Saturday, 22 October 2016

Lion Coat

A customer recently came to me to have a lion coat made for her Grandson. I instantly whizzed to check out the beautiful patterns by Twig + Tale formally Big Little Patterns)
I adore the coat and how it turned out. I wanted a patter that would make the coat look like a lion without looking like costume so these patterns are perfect!

The outside mustard colour fleece is a beautiful colour and so soft/smooth to touch, perfect for a lion 

I lined the coat with Alexander Henry Safari fabric from the lovely people at Fondant Fabrics

The coat sewed up like a dream and I used both my regular Janome machine and my Singer 185k to help get me through the very thick layers

The lovely rust colour mane wool was bought locally from a fabric shop. I am itching next time to use more re-claimed fabrics to make my next jacket 

There are so many other options for the coat and I can't wait to make a little rabbit one and a cape version too. 

If you would like to purchase the jacket, I have them on sale in my Etsy shop Vincent & Valerie

Sunday, 22 May 2016

1940s Sweet Heart Floral Print Romper

I previously shared this gorgeous 1940s baby romper sewing pattern by the New York pattern company and can now share photos of how the first little romper I made looks on. It features a classic H bar back and makes up so well

If you would like to see if I have any patterns similar to sell please check out my pattern shop Fox Vintage or if you would like to have one of these lovely rompers made for your little girl or boy (there is a boy's verson too) please see Vincent & Valerie

Monday, 9 May 2016

50s Ruffle Floral Baby Girls Romper

Here is the 1950s style baby girl's romper I made with a gorgeous ruffle bum. Extra frill around the front. Plus long ties to the back. It looks so gorgeous on the little miss 

If you would like to buy a custom made romper please contact me at Vincent & Valerie - I am UK based shop but I ship world wide 

If you are based in North Devon and would like to know more about the amazing photographer who took these photos please contact Suzie here

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Dinosaur Baby Romper & Bonnet

A customer loved the look of the 1950s baby romper I made with dinosaur print and ordered for her grandson. It was a pleasure to make this for her. If you would like to order one please convo me at my shop Vincent & Valerie

I need to make it in the same style as the Butterick age 6 to 9 months, so I used Simplicity 1600 for the body but I fully faced the front panel, made extra long ties with loops to knot and added a snap panel

The back view and the bonnet visor can be flipped back

The dinosaur fabric is Timeless Treasures and I purchased it from Frumble 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Free 1950s Baby Girls Daffodil Smocking Dress Sewing Pattern

Let me begin by apologising for how long it has taken me to upload this one but I have been fairly busy lately

It is another pattern taken from a magazine and this time it is a very sweet dress pattern with a smocking panel. If you missed the children's overalls please see here

If however you would rather have a paper pattern, I do have a couple of smocking patterns available either via my Etsy shop Fox Vintage or please message me 

And here is the pattern

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Free 1950s Children's Dungaree Sewing Pattern

I recently acquired a box of patterns to sort through and I found a couple of magazine clippings. They were a bit tatty but I have cleaned them a bit with editing and decided to share them free here. First up is the unisex overalls/dungarees pattern

Although you will need to draft the pieces from the diagram, it is a very versatile sewing pattern. You could omit the button on bib and have it as a one piece. There is the option of a short version for summer and you can add elastic to create bubble legs

The diagram is for inch graph paper. It is designed for a child age 2 to 3 years 

I do hope you have found this useful and later this week I will also have a gorgeous dress with a yoke free pattern

In case you were wondering what was on the back :)

Monday, 7 March 2016

Simplicity 5007 Music Baby Romper

So I have been avidly working on filling up my Etsy shop and also making up some of the endless sewing patterns I bought during the winter

I decided on Simplicity 5007 for my next project. I used a music note print Poplin which I had left from an order from not 1 but at least 2 Xmases past! So it was a destash and testing a new pattern

If you do not have any luck with finding Simplicity 5007 on Etsy then Simplicity 1600 is a close one to use and you can find that here 

It features cross back straps with an added belt loop on one strap so they do not gape. There is also the option of putting in a snap panel at the crotch which I also did 

It came together really well and the only adjustment I made was using bias binding for the elastic casing. Using bias makes light work of a neat snap panel. If you with to buy one then please see my

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Hope Campaign

So I have been getting back into the swing of things after how crazy Xmas was and the added problems when all these fabulous sales come up on the Facebook PDF group.

One of them was a free download for the Lola top by Violette Field Threads. I will admit I neglected to check out many new designers in the PDF world and actually this was love at first site in terms of patterns. So many gorgeous ones to choose from, pure heaven for little girls! 

The ladies from VFT then announced plans to run a Hope Campaign. They have 3 patterns for the project which they have given to their customers and have asked for donations to take to an orphanage in Guatemala. I couldn't wait to take part and quickly went through my extensive stash so find something pretty.

I am so guilty of keeping by fabric for my brand Vicent & Valerie. Then not making them up because people often ask for all manner of other sizes and makes, it can then be hard to get hold of them again. I settled on this gorgeous mint green rabbit fabric 

I since found out, it also comes in pink meeps!

Close up of the pretty trims I used :-

I love the group and have already bought a butt load of patterns both from the paper pattern deal and from the recent winter sale

In the random paper pattern lot I got a chance to have a pattern I wouldn't normally choose myself, to make little felt flowers. So today I whizzed up these gorgeous felt flowers for Vincent & Valerie, my handmade Etsy shop 

I have also made some gorgeous boy's rompers and will get those uploaded over the weekend