The Great Gatsby-ish skirt

I’m going to make a confession: I’ve never gone past the first page of “the Great Gatsby”. I tried several times to read it, and never managed to pass that damn first page. And I am not really interested by Baz Luhrmann’s onscreen adaptation either, my main grief being about the use of contemporary music […]

Easy Peasy Minnie Mouse-ish skirt

I am blitzing through my stash of fabric at the moment and trying to make things out of everything. Mostly this involves sewing a casing into any piece that is wider than my hips, inserting an elastic and sewing both ends together. Which is exactly what happened with this little, unpretentious skirt. It’s gathered but […]

Rockabilly (kind of)

Yesterday evening I was invited to go to town by a couple of lovely girls from Lindy Hop. Our first port of call was Revoluci├│n de Cuba, a fantastic place where they usually have a themed night on Fridays. We once danced on a speakeasy night with a live jazz band -pure bliss! Last night […]

Originally posted on PatternVault:
In honour of Valentine’s Day, some mid-Twenties illustrations for McCall lingerie patterns including embroidery transfers. The heading reads, “Embroideries That Lend Irresistible Charm to the Intimate Garments.” From the numbering, I’d say the page dates to circa 1925, when these types of pattern were the only ones to have colour envelopes.…

10 minutes makeover: scallop hem skirt

Do you have an old skirt lurking around in need of a makeover? I made this green skirt from a heavy wool remnant a couple of years ago but never got round to really wear it. It was a bit too long and a bit too boring!!!! Inspired by a skirt I saw in Hobbs […]

How to turn tights into 1920s style stockings (~Tutorial~)

I don’t think I have posted a tutorial yet on this blog! That’s all very well to post crap pictures of my outfits and ebay findings, but there comes a time when I should share one of my very few crafty triumphs !!! I am a big fan of hosiery, but have a bit of […]

Keep moving

It’s been another busy week, so busy in fact that on Sunday all I wanted was to stay at home and do as little as possible! At Lindy Hop we had a 2 hour session on Shim Sham, it was great but very very hard! And on Friday night I went to see Madness at […]

The case of the OTT fake fur coat

When I was in France a couple of weeks ago, I bought a coat. It wasn’t very wise because it was the first time I ever came back with just a hand luggage which was already rather full and certainly didn’t need to have a coat added to it. It didn’t matter that this coat […]

So, I made a skirt.

Apart from my kitschy cushion, I have to admit that nothing has quite happened on the sewing front these last few months. Everyone knows the saying “Practice makes perfect” but when I found myself messing up a circle skirt- from instructions tried and tested without a hiccup several times prior to that- I decided to […]