#vintagepledge · Sewing

Vintage Jacket – the collar that caught my eye

  One of those idioms that I until I come to type it I don’t question.  I’m now imagining the literal act of someone catching my eye.  Under what circumstances has my eye become free of its socket?  Am I grateful that someone has caught it?  !Imagination!  If you could just stop right there.  Things… Continue reading Vintage Jacket – the collar that caught my eye

Jungle January · Sewing · Style 4844 · Vintage

Midnight Jungle

A three-hander.  Sequel to My Jungle has Birds and Butterflies. Cast List Agent Velvet Black :  Velvet has always been in the shadow of her brighter and more popular colleagues: Intense Violet, Bahama Blue-eyes and of course the fiery red-head – Burlesque.  But not this time, this time Agent Black will truly make a difference. Pattern Patsy… Continue reading Midnight Jungle

knitting · Natural Dye Studio · yarn

Fair Isle Finished: Memento and Metaphor

A finished thing!  Reason to rejoice forsure.  I’m far from expert in these matters and a perfunctory glance at the Wikipedia entry would suggest that this patterning is not for the purists.  In my defence, it is rendered in a limited palette and I worked in the round.  It’s the alliteration that I was after, can we… Continue reading Fair Isle Finished: Memento and Metaphor

Butterick 4743 · jersey · Sewing · Stretch · Vintage

Expectations and Assumptions – Butterick 4743

  One of the many things that I love about working with an older pattern is drawing deductions about the time that the pattern was written.  I have no clue where you would start to search for contemporary accounts from seventies seamstresses.  The archives of Houseparty or Womans Weekly?  It matters not, I’m shunning the… Continue reading Expectations and Assumptions – Butterick 4743

#vintagepledge · crochet · knitting · McCall's 8118 · scuba · Sewing

Autumn rules!

Rule One: log fire flickering and guttering in the grate Rule Two: cats recumbent on the hearth rug, paws stretched in sleepy supplication to the flame Rule Three: the distant rattle, crack, whistle and pop of Bonfire Night pyrotechnics Rule Four: A car alarm oscillating incessantly Probably set off by all the suddenly-not-quite-so-distant-fireworks.  And they’ve… Continue reading Autumn rules!

Family Circle Exclusive Pattern No.11 · foraged fabric · Sewing · Vintage

Delighted cackles

Yep.  Truly delighted cackles. Delighted cackles emitted, by me, on pulling this: from its hanger.  Yes, it’s so bright it’s attracted a fly.  Yes, it’s too bright for work.  Yes, the ancient cotton will tire quicker than a toddler on a trampoline. However. Whatever. Aloha autumn!  This dress is the colour of the nectarine that… Continue reading Delighted cackles