Mr Doodle named this the add-8-inches skirt, because that’s what most people seem to do – that pattern is short! It’s a beautiful skirt pattern though, and I love the pockets. I picked up the fabric at a vintage fair a couple of years ago.… Read More The ‘add 8 inches’ skirt – Vogue 1247
Do you remember the scream Olive unleashes in Little Miss Sunshine when she gets the message that she has won the beauty contest? That was me yesterday when I found out I was one of the winners in Karen’s Pyramid Pattern Giveaway. So excited to take part, and see how far around the world the… Read More I won, I won, I won, I won……
I pounced on this pattern in one of my local antique shops last week. I’ve been looking for a camisole/slip pattern – this was in my size and only £1! The construction was a bit of a challenge. The ‘wing’ at the top curves round under the bust – but once I’d got my head… Read More First vintage pattern – summer pyjamas part 1
Mr Doodle bought me a Burda magazine subscription for my birthday. I love the magazine, but my goodness, that tracing is intimidating! I picked a skirt with only 5 pieces (including pockets) and managed to do it without too much squinting. The fabric is a thick cotton with a bit of stretch, sold to me… Read More Burda tracing, and a fail remade!
Decorate your (or someone else’s) head for the Jubilee! You will need: scraps of red, white and blue fabric, iron on interfacing (optional), pinking shears, hairclip, button, needle and thread. Also circular objects to draw around. I like to iron interfacing onto the fabric before cutting out, but you don’t have to. Cut out four… Read More Jubilee hairclips tutorial
Continuing my quest to use the vintage fabric I’ve been hoarding – this is from ebay and I was going to make pyjamas. Unfortunately I hadn’t realised sewing patterns aren’t the same sizes as ready to wear and cut it out woefully small. No, I didn’t think of checking the pattern measurements or making a… Read More Jasmine in flower
My first attempt at a dress and I’m pretty pleased with it! The pattern is Colette Truffle, without the frill as I didn’t have enough fabric – and also the print means it’s best kept simple. I love the neckline. I’m planning to wear this with sandals and a tan, but thick tights and wellies… Read More Colette palette challenge 1 – vintage print dress