Sewing

May Vintage Sewing Pattern Giveaway

  Up for grabs this month is this Vogue Designer Original vintage late 70s Belinda Bellville fitted and flared, bias back-wrapped dress. It's suitable for soft fabrics (challis, wool crepe, wool jersey, lightweight double knits etc). It's a 36 Bust. The pattern is uncut and in mint condition. If you'd like to enter comment on this… Continue reading May Vintage Sewing Pattern Giveaway

Sewing

Confession Time: My Vintage Bum in All Its Wondrous Glory

I have a big bum. Bigger than most vintage patterns that fit my waist and chest size by a couple of inches (either side) so make that between 4 and 5 inches. Why am I telling you this? I am, as most women are, not your traditional size and not by long shot when it… Continue reading Confession Time: My Vintage Bum in All Its Wondrous Glory

Books

Book Review: Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing

I’ve had a few emails from readers and queries from friends about a good reference book to start with when they’re sewing, so let me introduce you to the bible: The Reader’s Digest Complete book of sewing. When I first began my adventures I spent a lot of time on the net searching various forums,… Continue reading Book Review: Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing

Mad Men, Sewing

New Pattern Heaven: Mad Men (Trudy & Betty)

Don’t you just LOVE IT when you find a pattern that you have been looking for? For a while now I’ve been coveting Trudy Campbell’s gorgeous peach evening dress with the gold and pearl trim and the collars and cuffs, so when I saw this pattern on ebay I almost jumped out of my seat,… Continue reading New Pattern Heaven: Mad Men (Trudy & Betty)

Evening Dress, Sewing

Craftsy: Sew Retro – The Gertie Bombshell Dress So Far

I thought I'd give a little update on my Sewing for Vegas Sew Retro bombshell dress and my experience of using Craftsy for the first time. I signed up for this course with a little trepidation, boning? yikes! But you never get anywhere unless you push yourself do you? And in some respects I have all… Continue reading Craftsy: Sew Retro – The Gertie Bombshell Dress So Far

Embroidery

Wee Little Stitches: Tim the Enchanter & Scrambling for Tim’s Birthday

One of the first things I said when I was first introduced to my future husband 12 years ago was “there are some who call me…….Tiiiiiiiim?”, which of course I thought was hilarious. No one else really got it, apart from Tim of course. So it seemed only fitting that I made him a little… Continue reading Wee Little Stitches: Tim the Enchanter & Scrambling for Tim’s Birthday

Other stuff, Sewing

Sew-Inspiring: My Nana Turns 90

I do believe I have mentioned my Nana before but I really feel like she deserves to be mentioned a little more. My Nana turned 90 at the weekend and we went up to Sunderland for a gathering at her house to celebrate together, it was quite the turn out, with many of us sitting… Continue reading Sew-Inspiring: My Nana Turns 90

Sewing, Tops, Trousers, Uncategorized

Tank Tops (also known as my topsy-turvy brain thinks it’s Winter)

I went a little tank top crazy last week and bought four, and along with a brown dagger collared shirt, they cost me the grand total of £11. Bargain, thought I. Then I considered the fact that: I’m Going to Vegas soon and this is not suitable attire It’s very nearly summer in the UK… Continue reading Tank Tops (also known as my topsy-turvy brain thinks it’s Winter)

Sewing, Skirts, Trousers

Butterick B5895: The Gertie Capris – 3 Different Ways

You probably all sat there thinking "c'mawn...where's the sewing?!" lately didn't you? Well, I have indeed been Sewing for Vegas as I promised a few weeks back, it’s just been terrible weather here and combined with Timothy working away, and out of town visits to friends and family, I haven’t been able to get some… Continue reading Butterick B5895: The Gertie Capris – 3 Different Ways

Sewing

I’ve been Nominated in the National Vintage Awards: Please vote for me!

  Super fantastic new for my little blog: I've been nominated under the Best Vintage Fashion/Lifestyle Blog category of the UK National Vintage Awards . It means so much to me to be nominated, especially as at the end of this month it'll be my blog's first birthday (special giveaway to follow so keep your eyes peeled!). If… Continue reading I’ve been Nominated in the National Vintage Awards: Please vote for me!