Tuesday, 28 February 2012


Still knitting away at the Pucci purses but in the meantime i had an hour free today so i made a very basic apron for my little girl...and then went on to make one for myself :)

It was very easy and used some old fabric i found ...basically i cut out a simple apron shape, hemmed it and sewed on a pocket ( every cook needs a pocket!) I then hemmed some pink fabric which i had cut into a long strip, this i then attached to the top of the apron. I personally made the ribbon very long so it could be double wrapped around the waist and made into a bow at the side. I went on to customise my little girl's apron with an extra bow.

Very simple, very fast and i hope you agree it looks cute!


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

New project

Well Mothers day is soon so my vintage inspired brain has turned to presents for mother's day....Having searched through some old vintage knitting books i found a lovely pattern for a Pucci/Missoni style patterned purse - so that's it decided.

Glass of wine in hand, Brits on TV i started on this new project and below is a picture of the first test square for my design. I've used 4ply pure wool yarns and chose the colours i thought would clash in that Pucci /Missoni style! let me know what you think and i'll post pictures as i go along....just don't tell my mum or my mum in law!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Chris Evans!!!!!

How crazy this morning at 7am to hear my name mentioned on Radio 2 by Chris Evans! Always been a big fan and had a guilty crush on him so to hear him announce that i had finished my dress for Goodwood was crazy! Someone who shall remain nameless ( hem hem!) had emailed a picture and info on my project to the radio show....v funny to hear it on his "breaking news" but i was chuffed and found myself giggling all day ...
link still on hear for a few days and its 30mins into the start of the programme after the 7am news!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p2d9w    the "flipping pancake day" programme 21/2/12

He was right though i've completed my outfit way ahead of schedule...so my mind has known turned to the next project......

Monday, 20 February 2012

My dress

Well after my vinatge shopping i really got down to business and worked all Sun night to finish my own dress made to a 1950s pattern....and its done! its finished! woohoo can't believe it. The petticoat i picked up in Glasgow worked perfectly underneath and i teamed it with a hat i also picked up ( which i adore!)

Posted a quick picture here and please excuse the amatuer style to the photography but i couldn't wait to post a picture of it completed. I've posted a picture from the early stages of the lining sewn together and then one of it all finished :) so happy

I'm now hooked - im a vintage girl and i will slowly rebuild my wardrobe around these designs, this is just the start!


Vintage shopping in Glasgow

Had a superb weekend vintage shopping in Glasgow.
Love my children but i left them at home this time and off i set via Starbucks to live in the 1940s/50s for one day :)
First stop was Great Western rd - a 40minute walk from Glasgow Queen st station ( using my gps and ignoring the locals advice to "just get a bus"- wheres the fun in that?) and staright away i found a beautiful shop called : "The Glasgow Vintage shop" already i was in wonderland! handbags, scarfs, shoes and staff that leave you alone to rumage.  Straight away i saw a dress i loved and tried it on....white, full skirt with pearls, 1950s BEAUTIFUL! however, too "wedding" for Goodwood and i'm already married so no need for another white dress for that occasion. However, as this was the first vintage id tried on i realsied how they had tiny waists and bigger chests in that generation. Luckily im a serious runner ( marathons are my thing) so even after 2 kids and being in my 30s i was still able to fit the smaller dresses, however, i do lack in one department and all i can say is thank you to wonderbras!

Next stop was a street i'd heard about called "Bryes rd" and wow trun off down the lanes and you are transported..."Starry Starry nights" being my fav shop here. No photos were allowed in this shop but i found one 1940s silk cocktail dress, dove grey, small tapestry style sequens and wow tiny buttons down the back...it fitted perfectly! i was in love...but for Goodwood? unsure and at £45 i had to think as this would be half my budget ( still needed hats, petticoats etc for the outfit im making) i walked away from it but still two days later i'm thinking about this dress and i may go back for it.......

Next stop and on a manaquin in the middle of the shop was a beautiful blue dress, again 1950s....i walked around it to look at everything else first but i kept going back to it...when i saw another customer also look at it i felt protective - so it had to be tried on. Again meant to be fitted so well it was scary, completes the outfit with some white gloves and voila i felt Goodwood ready! please let me know what you think but i bought it there and then. I also picked up a petticoat for my project dress, some silk scarfs and a handbag...i was on a roll i wanted to wrap myself up in the romance of it all.