Dr. Crane Will See You Now

It feels rather strange to only be sharing this with you now, but the embargo on a photoshoot that I had the immense pleasure of working on has finally been lifted! Before Christmas I had the opportunity to create a costume combining classic Batman characters with Jacobean elements. I hope you’ll enjoy the following photos and allow me to introduce you to the deliciously dark world of Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka The Scarecrow.


Costume, incl. millinery, ruffs and magnificent cod piece // Nina Sidney
Acting // Joseph Jamfrey
Design // Will Hargreaves
Creative Direction // Mark Sephton, Creative Forager
Photography // Andy Bate
Make-up // Stacey Bedingfield
Editing // AUB Visual Communication Students

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Move over, darling, there’s a new favourite blouse in town!

A Christmas blouse, that is! I’ve never met a novelty print I didn’t like and after my first toile of Wearing History’s Smooth Sailing blouse went so well that I even wore it to uni (shh, it’s definitely  a faux pas to wear unbleached cotton) I decided I needed one in reindeer, snowflake and any Nordic pattern known to man kind. Too bad I ran out of time and only have this bit of loveliness to show for all my planning!


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Introversion and a First Look at Emery

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Phew, phew! I’m coming off of a high of being unofficially back at university over the past two weeks. Being around a lot of people is very exhausting to this little introvert. I can easily talk to large groups of people and deal with their wants and needs, but by the end of the day I’m mentally dead and gone. Thus I’ve not had too much mental breathing room to do any of my own sewing.

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5 Favourite (Circa) Mid Century TV Shows

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I’m more of a TV than a movie buff and especially love anything set between late 1930s to early 1960s. Here are five top starting points for anyone looking to watch a few great costume moments as well as humour, drama and wit rolled into one! I’ve tried to move these along chronically based on the time they are set and am proud to be sporting such a variety in countries of origin- two English, one Canadian, one German and one American.

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IWM: “Fashion on the Ration” is far from drab

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I’m sure if you live in and around the London area you’ve been hearing about the Fashion on the Ration exhibit over at the Imperial War Museum! Last week I got the chance to visit it myself by tagging along to work with the hubby and taking a slightly faster train into the city (still £29.00 or the journey, but I digress). “You’re here for the ‘Fashion on the Ration’ exhibition, aren’t you?” asked the man checking my bag at the door. Clearly my clothing speaks volumes of my interests. Continue reading

Five Ways to Know You’re a “Real” Seamstress

Real Seamstress
You have double of most haberdashery items.

I frequently leave my entire university sewing kit at work, because balancing a tote bag, my lunch and a toolbox on my 1950s Raleigh bike can be a little…shall we say treacherous? This week I was really in the mood to start making the Colette’s Aster Blouse when I got home and lo and behold- no fabric scissors, no pins, no measuring tape…oh wait. I still had all of those things because obviously I have somehow accumulated double of these things (quadruple in the case of the measuring tape). Continue reading