Category Archives: Designs

Chanel Inspired Jacket Needs Serious Skills

I saw a wonderful outfit on tv the other night.  Watching a pathe news recording made back in 1963 of the Kennedys, shortly before the terrible deed.  They were covering how glamorous Jacqui K was, even from a tiny girl in her lovely safe almost aristocratic upbringing.  The clothes they featured were beauties from the …

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Home Produced Christmas Charm Makes Big Come Back

In these days of uncertainty over coming out of the EU and people getting very tetchy about business successes and rising inflation etc. it really does seem as though Chrismas is coming at just the wrong time.  For other folk they will always feel that Christmas is such a spirit raiser, there is no need …

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High End Habidashery Brought Memories Back

On a recent jaunt up to London with my daughter, we made a point of popping in to one very well known and extremely high end store well known for fabrics, yarns, habidashery, upholstery materials etc. etc.  We had always enjoyed looking at gorgeous materials when made into dresses, curtains, seat covers – anything requiring …

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Inheritence Brings Sewing & Knitting Machines

Whilst I was away on my annual jaunt to a very sunny island in the Med – I stay with an old colleague and we become the odd couple once again, as we were for years when working together!  This chap has a very odd villa up in a village way above Paphos.  It’s a …

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Brush Off Those Knitting or Sewing Tools & Get Going

Now that the hot summer holidays are over I might well be getting my knitting bag out of the spare wardrobe.  I am not one of those who can click away all year round – in fact as soon as the warmest days arrive, I find it incredibly hard to concentrate on stitch patterns and …

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The Delightful Ex Pat Love Of Colour

Last year during my annual jaunt to stay with my friend’s famil who live permanently in cyprus, we visited one of the most fantastic stores we’ve ever been in.  It knocks harvey nics and harrods into a top hat for sure.  It’s a clothing exchange agency – but so much more organised and classy than …

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Slimming Down Involves An Alteration Project

there is only one drawback to a successful campaign to slim down and lose weight.  Although it is fab knowing I am a better shape, and clothes look much nicer and feel better on me, I end up with lots of garments that do not look so nice now.  I have several pairs of smart …

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Enter The World Of Seamstress – In My Dreams

If there’s one thing I really wish I had learnt to do properly whilst I had the chance as a youngster, it would have been dressmaking and sewing in general.  I can get by, fix things, take a hem up very neatly, sew on buttons and repair a torn item;  but the actual art of …

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Clothes Made At Home With Much Love

I was watching the young neighbours haring about on their modern day roller skates and bikes in front of my drive over Easter – it was great, seeing the unadulterated joy on their faces as they screeched to a halt with an inch to spare.  The fact the children were all playing together, outside in …

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Local Dressmaker Truly Saves The Day

On a recent sorti to the out of town retail park I was seeking a bright colourful ensemble for a forthcoming wedding.  Not being mother or grandmother to either the bride or groom but still being a close grown up relative, I wanted to look spectacular but not quite mutton dressed as lamb.  I found …

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