Why hello there! My name is Maddy, and on this blog I am documenting my adventures on vintage and retro sewing and fashion.
Ever since I was little, I have had a keen interest in the way I dressed myself. As a child, I wanted nothing more than to array myself in the ballgowns of Disney princesses (who am I kidding, I still do); as a young teenager, I both desperately wanted to follow latest trends, and stick stubbornly to my garments of choice, generally oversized black t-shirts (I for one, am glad this era is behind me). While I have always adored historic and classic fashion (too many period dramas as a child), it was not until the last couple of years that I discovered my passion for vintage and retro fashion, and embraced my now favourite silhouette: that classic 50s hourglass, epitomised by Dior’s New Look. Since then, I’ve branched out into other decades too, from the 20s to the 60s, but I’ll always have a soft spot for full skirts, cinched waists and petticoats.
It’s only fairly recently too, that I rediscovered my love of sewing. I’ve been sewing on and off since I was about eight years old, making many little bits and pieces over the years with much enthusiasm and little finesse, including a rather shapeless dress which I nonetheless adored at fourteen. But all things crafty rather fell by-the-by as I got to the serious end of high school, and I’d rather forgotten the sewing machine sitting rather forlornly in my cupboard until the end of last year. Over the last summer though, through my interminable uni holidays, trying to both cut down on shopping and distract myself a broken heart, I made a simple cotton circle skirt, and I was instantly re-hooked. Despite a very hectic timetable (university, work, tutoring, babysitting…) I try to make time for a bit of sewing as often as I can, as it’s one of the single most enjoyable and relaxing activities I do. Besides, it’s a skill I’m proud of, and the ability to make clothes as I want them for cheaper than I can buy them is something I value very highly.