50s dress with an Oo arh! twist!


In a moment of weakness I purchased a sewing magazine with 2 free patterns in it! I had a sudden urge to make something a bit different and these beautiful dresses seemed to fit the bill!

I decided to use some of the furnishing fabric I bought a while back as it would hold its shape and creat that classic look. 

I follow the pattern (ish) and decided to create two separate garments – the skirt and the top, so I could have more variety in the wear of them!

So I inserted the zip and sinply folded over the top edge of the skirt and am really pleased with the fit and the look of it!

I follow the instructions for the top too but did not attach it to the skirt. I also opens the front up to create more of a bolero style jacket which I think looks fab and something which could be slowly introduced to Oo arh!

Keeping myself busy…

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After moving, and half being able to unpack and half not, I kept myself busy still with little home improvement projects and tasks for family members.

There was a lot of moving sewing machines around and going back and forth between rooms…but that was part of the fun!


Firstly, accompanied by Bake Off!, I constructed these adorable advent stockings (a little early you may say!) and attached them to a festive ribbon to brighten up the walls at Christmas – now we can do personalise chocolates to count down to the festivities!


More home improvements…in my boyfriends collection of prized possessions are some basketball scarves and he really wanted them to be turned into some sort of decoration for the flat. So I didn’t want to start cutting the beautiful items up, so I simply ladder stitched them together to form a throw for the sofa! Now everyone can appreciate them!

Finally, the new addition to my sewing family is my overlocker! And I am totally in love!

I was tasked with the project of taking in a dress…a jersey dress…but this wonderful piece of equipment made it easy! Felt very professional and feel I have conquered my fear of not being able to thread a serger, etc! Love it!


oo arh! returns…


I have almost finished my Final Year at the University of Huddersfield, and with my suddenly free time I have dug out my labels and opened my mind again to the creativity of up cycling clothes!!!


A quick detail to whet the appetite!! I am hoping to add to my collection with some more detailed, eye catching pieces – sparkles and shiny things help to catch the eyes of passers by!

See you at Charlton Park – I am so excited!