Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Vintage Sewing: Clemence Skirt from Love at First Stitch

I borrowed the Love at First Stitch book by Tilly Walnes from the library, and have been working my way through the retro projects included.  My first project from the book was the Margot pyjama bottoms.  This time I decided to tackle the 'Clemence' skirt.  It's a simple style, with a full, gathered skirt, and fitted waistband.  I envisaged mine as a sort of mid-century house-skirt, with large patch pockets to pop things in.

There isn't a pattern included in the book, rather there are instructions for you to draft your own pattern.  I've already self-drafted a wrap top and a few other items, so I wasn't too phased by this.  I was however, dreading the inevitable zip insertion.  And the gathering.  And the waistband.  Well, you've got to throw yourself in the deep-end sometimes to learn faster!

Clemence skirt Love at First Stitch

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hollywood Beauty, 1920s Style

I like to try something new in my make-up every now and again.  But this week I tried something old - Hollywood beauty tips!  I was recently send the book Hollywood Beauty to review, and was challenged to try out some of the how-to guides it features.  With beauty tips covering decades from the 1920s to the 1960s, and featuring stars from Sophia Loren to Elizabeth Taylor, there were plenty of looks to choose from.  In the end I went for something a bit out of comfort zone and followed the steps in creating Clara Bow's iconic 1920s' look.  But how practical was it?  And what are the best modern products to help pull it off?  Read on!

1920s makeup

Sunday, 8 January 2017

New Year's Eve

For New Year's Eve, I like to dress up, eat a good dinner, and drink fancy cocktails and champagne.  This is an expensive business if you're heading out somewhere - probably a black tie ball at a hotel or similar - and it ends up being incredibly pricey and one feels that one simply has to enjoy it.  So, until my husband and I can afford to attend a New Year's Eve party on Burgh Island or similar, we do the next best thing - dress up and stay in!  I can take my time getting ready, and change my mind several times about what to wear.  The chef is understanding if I'm late.  I don't have to worry about a change of shoes because of heels I can't walk in.  We have an incredibly well-stocked bar in our kitchen cabinets, the bartenders are generous with their measures, and there are no queues for anything.  We had a splendid time!

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