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Mid Century chair reupholstered in 20th Century Cloth fabric by Sewplush

Mid Century chair reupholstered in 20th Century Cloth fabric by SewplushRecently 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 me some photos of the finished result[...]

My First Experience Of Sewing With Knit Fabric

My First Experience Of 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 of the knit tops but considering I'd[...]

The Trials And Tribulations Of Wearing Vintage

The Trials And Tribulations Of Wearing Vintage I had this lovely little red and white gingham vintage cotton blouse. As with most of my vintage finds I remember buying it. I can still see the shop in my minds eye, we were driving through a small town in Texas and pulled over to have a look in a little vintage/thrift shop. I bought this blouse and a pair of bowling[...]

Another Vintage Knitting Project

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 and very quick to get the downloaded pattern. (please excuse my[...]

Vintage Fashion Illustration Haul Continued

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 to keep my promises so I'm posting them here too, hope you enjoy them. I know nothing about them other than they have a[...]

Relining My Vintage Pendleton 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 on my to-do list for the last year but finally here goes. I absolutely love this coat. I just about live in it in[...]

Vintage Fashion Illustration Haul

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 came away with one purchase but one I'm really happy with, a set of vintage fashion illustrations, slightly dog-eared but absolutely beautiful. There are 25[...]

Hair today…….

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 I'd had it shaved, not completely off but a number 3 all over.[...]

My second attempt at knitting a garment

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 we were kids. It always fascinated me watching[...]

Final Blog Post On My Finished Garments!!

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 for now I'm happy that I have managed to show the ones that I made for myself. I also briefly mentioned these[...]

Finished Garments In Coronado And Delano Fabrics

Finished Garments In Coronado And Delano Fabrics I thought the Coronado fabric was quite suited to a shirt or blouse and I liked the idea of adding one to my wardrobe so I settled on Simplicity 2076 for this garment. I made the sleeveless version. There's not really too much to say about this pattern, I didn't realise when I started it that it has no bust darts nor back[...]

A Quick Look At A Few More Finished Garments

A Quick Look At A Few More Finished Garments I am determined to finish showing the garments that I made using my 20th Century Cloth fabrics. It is taking me some time but to speed it up a bit I'm going to try to cover 2 garments in one post. If I keep in the order that I made them the next in line is the Kona Bambusa print. I[...]

Memphis Noir Circle Skirt

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 the two skirt pieces are big. I ended up cutting it[...]

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 was basically a wrap-around skirt with a tie waist. As an added bonus it had lovely big pockets too, I love big pockets on skirts. Pocket detail The sewing[...]

A belated look at my finished garments

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 finding time to keep up with the social media side of running a business but am going to try harder to[...]

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 kind enough to display some to help spread the word please let me know and I'll send some out to you. Thanks, Helen.

Fall For Cotton Sew-Along

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 title! I chose to make a skirt from my Senora fabric[...]