Sewing, vintage pledge

Vintage Vogue 1524 and persimmon top

I decided that I needed a skirt for my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe challenge, and, given my impost of using a pattern I’ve never used before, I chose Vogue 1524, a skirt pattern from the 1970s, so it also meets my vintage pledge requirement. As you can see, it goes with my velvet jacket and my […]

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self-drafted, Sewing

Self drafted trousers and top

I’m still going with my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe and I’ve now made a pair of trousers drafted from a pair of favourite Visage trousers which are about ten years old and which are completely worn out. These are the simplest of trousers and they fit me really well, which is why I didn’t throw […]

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Tammy dress and overlay for SSW

The next part of my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe is this StyleArc Tammy dress and overlay made from a very fine merino from Global Fabrics, Dunedin, bought when I was there several years ago. The Tammy dress is a simple tank dress, which, surprisingly for a StyleArc pattern, fitted me with no adjustments needed. The […]

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Sewing retro, Stashbusting

A doll for the sweetest baby

I’ve made a rag doll and I am totally besotted. Sadly she’s not for me – she’s for a very special little newborn girl, who I hope will enjoy playing with her as much as I enjoyed making her.  She is from the book by Jess Brown which was kindly lent to me by Carolyn, after […]

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Sewing, Uncategorized

Velvet jacket for SSW

My third item for the Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe is a light velvety jacket that I thought would take me through from day to evening. It is from Vogue 2431, a pattern I have been dying to use, but as it is from 2000, it didn’t fit with the vintage pledge, and somehow I didn’t get […]

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Sewing, Stashbusting, Travel

Sew a seasonal wardrobe

I’ve taken up the Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe (SSW) gauntlet, with my first make being the Calvin Klein top (which I’m wearing here), and my second is this Seamwork Oslo cardigan Before I talk about the cardigan, I’ll just go over the SSW challenge. It began on 1 February, and ends on 31 May. I am […]

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Antique sewing and knitting machines

Vintage sewing machine

Mark, his Mum, and I went to New Norfolk in Tasmania and had coffee in a little shop that was tricked out with vintage everything. We sat on retro sofas surrounded by fabulous “props”. Just for interest, I’m wearing the Calvin Klein top I wrote about in my last post. Anyway, one of the things in […]

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