Monday, 28 February 2011

Ooh La La Vintage Francaise!


I am absolutely delighted that Etsy have finally got round to allowing users to search in specific areas.  With that in mind I searched items in France to find some Tres Chic vintage dresses for the Spring and Summer - when we finally manage to pack away our winter coats and boots.  Here's a taste of Vintage French chic!

My first choice is just such a pretty dress, but alas I think it may be a little bit short for my aging pins.  But if you have have the legs you can buy it here: barflor at Etsy.
Louis Feraud long jersey dress at barflor, Etsy
This dress is completely divine, the colours are simply gorgeous, a work of art!
Queen of Hearts 1950s White Day Dress with Coral Love Heart Print
 at dandeliondaydreamer, Etsy
This is such a pretty fresh dress that will never date, definitely a Summer wardrobe staple.
Agnes Black 1950s Wrapped Wiggle Dress at Laboheme, Etsy
This is the sort of dress I think of when vintage French chic comes to mind, beautifully tailored!
70s Summer Dress at TapouillonVintage, Etsy
I love these extraordinarily bold prints but I'm not sure whether I'm brave enough to wear them.  Maybe once the sun comes out I would feel a little braver!
1950s VERVEINE Stiletto Dress at LaBoheme, Etsy
Another striking dress, get your Marilyn Monroe wiggle working!
Blue Dot Dress Deep Teal by Greeneyebazaar, Etsy
Understated chic for everyday Ooh La La!  Pop over to Greeneyebazaar as the lovely Camille is having a 10% sale (one shot) password for readers of this Post : givemefrench.
80s Teal/ Olive Graphic Print Dress at suzybluebijou, Etsy
This is such a gorgeous print and for a Vintage dress a really great price!
Gianni Versace Pretty Pleat Skirt at barflor, Etsy
A little bit of vintage luxury!  This skirt is absolutely stunning, I completely love it!
Poppy Print Dress at Dandeliondaydreamer, Etsy

Lastly, but by no means least, this charming 1970s Summer Dress.  So pretty, all I'm dreaming about is the summer sunshine!
I hope you enjoyed my short trip through French Vintage to give you some ideas for your Summer wardrobe.  Remember to click on the picture heading to be taken straight to the shop.

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Happiest When Crafting Giveaway!

The very sweet Sandy O. over at Happiest When Crafting is celebrating 13 Followers and decided to host a Giveaway.  She definitely deserves more followers so pop across to her lovely Blog for 2 chances to win.
The first prize is a bundle of 4 Amy Butler Fat Quarters: 
-Love Cypress Paisley in Wine 
-Love Cypress Paisley in Lime
-Love Paradise Garden in Wine
-Lotus Wall Flower in Sky
The second prize is a bundle of 2 Jeanean Morrison Fat Quarters:
-California Dreamin Santa Rosa Orange 
-California Dreamin Catalina Blue 


  • BE QUICK as the competition closes 11pm 28th February, Lisbon time.
  • She'll draw a Winner on the next day. 
  • This is an internationl giveaway and she'll post anywhere!
  • Click here and Good Luck!

Friday, 25 February 2011

Let's All Pop Down To Spring Street!

Spring Street in Blue
Look what gorgeous fabric has arrived at Hawthorne Threads! Just what we need as we wait for Winter to end, Spring Street by Carolyn Gavin.

I love the fresh citrus colours and graphics. It's been a while since an 'in store now' email has really caught my eye. And for that reason I had to share it with you lovely 'fabricistas'!
Tossed Flowers in Blue
Tossed Flowers in White
Tossed Flowers in Rusted Orange
Raindrops in Blue
Raindrops in Light Blue
Raindrops in Yellow
Sketchbook Flowers in Blue
Sketchbook Flowers in Green
Sketchbook Flowers in Orange
Sketchbook Flowers in Yellow
Leaves in Blue
Leaves in Green
Leaves in Red Orange
Texture Stripe in Green
Texture Stripe in Red
Birdies in White and Green
Birdies in White and Red
Buzzing Gardens in Multi
Spring Street Panel in Blue
Spring Street Fat Quarter Bundle

Don't you all feel bright and spring like now?  It cheers me right up, every time I see it.  What would you make with this delicious fabric to brighten up your day?

Thanks for dropping by my small corner of Blog Land!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Avalon by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics Sneak Peek!

Avalon by Jay-Cyn Designs 100% Organic Sample Bolts have arrived at Birch Fabrics.  Unfortunately they're not available on the High Street until April 2011!















Wowser, what great fabric!  They remind me of vintage Japanese Kimono fabrics, but the bicycles and birds give it a modern twist.  Apparently it's a super soft fabric, perfect for dressmaking.  I have a few projects in mind already!
Do you have any patterns that you could make with this fabric?

Monday, 21 February 2011

The Ultimate Suzy Ultman!

Charming fabric to brighten up our long slow return to Spring! 

  • Suzy Ultman is the very talented designer behind some of our favourite prints, such as Kiss Me and Metro Cafe for Robert Kaufman.
  • I hope Suzy doesn't mind me using a photo of her as my feature picture, but it's always great to see who's behind the designs. This one is fromThe Pine Ridge Art News Blog of Suzy at the New York National Stationery Show.
  • And so to the fabric....

Kiss Me Owls & keys on Pink
Or on lovely fresh Green.
Or for something super cute, you could always try Kiss Me Owls on Cream.
Or Kiss Me Owls on Brown for warmth.


If you want something sophisticated rather than cute, Suzy has some gorgeous fabrics for the Metro Cafe line for Robert Kaufman.
I recently bought this vintage shirt dress pattern on Ebay (far left is the one I like) and was thinking of making it with this fab coffee bean fabric!  Ooh La La, Cafe Society!

Or in Bermuda!
 
Here some more chic fabric from her Metro Cafe line.
Blenders Print in Retro at ThreeRiversFabric, Etsy
Coffee Urns in Bermuda at SewFreshFabrics, Etsy


I love this Bermuda colourway, such a great summery colour!

Coffee Mugs in Licorice at Luckykaerfabric, Etsy


How about some really cheerful coffee mugs!


  • So who is Suzy Ultman?  She was born in Pennsylvania and has lived on three continents, always taking in the culture and communities, allowing them to influence her visual aesthetic.
  • As a child, Suzy spent time collecting stickers, playing board games, picking berries in the woods, perfecting her Snoopy sketches, dancing to Fame, woodworking with her dad and baking with her mom.
  • She embraces being in beautiful habitats surrounded by nature’s palette of colors, textures and forms.  Suzy explores the worlds within our worlds, the little details that make us smile, and the connections that make us all part of the global community.
  • She is now enjoying a new adventure, living in the lovely Midwest, (north of Boston) where she scouts for cardinals and enjoys chocolate-cayenne ice cream at the local scoop shop.  Her stunning home was recently featured in the Boston Globe.
To complete the picture of Suzy here's a photograph of Her studio.

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Read Suzy's Blog by clicking here.
Follow Suzy on Twitter by clicking 
here.
To Shop for Suzy Ultman's fabric click on the link below each picture.

I hope you have enjoyed sharing some of Suzy's lovely fabric designs.  Thanks for dropping by!