pattern review

A jobbing sewist’s review of Vogue 8904

I have had a passing fancy for Vogue 8904 – an interesting “shingle” dress made up of layers of contrasting fabrics, and have, unusually for me, read reviews prior to making, which said things such as “really easy”; “made in an afternoon”, “I didn’t need to read the instructions”, and so on. You get the […]

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Archie, GCC, Sewing, vintage


You’ve all probably immediately gone to thinking about tweed fabric, but I had one of those weird flashbacks to my mother wearing Tweed perfume when I was a child. I immediately had to google it and found that it was launched in 1925 and “Tweed is an enduring, distinctive, retro classic fragrance that has retained […]

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GCC, Knitting, Machine knitting, Sewing

A new trackie!

As I do more and more walking in the winter, I find myself needing walking clothes, particularly for those day walks where I don’t want to look too scruffy, so I have made a new tracksuit. For the top I used my new BFF, Vogue 8854 – this is the third time I’ve used it, […]

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GCC, Sewing, vintage

A suit – sort of!

Last night I put the finishing touches to a skirt and vest that I’ve been making for the last few days. I bought a remnant in Tessuti’s Melbourne – 91cm of wool houndstooth check. I bought it intending to make the skirt from Vogue 1247, but I had enough left over for the vest – […]

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GCC, Sewing

Weekend sewing

I had a really productive weekend of sewing – I managed to clean up a whole pile of projects just waiting for elements to be added/changed/finished. I also made a couple of things from scratch. Whilst I was rummaging in one of my many boxes of fabric leftovers, I found this fabric, which I had […]

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cooking, GCC, Sewing, vintage

Betty Boop gets covered!

Ever since I made the Betty Boop bathing suit I have been wanting to make a cover up, but it had to be the right cover up, preferably with a ’50s vibe. To my joy I found a pattern in Melbourne (I think I squeaked when I saw it!) that is from 1957 and is […]

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