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Beginner's Quilting: Attaching quilt wadding and backing

Beginner Quilting: attaching quilt wadding and backing

Welcome back to our mini-series on learning how to quilt. Quilting is becoming more popular again, and I’m so pleased about it. It’s a wonderful hobby, and a great way to use up scrap fabrics. We all need a bit of extra cosiness, and it can help you build your confidence with sewing. You can […]

Beginner Quilting Series: how to sew an ohio star quilt block

I’m not sure there’s anything cosier than a handmade quilt. The layers of soft fabric and wadding stitched together can be very welcome as we move into the colder months – perfect for snuggling up on the sofa with, topping your bed, or even hanging on the wall. Quilting, like many crafts, is becoming more […]

How I Made this Gertie Dress

How I Made This Gorgeous Gertie Dress

My dear friends Anna and Andy got married this summer, and I knew they were planning a vintage theme for the day, so I had the perfect excuse for making myself a new dress! I bought Butterick pattern B6094 by Gertie some time ago, drawn to the gorgoeus back detail, but had not found the […]

How I made a vintage summer dress

A Summer’s Day Wedding Dress

When my cousin Emma called to say she was getting married, asking my two lovely daughters to be her flower girls, I was absolutely thrilled! The wedding was to be held in the beautiful Doxford Hall, Northumberland, and being a special wedding, it called for a special outfit. I usually struggle to find something I’m […]

Kim Dress by Hand London

How I made a beautiful Kim Dress!

On reading an earlier post Best Independent Sewing Pattern Companies, I was drawn to the indie company By Hand London – particularly the Kim dress – which had a vintage look with its fitted bodice and gathered skirt. So I decided to make myself a summer dress using this pattern- see below for how I get on! When […]

How to make a 1940s tea dress

PROJECT SPACE: 1940s Tea Dress

It’s a new year and I felt like treating myself to a new dress! I had a gorgeous navy synthetic fabric, gifted to me by my mum from her fabric stash, and knew it would make a lovely Tea Dress. Instead of choosing an original vintage pattern, on this occasion I decided to go for […]

how to make a retro dress using Butterick Pattern 1951


Ahoy There! I saw this beautiful Ralph Lauren fabric in my local fabric merchants & completely fell in love with it! I knew it would be perfect for this Retro Butterick 1951 pattern I had at home, & using it would also give me the opportunity to embark on my #vintagepledge to use vintage patterns […]

Vintage Corner

Introducing the Vintage Corner

Hello and welcome to the Vintage Corner! My name is Shabana and I have been sewing since I was a little girl. My mum owned an old Singer and being an accomplished seamstress, made beautiful dresses for my sister and I. She was keen for me to learn to sew and had no problems with letting me have a go […]

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