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.Read the full story »
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.
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.
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.
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?