Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all you lovely people who occasionally drop by my little corner of the interweb. I’ll be honest and say that I’m breathing a big sigh of relief that 2016 is coming to an end. Personally and politically it has all been one great big pile of…dirty laundry! I know that this year hasn’t treated many people well and hope that the coming months bring us all some peace and happiness.

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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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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