Reese ‘Un to be Cheerful

Vogue 1405 dress by Tracy Reese:  “Pullover, lined dress has close-fitting, surplice front bodice, raised neckline extending into back collar, ruched midriff with stays, invisible back zipper, three-quarter length dolman sleeves, flared skirt and narrow hem. Purchased elastic, slides and rings for shoulder straps on bodice lining, and bias tape to finish zipper.” Blimey.  Lots … Continue reading Reese ‘Un to be Cheerful


Style Arc ‘Taylor’, in an unusual asymmetrically striped blue/black/grey knit from who knows where.  This could have been an eBay purchase, maybe from The Textile Centre, I don’t recall, but it’s been around for a while.  I like the colours, then decided that it needs to be made up as an outfit as the blue … Continue reading Taylor-made.

Annika Annika

Yes, two Style Arc ‘Annika’ tops.  Both combine woven and knit fabrics.  The purple knit remnant was from stash, the red is leftover from the V1405 dress I have ready to sew.  The tie dye-look crepey woven stuff was from the bargain table at Barry’s, so must have been either £1 or £2/metre.  I got … Continue reading Annika Annika

Issy Fit

Style Arc ‘Issy’ knit top:  “This knit top can be made long-sleeved or sleeveless. The clever neck drape gives this top a distinctive look, while the angled ruching at the side seam is flattering across the front. This fabulous design can be worn casually or dressed up.” Now this is an interesting make- very quick, … Continue reading Issy Fit

Cut to the Bone

I’ve been cutting again! I’m always saying how much I love cutting out, and I do REALLY love it. While my sewing rate has been low this year, and I’ve completely run out of oomph on the SWAP entry, I’ve still been buying fabric, and still been thinking and making plans. Yesterday I started cutting … Continue reading Cut to the Bone

Edwardian Dominatrix outfit #3

All done! Reminder, Truly Victorian shirtwaist #494 and ten-gore skirt, #E23.  Fabric is African wax-print cotton, embossed and pintucked in red, from Birmingham Rag Market.  Skirt facing in leftover scraps of another wax print, and buttons, plastic that looks like jet, also from the rag market.  Waistband, collar and cuffs all faced in black and … Continue reading Edwardian Dominatrix outfit #3

Rag Market at Easter

I wasn’t going to buy anything…but I slipped!  We never even got as far as Barry’s this time, we had a Market Virgin with us, and things took a loooong time lol A smallish group of 6, but we flexed and fluctuated, came and went, all day…except when happily ensconced noshing noodles at Mount Fuji. … Continue reading Rag Market at Easter