During the day (and sometime evenings, and alternate weekends) I'm a children's librarian at a public library, which is a great excuse to spend a lot of time playing and to read children's literature.
In my free time, I love to sew. allie J. is my place to document my life, especially my sewing projects. I adore the styles of the 1950s and 60s, so expect to find lots of shift dresses and full skirts here. I sew from vintage and modern patterns, striving to create a vaguely-retro wardrobe that works with my real life. If you want to see how I style my handmade clothes, take a peek at my series "what I wore".
I met my husband Alex at Washington and Lee University (that gorgeous background in the picture above). We got married this May, and I made my own wedding dress. We currently live in North Carolina with our goldendoodle, Bertie Wooster.
Some of my favorite things are all things preppy, cardigans, pink, ballet flats, bows, podcasts, middle school fantasy novels, tea, the 18th century, social history, and sometimes running.
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