[6 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
5 things I learnt at Sew in Brighton

When booking onto Sew in Brighton’s Rework Your Wardrobe workshop I somehow missed the line about having to have previous basic experience. I don’t. I have zero experience, but wanted to know how to take up vintage dresses so I can occasionally take my friends’ machines for a spin.

Cue learning faster than I can (now) sew. Here are five things I picked up in the three-and-a-half-hour session:

1. The ‘make a tote bag’ class is a rights of passage. And one I probably should have taken – just as the other five students in the class had – before going off piste on my first sewing attempt.

2. Treat your foot control pad with the type of hesitation you might if there were a small kitten cowering underneath it and your thread will come out. Every three minutes. It seems I have a similar approach to sewing as I do to driving and while being cautious is good, being so slow that you become a danger is not. Even my needle gave up and fell out – but at least I now know how to thread a machine.

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[21 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
Dieppe & Rouen – buildings with history

Looking back at the long summer we’ve been blessed with this year, the stand out photos are from our annual trip to Dieppe – a modest French seaside resort with a fascinating front.

Events, Featured »

[12 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
Bluebell Railway Murder Mystery Evenings

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Miss Marple? Put those armchair detective skills of deduction to the test this autumn at Bluebell Railway’s 1920s-themed murder mystery evenings.

Events, Fashion, Headline »

[6 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
5 things I learnt at Sew in Brighton

When booking onto Sew in Brighton’s Rework Your Wardrobe workshop I somehow missed the line about having to have previous basic experience. I don’t. I have zero experience, but wanted to know how to take up vintage dresses so I can occasionally take my friends’ machines for a spin.

Cue learning faster than I can (now) sew. Here are five things I picked up in the three-and-a-half-hour session:

1. The ‘make a tote bag’ class is a rights of passage. And one I probably should have taken – just as the other five students in the class had – before going off piste on my first sewing attempt.

2. Treat your foot control pad with the type of hesitation you might if there were a small kitten cowering underneath it and your thread will come out. Every three minutes. It seems I have a similar approach to sewing as I do to driving and while being cautious is good, being so slow that you become a danger is not. Even my needle gave up and fell out – but at least I now know how to thread a machine.

Fashion, Featured, Style heroes »

[1 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
Style heroes – Lulu Guinness x UNIQLO

Prolong that summer feeling into September with these Miami-inspired designs by Lulu Guinness for UNIQLO. The Cadillac and palm print is classic Lulu – rocking that 1950s vintage vibe the British designer has become known for.

Fashion, Featured »

[30 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
New York – where to shop vintage?

Before the year is out I’ll have ticked New York off my bucket list and I’d love for you – stylish VB readers – to help me plan the trip of a lifetime. Where do we start the search for secondhand gems?

Fashion, Featured »

[24 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
Pretty in pineapples

With pineapples on tastemakers’ menus this summer it was the turn of Tiki and Mid-century fans to get excited by what’s new. I picked this fruity dress from Sugarhill Boutique on Sydney Street to wear on my birthday.

Decor, Featured »

[24 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
Furniture to worship – Baines & Fricker

Our favourite local furniture makers Baines & Fricker have launched a range of sleek new designs that would look great in any Mid-century inspired family home.

Decor, Events, Fashion, Featured »

[10 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
August Bank Holiday vintage house sale

There’s little that gets vintage lovers more excited than a tip off on a fellow collector’s clear out. And we have news of a Bank Holiday open house sale set to see 1950s fans fighting over clothes, ceramics and furniture.