Category Archive: Style

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.’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 forĀ  St. Lucia. H.M. was wearing a gorgeous bright pink dress with gold buttons, wonderfully complimented by her gold watch and brooch.… Continue reading

Best dresses at the BAFTAs

Becoming a Mad Men poster girl with Simplicity 3446

A few days ago I made a killer purchase online. I managed to get my hands on a vintage pattern that I think could be a real match for that orange dress Christina… Continue reading

Coco Chanel in pearls

This has to be one of the most chic ways to wear a number of strings of pearls at once. Flawless and effortless, the simplicity of her black dress contrasts with the opulence… Continue reading

Adventures in dressmaking – copying a pattern

When working with vintage patterns, sometimes you can find that the pattern you’ve bought is a bit fragile. All the vintage dealers I buy from are excellent at describing the condition of what’s… Continue reading