She’s finished! Ceylon from Colette Patterns in red gabardine. There were blunders and fitting issues along the way, but I love how it turned out. More on my blog ;)


Yay! I’ve finally finished my first vintage sewing project – Simplicity 4255, from 1953, in green poly-cotton lawn. I thought it would be a quick job but it took absolutely ages – I’m in awe of everyone who can regularly whip up a dress from a vintage pattern! More pics and an outline of the [...]


These buttons (yes, they’re buttons!) don’t deserve to have been sitting in my stash all this time – they need to be sewn onto something! If there’s something more exciting than a black cardigan that you’d like to sew them onto, leave a comment on my blog to be in with a chance of winning [...]

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Hi everyone Here’s another from Colette Patterns (as Rachel put it, not a vintage pattern but vintage in spirit, which is good enough for me) – the Sencha blouse. It was really easy to work with. Needless to say, more pics and info over at my blog!


Retro fans, I could do with your advice. My second homemade dress lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. What do you think I should add to retrofy it? A bow? Pleating? Peter pan collar? Fabric-covered buttons? Ruffle? Key hole cut out? Lacy panel? Thoughts, tips and tricks appreciated.  Visit my blog, I do beseech you.


Fellow vintage fabric lovers, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in partnership with Liberty have produced a line of limited edition cotton fabrics replicating designs from around the 1780s to 1830s. More images on my blog and on the V&A website, where the fabrics are available to pre-order. Enjoy! ‘Shells’ ‘Rose’ ‘Seaweed’


And how do you do? My name is Tilly, I live in London, I work in the film industry, and I’ve recently taken up sewing. It was blogs like this one that gave me the urge to give the ol’ stitching a whirl a couple of weeks ago and I’m now obsessed! This is my [...]