Some of you may already be aware of this as it's been shared a lot in recent weeks, but I recently came across an incredible resource for vintage sewing patterns and it's incredible. It's called the Vintage Pattern Wikia and is completely fan made, but there are thousands of pattern illustrations for you to browse. Currently … Continue reading A vintage goldmine
The Button Box
Something a little different today - a book review! I was lent this by my mum and I wanted to share it with you as I'm sure some of you will be keen to read this too. The Button Box by Lynn Knight is both a social and personal history of buttons, and therefore clothing, … Continue reading The Button Box
#sewphotohop Day 3: Dream project
#sewphotohop Day 3: Dream project. This isn't actually my dream project, but an gorgeous example anyway - I have always loved period clothing and I would LOVE to make a proper historical outfit. I love mid to late Victorian and most early 20th century fashions so to be able to accurately recreate an outfit would … Continue reading #sewphotohop Day 3: Dream project
Fabric of India
Ergh. Monday. My first Monday back at work since before Christmas. It was a reallllly long day but I was given a large box of chocolates so there's that.This week is another muddled one as I will have 2 days off midweek for a family thing so by the time Saturday comes I won't know … Continue reading Fabric of India
Renee Marciel, French designer – a Monday Mention!
Today's post is another Monday Mention! It's also slightly different to normal but this is one I have had drafted for ages! As you may have seen, I really like collecting vintage patterns, although I have yet to successfully make any up - my small collection is full of gorgeous dresses but I'm more of … Continue reading Renee Marciel, French designer – a Monday Mention!
#sewphotohop Day 26: Labour of love
#sewphotohop Day 26: Labour of love. I embroidered a stomacher for an Elizabethan corset I made several years ago. I researched the Sumptuary Laws as well as different blackwork motifs, and the stays were made of white drill with handmade piping. Probably one of my favourite makes ever
#sewphotohop Day 17: Proudest achievement
#sewphotohop Day 17: Proudest achievement. This is my reproduction of the doublet Joe Fiennes wears in Shakespeare In Love, made several years ago whilst studying at RADA. I had never used leather before I embarked on this project and it ending up being a mishmash of different techniques but I love how it turned out! … Continue reading #sewphotohop Day 17: Proudest achievement
Fashion on the Ration
Yesterday I finally managed to catch Fashion on the Ration! It's at the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, and both mum and I were keen to see it before it closes at the end of August. As well as being a long-time dressmaker, I have also long held an interest in vintage and historical fashion, … Continue reading Fashion on the Ration