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Ladan Ladanu
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30s style for 3ply Bouclet Now the parrot jumper saga is over I am onto another colour knit, from a 40s pattern I  have not seen anywhere else (charity shops are great sometimes). I am quite excited, but I will wait to post when it's done. Many knitters lik...

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The Norwegian Blue jumper I have finally finished the 1940s Bestway Lovebirds jumper I wrote about in my last post.  I am quite delighted with it. I love these wild colour contrasts. The original design is for a green jumper with some birds in red, red bein...

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Loving the Lovebirds  Or how I lost my mind and decided to knit a picture jumper. Bestway 2063 is a 1940s design, which I bought as a PDF from Etsy, having seen some lovely versions around the inter-web and falling for its charms big time. Now, this is only...

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Crawford in Rain 1932 I have been a busy girl, but not too busy to watch a film or two. In 1932 Hollywood liked a bad girl and I really can't see why they wouldn't. The film 'Rain' stars one of the all time best bad girls, Joan Crawford, and she steams the ...

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Light fantastic
For us a barbi usually means camping. Not this time, the setting was Maison Talbooth an uber-posh place in the lovely corner of the Suffolk/Essex border known as Constable Country. They have the lushest dense lawn, like carpet but nicer. Me and my shadow ar...

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Playing out
I may not be going on a far flung holiday this year, but am I down hearted? Nope. My biggest sewing project to date is finally done, and we have another camper van too. Summer is a state of mind and my mind is now fully on summer. East Anglia has more coast...

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Bewitching Sportaville skirt
I have discovered my super-power at last. I can make my bottom half disappear in a field.  This picture has been dubbed the Floral Predator, and it's a fair description. The skirt is a restored 1950s Sportaville and the fabric is by the French firm Marignan...

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Make it quick
Earlier this year someone offered me some sewing work on a film shoot, it was a student film but it was pretty cool. I was sewing 10 hours a day for three days, it was all simple stuff but against the clock. I was a flurry of hands, scissors, cloth and I lo...

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I couldn't act, but I could swing through trees.
As a home sewist with a love of vintage, I find sartorial inspiration in the strangest places. Terrible 1950s jungle films for example.  Now, I spent a lot of my childhood in fantasy jungle scenarios, some side effect of a million Tarzan films and  Jana of ...

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Blood rain & simple sewing
A bit of perfection Mersea Island is one of my favourite local beauty spots. It's a proper island, but only just, separated from the the mainland Essex by a very tiny strip of water called The Strood. It has marshlands and wildlife, houseboats, good sea foo...
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