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Here at my 50s style blog I’ll be sharing my latest projects and anything retro, vintage or mid century inspired that takes my fancy. I’d love to hear from you on my blog post comments or via the contact page.

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Home made make up brush roll

Homemade makeup brush roll

This was originally going to be just a social media post but I had too many lovely photos so I’m making it into a blog post so that I can use them all. At Christmas last year I was given a…
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custom recoloured blind fabric

Bespoke mid century fabric design

A few months back I received an email from a lady called Karen who was looking for some retro fabric to make into blinds. She had been pointed in my direction by a mutual friend of us both, and was keen…
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Bestway fashions No.244

Bestway nightwear catalogue

Last month I shared a scanned in version of Weldons home dressmaking magazine, this month I’ve spent a bit of time scanning in a Bestway Fashions no. 244 underwear, nightwear and pyjamas magazine. It was in quite a state and my…
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1950s dressmaking magazine

Weldons Home Dressmaking Magazine

If you follow me on social media you will have already seen a couple of these pictures. I bought a few vintage magazines a while ago from a vintage fair and have been scanning some of them in. The illustrations are…
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Home made vintage shirt

Marian Martin brushed cotton plaid shirt

A few months ago I decided that I would like a brushed cotton plaid shirt. I wanted it to be a mens style but with a ladies fit. This Marian Martin pattern seemed to fit the bill. It’s one of my…
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Handmade 50s blouse and skirt

Delano wraparound skirt

I have got so many sewing projects to share it will take me forever to write up the posts, but I am going to keep adding one now and again just so you hopefully don’t get bored with the same sort…
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hand crocheted blanket

Hand crocheted wool blanket

I’d always wanted to crochet a blanket and I also always like something to do once I’ve sat down in the evening so this project was a bit of a no-brainer. My lovely sister-in-law who is also very crafty, bought me…
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50s fortune cookie bag

Sewing Midcentury style handbags

Last year I had a spate of sewing bags. I was kind of experimenting with ideas for new products I could sell but I didn’t get around to sharing them for opinions, so I thought I’d make a blog post out…
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make your own pattern weights

Make your own pattern weights

I have recently bought myself an overlocker (or serger to those of you in the US) I mainly wanted to be able to make myself T shirts and tops in knit fabric and despite buying a walking foot and stretch needle…
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50s crochet cotton advert

Coats & Clark Fashions In Quick Crochet

Just take a look at this fantastic advert from the Coats and Clark ‘Fashions in Quick Crochet’ book for their ‘Speed-Cro-Sheen’ crochet yarn. I hope you all like the crafty things I share on here because I keep on finding more…
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swirl dress

Making myself a Marian Martin wrap dress

I made this dress ages ago. I’ve just checked and it was 4 years ago to be precise and I am only now getting around to sharing it. I did take lots of photos during construction but I think they often…
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Justin boots

Vintage Justin cowboy boots

If you follow me on Instagram you will have probably seen these already, I shared a few photos when I originally bought them but I love them so much I’m going to share some more! I fell in love with these…
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make a tailored hat

Make your own 1950s tailored hat

A while ago I bought a few magazines from a vintage fair, one of which was ‘Popular Handicrafts and Practical Homecrafts’ from August 1957. It has loads of lovely adverts and quite a few interesting projects to make and I thought…
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wearing history coat

Sewing the Wearing History 1930s blanket coat

This has been the scariest project I have undertaken on my sewing journey. I cannot deny I was really nervous about it, and for those of you who follow me on social Media you will already know that the buttonholes spooked…
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McCalls-7277-blouse

Homemade 1940s blouse McCalls 7277

I have 2 teenage daughters and despite my love of crafting from a young age neither of them has had any inclination to take up sewing. They are both incredibly arty and very talented on the drawing and design front but…
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Mid-century-pillow

Mid Century Floor Cushion

I’ve recently been playing around in my head with new product ideas, one of which is roller blinds which will be coming to my shop very soon. If you haven’t seen my recent Instagram and Facebook posts showing my colour tests…
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english rose kitchen units

My 50s English Rose kitchen

I thought this month I’d share some photos of my English Rose kitchen. I shared some of my bathroom when we decorated it a few months back so this completes the story. When we moved into our house in 1995 (the…
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contemporary midcentury lampshades

Lampshades in my new fabrics

I don’t often remember to mention the fact that I also sell lampshades made using my fabrics. The ones shown on my website all feature my first collection of dress fabrics and are all still available to buy but I have…
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Vintage fabric bunting

Sew your own vintage bunting

How many of you have ever had a go at sewing your own bunting? I made quite a lot of it for when I was selling my wares at various fairs using my original range of dress fabrics. I was often…
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ric rac

Vintage Sewing Box

About 5 years ago my husbands Aunt sadly passed away. She had been a machinist all her life and worked in various sewing factories up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. When I used to work for M&S suppliers she always used to…
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1950s handmade black blouse

Economy Design 1950s blouse pattern

Sewing another vintage blouse pattern… So last year I decided to have a complete wardrobe review (if that’s the right word for it) I had become aware that although I had too much in my wardrobe I wasn’t really wearing a…
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hand knitted 50s cardigan

Another vintage knitting project…

As any of you who follow my rather sporadic blogging will know, I do like to try to knit. I can knit but very, very, slowly. I am not great at knitting anything with a pattern – it takes all of…
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50s bathoom sink

Vintage Bathroom Redecoration

Back at Easter time we decided to bite the bullet and redecorate our bathroom. The bathroom suite itself was fine but the paint had gotten a bit cracked and flaky and the tile grouting was grubby. Plus I’d never really been…
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How to sew 50s rucksack

Making a 1950s duffle and tote bag

One of the benefits of designing and printing your own fabric is that you always have a plentiful supply on hand for those little craft projects that you’ve always been wanting to make. A while ago I bought a pattern from…
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Mid century melamine coasters

Hand made placemats

Just a quick post to show you all something I made recently. I really liked the idea of having some placemats to match my Melamine coasters so set about sewing some up. I wanted them to be double sided and found…
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G Plan mid century wing backed chair

Mid Century chair upholstery

Recently I was approached by an upholsterer from Suffolk, the beautiful next door county to my home county of Norfolk. She was interested in purchasing my Starlight fabric to reupholster a 1970s Gplan style chair. I watched her Instagram account in…
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how to sew a tshirt

Sewing With Knit Fabric

I received the ‘Gertie Sews Vintage Casual‘ book for Christmas and have to say it is fantastic! I spent ages just reading through it and making notes of additional bits and pieces I wanted to buy. I do love to have an…
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how to knit a cardigan

Another Vintage Knitting Project

This is my third attempt at knitting a vintage cardigan and I think I am gradually improving!! I’ve actually worn this one a lot, it fits better than any of the others and is a pretty straightforward style to wear. Again…
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fashion illustration

Vintage Fashion Illustration Haul Continued

About three months ago I posted  four of these sketches with the promise that more would follow but they didn’t. Better late than never, here they are. If you follow me on Facebook you’ll have seen them already but I like…
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vintage coat

Relining My Vintage Pendleton Coat

This post is long overdue. I actually relined this coat about a year ago, took photos and meant to write a post on it straight away, but as with a lot of things I didn’t find the time. It has sat…
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50s fashion drawing

Vintage Fashion Illustration Haul

A few weeks back we popped over to East London for a Sunday morning car boot sale. I do love a car boot but have to be in the right frame of mind to really have a dig around. I only…
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helen snell

Hair today…….

I just wanted to share a few thoughts on hair. My hair has always been poker straight and from about the age of 7 or 8 (except for a brief spell when I was 18) I’ve always worn it short.  Often…
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knitting a 50s cardigan

My second attempt at knitting a garment

Knitting is something I’ve always wanted to do but never been able to master. I can crochet and sew to a reasonable standard but knitting has always alluded me and I hate to be beaten by something. My nan was a…
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make a 50s skirt

Final Blog Post On My Finished Garments!!

These are the final 2 garments that I made – well apart form a shirt that I made for my husband in the ‘Modesto’ print. Maybe I’ll be able to persuade him to model it for a couple of photos, but…
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Vintage dressmaking waistband

Memphis Noir Circle Skirt

Still trying to keep things simple I made another skirt – this time though a circle skirt. I chose Butterick 6167 from my pattern stash, it only has 3 pieces so couldn’t be that difficult! Cutting it out proved to be…
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Butterick_9347

Butterick 9347 skirt made using my Biscayne print

Butterick 9347 skirt made using my Biscayne print The second garment I made was a skirt from the Butterick 9347 pattern. I was still trying to keep things simple (didn’t want to jump into anything too complicated too soon!) and this…
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Vintage dressmaking

A belated look at my finished garments

Way back on the 9th October last year I posted on my Facebook page that I’d blog about the garments I made with my 20th Century Cloth fabric. Well 3 months on and here I am, finally! I am struggling with…
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50s flyers

Look what arrived today….

Look what arrived today…. I’m very excited today to have finally got my hands on my business flyers designed and photographed by my husband Al at www.twenty7.net If any of you people out there have shops or stalls and would be…
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50s sewing patterns

Fall For Cotton Sew-Along

Last month I took part in my first ever online ‘Sew-Along’ It was organised by Natasha of www.bygumbygolly.com and Rochelle of www.luckylucille.com To take part we had to choose a decade between the 20s and the 70s, choose a pattern and…
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