“Always be the leading lady in your own life”

I love that quote from Audrey Hepburn. And it fits so lovely with what I want to share here on my little blog about sewing a vintage style wardrobe.

Hello! This is me wearing one of my favourite pieces that I have ever sewn – the Ladies Alice by Bella Sunshine Designs.

My name is Lucy. I live in the UK with my husband and three children. I have always had a love affair with vintage style- from the roaring twenties to the swinging sixties to 90’s chic (the 90’s are vintage now?!) I even had a vintage style wedding- my bridesmaids all in fabulous fifties style dresses and flowers in my hair.

I began sewing in my teens from the simple cushion cover and gifts for family and friends. I always wanted to try my hand at dressmaking – espeically vintage style clothing as buying true vintage is quite expensive. I decided to take the plunge after buying some vintage paper patterns on an online auction site. It was a huge learning curve. The instructions were difficult to understand and tracing the sizes was a nightmare! And have you ever tried folding the pattern back up again to fit in the packet? It’s practically impossible!

After the birth of my little girl I decided to give the dressmaking another go. After a few attempts at paper patterns for baby clothing I fell into the online world of PDF patterns – and instantly fell in love with the varied choice, style and options. Not to mention the ease of printing off just the size required so no tracing!

Me and my daughter in a couple of the first vintage inspired PDF patterns I used – the girls and ladies Charlotte from The Handmaiden’s Cottage.

Using these PDF patterns I am hoping to not only recreate some popular vintage on- screen clothing from the likes of Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe, but also sew up those everyday pieces for the normal ‘mom uniform’ but with a vintage feel.

And so here we are at the beginning of this vintage sewing journey. Thank you for coming along for the ride!

Lucy xoxo

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