Sunday, 30 January 2011

Check/ Plaid Jacket Remake

Did some charity/ thrift shopping this weekend and found this lovely, wool, check jacket. It looked a little old-fashioned long, so I chopped the bottom off and added some red buttons to pick out the red in the check.



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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Tattoo Love

Love these simple line drawing tattoos of original subject matter... What to have next...

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Sartorialist Love

Love these photos taken by the Sartorialist of Junya Watanabe's latest collection. Want one of these Scandinavian-looking jackets!

Also love the look below:

Monday, 24 January 2011

Witty Stitches #3

And more quotes to stitch!

Witty Stitches #2

More quotes to embroider:

Witty Stitches

Since embroidering some pictures recently, I've seen a lot of embroidered one-liners on Etsy and thought I might create some witty stitches of my own. If anyone has any suggestions/ good websites for witty quotes, please let me know. So far, these are appealing:

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Crochet Pin-cushion

I made a couple of these and gave one as a present. Crochet in red cotton and pad made from limited edition Liberty cotton made for the V&A Quilts exhibition.


A lovely friend of mine gave me a contact at The Oak Studio in Hampstead and I contacted her on the off-chance she might want a textiles teacher. She did and it looks like I might be running a couple of weekend workshops! Yay! I am going to send off some samples (which will be used in a window display) and costings and will keep you posted of dates (likely to be March/ April).

Here is my very simple retro apron complete with heart-shaped pocket:

And my yo-yo cushion:

Hearts, a la Heather Magill (mum!)

Friday, 21 January 2011

Monday, 17 January 2011

Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling - The Water

Erica Weiner Love

Limited Edition of 20: Kyanite Spike Necklaces

Pinking Shears

Bargain! Vintage pinking shears, £2 in a charity shop!

Madewell Spring Love

Loving the Madewell sneak peek at their Spring collection. Could I do the midi skirt? Would you? Have you?! How did you wear it?

Love the jeans with oxfords/ brogues look.

Hand Quilting

So I'm making progress on my stars... trying a little bit of hand-quilting using my new cotton batting. Haven't quite got the knack of the delicate touch, but I'm practising!


I have loved this style for ages and finally plucked up the courage to tie a ribbon around my neck! Sounds pathetic, I know, but I teach in a small, country town where minds are not as open as in the Big Smoke... However, my sixth-form students loved my outfit! I don't make a habit of posting photos of myself (particularly with my head attached), because I am so not photogenic, but this is a one-off. I'm not about to start a daily outfit blog, don't worry!!

Don't you just love Jim in the background?!! Haha!!

Shirt: Vintage, Brick Lane
Trousers: Old Navy
Penny Loafers: Russell and Bromley
Cardi: Land's End
Belt: hand-me-down
Ribbon: last year's school planner!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Tattoo Parlour

Found this great little tattoo shop in Pokesdown, which also doubles as an American-style diner. Only had a latte this afternoon, but might be heading back for a tat with my coffee next time! There are some great vintage/ secondhand shops in this area too.

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Friday, 14 January 2011

Madewell Love

While I was in NYC, I was privileged to meet a couple of Madewell designers. They were amazing people and clearly very talented:

Loving the layered shirts/ sweaters/ skinnies/ paper bag trousers. The Spring collection is also to-die-for!

Vain and Vapid Love


Erdem Love

I am so in love with Erdem! The simplicity of white lace...
Black lace on blue is a reworking of a classic idea using new shapes.



Reto Pulfer



Love this new Swedish discovery: MiniMarket. The colour palette is adorable for SS and I'm coveting the shark sweater/ wide-leg pants combo!

Google Cushion

Love this! What a clever idea. Last five years' top Google searches available as cushions here.

Bird Love

Love this plate from a 1914 book. Lots more available here.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Dymo Love


Knitting Love

Patchwork Love


Stitched drawings #2...

Another stitched drawing of my friend and her pooch, Sid. This time, hand-stitched. What to do with them though...


I was really inspired by Garment House's star cushion and decided to make my own version using utilitarian/ repro feedsack prints. I love the juxtaposition of gingham, chambray and floral. This is a hand-pieced patchwork- so therapeutic after a chaotic day at school... Think I will eventually applique it onto white cotton/ linen to make a cushion cover.