Holiday Season 2017

Happy Dance Clip Art

Season’s Greetings to all my blog followers and WordPress friends! 

I have been on an extended break from sewing because of professional commitments and family related matters.  I will be back after the holidays to check in with Norma, Naomi, Carol, Hila and my other good friends here.  I am making slow progress on my toile for the 1947 drape featured in the last posting.  It is good progress so I will have many positive learning experiences to share in the months ahead.

In the meantime, I wish you and your families a beautiful holiday season and good health for the year ahead.


EmilyAnn France May



“Happy Dance Clip Art”
Public Doman
Clipart Library


Spring Break 2017

Happy Springtime to all!  I will be taking a break until mid-May.  It’s the time of year I love to go on long walks, take photos and catch-up on my projects.  By spending less time on-line it is possible to really sharpen awareness of the seasons, their changes and the subtle differences in how we perceive the world around us.

I’m coming into the home stretch–at last–of the 1930s Sew-along with Norma.  Completion has been stalled due to work obligations and a family history project but nonetheless, it has been a rich learning experience.  Another thing I have learned is that half-ball buttons with a shank, like the ones I just covered with fabric, need buttonholes or button loops to remain in a standing position.  I had thought I could just sew them onto the vertical dart and create the look of a mock closure but that did not work out.  I now have 10 pretty buttons for a future project and learned how to deal with shiny fabrics in this process.

I will work on the belt during Spring Break using instructions from Reader’s Digest Guide to Sewing.  I plan to take step-by-step photos to share when I return.  I think actually seeing how the instructions from a book work out is always a good way to share what I learn.  Photos show more than line drawings from a book.

I leave you with these pretty photos and a poem about Spring. …

“First Signs Of Spring”
by Emile Pinet

I woke to the tinkling of melting snow,
flowing from my roof to the ground below.

And a robin’s chirp, in a near by tree,
sounded like he was serenading me.

The rising sun was wearing a warm smile,
that made my getting up seem all worthwhile.

I opened my window to sniff the air,
and sure enough it smelled like spring out there.

My yard was dabbled with patches of green,
and my snowman had all but fled the scene.

Tulips and daffodils poked through the ground,
and soon there floral beauty will abound.

A tepid, gentle wind, caressed my skin,
and I felt the shift in seasons begin.



Public Domain Photos

Lambs in a meadow

Lilacs and Peruvian Lillies


“First Signs of Spring”
by Emile Pinet

Holiday Greetings 2016


With best wishes for a happy holiday and a retro inspired new year!

Thank you for all your support and participation this year.  2016 was a breakthrough for this blog and for me!  Greater participation and a greater learning curve resulted.  I look forward to continuing our journey in 2017.

I am going on a one month break.  See you in January 2017 when the adventure of the 1930s Sew-along with Norma continues.  The dress is progressing nicely.  More to come…


–EmilyAnn Frances May


Image from The Clip Art Kid



Hark the Herald Angels Sing!





To all my readers, subscribers and visitors to this blog,

Thank you for your support and interest in RetroGlam.

My prayer is for you all to have greater inspiration, creativity and artistic expression in the New Year.  May there be joy in something you do each day.

With best wishes for a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year!

EmilyAnn Frances May


Victorian Angel-Public Domain Image
Courtesy of The Graphic Fairy