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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 western styling but wanted some that were a bit more subtle, I also love the way[...]

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 would scan and share some myself. (also it makes a change from having to think[...]

Sewing the Wearing History 1930s blanket coat

My most ambitious sewing project so far... 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 the hell out of me! I do love a coat with a hood. I also love wool coats, and I had been[...]

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 surprised when my eldest (now 17) asked me to make her a blouse in one of[...]

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 think.Anyway on with the post. I do enjoy a bit of sewing when I get the[...]

Sewing with fabric scraps, how to make a jewellery roll

Recently I was thinking about using up scraps of fabric and making something useful so I set about trying to find a pattern to use and share with you all.In my Etsy shop I sell what I call ‘scrap packs’ which are useable bits and pieces of my prints. I try to make sure each pack contains roughly a square metre made up of various designs. These are ideal for[...]

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 called ‘Loot’ that I’m sure several of you will remember. We were about 2 weeks[...]

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 were designed with interiors in mind the colours are more subtle (or at least subtle for[...]

Sew your own vintage bunting

How 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 sure there are others. I[...]

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…

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. Bizarrely I can[...]

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 about 20 years ago. We were lucky enough to pickup this vintage 50s bathroom suite[...]

Fabric printing methods and my homemade duvet cover

Over 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) way of explaining about the printing process[...]

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 of it for just general carting around of stuff (something I do a lot of)It came[...]

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 one being about 1.5” larger all around.The[...]

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

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 me some photos of the finished result to share with you all. Isn't it just amazing? I[...]

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 never sewn with a knit fabric before I[...]

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 ball earrings. It was before we had[...]

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 scribblings on the pattern[...]

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 signature of sorts which appears[...]

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. It goes with most of[...]

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 all suits and winter[...]

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. This is[...]