inch that you just cut as a seam allowance.
 Press your seam open.
 At what will be your hem where you cut one inch past your pillow case end you will fold at 1/4th inch iron and again fold and iron. Then you will stitch along the edge of your 1/4th hem all the way around.
 Next your will place your pillowcase rite side out under your lining which is right side out. The pillowcase is now inside the lining. Pin the two together all the way around and sew at 1/2 inch.
 They will look like this at the hem.
 Pull your pillow case inside out from the top and it will look like this.
 Press your seem toward your now top of your skirt.
 Elastic time. I would have like to have used half inch elastic but I had 3/4 elastic.
 Put on the machine like this and stitch using an elastic stitch all the way around. Stretch your elastic as you sew from the front to the back. Stretching the back as well as the front will put less stress on your machine.
 When you turn your dress right side out it will look like this. The elastic is toward the inside and your raw edges are hidden with the elastic.
Put the lining inside the dress and iron all the way around your dress.
 The inside looks like this.
Presto your done. Style with a wide belt or scarf which is what I had and you have a pillow case dress that is meant for you and not your daughter. Oh special thanks to my 5 year old for taking the picture of the final product.

Have a great Easter weekend and I will keep you posted about my online store.



Sunday, April 1, 2012


We have been busy busy the last few weeks. There have been a few projects going which I plan on sharing a tute for one later, we bought a new car, I just got my online store (will go live I hope in the next week) and had some sickness going from one person to another. Every one is fine though. My next MRI is Wednesday morning early, yuck and next one in 6 months. So far the gym and yoga have been a positive change but for now I won't be able to go back to yoga for a while.
Hope this post finds you well and that your weekend has been a great one.