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 […]

A day at the races

Last Saturday was the day of the Grand National in the UK. In the nearly 10 years I’ve been here now, I never really got into it, apart from last year when I happened to watch it on telly at some friend’s house and got caught in the excitement of picking a horse with a […]

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 […]

Lindy Hopping for Couture for Change, 17/02/2013

On Sunday I took part in a charity event called Couture for Change. It was taking place in Walkabout, Cardiff and included catwalk fashion shows through the decades (1940s, 1950s and 1960s), raffle, live music, and general entertainment, all of which was aimed at raising money for the Stroke Association. I was part of the […]

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.…

I made this! Black circle skirt

These pictures are a bit old- they were taken a few months ago, but I thought I’d post them anyway (I haven’t changed that much since then!). And since it’s been a little bit quiet on the crafty side of things, well… I love circle skirts, they look so elegant and make you feel instantly […]

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 […]

Out and about in South Wales- the Pumphouse (Pumping?) Station, Cardiff- and my new vintage suit!!!

While we are on the subject of things to do and see in Cardiff I thought I’d post about one of my favourite places in Cardiff: the Pumphouse (AKA Pumping) Station on Penarth Road. The lovely Tors had a brilliant post about it a while ago. I hadn’t been for a while until it dawned […]