Hi, this is a dress with rather fab coffee pots and tea cups on!  I drafted the pattern using an Enid Gilchrist book.  I lurve these books and have made a few things using them.

I decided to add a gathered skirt to the bodice because I had a large piece of fabric and only have one seam on the left side where the invisible zip is.  I managed to match the pattern on this seam too so it is almost invisible too.  For an extra detail I added blue ric rac to the waist seam and along the edges of the sleeves and neck edge.  The sleeves are ‘grown on’ sleeves with a little gusset under the arm.  This pattern appealed to me for that so that I wouldn’t cut up any of the pots and cups on the fabric.

In this photo I’m wearing a cotton cardigan I made last year from a Rowan pattern.  The pattern had a peplum but I chose to start from the waist edge instead so that I could wear it with full skirts and you can still see my waist.





Hi, this is an A line skirt I drafted from an old Enid Gilchrist book.  I used a tarten fabric bought in France and took my time to match the seams carefully.  Lots of hand basting….

I drafted the pocket myself and made the piping too.  A friend gave me a large tub of vintage buttons (very happy me!) and I used some on this skirt for the pockets and the back waistband fastening.  I also fully lined this skirt.  Just because I like to!  And because then I don’t have the problem of my skirt sticking to my tights – eugh!

I completed my first bound buttonholes on this skirt too and am very happy with the results. This skirt is now packed away as it’s summer here in France but I’ll be happy to unpack it come Autumn!




Hi Everyone!

I’m back with a pinafore dress I’ve made using various patterns and ideas.  I’m quite pleased with it and hope you like it too?

Apologies for the back photo first – I’m having problems getting photos into the right place on here?

Anyway… I used 5 different pattern pieces from 5 different patterns to make this dress.  The back bodice is from a 1960′s pinafore/jumper dress I loaded onto here recently.  The front bodice top piece is from a purple 1960′s dress I posted too.  The midriff section is from a 1950′s dress that I drafted the pattern from.  The front skirt is from a pencil skirt I drafted and the back skirt is a half circle pattern I just chalked onto the fabric and cut out.

I wanted to play with the check pattern on the fabric and see how it turned out.


I added self made black piping to bring attention to the waist and midriff part.  There is an invisible zip on the side and I fully lined this dress.

Some of you may recognise me and this fabric from a circle skirt I posted recently.  In the shop I asked for 2 metres hoping there was enough on the roll.  As it happened there was about 2 and a half metres on the roll and the shop gave me the extra half metre for free as it was the end.  Happy days!  That is how I managed to get a dress and a skirt out of the same length :-)










Hi, I’m here again with a 1/2 circle skirt I drafted myself and a bolero that I knitted from a vintage pattern.

As circle skirts are notorious for being difficult to hem I decided to add a feature of self made black bias around the bottom edge.  I really like the way this picks out the black in the tarten fabric.

The pattern was easy enough to draft.  I used an old drafting book from the 1950′s and chalked directly onto the fabric.  I used an invisible zip on the side seam and love how the squares of the fabric are distorted.

This is a better picture of my bolero.  I needed to do some crochet around all the edges and this was my first proper attempt at crochet.  I quite enjoyed doing it even though as a knitter I found it feeling odd holding the yarn in my other hand.  Aren’t the pointy cuffs cool?!

This is the pattern I used.  I found it on Etsy from a seller called Vanessalovesvintage.

So, another new outfit!  I hope you like it too?