Monday, March 30, 2015

George McGregor

Well now. I had not realised this was a playlist.  After a cracking start (turn it up, sit back) I can't really vouch for the rest...although Shangri-La is definitely making it onto my iTunes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I grow my hair long...then I see something that absolutely makes me change my mind.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015


I just accepted the post of Assistant House Steward with the National Trust.  I'm not sure that has sunk in yet.  The property has the most wonderful wunderkammer that is not often open to the public. A cabinet of curiosities collected, as you did, by the owner's family throughout  the 17th and 18th centuries.   My favourite thing, out of all the rags, bones and hanks of hair is a squarely linked necklace, that looks Elizabethan and is probably Indian.  It has the look of the gaudy baubles of the Shakespearean stage.  You know the ones in the portraits, framed against the black silk after all that lace edging and looking all a bit ladybird book simplistic.  In real life, the portrait painter has clearly depicted it perfectly.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


I like this a lot.
I have been consistently, if lazily, on the lookout for a slubby, lineny, loose weave, work wear, hempy fabric with a view to making...something up since last year.  I became obsessed with cheesecloth.  
I bought an xxs 70s man's shirt of the classic blue checked cheesecloth off eBay, which gives me great pleasure.  But a fabric that was shirt or trouser weight was elusive at a good price.  Eventually I found a retired dressmaker selling off bolts.   Upon arrival it was not white, however, but yellowed magnolia with a green and mustard check and looks like would it be quite at home, once made up, with a food stain down it.  So the dye project is on.  Black.   Probably using Burda 6907 with some alterations to make them more like this (it's the hems).
I am still quietly working on the underwear project by the way.  A couple of tweaks and it's there.  Pardon the pun.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The best of the 70s

When one foot was still in the 60s and it was all about creases, cashmere and silk.

Friday, January 09, 2015


Obsessing now, searching for the perfect shirt/s.  The parameters are that it must work underneath a jumper and can only be ebayed or thrifted.  Just missed a beautiful vintage Jil Sander which went for a song.  Still thinking about that one...