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