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-Sustainable Sewing-
We’ve been enjoying the plethora of posts from @newcrafthouse #sewyourselfsustainable photo challenge.  It’s created some really interesting posts & thoughtful discussions about sustainability.  If you’ve been sewing for a while, it’s interesting to rifle through your handmade wardrobe & work out which is your oldest handmade garment that’s made it through style changes & life’s ups & downs.  This is Alice’s Vogue 1253 coat circa early 1990s…here’s the story behind it... My mother has a mid-1950s evening coat with 3/4 sleeves and the most delicious cream lining. I suspect it will have come from Binns in Hartlepool and she bought it with one of her first paypackets as a teacher. Which is why, no doubt, she never let me get my hands on it right the way through the 80s and 90s. Or since. I suspect it’s still wrapped in tissue in her clothes chest.

This black coat then, was my homage to that classic garment. It’s from a Vogue Designer pattern by Claude Montana and dates from the early 1990s. Apologies for the scruffy trainers, think of them as a little real life sneaking in!  The outer is a draping gaberdine, the lining is a printed peachskin. The fabric was purchased from Material World on Camden High Street, the shop which probably inspired ClothSpot, although little did I know at the time. I’m an absolute sucker for a lining and Material World had the most fabulous Italian prints that I used inside at least a couple of coats.

Most of my makes from that period have been donated to charity; it’s several house moves ago and there are only so many black bin liners you can fit in a hired van! However this one was a keeper. It’s since served as a ‘dressing-up-box’ stalwart; our children are of the Harry Potter generation, also Spalding has an annual Pumpkin Parade so it’s been involved in plenty of witching-and-wizarding. It needs a good clean and a repair but I can’t bring myself to let this one go, but I’m more than happy to lend it out! Unlike my mother…😘 #sewyourselfsustainable 
#clothspot #sustainablesewing
#vintagevoguepatterns
 #sewover50 #sewcialists
#handmadewardrobe  #memadewardrobe
#v1253 #vogue1253
-Sustainable Sewing- We’ve been enjoying the plethora of posts from @newcrafthouse #sewyourselfsustainable photo challenge. It’s created some really interesting posts & thoughtful discussions about sustainability. If you’ve been sewing for a while, it’s interesting to rifle through your handmade wardrobe & work out which is your oldest handmade garment that’s made it through style changes & life’s ups & downs. This is Alice’s Vogue 1253 coat circa early 1990s…here’s the story behind it... My mother has a mid-1950s evening coat with 3/4 sleeves and the most delicious cream lining. I suspect it will have come from Binns in Hartlepool and she bought it with one of her first paypackets as a teacher. Which is why, no doubt, she never let me get my hands on it right the way through the 80s and 90s. Or since. I suspect it’s still wrapped in tissue in her clothes chest. This black coat then, was my homage to that classic garment. It’s from a Vogue Designer pattern by Claude Montana and dates from the early 1990s. Apologies for the scruffy trainers, think of them as a little real life sneaking in! The outer is a draping gaberdine, the lining is a printed peachskin. The fabric was purchased from Material World on Camden High Street, the shop which probably inspired ClothSpot, although little did I know at the time. I’m an absolute sucker for a lining and Material World had the most fabulous Italian prints that I used inside at least a couple of coats. Most of my makes from that period have been donated to charity; it’s several house moves ago and there are only so many black bin liners you can fit in a hired van! However this one was a keeper. It’s since served as a ‘dressing-up-box’ stalwart; our children are of the Harry Potter generation, also Spalding has an annual Pumpkin Parade so it’s been involved in plenty of witching-and-wizarding. It needs a good clean and a repair but I can’t bring myself to let this one go, but I’m more than happy to lend it out! Unlike my mother…😘 #sewyourselfsustainable #clothspot #sustainablesewing #vintagevoguepatterns #sewover50 #sewcialists #handmadewardrobe #memadewardrobe #v1253 #vogue1253