An ode to Simplicity 8447

There is one pattern in my collection to which I always return, whose versatility and design make it perfect for a variety of projects. This pattern is simplicity 8447: a pattern from Simplicity’s vintage line. The showcased design is for a collared shirt and dungarees but it can also be used to make trousers andContinue reading “An ode to Simplicity 8447”

A first attempt at draping: a 1950s style summer top

As the temperatures rose in 2020, I retrieved all my summer clothes from storage and began to go through them to see if they would make the cut for this year’s summer wardrobe. During this process I came across a pair of yellow New Look palazzo trousers with a geometric print. I absolutely loved wearingContinue reading “A first attempt at draping: a 1950s style summer top”

A ‘Roman Holiday’-inspired dress (Vogue V9106)

At the end of 2019, my Mum and I sat down to watch the first episode of Queer Eye: We’re in Japan. We were introduced to Yoko Sakuma, a hospice nurse with a beautiful soul and a love for the movie Roman Holiday. After watching (and crying at) the episode, I decided that it wasContinue reading “A ‘Roman Holiday’-inspired dress (Vogue V9106)”

The Ruffler: a closer look at an antique Singer ruffle foot

When I was figuring out what all the attachments for my 1907 Singer sewing machine were, by far the most exciting discovery was the antique ruffle foot. I had seen YouTube tutorials of people using its modern day equivalent but I had no idea that they existed this early on. I do not know theContinue reading “The Ruffler: a closer look at an antique Singer ruffle foot”

A 1910s costume, part two: the research

This post is the second 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 costume, part two: the research”