Friday, 31 July 2015

Vintage Sewing Machine and Charity Shop Finds

I've seen photos that people post of their Vintage Sewing Machine and I will admit to at least a small amount of envy. But last week, I was dropping in a bag to our local charity (thrift shop) and there it was. I couldn't believe my luck. It is missing a couple of parts and isn't working at the moment but its such a beautiful machine. Its now top of my list to find a working vintage one.

It is a hand machine and is pretty heavy to lift, especially in comparison to modern ones. I was explaining to my mother that for me this is the equivalent of a vase or a work of art!

I also found these cute vintage children's frames by Dallas Simpson to add to my collection.

I passed on my snow globe collection to my daughter but I couldn't resist this little New York one of the Empire State Building. Found its way onto a shelf in my studio along with one I picked up in France commemorating the DDay Beach Landings.

And I also came across some vintage floral pillowcases. Washed and ready for sewing now. Deciding on whether to make little dresses or bunting from them.

I have a charity shop rule that I can't buy something unless I am donating at the same time. I think there is a karma to it! Plus I would end up with a very cluttered house very quickly.

Its been a very busy day here in my studio as I am preparing for a Craft Fair on Monday, the Tinahely Agricultural Show, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. The last fair I did was the RDS Fair last December so I'm a little rusty!

Got this very cute cupcakes fabric last weekend, couldn't wait to turn it into a dress.

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Frill dresses and Beautiful Vintage Children's Dresses

Today was a day of sewing frills and more frills for me. The fairy dress is very popular this week and I have to admit it is one of my favourites I've ever made. I use a selection of laces at the top so there will only every be a few of each one. I was inspired by vintage dresses when making this one.

I found some beautiful photos of vintage children's dresses on pinterest recently, here are some of my favourite. This burgundy frock is by Carol Carter from 1945. It has an Annie (the original movie not the remake!) look about it.

The next one is by Daisy Stanford from 1924-26 and I find this so beautiful.

As a huge Art Deco and a new Art Nouveau fan, this dress appeals. Its simple, yet beautiful.

This next one is an incredible dress made in 1942 in wartime England. One can only imagine it was patchworker together out of smaller pieces of fabric, not having one larger piece available. The hours and the love that must have gone into this one make it so special.

You can find the links to these dresses on my pinterest page

Have a great evening,

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Vintage Children's Clothes


I was writing an piece recently on storing childhood keepsakes and got me thinking about what items we should keep and also what was kept from our own childhoods. Being a child in the late 70s/early 80s pretty much everything from clothes to toys was passed onto relations and family friends. There was one dress kept which is this little number. It is a very pretty polyester 1970s number, Made in England tag. I actually took a photo of my daughter in it when she was two!

I lot of the dresses I design are inspired by vintage clothes, and I have started to collect a small number of dresses from the different eras. This is a 1950s little number. So delicate and pretty.

Next is a 1960s smock dress in a pale blue

Next is another 1950s number which is so tiny it must be for a newborn or even a doll. It is stained as you can see.

My next step with these three is to try to restore them a little. I am going to wash them and try to get them into a better condition. As they are vintage and delicate I'll follow the same principles I've applied in the past for restoring dolls vintage clothes. Mainly use washing powder, they are stronger than you think but being very careful with reds and blues or any strong colours that could be prone to colour run. I have them all washed and air drying today so I'll show you the new photos very soon, touch wood they turn out well!

Have a great evening,

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

New Look Website, Photos with Amc Photography Co. Cork


Summer at last, not that you would think it will all the rain here in Co. Carlow, Ireland. We live in hope of some sunshine around the corner! While my eldest are in summer camp I am taking advantage of the relative quiet to update my website with some new photos. Back at the beginning of May, we made a visit to the very talented Ann-Marie Collins from , down in Co. Cork. In addition to the incredible welcome we got from her and her family, she took some amazing photos of Lollipops and Daydreams clothes for Autumn/Winter 2015.

My boys!
 All the girls.

 My daughter wearing a sweetheart dress in Raspberry.

I was blessed to write a second article for Mums & Tots Magazine, my tips for Decorating a Nursery.
Its in the shops at the moment!

Hope you are having a great summer!
All the best,