Tag Archive: style

Revealed: Norman Hartnell’s Designs Fit for a Queen

The much celebrated British designer, Norman Hartnell, has been synonymous with elegance and glamour since the 1930s. As the royal dressmaker to the Queen, he was naturally the first choice to design H.… Continue reading

Simplicity 5790 – a dead ringer for Joan Holloway?

I have been buying vintage patterns online again, and this time I think I may just have found another pattern for a Joan dress. Simplicity 5790 has a gorgeous plunging neckline, revealing an… Continue reading

New vintage sewing project!

Okay, so I’m already half way through making a vintage vogue princess seam day dress, but I have run into a slight difficulty. When I was pinning the pattern onto the fabric I… Continue reading

H. M. Flirts with Leopard Print

This morning the Queen, who is now feeling much better from her recent illness, visited the London underground as part of its 150th birthday celebrations. H. M. and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by… Continue reading

H.M.’s Launer Handbag

Yesterday the Queen held an audience with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, at Buckingham Palace. H. M. wore a cream dress, teamed with her favourite little black handbag.… Continue reading

Misadventures in dressmaking – thank God I was only making a toile

Last time I wrote about my latest project, the vintage Vogue dress, I was copying out the pattern. The next thing you need to do after this stage is to simply cut out… Continue reading

Portrait of Wallis Simpson by Cecil Beaton

I love the use of summer sunshine contrasted with areas of shade to bring out the ethereal nature of Wallis’ dress, complimented by her jet black hair. For saying that she and the… Continue reading

H.M. pretty in pink

Today the Queen received Dr Ernest Hilaire, the new High Commissioner for  St. Lucia. H.M. was wearing a gorgeous bright pink dress with gold buttons, wonderfully complimented by her gold watch and brooch.… Continue reading

Dear Secret Admirer

There could be no better way for you to declare your feelings than by giving a small token of your affection. Roses are lovely, diamonds are great, but Vogue couture is transcendent. The… Continue reading

Best dresses at the BAFTAs