I thought it was time I pushed myself away from the cotton and towards something a little slinkier, so when I saw Gertie was starting a slip sew along back in February I thought I’d give it a go. The massively underestimated my time so I only got around to it this week. I opted… Continue reading All Sewn Up: Butterick B6031 Patterns By Gertie: The Slip
This month I received my first Lucky Dip Club box. I’m not new to monthly box subscriptions, I’ve subscribed to a certain beauty box for around two years until recently when it lost its shine and I was overloaded by creams and perfume samples. And fake tan. For me. The quintessential English rose. The lovely… Continue reading Crafters Take Note: Lucky Dip Club
If you follow me on Instagram or facebook you may have noticed I’ve been making hair flowers to sell. Today I finally finished taking shots, editing them and setting up my Etsy store. Each high quality hairflower is encrusted with Swarovski and Preciosa crystals in complimentary colours and fixes to your hair with a crocodile… Continue reading Hairflowers made and for sale!
A couple of weeks ago me and the hublet went camping for a week (I know Vegas then camping, I am spoiling myself!). As a day trip out and while Timothy was on his course I took a trip to Polsden Lacey, a National Trust house and grounds in Dorking. I wasn’t expecting too much,… Continue reading Vintage Inspiration: Polsden Lacey
While I was off on my camping adventures I finally got to have a good read of a book I’d had my eye on for a while an which was gifted to me by a friend as a thanks for embellishing a hen’s dress for her final night of freedom. Fifty dresses that Changed the… Continue reading Book Review: Fifty Dresses That Changed the World
In all of my excitement, sewing every god given hour and running off to Vegas I think I may have forgotten to post that I am a a finalist in the blog category for the National Vintage Awards. I would like to say an absolutely HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for me… Continue reading The National Vintage Awards: I’m a Finalist!
Three days before I got Vegas, finally finished my dress this afternoon. Yikes! Sometimes I think I am either incredibly lucky when I get things done so quickly, or incredibly silly for procrastinating in the first place! Last week a gave an update of how this dress was going, which I'd started after signing up… Continue reading Craftsy: Sew Retro – The Gertie Bombshell Dress Complete
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
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
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)