Tag Archive: style

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

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

Adventures in dressmaking with Vogue 7929

After much deliberation I have finally found my first dressmaking project. I thought I would start with something that wasn’t too complicated, and I’m pleased that this pattern has the words “very easy”… Continue reading

First royal portrait of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

The first portrait of Kate Middleton as a member of the royal family has been unveiled, to a mixed reception. Kate commented that she was “thrilled” with the painting, while art critics have… Continue reading

Channelling Jackie Kennedy with Simplicity 5320

Think of a 1960s suit, and you can’t help but think of that iconic pink ensemble that was designed by Chanel and worn by Jackie Kennedy. If, like me, vintage Chanel is slightly out… Continue reading

Vintage Pattern – Advance 2980

This pattern is just gorgeous. I love the idea of making the central panel out of a different colour of fabric – I’m thinking of matching deep red with black.