Category Archives: vintage

1980’s Shirt



If I remember rightly this is the only thing I have made Simon and he has worn, there was an ill-fated crochet jumper, that not only would it have boiled him alive had he been able to get it on, it bore a large resemblance to chain mail. Very thick, very heavy chain mail in wool form.

Simon plays guitar in a eighties cover band they did a Hawaiian themed party night, for which they were going to wear Hawaiian shirts and shorts/jeans of their choice, I offered to make Simon a shirt, I bought an authentic Eighties shirt pattern and suitable fabric (Alexander Henry, Mahalo Girls)

The pattern repeat was quite wide but I wanted to make sure that the pattern matching across the front was spot on, which is where I made my first mistake, the facings were part of the front pattern piece and because the repeat was so wide I needed to cut the facing separately, some how I calculated the seam allowance the wrong side of where I wanted it which is why one side finished off looking like this.


It was very easy to put together once I had sorted out my pattern matching, it was the first thing I had put together where you put the sleeves in flat then stitch up the side seams and underarm seam.

Simon is very pleased with is and says it is very comfortable, I did say if I made it again I would put the first button further up, but watching an episode of The Goldburgs last night I see the button is exactly in the right place


day out in london

I’ve had this week booked off since the beginning of the year and even though Simons wrist operation had put a stop to our original plans (New York) for this week I decided that I would leave Simon to fend for himself and go to Lond on for the day with my Mum.

The first thought I would go to Petticoat Lane, I read up on it I knew that really I needed to up on a Sunday but the day I wanted to go was Tuesday there should be a smaller market on Wentworth Street.

we got into Fenchurch Street about 11 o’clock and using the maps app on my phone managed to find Wentworth Street we couldn’t find the market, but the other things I wanted to do was visit some fabric shops and some vintage dress shops.

I bought some fabric in Epra Fabrics
and a Dress in absolute Vintage.


as you can maybe see the dress is totally see through, I’ve already bought some brown lining fabric for it.

then we decided to go and look at St. Pauls cathedral, as it was £16 to get in we just looked around the outside.


an arty shot from right next to the Cathedral, we also saw a few of these benches around London we spotted two at St Pauls and one at the Tower

Back to Tower Hill and we went and saw the poppies commemorating the First World War they look amazing.


All in all it was a good day out and we enjoyed our selves.