March Vintage Pattern Giveaway

This month the pattern I'm giving away it this beautiful early 50s blouse, 34bust, McCalls 3088.   To enter please comment below, visit my facebook page like and comment on the post related to this blog: or visit my twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet. I'll pick a winner next Friday, 4th April. Good luck folks!


Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book

Let’s not sugar coat it; Fabrics for Fashion: The Swatch Book is expensive with the RRP £60. I got it for around about £37 and even then I could only afford it due to the stroke of good luck I’ve had recently. It is however, for someone like me who doesn’t yet know her batiste… Continue reading Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book


The Wardrobe Architect: Weeks 8 & 9

Again I have missed a week, so I’m playing catch up a little. I have had a reasonable excuse, though I’ve been going through a hefty HR process with work for nearly two years and had my final meeting on Monday so I have spent the last few weeks focussing on non-sewing matters (and boy,… Continue reading The Wardrobe Architect: Weeks 8 & 9


Vintage Lingerie: Historical Patterns and Techniques

When I saw this book on Amazon I knew I had to get it. I had a quick scan through the reviews online and decided to purchase. I adore vintage styled lingerie (total Kiss Me Deadly addict) but it doesn’t come in cheap. If you want quality, you’re most certainly going pay for it. When… Continue reading Vintage Lingerie: Historical Patterns and Techniques


Sewing for Vegas!

Well I had a little good fortune a couple of weeks back (thanks to a big PPI refund) leading the very excited announcement that: *drumroll please*  I AM GOING TO VEGAS! That’s right! In June I will be going to Vegas to attend the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, with a few of my burlesque… Continue reading Sewing for Vegas!


The Wardrobe Architect Week 6 & 7

So I feel off the WA weekly wagon. I just found it really hard, given my answers to the palette week, to organise it in any sort of way.....because, let’s be honest, I’m all about the statement colours! Neutrals are no good for me. I try to avoid neutrals because I spent so many years… Continue reading The Wardrobe Architect Week 6 & 7

Sewing, Tops

Butterick 2475: all Sewn Up

You may remember my post from January where I said I'd be getting on with the start of this Joanie inspired outfit by starting with the green pussybow blouse. It appears to have taken me an inordinate amount of time to complete. I have (in my defence) been quite busy with other things though; the prep… Continue reading Butterick 2475: all Sewn Up