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Retro kitchen roller blinds
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Retro kitchen roller blinds

You may already have seen these gorgeous photos on my social media but they are so amazing I think they are worth their own blogpost. Way back in August we had a message from a lovely lady Helene at Revival Vintage. (Click here to visit their website.) She was redoing her kitchen and was interested…

Home Made Kwik Sew K3897 Dungarees
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Home Made Kwik Sew K3897 Dungarees

I have always loved dungarees. Or anything with a pinafore type top. When I was pregnant I had a pair of maternity dungaree shorts and I also used to slop around in a pair of vintage men’s Lee dungarees which were so comfortable. I’ve been on the lookout for another vintage pair for a while…

Sew your own makeup brush roll
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Sew your own 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 set of good quality makeup brushes. I’ve never had any decent makeup brushes. In…

Bespoke mid century fabric design
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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 to know if it would be possible to recolour one of my designs. I…

Bestway nightwear catalogue
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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 Photoshop skills are not the best but I think I’ve managed to make it…

Weldons Home Dressmaking Magazine
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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 beautiful so I’ve cleaned them up a bit and will share the whole magazine…

Delano wraparound skirt
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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 of blog content. It was only after going through all my photos that I…

Hand crocheted wool blanket
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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 a brilliant book ‘200 crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans’ by Jan Eaton….

Sewing Midcentury style handbags
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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 of them. The first one which I love is this fortune cookie style bag…

Handpicked Selection of Midcentury Style Christmas gifts
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Handpicked Selection of Midcentury Style Christmas gifts

No matter who you are buying for this Christmas we have a gift to suit. From our most recent range of shoulder bags and pouches… …to beautifully luxurious feather filled cushions and matching coaster sets for the home. For the chef in your life we have marvellous mid-century teatowels (which also coordinate perfectly with our…

Make your own pattern weights
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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 I could not achieve the finish I was hoping for with my sewing machine….

Coats & Clark Fashions In Quick Crochet
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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 of them! Although I guess you don’t actually need to like crafty things to…

Vintage Justin cowboy boots
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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 boots when I was looking for a pair of western style boots. I love…

Make your own 1950s tailored hat
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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 since I love to find free patterns online and from other blogs, that I…

Homemade 1940s blouse McCalls 7277
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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 have no interest in actually creating anything that they can wear. So I was…

Mid Century Floor Cushion
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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 have a look and I’d love it if you let me know what you…

My 50s English Rose kitchen
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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 days before Ebay and the Internet) there used to be a free ads paper…

Lampshades in my new fabrics
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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 just made a few samples in my new interior weight fabrics. Since these fabrics…

Sew your own vintage bunting
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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 asked if I sold it (which unfortunately I don’t) but I thought I’d share…

Vintage Sewing Box
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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 ask me ‘what are the colours going to be next year?’ because she knew…

Economy Design 1950s blouse pattern
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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 lot of it because I didn’t have things to pair with a lot of…

Another vintage knitting project…
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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 my concentration to get the increasing and decreasing correct in plain garter or stocking…

Vintage Bathroom Redecoration
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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 happy with the pale turquoise colour we’d painted it when it was first done…

Making a 1950s duffle and tote bag
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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 Etsy seller ‘My vintage wish’ for a 1950s tote bag.  I liked the look…

Hand made placemats
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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 a tutorial on Google that looked interesting and that I thought relatively easy. (Famous…

Mid Century chair upholstery
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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 anticipation, and was completely blown away by the end result. Nicky very kindly sent…

Sewing With Knit Fabric
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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 excuse to buy new sewing supplies. I quite fancied the idea of sewing one…

Another Vintage Knitting Project
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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 the pattern was a download from www.thevintageknittinglady.co.uk  I love this site, so much choice…

Relining My Vintage Pendleton Coat
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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 on my to-do list for the last year but finally here goes. I absolutely…

Hair today…….
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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 very short – in fact when my eldest daughter was born 13 years ago…

My second attempt at knitting a garment
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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 fantastic knitter and produced huge amounts of cardigans, jumpers and socks for us when…

Memphis Noir Circle Skirt
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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 one of the most difficult parts – although there are only 3 pattern pieces…

Look what arrived today….
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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 kind enough to display some to help spread the word please let me know and I’ll send some…

Fall For Cotton Sew-Along
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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 a cotton fabric – it HAD to be 100% cotton, hence the Fall For Cotton…

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