Making a 1940s -inspired twinset: Celia Lacy Fine-Knit Twinset

When I first received my copy of Knit Vintage (by Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor) from my Mum, the first pattern that jumepd out to me was the Celia Lacy Fine-Knit Twinset. I loved the elegant style and delicate lacework on the top and front edges of the cardigan. I knew it would be aContinue reading “Making a 1940s -inspired twinset: Celia Lacy Fine-Knit Twinset”

A secret birthday project: Paintbox Yarns Bubble Stitch Cardigan

At the beginning of April, I embarked on a most top secret project: a cardigan for my sister for their birthday. Normally when I make things for other people, I like to include them in the process – partly because it’s fun to share the creative journey but also because it means I know thatContinue reading “A secret birthday project: Paintbox Yarns Bubble Stitch Cardigan”

Making my perfect vintage shirt dress: McCall’s M6891

One of my favourite staples of a vintage-inspired wardrobe is a shirt dress: they are versatile and effortless. I have one of the classic Collectif Caterina dresses but I have been wanting to make my own for a very long time. So, when I saw this cotton check in Fabricland maybe a year ago, IContinue reading “Making my perfect vintage shirt dress: McCall’s M6891”

Paintbox Yarns Zig-Zag Set: pattern review

Like many knitters, I love knitting baby clothes – one of my last projects before I took a break from knitting was a baby cardigan for one of my teachers at school. They’re really quick to make because they’re so small and they’re always adorable! So, when my friend Jessica told me she was expectingContinue reading “Paintbox Yarns Zig-Zag Set: pattern review”

Clara bow-panel sweater: knitting a 1940s jumper for Spring

Last year, Mum surprised me with a book she found in a local charity shop: Knit Vintage by Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor. At only 99p it was an absolute steal: full of lovely 1930s-1950s knitting patterns which fit perfectly into the style of clothing I’m making at the moment! It was hard to pickContinue reading “Clara bow-panel sweater: knitting a 1940s jumper for Spring”

A jacket for Stephen: Friday Pattern Company Ilford Jacket review

In May, after watching contestants on the Great British Sewing Bee make utility jackets, I decided to make one for my boyfriend, Stephen. He finally got it in December – better late than never I guess? Shortly after deciding I wanted to make a jacket for Stephen, I settled on the Friday Pattern Company IlfordContinue reading “A jacket for Stephen: Friday Pattern Company Ilford Jacket review”

Another 1940s co-ordinating set: Wearing History and Jemvintagepatterns mashup

One of my favourite fabric companies is Amothreads, they sell a variety of deadstock fabric on their website for a really good price. When I was scrolling Instagram one day, I saw this really lovely blue and yellow flower print cotton which I instantly fell in love with, and it was only £3.95 a metre!Continue reading “Another 1940s co-ordinating set: Wearing History and Jemvintagepatterns mashup”

One pattern, two tops: Wearing History circa 1939 blouse review:

When I finished my blue stripey Smooth Sailing trousers and my orange Simplicity 8447 trousers, I had quite a bit of each fabric left – enough, I thought, to make matching tops. I had also recently finished my lemon ensemble and was really inspired by coordinating sets. In the past, I’ve made simple strappy topsContinue reading “One pattern, two tops: Wearing History circa 1939 blouse review:”

Simplicity 8447… again: 1940s orange summer trousers

I make no secret of the fact that Simplicity 8447 might just be my favourite pattern of all time – I wrote a whole blog post about it! So when I saw this orange viscose/linen blend in my local fabric shop, my mind immediately jumped to what a beautiful pair of 8447 trousers they wouldContinue reading “Simplicity 8447… again: 1940s orange summer trousers”

The chaotic re-making of my Alice and Co. Adele dress

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like projects that I think will be easy often end up being the most challenging. This pinafore was no exception. I made this pinafore as a pattern test for Alice and Co. back in July 2020. I loved the experience of being a pattern tester and, at theContinue reading “The chaotic re-making of my Alice and Co. Adele dress”