Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Lovely new things...

My recent acquisitions seem to have been piling up, so I thought I'd better share some of them with you (not everything mind, nobody wants to hear about purchases of thread and zips, no matter how exciting...)

From The Village Haberdashery, a 'Seamstress' mug. 


The description reads:

"A creative and intelligent woman engaged in the noble art of clothes making; both at home and in the workplace." 

A while back there was a debate on somebody's blog about the preferred term for us stitching types.  Lots of people objected to the term seamstress on the grounds that it was old fashioned, female specific and implied that you only sewed as a profession.  I wasn't one of those people and proudly hold my hand up as a fan of the term, it just sounds so lovely when you say it and who could object to the description on the mug?  ALL sewing related tea and coffee will now be taken from it.

What next?  Oooh an Edwardian (allegedly) cherry basket, picked up from the Cirencester antique market.  No surprises for guessing which dress this will be teamed with...


Now as soon as I saw Scruffy Badger's vintage pattern lady brooch recently, I knew I HAD to have one. 


They're made by Zoe and available through her Etsy shop ladybirdlikes and they don't really need any explanation, aren't they just awesome?!  Of course, I chose a brunette wearing a spotty red dress, although if there'd been a blonde one, I'd have gone for her instead - I love the idea of wearing a little vintage-style mini-me brooch. 


I also had some good luck again at Portobello market.  Last time I was there I came back with the curtains that eventually turned into my Portobello blouse.  This time round, I found this little beaut of a Vogue pattern...


and two metres of this boudoir-style slinky red fabric.  It's a bit over the top for a dress, but maybe a dressing gown? Or a fabulous, unexpected lining?  


I was also sorely tempted to buy this 1920's dummy, but I didn't have a spare £80, so had to restrain myself....

And last, but by no means least, look at my fab new sweatshirt made for me by Zoe.  


I fell in love with her grey version after seeing it on this post.  I asked if I could commission her to make me a navy version and because she's a darling, she agreed. It's beautifully made, fits like a dream and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.  

In fact, five minutes after ripping it out of its envelope and putting it on, I received a compliment on it when I answered the door. It's a little too warm to wear at the moment (can't believe I just typed that after my recent whining about the weather), but I can see it being worn to death once the cooler weather arrives.  

Happy Tuesday. x


35 comments:

  1. I've been coveting that mug for ages :-)

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  2. Oh what lovely acquisitions Jane - the mug is brilliant, the brooch adorable and your market finds a delight! I don't know how you resisted that 1920s dummy mind!!! Finally, I love the sweatshirt Zoe made you! I remember having that conversation with you at the Walthampstow meet and now I'm jealous! Maybe if I ask Zoe nicely I can commission one too ;o)

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    1. Oh yes, I remember the exact conversation too! The girl Zoe certainly delivered the goods, she's a superstar!
      I don't know how I resisted the dummy either, I went back last week and it had gone, which made me a bit sad. x

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  3. Ooo what a lovely post. Your top is gorgeous and fits perfectly. Love that in a top. i love the word seamstress but I would not use for myself until I have acquired the necessary skills. Just a beginner atm.

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    1. Thanks Sassy, I love that in a top too! x

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  4. I love everything in this post!! Including the word seamstress. I want a dress like the one on your brooch. :)

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  5. Ooh, like the really different views of that pattern. And how adorable is that sweatshirt on you!!

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    1. It's lovely isn't it? It was in amongst a whole box of 80's shoulder pad patterns so was an extra lucky find! x

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  6. Love the sweatshirt! I think the red fabric would make a fabulous dress. It would certainly be eye catching!

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    1. Maybe.... If I'm feeling daring! x

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  7. Ah what lovely things. That brooch is absolutely darling and the sweatshirt looks great :) I can't wait to see the cherry homage to Marilyn. I just know it's gonna look fantastic.

    xxx

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    1. Thanks darling! Cherry dress is taking shape.... x

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  8. Oh my, what marvelous finds!

    I adore those booches....and that basket bag in wonderful!

    xx

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    1. The basket bag is darling isn't it?! I can't wait to go tottering around with it! x

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  9. Argh, so many pretty things!! I can't handle it! I soooo want one of those jumpers now!

    That fabric isn't too OTT for a dress, you could definitely carry it off! I do like the idea of a dressing gown, though. Or what about a blouse? Then you'd have fabric left over to use for a lining (or a shorter dressing gown, maybe? Not sure how much fabric you have...). It's such great fabric, it needs to be seen!

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    1. I think I've set my heart on a dressing gown or 'robe'. I love the idea of slinking around in a bright red, flowery robe! x

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  10. Wow how lovely is Zoe for making that for you? It really is gorgeous. I love the pattern lady brooches too, might have to pop over and have a look myself....

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    1. Zoe's the best isn't she?! I REALLY love that sweatshirt! x

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  11. All super loverly things.....where to start? Glad you got a brooch too, they are darling! That fabric is perfect for a robe, in fact It's something I am obsessed thinking about....a summer robe out of beautiful fabric to swish around in since I have *only just* confined my fluffy dressing gown to hibernation it's that cold (yawn yawn)....please make it into a "robe'

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    1. You must be a mind reader Winnie, I've spent far too much time recently obsessing about a 'robe' with the slinky red fabric! I've narrowed it down to two patterns, now I can't stop thinking about it! x

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  12. Ooh awesome brooch, such a cool idea! :)

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    1. I agree, it's a fab idea. x

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    2. I love the brooch too! I have to go check those out.

      The fabric is a delight. It would definitely make a great dressing gown (maybe kimono style?) or a slinky nightgown.

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  13. Lovely buys, I especially like the cherry basket and the seamstress mug - I too like the word seamstress :) Bethx (the linen cat)

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  14. http://thisismyvintagelife.blogspot.com/

    I love all the vintage Vogue patterns, too bad I can't sew!!

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  15. What lovely things! I'm totally in love with those vintage pattern brooches. Feeling mega broke but bookmarked for later when I need a treat! xx

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    1. Definitely worth saving up for Tilly, there were a couple that had your name on them! x

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  16. Gorgeous things. I have finally made something out of the fabric we swapped! Thought you might want to have a look. It only took me about 2 years!! http://sewscrumptious.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/july-pinterest-challenge-lampshades.html

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    1. Better late than never! Just seen it on your blog, it looks AMAZING! x

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  17. Ooh, I spotted that mug the other day, and my finger twitched over the Buy button! Love the Vogue pattern, looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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  18. Jane you look sooo lovely in that sweatshirt, thank for the props. All your acquisitions are ace! The maker of that brooch sells at Brighton Craftaganza and I too couldn't resist snaring a fair few! Mine are meant to be birthday gifts for other people, it's going to be really hard to let them go. I love that mug, and I too am a fan of 'seamstress' as a description. You have an awesome eye for a gem or several!

    Zoe xx

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  19. the cherry basket is so cute!

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  20. I LOVE the navy shirt, hmm how am I going to get my hands on one of them...

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