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May the first and some sneaky peeps

Hello peeps! How are you?  It’s the first of May today, & well, you know, the start of Me Made May 12.  I don’t intend daily posting but I had to laugh at today’s photo & thought it worth an immediate posting.  I just couldn’t wait  to share it with you.  Remember I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone & take at least 2/3 of my photos outside of my own 4 walls, yes in public.  Well, I had to make a visit at lunchtime …..I had a screw missing loose & while mine were being fixed I couldn’t resist playing around with the goods on offer….

They call them their “Where’s Wally/ Waldo” glasses!   Aren’t they just excellent!

Outfit details – you’ll notice a coat that is most definitely not made by me, but apart from that I have on Ultra Violet blouse and my What Ho Ginger !skirt (& yes, even a pair of hand made knicks, but don’t tell every one.)

And while I am creating some spoilers fancy a teaser of what I’m working on?

I’ve replaced the buttons on the cardigan with some vintage ones.  Unfortunately not quite enough so there are some deliberate “design differences”.  It’s an off white charity shop find with pretty scalloped neck.

And can I also share some newcomers to my vintage pattern family?  I have a feeling that you’ll enjoy viewing them too?

This is an Ebay special bargain.  The boat neck dress has a slightly gathered skirt, as opposed to the usual darts, as well as a scoop back.  SWOON.  But then with this jacket? My only doubt is that I need to wear shapes that emphasise my waist & am not sure whether this jacket lends itself to a bit of shaping.  What do you think?  If boxy jackets do nothing for my shape, would the curved front overcome this?

I have had my eye on this one for ages & finally resisted.  ALL that I love in a 60s blouse – back buttons, flounces, pussy bow collars, frilled cuffs, & what’s more, a free pinafore pattern should I wish to show off any number of these blouses with their match made in heaven (ie the “jumper”).  Lured by Miss Betty’s Attic to purchase this blouse, I also succumbed to this one.  It is a repro vintage pattern, BUT …..prepare for some gorgeousness….

Now if ever there was a dress fit for nautical-isation, this surely is it.   What else is there to say except I hope you love them as much as me.  🙂


Is this the perfect vintage dress for autumn in the office?

Just a short post, as I am in love.

Vintage simplicity dress pattern 7051 from 1967It says on the envelope that it’s from 1967 (someone else looked it up, obviously).

I thought I had lost it, but found it tucked away in between the “Welt pockets” pages of my Vogue Sewing book to find out how easy it would be (see view 2).   Despite the fact that I should probably sort out my separates for the autumn/ winter, I am drawn as though hypnotised to this pattern.  I feel compelled to make a 3/4 length sleeve variety for wearing to work.  Thing is I don’t have any suitable fabric.  (Yes, really!) I know I am asking a lot of you at the moment, but just one more thing ….. I’m after a mid weight machine washable fabric.  Any suggestions?  Anyone got any visions of their own for such a cute frock?  It’ll be on my shopping list this Saturday … I’m in your hands peeps!  Hit me with your wisdom & inspiration…

As always I am very grateful xxx

Vintage Vogue Jacket: I may be some time

Thank you one & all for your wonderful comments to my last post flapping about in the sea dressed in my frilly sundress, it’s wonderful to get feedback & hear from anyone interested enough to read my blog!  Later this week, mark my words, I have a giveaway planned …

But onto today.  In last post’s comments there was resounding support for me to make the Vintage Vogue 1695 “Easy to Make” jacket.

Vintage vogue pattern


It is lined, and looks beautifully shaped , but note it says on the front “Easy to Make“- see that means it should be OK for a jacket novice like myself.  I’m making it out of this red striped cotton, as a sort of summery jacket that hopefully gets used in Spring & early Autumn.  Being red it should coordinate with my blue, red & purple tendencies.

The fabric came from Goldhawk Road during the notorious Fabric Fandango organised by Karen. It’s a mid weight cotton with that lovely woven stripe.  It’s got a bit of give in it too.  I’m lining it in deep emerald green cotton, & am adding plain red piping to the collar & maybe the pockets.  Will I look a tad “Henley”? That is the danger I suppose.  Button choice is critical!

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Rockahula vegas vintage shirt & 50s denim shorts

Rockahula vegas shirt

Oh my word, I still need to show you my already much worn, super loved, “Rockahula Vegas shirt”, pulled together last month.  It’s made out of fabric I purchased at Karen’s Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango, referred to my team members as “Vegas” fabric.  I also think it’s got something tropically Hawaiin kitsch about it, and therefore lovingly like to call it Rockahula Vegas fabric, as it makes me super excited when I think about it.

I have been hamming it up a bit, prancing around in the rare sunshine like an idiot during Me Made June.

Rockahula vegas vintage shirt & 50s denim shortsThis picture showcases the shirt & shorts from this pattern – 50s vintage .

Now I have a penchant for sleeveless shirts, & in my pattern stash I found the pattern above, New Look 6343 which in its time survived various iterations in floral cottons of various descriptions (about 15 + years ago).  I also used to love wearing them with shorts – just not such stylish ones!  Anyway, the vintage pattern , need I say, surpasses the 90s New Look.  Let’s find out why. Continue reading

Just how many items of clothing can you get from a 2.5m x 160cm piece of navy denim?

The answer to that question is 3 (with still a bit left for a bag or even a hat maybe).  And this piece of fabric cost me approx £12 from Karen’s Walthamstow fabric frenzy.  What a complete & utter bargain.

I have made first of all the Happy denim shirtdress.  Since then I have also apparated a skirt & a pair of vintage shorts.  Here follows the story of these new creations.

The denim Beignet:

The adored skirt pattern by Colette patterns struck again.  It was the obvious choice.  I needed a casual skirt & Beignet delivers everytime.  Now, a question folks.  At the recent Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango (also led by Karen of Did You Make That), there was discussion about correct pronunciation of “Beignet”

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Too old for school vintage dress

When I think of gingham, I think of school dresses.  Luckily, or unluckily depending on your perspective, I never went to a school where gingham dresses were summer uniform.  At junior school girls wore what they wanted (I think!) and at secondary school my only “official” school summer dress was in some special print fabric that probably cost my Mum an arm & a leg when she made me my summer dresses in that naiive first year.  And then, after a certain age it was far cooler (in a teenage sense) to carry on wearing shirt (no doubt hanging out), tie & skirt (with rolled up waistband to shorten it) than the “regulation” summer dress.  So I missed out on gingham.  And when I was asking for guidance last week & you earliest commenters commended the vintage pattern, it never occurred to me that my Walthamstow “cheesecloth” gingham might end up looking like a school dress.  I mean it isn’t really gingham.  No, not at all until I was nearly at the end.  I was thinking of doing some silly photos with white socks & sandals, but be grateful you have been spared.  In fact, it was so gorgeous when I put it on, that I could only wear it at its best, as opposed to ridiculing it.

So, here is my first attempt at sewing a proper vintage pattern.  McCalls 5694, procured from Ebay last year some time in my proper size, so no scary adjustments needed (in theory at least!)

Vintage McCalls 5694

Luckily for me this pattern is printed- I didn’t have to navigate my way around punched holes (phew).  It came (size 34) with three different bodice pieces for different heights- I naturally missed this at first & sailed away cutting out the one that had already been used, only having to get the short*rses’ version to recut.  And without any kind of bat of my eyelid, I adjusted for a sway back (oooo er!  look at me!).  The fabric was a real pain to cut out- I think after much more familiarisation that it isn’t synthetic mix afterall, but a type of cheesecloth & boy did it stretch all over the place when I was cutting, it was also pretty heavy (significant when cutting on a table & some of it hangs over the side & edges).  I tried to line up rows, but did not succeed in all cases.   The skirt, heavily pleated, was made up of 4 separate squares, which in the end I just measured & cut as opposed to pinning pattern pieces onto.


The bodice was lovely to make, nice kimono sleeves that were faced, & as in the Sencha blouse, handstitched inside.  I did need to take in the side seams though, so the whole facing/sleeve thing needed some adjusting also.  I’d say I just about followed the instructions for the bodice, but for the skirt, I winged it.

Vintage check dress

Imagine stretchy pretty weighty fabric x4 different pieces on my knee in the conservatory where I was trying to sew.  Yep, I should have gone elsewhere with more space, but I was on a mission – that would have been cause for delay.  Attempting to repin pattern pieces on my knee has worked in the past, but not this time.  There are lots of pleats, suiting this fabric down to the ground, because the lines make it easy! & when it was finished it really hangs beautifully.

Twirling vintage dress



I kind of ignored the instructions, knowing my objective was to make the skirt fit the bodice (not exactly rocket science!) but the checks eliminated any kind of fiddly measurement to get the pleats the same size/ distance apart.  So whilst I was doing this, I was beginning to realise that I was taking a more than slapdash approach.    It seemed that the pleats in the pattern were positioned to hide all of the skirt seams, so I tried to keep to that ideal.  The centre front also hid under a pleat, & having not followed the instructions up to that point meant that I also had to feel my way for the skirt front opening.

Swirling vintage dress

And I was making this dress on the day of the Royal Wedding – would I be able to wear it to the street party?  I was sitting in my PJs until 4pm ( I think I already mentioned this) but was unable to complete it in time.  I got everything bar the handsewing done, but with all of that hem, it needed a bit more time & space & TV without subtitles (we’ve graduated onto the French Spiral, being hooked on the Saturday night foreign thrillers the BBC are screening.  Sorry, digression, but it is important to understand that handsewing doesn’t get done when subtitles are on.  Just like knitting.)

Swirling vintage dress


No matter, it hung around all week.  I’d even sewn the self belt with a vintage buckle that I’d scooped at a charity shop.

Self made belt

SO, as you can see from the photos, luckily I had no gardening commitments (this afternoon was showery+ no plan), so I was able to watch a silly film on TV & stitch.

Vintage check dress

It was only when I finally put it on though that I realised how much I love its weight, the comfortable, practical & stylish sleeves, & its mega swirl-factor.  I apologise for posting so many photos – blame the self timer on the camera & my swirl love!

So thank you dear commenters for encouraging me to “go vintage” – it really suited me having someone tell me what to do!  I know a second wave of you also suggested sewing another Crepe, which I could also have done if I hadn’t got straight into action !

Does anyone else like to “ask the audience” & then do you follow it?