Saturday, 14 March 2015

African wax print dress #3

I cut this pattern using an existing dress I have. I loved the shape and used fabric I  bought in Ghana. 

Friday, 13 March 2015

PDF vintage dress pattern

New pdf 1950s-inspired dress pattern for sale on Etsy: 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/225912238/1950s-style-wrap-over-dress-pdf-sewing?




Sunday, 15 February 2015

1940s Hat

Made this gorgeous hat recently. Learnt to block felt and buckram. Pretty chuffed with this- just need to add decoration 

Wrapover dress pdf pattern giveaway

I've been designing some vintage dresses based on 1950s garments and sewing patterns. This is a wrap over dress that fastens at the waist with a button. It's really easy to make and I will be launching a pdf pattern on Etsy in the next few weeks. I will be giving away 3 patterns. Comment below to enter the giveaway! 


Featherweight

My lovely mum bought me a singer featherweight yesterday- totally spoilt and totally in love! The attachments are awesome and make easy work of fine details like binding and edge stitching lace. Can't wait to start a project using this beauty! 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Hairbands on etsy


New big bow, retro hairbands available at Goldfinches on Etsy. 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/221718506/big-yellow-flower-retro-bow-headband?

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Playing with patchwork

It's been a while since I did any patchwork and quilting, but I've been bitten by the bug again this weekend!! 

I used up some paper pieced stars (made from Tula Pink and Kaffe Fassett) to make these two pouches:


I tried out some HSTs to make this small flying geese quilt top (not sure what to make it into yet!):


And finally, I used up the scraps to make this random piece that I may make into another pouch:


Plus, I got this bargain collection of Tula Pink fabrics on sale, when I should've been shopping for necessities!!



Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Cutting on a 1/2 scale stand

Played around with some vintage-inspired wrap-around styles on the stand yesterday. Created four garments in under an hour- so quick and easy on a 1/2 scale mannequin! Look out for some of these in vintage fabrics in the next few months!!





 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Recent makes

I recently made a little African wax print bear for my mum's birthday and a drawstring bag for my grandmother's Christmas present. I'd had a break from sewing, after making lots of panto costumes, and realise now how much I've missed it! 



Monday, 3 November 2014

New detachable Christmas collar kits

Great Christmas gift idea to get beginners sewing. 



Available in Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/209597800/detachable-christmas-collar-kit?ref=related-0

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Camp's Bay PDF new sizes!!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/208104458/xl-instant-download-pdf-sewing-pattern?


New XL size uploaded and small and large coming tomorrow! Download instantly on etsy! 



Monday, 20 October 2014

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Mermaid and the Oyster

I've started work as a lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth and my first project was to make six mermaid costumes with the first years for a live performance as part of the Arts by the Sea festival. So thrilled with the results!


They are performing today 12-6 and tomorrow 12-4 at pier approach, Bournemouth. 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

18th century bodice-making practise

I'm currently developing a file of construction and finishing techniques for teaching first year students next term. This bodice forms part of their assessment and includes lots of techniques combined in a finished product.