DIY novelty brooch originally featured in a Woman’s Own magazine from 1950.
This simple refashion is perfect for turning a slightly shapeless knit into a retro pinup sweater - and it literally only involves three seams! My original is a wool-blend cardigan from Primark - the design was cute, but the sweater was shapeless (basically just a straight rectangle) and too long for my preference (since I generally wear skirts I like sweaters to hit the waist), plus the buttons gaped at the bust. I’d hung onto it because I like the design and colours, but it just never got worn. Prime candidate for a restyling project!
The understated grey tone-on-tone stripe fabric of my latest project provides an opportunity to add some fun details like these bows on the kick pleat and cuffs.
The giant bow pockets I added to my "Bow-dacious" dress are such a fun touch, and they're so simple to sew, but make a big impact!
Based on the boat-neck bodice pattern from Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book, I altered the midriff to create this ‘crossover’ or faux-wrap effect. These types of pattern hacks are actually easier than you might think, so I thought I’d share the steps of how I did it.
I love the novelty 'dangler' brooch styles of the 1940s and 50s - you often see them in Bakelite, celluloid and other old plastics, and in any and all kitschy themes you can think of. I decided to go with love letters as it seemed appropriate for February, but as far as I'm concerned hearts and love letters are year-round motifs.
I had so many requests for a tutorial for the boat-neck sweater refashion I posted on Instagram a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to putting together a full tutorial - with pictures! The instructions are based on the steps I followed, but I was pretty much making it up as I went along and doing it by eye