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My 50s English Rose kitchen

My 50s English Rose kitchenI 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 called ‘Loot’ that I’m sure several of you will remember. We[...]

Lampshades in my new fabrics

Lampshades in my new fabricsI 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 were designed with interiors in mind the colours are more subtle (or[...]

Sew your own vintage bunting

Sew your own vintage style buntingHow many of you have ever had a go at making 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 with you all how I make it. This is my method, I’m[...]

Vintage Sewing Box

A few thoughts on collecting 'old stuff'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 we would be working on the next years collections and she[...]

Economy Design 1950s blouse pattern

Sewing yet 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 the items in it.I am a sucker for buying things on the spur of the moment.[...]

Another vintage knitting project…

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 stitch.My choice of pattern is therefore restricted to anything simple with no pattern.[...]

Vintage Bathroom Redecoration

Vintage Bathroom RedecorationBack 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 about 20 years ago. We were lucky enough to pickup this vintage 50s[...]

Fabric printing methods and my homemade duvet cover

Fabric printing methods and my homemade duvet coverOver a year ago I shared a photo on Instagram of a duvet cover I had made from my Senora fabric, As I was hanging it on the washing line at the weekend and marveling at how little it has faded in the year it's been in use. I thought I'd share it again in a blog post.It's quite an interesting (I hope)[...]

Making a 1950s duffle and tote bag

Making a 1950s duffle and tote bagOne 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 of it for just general carting around of stuff (something[...]

Hand made Midcentury placemats to match my coasters

Hand made Midcentury placemats to match my coasters.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 last words…) Basically the pattern called for 2 rectangles with[...]

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 FabricI 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 never[...]

The Trials And Tribulations Of Wearing Vintage

The Trials And Tribulations Of Wearing VintageI 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 ball[...]

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  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 continuedAbout 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 signature[...]

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 the winter.[...]

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 in total, almost[...]

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 two garments[...]

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 skirtStill 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 out[...]

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 detailThe sewing was[...]