As you may have seen in my last post ‘Vintage at Heart’, I have a new (albeit vintage) favourite pattern. The McCall’s 7919 has 3 variations of collars and sleeves and fits me like a glove – what’s not to love?
Last week I visited The Sewing Parlour in St Leonards on Sea (they have a wonderful blog that you can view here.) It is a lovely little place that overlooks the seafront and offers dressmaking workshops for all abilities and ages. The studio is run my Anna who has a great deal of experience in costume making and is also the brains behind La La Rookh designs. It is a beautiful space where you can drool over all things vintagey and it’s filled with gorgeous haberdashery as well as a vast selection of vintage and repro patterns – my idea of heaven! 🙂
I have been chatting to Anna and Lexie on Twitter and Instagram for a while now and so I was excited to visit them. I was not disappointed, they were so friendly and helpful that it was like visiting old friends! 🙂 After buying some beautiful fabrics and Decades of Style patterns they also gave me the heads up on the best cake shop I have ever been in – seriously the lemon drizzle was to die for!
One of the fabrics that I couldn’t resist was this cute sailor print. It is the softest cotton and really lovely to work with. I like the vintage style of the design and it’s in a soft pink/blush which makes a nice change to the wardrobe.
This time I decided to try out the open collar which works well in this print. I took the side seams in by about an inch so that it is a little more fitted and shortened the sleeves slightly and omitted the cuffs. This wasn’t intentional, but in order to get the front pattern to match up I had to practise some clever cutting skills!
I also found these lovely porthole buttons from Textile Garden, aren’t they just perfect? They have an amazing range – lots of button and trim loveliness!
I am so happy with this blouse, can you tell?
Until next time…