Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dig for Victory

Such a sunshiny day I just had to get out in the garden. My current project is to extend the Victory Garden a bit. The area next to it was choked with wretched spider plants so it needed some hefty spadework to clear. Took me two days but I'm super pleased with the results. The kittens came to help me and my neighbor Fleur brought me a cup of tea at just the right time!

The plan is to get some beetroot in, some pansies, marigolds and more parsley. Yes, more parsley! The new area has a lot of tree roots so if I get herbs in it will leave me room in the first patch for veggies. Love winter garden planning!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Arthelia's Attic snood

Here's my new custom snood from Arthelia's Attic!

I am completely in love with it and about to order some more. And looking at my shirt I'm quite pleased with it. Might make another. Though there's some brown wool waiting to become a skirt...- Toodle Pip!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Well hello sailor!

New woollies from my mum! This is the V for Victory cardigan from the Stitches in Time vintage knitting book. Knitted in super gorgeous silk wool blend. It's fine and featherlight but snuggly warm. You can't see but I'm wearing my anchor shirt and the cardi has cute little anchor buttons. Matchy matchy! With my Heyday navy trousers. So thanks mum for all your knitting time and talent. And yes, I'd like another one please! Toodle Pip!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wonder Women

Just to get all gossipy and non vintage for a moment...

That's Lynda Carter. And isn't she looking good? (Cue someone telling me she's had plastic surgery. I can never tell.)
And we're talking Lynda Carter because she once starred in a movie as Rita Hayworth. Which, if you imagine her hair red and kinda squint a bit, you can totally see. She's certainly got the figure for it. And yes, I looked it up: 38D 20 38. What a waist! (Though I think Xena would totally whip her butt!)

And as for other lovelies:

Rita Hayworth || 36.5C – 24 – 36 (5ft 6)
Sophia Loren || 38C – 24 – 38 (5ft 7)
Betty Grable || 36 – 24 – 35 (5ft 4)
Vivien Leigh || 32A – 23 – 33 (5ft 3)
Audrey Hepburn || 34A – 20 – 34 (5ft 7)
Marilyn Monroe || 36 – 23 37 (5ft 5)
Veronica Lake || 34 – 21 – 33 (5ft to 5ft 2)
Ava Gardner || 36 -23 -37 (5ft 6)
Brigitte Bardot || 35.5 – 19 – 35 (5ft 7)
Elizabeth Taylor || 36C – 21 – 36(5t 3)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Famous knitters!

Jane Powell and Frank Sinatra

Mary Pickford

Rita Hayworth looking impossibly lovely!

Ingrid Bergman

Barbara Stanwyck

Greer Garson

Betty Grable


Bette Davis

Jean Harlow


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shimmy shake!

This is burlesque artist Sherry Britton. Looking pretty awesome I think. I'm going back to belly dancing. Though compared to Sherry I'm built more on 'traditional' lines. Turns out my old teacher is now doing classes in North Caulfield, a 15 minute tram trip down Carlisle Street. What I'd really like to do is make some costumes. Lots of fiddly bead work! I guess that sounds like fun! - Toodle Pip!

Friday, May 24, 2013


I don't know why I want this so much... But isn't he adorable?
A daschund letter holder. And you stick a pencil in his bum to give him a jaunty tail!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Land Girl

Ok so it's not quite like the WLA uniform but I feel very 'in the services'.

Though it's possible my new Heyday cords make me look a bit porky I am so in love with them I want to wear them every day. New me made long sleeve shirt finished this morning. You may notice that the buttons don't go up so far. That's because one went missing, last seen near Jen's mouth. He's still alive so that's good vintage button!!! - Toodle Pip!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spotlight bonanza!

Spotlight was having (another) sale! I've topped up on some plain fabrics and then I reckon I'm about done for shirts.

More autumnal colours. I've decided to go long sleeved for the plains. I've not done heaps of button down cuffs so this will be a bit of a stretch for me.

Diagonal checks! I've been thinking about a two tone shirt and I reckon this is it. Diagonal checks for the front bodice piece and then dark grey for back, sleeves and collar. Maybe checked cuffs. Except they didn't have any grey so that one will have to wait for a bit. The pink is going to be a spectacularly plain pink shirt all on it's own. It's VERY pink!! Then I need to get started on some skirts. I've got the wool fabric but think I might start with something cheaper. Just in case! Maybe some cord. Ah next pay! Happy sewing times! Toodle Pip!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Moby Duck jewellery

I got a (very) early birthday present from my friend Louarna. She has a buddy who makes resin jewellery from casts of vintage Bakelite pieces. Scottie is going to look gorgeous on my in-the-making navy cardigan. The bangle is a real winner and I plan on getting some more so I can go the full Carmen Miranda! - Toodle Pip!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Goings on

In my mind she was wearing a pixie hood. Remembered wrong! This cutie is Deanna Durbin, who died last week. I bought her entire filmography for the library and had a festival earlier this year. Ah, I love her. Remember my horseshoe western fabric? Found these stetson hat buttons today and now they're on their way to me! Though they're coming US Postal so will probably arrive around Christmas!

And I've just finished a delightful book on the Women's Land Army : Land Girls by Joan Mant. Joan is a bit of an amiable nutter and makes awfully good company. It's largely reminiscences of the ladies and is an absolute treat. Amazing women. - Toodle Pip!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Miss Laverty's motoring hood

Also on the horizon is this cute 1940s pixie hood.

But I'm having problems picking a colour. Leaf green? Pale blue? Cornflower blue? Bright red? Going to look on the weekend to see what is available at Little Sparrow. It's DK wool so quite a common weight, though I have seen it made up in 4ply. Hmmm...decisions! - Toodle Pip!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Works in progress

Vintage buttons from L'Uccello for some shirts I'm making. The green ones are glass so there'll be some hand washing on the horizon! Had a tiring day out and about. Buying some new Harry Highpants knickers, taking some trousers to the tailors and some more plotting for my Secret Project! In all I was glad to get home, put the heater on and settle down with the cats and a cup of tea. Toodle Pip!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Me and a mountain bike

I am an absolute hero! I just got home from a mountain bike day in the Dandenongs with the Cogsgirls. If I'd known what they were going to throw at us I wouldn't have slept soundly all week.

Dandenongs = beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous this time of year. Instruction from the fellows from Bike Now was amazing. So supportive. Everyone looked after and amazingly encouraging. I am so so glad I went and so proud of myself for overcoming my fears. It is so much more physically taxing than road riding and I really didn't expect it to be that much harder. Huge breakfast, shower and I'm in my pyjamas already and on the couch watching the footy. Brilliant day! Toodle Pip!

Friday, April 26, 2013


My fabric stash is rapidly turning into shirts. I'm enjoying myself tremendously. Here's the latest. Made to a forties pattern I didn't know I had but with a ration book busting 4 inches added to the bottom! I want my tucked in shirts to stay tucked in! I'm a big fan of the sleeve cuffs and might do a summer shirt with contrasting collar and cuffs. Looking funny because it's a selfie and I was distracted by a cat. Land Army Girl style earth tones are on the cards this autumn and winter and it's all coming along nicely. - Toodle Pip!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


My new Heyday Vintage gab jacket. It's hanging a bit oddly about the shoulders because I just dragged my satchel off. It really does sit well! It's wool, lined and super toasty. Which is good because I was freezing this morning!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dungaree Dolly

Meet my new Freddie's of Pinewood Dungaree Dolly's! I am so in love with them.

I never want to take them off! The fit's not perfect - I wish they were a bit more generous with their waist to hip ratio. I had to go up a size for the hips which has left them a bit loose around the waist. I think they'd be a complete pain to take in too so I'll live with it. And before you ask, going to the toilet is a bit of a kerfuffle! But way easier than dealing with a girdle so I can be zen about that. And drink less tea.

Remembered the lippy!

Little Jens! Isn't he a big monkey these days? He's all legs and tail.

My Victory Garden! With little Dita (she's much smaller than Jens - she's all scrumptious belly!). Garden doesn't photograph as magnificently as it looks! There's sage, chives, thyme, tarragon, bergamot, acres of parsley, nasturtiums, Vietnamese mint, jasmine, some stray pumpkiny things that I think have sprung up from the compost and unidentified grey leaf plants. I'm hoping to get garlic in next week and maybe some broad beans - though that could just be possum food.

George! Doesn't mind the kittens so much these days. But is still a bit grumpy. They all sleep in the bedroom at night so that's progress!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Eric Ravilious

My latest obsession is British artist Eric Ravilious. He was active during the 30s and 40s, dying tragically young during WW2 during his time as a war artist. He painted images of Sussex and the English countryside...

Images of the soon to vanish High Street...

Images of war...

And crockery for Wedgewood...

You can buy limited edition fine art prints for hundreds of pounds. Or you can say hello Inter Library Loans, colour photocopier and ikea frames! Going to put some up in my bedroom. Toodle Pip!