Tag Archive: vintage fashion

A Study in Sherlock

So far in Murdoch Mysteries, we have seen a pleasant picture of the loveable and law-abiding city of Toronto, a place where Detective Murdoch’s reputation for catching killers has led him to being… 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

Already addicted to Murdoch Mysteries

I have fallen for this show in a big way. It has so much going for it – vintage clothing, the age of invention, mysterious crimes, and Mounties. The wardrobes remind us of… 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

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

Murdoch Mysteries: Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders

On Monday evening the UK will be introduced to the new series of Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian period crime drama. Set in Toronto at the turn of the century, our hero of the… 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

Channelling Jackie Kennedy with Simplicity 5320

Think of a 1960s suit, and you can’t help but┬áthink 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