Places To Visit

Cotton Couture: 1950s Commissions from Manchester (Manchester Art Gallery)

I stumbled across this fabulous exhibition when I was researching a blog for Time Out Manchester. You may have read my Gallery of Costume Dior blog a couple of years ago – I’ve always wondered what’s in the vaults there and it turns out this is. This exhibition runs until the end of August, and… Continue reading Cotton Couture: 1950s Commissions from Manchester (Manchester Art Gallery)

Children's, Sewing

Children’s Raincoat: Robert Kauffman Ann Kelle Chicken Print

And now for something completely different…. A few weeks ago I went off to Birmingham to a sewing show with my Step-Mum. We spent the day mooching about a huge space looking at lots of pretty fabrics and patterns, when this gorgeous laminated cotton caught my eye. That would be perfect for a kid’s raincoat,… Continue reading Children’s Raincoat: Robert Kauffman Ann Kelle Chicken Print

Sewing, Skirts

Simplicity 4579: All Sewn Up – 50s Fringed Skirt

My Step Mum found this pattern for me and I instantly fell in love with it especially the fringe trimmed version of the skirt, who doesn’t like a bit of fringing after all? So when the fine folks at Zazzle.co.uk got in touch with me so see if I would collaborate on a couple of… Continue reading Simplicity 4579: All Sewn Up – 50s Fringed Skirt

Other stuff

A Tiny Break from Sewing: Flowers Everywhere

A few weeks ago I got notice that my application to sell my swarovskii encrusted hairflowers at Hebden Bridge burlesque Festival. So the last few weeks have been a non stop sticking shop. I'll be at the Bazaar on Saturday 2nd May with a huge array of pretty sparkly flowers, so if you're going please… Continue reading A Tiny Break from Sewing: Flowers Everywhere

Day Dress, Evening Dress, Sewing

Simplicity 7702: All Sewn Up – 60s Shift Dress

My first sew of 2015. A few weeks ago I put a blog up for advice, after I scored some gorgeous vintage style fabric from John Lewis in the sale, asking what your opinions were on the pattern to pick. In the end the simplicity won out. I wanted to try something different, something with… Continue reading Simplicity 7702: All Sewn Up – 60s Shift Dress

Sewing

Help me choose a pattern (aka being indecisive sucks)

Well as you know we're in the new house, all is unpacked and yesterday we had our nearest and dearest over for a housewarming. So lovely to have our friends over and the next generation ( not star trek - just our mates awesome kids). Now the dust has settled I'm in the mood to… Continue reading Help me choose a pattern (aka being indecisive sucks)

Embroidery

Embroidery: Christmas Table Crafting

Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas Day! Here are a few pics of my table cloth and napkin embroidery (which I finally finished on the 23rd - phew!). All patterns are from the excellent Doodle Stitching the Holiday Motif Collection book, which is really great value for money for anyone who likes to embroider for… Continue reading Embroidery: Christmas Table Crafting

Evening Dress, Sewing

Simplicity 2602: The Christmas Edition

Christmas eve is almost upon us and here I have a festive feast for your eyes. The Simplicity 2602 all made up and worn for my work Christmas party (and soon to be seen on Christmas Day!). I know I've been a bit slack on the stitching over the recent months but I have fantastic… Continue reading Simplicity 2602: The Christmas Edition