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”

Wearing History Smooth Sailing trousers: making 1940s summer trousers

When the shops reopened in mid-April, I was so excited to finally be able to pop to my local fabric shop to pick up the thread I had run out of, or the buttons I needed for a project, instead of having to order online. However, not only did trips for essential haberdashery supplies resume,Continue reading “Wearing History Smooth Sailing trousers: making 1940s summer trousers”

Making a 1940s lemon print beachwear set

In March, as the evenings got longer and the days a little warmer, I found my mind wandering to spring sewing projects. All the plans for warm wool skirts for winter were being shelved as I dreamt about bright printed cottons and summer dresses. After a really long and cold winter, I was truly readyContinue reading “Making a 1940s lemon print beachwear set”

A 1910s project, part twelve: reflections on my first historical costuming project.

This post is the twelfth in a series in which I endeavour to create a historically-accurate late-1910s outfit to the best of my ability. From using an antique sewing machine, finding modern patterns of historical designs to using contemporary sewing manuals, this project is a huge challenge and one that I’m super excited about. IContinue reading “A 1910s project, part twelve: reflections on my first historical costuming project.”

The Curtain Dress – or a Cinderella moment (Vogue pattern V1094)

I wrote this article in September 2020 but have been long overdue in publishing it! I hope you enjoy… When my friend’s mum asked me if I wanted her old curtains, of course I said yes. Multiple metres of good quality fabric for free?? Why wouldn’t I say yes? Also, using pre-existing fabric is moreContinue reading “The Curtain Dress – or a Cinderella moment (Vogue pattern V1094)”

A waistcoat for Dad: The Great British Sewing Bee book waistcoat pattern

This is a tale of perservance and triumph in the midst of many mishaps. Last June, I made my first piece of menswear: a waistcoat for my Dad. I used the pattern from the Great British Sewing Bee book and, as far as I remembered, it was pretty straightforward. The book includes a thorough collectionContinue reading “A waistcoat for Dad: The Great British Sewing Bee book waistcoat pattern”

A shirt for Dad: Simplicity 1544 review

Last April, I promised my Dad a bespoke shirt for his birthday. It is now the beginning of December and I finally fulfilled my promise. Better late than never, I guess! The biggest reason for the delay was the first UK lockdown which we were in the middle of in April. Dad and I decidedContinue reading “A shirt for Dad: Simplicity 1544 review”