An Interview on Vintage Dressmaking with The Crafty Pinup

As it's Vintage month on the #wardrobebuilder project, I could think of no more appropriate interview on vintage dressmaking than one with Abi aka The Crafty Pinup. She is Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador and the designer behind 'My Retro Closet'. I particularly love her You Tube channel, and when I asked who your favourite sewing bloggers and vloggers were, a lot of you were fans too. To help us out with our #wardrobebuilder makes this month, she took the time to tell us a bit about her thoughts on 'sewing vintage'....

Vintage Dressmaking with The Crafty Pinup
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Amelie Tuck Blouse by Til The Sun Goes Down

Amelie Tuck Blouse by Til The Sun Goes Down


Til The Sun Goes Down have a huge range of vintage fabrics and patterns in their online store, and they are offering this pairing to one lucky winner. Some are original pieces and others are vintage inspired modern productions....they are all fabulous! Seeing as October is Vintage month on the #wardrobebuilder project, they kindly let me find out what their patterns and fabrics were like for myself with the Amelie Tuck Blouse. This was the perfect project for my #wardrobebuilder garment. It's easy to head straight for a dress when thinking of vintage, but this blouse can work with so many other pieces and has a very feminine style because of its 1930's inspiration.

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the #wardrobeuilder project - Vintage plus pattern and fabric kit giveaway

There is a definite trend and appreciation within the sewing community for vintage styles. Not everybody is into sewing vintage, but I do think there is a wide spectrum of involvement that you can engage with to incorporate this into your wardrobe. Whether this is creating clothes using vintage patterns and fabrics or taking inspiration from previous eras into design choices, this can definitely be a part of a handmade wardrobe. So, this month I'll be looking at vintage inspired patterns a well as originals. Anything goes in the link up so add anything that you think counts as vintage! This month's giveaway is from 'Til The Sun Goes Down' and features a beautiful pattern and fabric bundle to get your vintage sewing fix going.

the #wardrobebuilder project October - Vintage; Til The Sun Goes Down pattern and fabric kit giveaway

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'Love at First Stitch' book review

'Love at First Stitch' book review


Regular readers will be familiar with my reviews of online classes, but as my sewing library expands I realise how handy it would have been to have a little more detail to hand before I bought some of my books. This is the first of one of my more in depth book reviews where you'll hopefully see what projects are like to make as well as what is in the book and who it might be suitable for.

If you are brand new to sewing or want a handy reference book for your essential techniques, then 'Love at First Stitch' by Tilly Walnes is a great place to start. It's perfect for complete beginners, but also has some great patterns in there for anyone with more developed skills. I know this book has been out for a while, and there are quite a lot of reviews, but it's always new to someone....

'Love at First Stitch' book review
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Visiting New York City for the first time....part 2

Visiting New York City - essential guide for your first time

Welcome to part two of the essential guide to visiting New York City for first timers. This week is about getting the most out of those iconic sights that you just have to see in NYC...what to book, how to plan your trip and how to save a little cash too. You can find travel, food and other money saving tips in part one here.
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#wardrobebuilder Trousers - taking an online class

Sew Over It Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers Online Class

So far I've been nervous about taking on trousers. I tried making jeans earlier in the year and was pretty pleased with how those turned out but thought that trousers might require more skills in terms of adjusting for fit. That's why I signed up to the Sew Over It Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers Online Class. The class comes with two sewing patterns, videos and a whole suite of fitting guides to help perfect your trousers. Such a useful class!
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Hi, I'm Laura. Welcome to my journeys with modern, feminine dressmaking and delicious food.
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This month's #wardrobebuilder giveaway

This month's #wardrobebuilder giveaway
Check out the feature post for details of how to win a beautiful pattern and fabric bundle worth over £50!

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