23 Apr 2016
in 1940's, Coats & Jackets, VeraVenus Patterns
Tags: 1940's, 1940s coat pdf pattern, coat pattern, vintage style
On orders placed April 23 – May 8, 2016.
Invoicing and delivery will take place May 9
I’m running a “Silly Me” 🙄 20% off sale on my 1940’s pdf coat pattern for the simple reason I forgot to store the pattern pdfs somewhere accessible online while I’m travelling between the above dates…. and wouldn’t you know someone wanted to buy it this morning but now must wait until May 9 when I’m back on my home computer to deliver it. I thought that warrented a discount!
So if anyone one else is interested in buying this unique pdf coat pattern at 20% off the usual £14 GBP pattern price place an email order between April 23 and May 8.
I will send PayPal invoices on May 9 when I am back home and email the patterns within hours of payment.
Place an order HERE
04 Dec 2015
in 1940's, 1950's, Coats & Jackets, Inspiration, VeraVenus Patterns, vintage magazines, Vintage Patterns
Tags: 1940's, 1940's coat pattern, coats, dressmaking, Original vintage inspiration, patternmaking, vintage dressmakers magazine
I recently read a Blogging Tips article and I now know it’s terrible that I don’t write regularly (five months of silence is pretty bad so thank you to those who had faith and stayed with me), apparently my SEO is terrible, while starting to write this I should already have a title ( I don’t) to help keep me focussed, this post will probably be too long … what else I can tick off the list of Top Blog Don’ts ? Oh and I over-use ‘…’ but hey, on the plus side I do try to keep a tight reign on my use of exclamation points!! Mostly. Such is life.
I am looking forward to 2016.
Non-the-less I’m back and as usual there are quite a number of project-asteroids spinning around in my little universe, I’ll start with the closest one : More
17 Jul 2015
in DIY & How To's, patternmaking, Skirts
Tags: boxpleated skirt formula, calculating fabric for a box pleated skirt, how to cut a box pleated skirt
A reader got in touch yesterday and asked me about how I worked out the pleats in my box pleated skirt so I thought I’d post the info for doing just that . More
14 Jul 2015
in 1950's, Dresses, Free pattern, VeraVenus Patterns
SOooo it’s been awhile since my last post in April so bit of a catch-up. Back in May when I went to visit my Mum in New Mexico among other lovely outings we spent a wonderful afternoon at an iris farm. Irises by the thousands, so gorgeous…who knew! On my “to-grow” list for next year. No smuggling of bulbs in my luggage was necessary as apparently I can buy similar beauties from Holland and also in the UK. However something I couldn’t seem to get in the UK (at a price I was willing to pay) was a half scale mannequin. Yes, I know irises to mannequins? – quite a jump. Anyway ‘back at the ranch’ after the iris outing I was doing some recreational web surfing and came across a place in Alabama that sells PGM half scale mannequins at a nice price. Clickty click done deal. It arrived at my Mums house a week later. You maybe wondering what is the point of a mini-mannequin. More
20 Apr 2015
in 1950's, 1960's, Dresses, Free pattern, Inspiration, Making Magazine, Modern style
Tags: dressmaking, free pattern
If you sew you have ’em.
They lurk in closets or huddle in bags. If left long enough they transform from UFO into a WTF was I thinking? or an OMG I remember this! and get cut into quilt pieces if they are lucky or simply binned if not. This past Friday I had a pre-summer closet shuffle, a.k.a. What-Fits-This-Year and I found two UFOs from last summer.
But isn’t it wonderful how if you take a break from a project, anywhere from overnight to ahem a year! and look at it with fresh eyes that whatever seemed wrong with it isn’t such a big deal after all? That’s how it works for me most of the time anyway. A sleeve suddenly fits in perfectly…. the pattern correction needed is blindingly obvious…. the pocket placement is clear. More
27 Feb 2015
in 1930's, 1940's, Blouses, DIY & How To's, Free pattern, Making Magazine, sewing, VeraVenus Patterns
Tags: bow blouse pattern, dressmaking, free pattern, Making magazine, vintage inspired
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Issue 58/March 2015 of Making magazine was released in the UK yesterday and in it is this simple front buttoning bow tied blouse pattern and tutorial by yours truly 🙂 Now the issue is on the shelves I can share this version with you- available on my Free Patterns Page