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Throwback Thursday: Coats!

This week has been a bit crazy, so I’m afraid this Throwback Thursday is going to be short and sweet. The British Autumn means going for walks over crisp, golden leaves, conker picking and snuggling up in a new coat. For those of you looking for a touch of vintage inspiration for your little ones’ coats, have a look at …

Creating A Keepsake Cushion

I was very pleased to receive an unusual commission from a family friend recently. She asked me to upcycle her daughter’s old Beavers jumper into a keepsake cushion for her 9th birthday. For those of you outside the UK, Beavers is a mixed national youth organisation for 6-8 year olds (a precursor to Cubs and Scouts, if you will) where kids …

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Throwback Thursday: Ladybird books

Recently I watched a BBC documentary that is a little treat for those of us who like to reminisce over childhood memories: The Ladybird Books Story. I’ve spoken a lot about how much my Mum has influenced me and this extends to her childhood book collection. As a child of the 60s, her collection inevitably included many of the classic …

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The Pleated Bow Dress

I was incredibly pleased when Natalli from Nell Patterns responded to my email asking to be a pattern tester for her latest pattern: The Pleated Bow Dress. Not knowing much about the pattern beforehand, I was even more pleased when it finally arrived in Dobbin’s Bobbins’ inbox and I discovered the simplest, sweetest little design. It’s a pretty a-line dress, …

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Throwback Thursday: Inverted Pleats

1960s children’s clothing holds a special place in my heart. I imagine it’s probably because I associate it with photos of my Mum growing up, and therefore of sitting at my Nana’s house listening to the family reminisce about favourite memories. Presumably this is why when I scrolled through my Vintage Inspiration board on Pinterest, I discovered that the many of the …

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How to: Dye fabric with Red Cabbage

As I was busy cooking red cabbage on Thursday evening, I found myself thinking about how it had the potential to be a brilliant natural dye and decided to experiment and put whatever was leftover to good use! So after a bit of research (particular thanks to Ruth at Twenty-first Century Lady) here are the very easy steps that I took …

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Throwback Thursday: Flower Girls!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been very busy throughout August, working on a very special project for a very special couple. I designed and created a flower girl dress which reflected the bride and the day’s overall aesthetic, which meant lots of research. I won’t reveal too much, as I’ll do a separate blogpost all about it, …

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Selfish Sewing & The Cross-Over Back Blouse

Summer and it’s inevitable lack of routine has meant that I’m a little late in writing this blogpost. So late, in fact, that Love Sewing’s Issue 17 (which includes this Simple Sew pattern) will only be on sale in stores until tomorrow. So go and grab your shoes and run to your local supermarket (or wherever you usually buy your magazines!) and …

My Top Ten Online Sources for Vintage Inspiration!

There’s nothing I love better than to pass the hours lost in a world of vintage inspiration. And I particularly love when fellow sewers share their discoveries for others to enjoy. So with that in mind, I thought I’d let you know (in no particular order) my favourite corners of the internet to productively procrastinate! 1. NYPL Digital Collections: Creators …

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The Henry Dress!

Back in May, Erin from Brooklyn Pattern Company asked me to test one of her brand new patterns and I was over the moon with excitement. The dress perfectly balances modernity and tradition; femininity and fun. I cannot wait to finally share the photos of the wonderful Henry dress with you all! I just love this pattern. Erin’s instructions are …