sewing pattern

Our gender reveal party, a Colette Hawthorn maternity hack and giveaway winners.

24 May 2015
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Thank you all so much for your kind words and congratulations on my last post, because so many of you expressed an interest in winning a copy of the Emmeline pattern I have actually picked two winners at random. I hope you enjoy the pattern Nathalie and Helen, drop me an email with your postal details […]

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My New Pattern Label: Introducing The Emmeline Tee

7 December 2014
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Hi everyone, I hope you are all really well. I have been all consumed with a very exciting project just recently which is why I haven’t blogged anything for a little while. Thankfully it is finally ready to share with you guys- hooray! As those of you who have been following this blog for a […]

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Lady Danger: Retro Butterick B5209

7 September 2013
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As I mentioned in a recent post I have been on a bit of a republished vintage pattern spree recently. I bought a bunch of them on sale a while back and have been working my way through them and really enjoying them. In the case of this particular one, Retro Butterick B5209, I was […]

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Retro Butterick Dress & A Morning At Chiswick House

27 August 2013
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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! The hubby and I finally made it over to Chiswick House and gardens for a wander around in the sunshine. It is the most beautiful place and only a 10 minute train journey from where we live in London. We have been meaning to go […]

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Lemon Tart | Mccalls 5377

9 July 2013
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I found this cute little separates pattern on Etsy whilst browsing the vintage pattern section as I find myself doing from time to time.  I was actually looking for playsuit patterns but I was immediately drawn to Mccalls 5377 as soon as I saw it for a couple of different reasons. I loved the simplicity […]

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Une Robe Français – Deer and Doe Reglisse

9 June 2013
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As soon as I saw the Deer and Doe summer patterns over on Ginger Makes I immediately ordered all three and made them up as soon as they arrived! This is very unlike me- normally I am really slow to get around to new patterns but with these it was a definite case of love […]

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Colette Peony

29 April 2013
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Hello lovely readers! I fear I must start this blog post with an apology for my recent absence from the blogging world. I would love to say that I have been preoccupied with an exciting trip to an exotic faraway land but the rather more boring truth is simply that I got ill for a […]

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1950s Camel Coat | Vogue 1083

7 February 2013
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I don’t go clothes shopping very often, you are far more likely to find me at a Benefit makeup counter or in the Peter Jones yarn department! At the start of the Autumn, however, it occurred to me that I needed some staple, comfy, warm winter garments and went out on a couple of trips […]

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Just my cup of tea – Colette Sencha Blouse

29 January 2013
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A few weeks ago I had a big toile day! By this I mean that I spent a day making up calico toiles of various patterns that I have had for a while. THREE of these were Colette patterns- to those of you that follow this blog that probably won’t come as much of a […]

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Colette Pastille Dress

10 December 2012
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Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be given the lovely Colette Sewing Handbook as a gift. For those of you familiar with Colette patterns you will know how beautifully presented the little pattern booklets are- well the same is definitely true of their book. It is filled with fabulous sewing tips and comes […]

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A far cry from the original

27 August 2012
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This was a strange sewing project! It was made from a vintage McCalls pattern from 1946. I really loved the shape of this vintage dress on the pattern picture but once I had sewn up a toile and tried it on I suddenly felt the urge to butcher the poor thing to oblivion. I looked […]

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McCalls Shirtwaist Dress

5 August 2012
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I have been wanting to add a shirt dress to my wardrobe for a while now, i actually can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to making one.  To me they are the ultimate 1950s dress and I love how iconicly vintage they are, conjuring up images of the poster girl fifties […]

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Tips For Working With Vintage Patterns

1 August 2012
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I have been making up some new vintage sewing patterns over the summer and have rediscovered the joy of working with them. I really enjoy the feeling that you are sewing up a little piece of history- it’s so much fun imagining who was making up the pattern when it was first printed. It’s also […]

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