An exciting week!

I’m going to give a historic quilting workshop at the Weald & Downland Museum in May. Victorian & medieval to try & lots of other sorts to examine.  I’m in the brochure & I’m so excited….

The latest quiltThe latest Victorian style Weald & Downland Museum quilt.

Tumbling blocksMy own Tumbling Blocks – grown much bigger since this was taken.

And a new skirt…

New skirtNew skirt (and Gus!)

The fabric is very felt like and I bought it from the Turkish Market in Berlin.  I used the same pattern as the patchwork skirt I made in the summer. I love the way it’s cut on the bias.

Patchwork SkirtIt was hard to find interesting  fabric in Berlin – I should have asked people for tips before I went.

New skirtIt’s also a bit of a stash bust – the lining came from a bag of fabric given to me by a friend ages ago.

New skirtHeading off to the supermarket

New skirtPurple coat and pink skirt are me-made, boots from green shoes, denim jacket from charity shop and blouse from car boot sale.

The blouse is lovely but it crumples like a rag after a really short time. I’m thinking of using a bit of spray starch. Or does anyone have a better idea, please?

Happy Weekend! xxx

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A Sunny Weekend

Day 25I went to a Vintage fair on Saturday, only to discover it was actually on Sunday.

Still, I got the chance to wear my lovely new shoes

New Shoes!These arrived last week from Kinky Melon.  1970s, unworn & my size. Aren’t they lovely?

Avoca dressAs the vintage fair was only a few minutes cycle ride away, I went on Sunday too. I wore this summery Avoca dress as it was such a lovely day.

Avoca dress close upI know it’s not me- made but I think it counts for MeMadeMay.  I had to sew up the front to make it wearable.  I have no problem with showing cleavage, but this dress gaped & I would guess that was why its original owner gave it away.  I also did a few minor repairs.  I convinced myself it counted anyway……

1930s buttonsAnd I bought these lovely vintage buttons – 1930s, I think.  I don’t know what I’ll use them for but use them I will.

Linking to Lakota’s Ta Dah Tuesday.

Banana and Walnut Loaf

Banana and Walnut Loaf

Food rather than clothes.  Yesterday was a snowy day and I did some baking as well as sewing.

This cake uses up bananas that have gone a bit soft.  The recipe was given to me by an American friend so it has measurements in cups.  If you don’t have cup measures, I find that a teacup works fine.  It isn’t a cake that needs precision.

Start by greasing a large loaf tin and turning on the oven at Gas 4 or 175C.

Mix these together and put aside for later:

2 cups of plain flour – I usually go for 1 cup white & 1 wholemeal but it works with all wholemeal

1/2 teaspoon each of baking powder, salt & cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

Then:

Cream 1/2 cup of butter – I use my food mixer

1960s Food Mixer

Beat in about 1/3 cup of dark brown sugar

Then beat in 1/3 cup of granulated sugar

Beat in 2 eggs – 1 at a time

Beat in:

1/2 cup of plain yoghurt

2 medium size ripe mashed bananas

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Stir in the flour mixture  – don’t go too far, it shouldn’t be mixed much

Stir in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Turn into the loaf tin, smooth the top and cook for about 55 minutes.

I check it’s done by seeing whether a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Eat fresh for the best flavour, but it’s fine buttered later in the week.

Kenwood Chef - 1960s

My early 1960s Kenwood Chef – inherited.  The bowl should be white pyrex but I broke it washing up. It still works a treat & it’s probably 50 years old.

I hope you all have a fun week.xx

1970s Dress and Some Plans for 2013

Woman's Weekly Dress 1970s

This dress appeared in Woman’s Weekly in the 1970s.  Looks pretty awful doesn’t it? I think if I’d seen this photo rather than the pattern drawing I wouldn’t have bid for it on Ebay. But…

Woman's Weekly Dress Pattern 1970s

Much better like this isn’t it?   I’m thinking of long sleeves but I’m not sure whether short or midi.  Anyone any thoughts, please? I’d welcome some advice.

Minoru pattern

I’ve just signed up over at Did You Make That? to make this jacket this year.  I was going to make it in the autumn but I never got round to it. I couldn’t find any waterproof fabric so I did nothing.  This year I plan to make a wearable toile and keep looking for attractive waterproof stuff.  Is there such a thing?  I think there must be, but where?

New Look 6000 Pattern

I bought this last year when so many people were making it.  It’s a lovely dress and I could do with more dresses. So, wearable toile here we come!

I ‘ve made a skirt and nearly finished a top over the Christmas break so I’ll show some photos very soon.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

1930s Clothes

1930s Suit

I bought this 1934 copy of Home Journal about 20 years ago.  Included in it is this 1930s suit pattern – complete with blouse.

I’ve been recovering from an evil chest infection, so apologies if I haven’t been round to your blog recently.  To be honest, I’ve done hardly anything but I am catching up now.

All the sewing I’ve done recently has been for other people – presents, so secret and I might be about to start up a little business as I’ve had a few requests from other people.

In the absence of much sewing, I thought it might be interesting to look at some 1930s patterns and magazines.  Just click on the images to get a bigger view.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Pattern instruction page.  The pattern is on thin brown paper – a bit stronger than tissue paper and looks unused.  I’d love to make it, but I never wear suits so it would just sit in the wardrobe if I did.

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This is a 1933 Vogue pattern that I’ve actually made and worn.  I will definitely make it again some time.

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My version.

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Fabulous fashion ad for 1934. I fancy the “are you coming?” coat – second from the left on the top row.

Victorian Refashioning and Making my own Moisturiser

A friend gave me bound volumes of Girls Own from 1880 and 1881 and this lovely skating party drawing comes from them.

About once a month there is an article called “Seasonal Dress and How to Make It”. It assumes the reader will be making her own clothes and will be anxious to stay in fashion.  There are descriptions of what materials to buy, how to alter last seasons clothes to suit and of course, some bossy stuff about what you actually need and what’s suitable- nothing changes does it? It’s definitely the best bit of the magazine though.

Making Shea Butter Cream moisturiser this morning.

The finished – if slightly messy – product.  This time I managed to make it without getting the grittiness I had last time.  Maybe I made more effort with the whisk?  I’m not sure. I’ve made lovely shea butter lip balm from this book.  That was successful first time.  The moisturiser takes less time to make than mixing a cake and there are no parabens in it.

I have just cut up this silk skirt.  I made it about 10 years ago and I think I’ve worn it twice.

I was going to make a patchwork skirt from silks but I think I prefer velvet. I’ve got one old velvet skirt to cut up but I’ve got to look for a few more colours before I can start.  This fabric is going to be cushion covers.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

A 1930s Sewing Machine and a Coat in Progress

This lovely 1930s machine was a gift and I think it is wonderful.  It is the only one of my 1930s machines left.

At one time I had four sewing machines but I sew in a very small room and I could hardly move.  Now I have only this one and a modern Pfaff.

This sewing machine can get through horse rugs without difficulty and yet it sews lightweight fabric really well.  A real treasure!

This what I’m working on at the moment.  It’s a man’s wool coat torn at the back. I’m hoping to get a coat for me out of this.

The before picture.

It’ll be a long time before I show the after photos, I think.