Belated birthday post

It was my birthday last Wednesday and I received some lovely sewing-related gifts that I'd like to share with you all.

My boyfriend did really well with this book of fashions and patterns from the 1900s – 1970s. He also got me an overlocker, which is second-hand from his family, but was literally only used for the duration of a week. I'm terrified by it, but I'm sure once I get it threaded it'll be ok!

I was also blown away by the generosity of my colleagues, who among other bits and bobs, got me the following (I clearly go on about my vintage fashion fetish too much):

Due to birthday celebrations and a heavy work load, I've sadly fallen behind with my actual sewing, which makes me sad. To get me back on track I'm setting myself the following goals for the next few weeks:

  • Catch up with Casey's swing dress sew-along! I've still got to sew up my I'm well behind. I'm finding Casey's sew-along posts excellent though, so easy to follow and packed full of handy tips!
  • Finish off my 1940s Simplicity 1598 dress which still only needs a zip inserted and hemming. So close yet so far!
  • Re-focus on getting an Etsy story up and running. At the moment I'm not finding enough time to sew more aprons. I've settled on 3 'trademark' designs for full aprons, but I still need to tweak them and make muslins. Oh well, patience is a virtue I guess!
How are you good folk doing? Despite my unproductive spell, I've been enjoying keeping up with all your wonderful creations. Each and ever day I find myself feeling inspired by what you all make!


  1. Hey Marie, Happy Birthday for last Wednesday! If it's any consolation I'm still on my muslin for the Swing Dress. Been too busy tweaking my Etsy and blog. Oooops!

  2. Oh well, I'm lagging behind in good company ;o) Your Etsy shop looks amazing by the way!

  3. Belated Happy Birthday! And my didnt you score some great pressies :-) Good luck with your goals for the next few weeks, look forward to seeing how you get on!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday Marie, hope you had a wonderful day. Your sewing presents look amazing - I may have to steal a few of them to put on my birthday list to 'help' my husband (not the overlocker though, they're still terrifying to me). I'm just about keeping up with the Swing dress sewalong and have finished my muslin for my 30's blouse, so hopefully I'll have two new things made in the next few weeks. x

  5. Thank you Sarah!

    Jane, steal's good to offer a helping hand sometimes ;o) Looking forward to seeing your swing dress and 30s blouse!!!

  6. Happy belated birthday! That fashion patterns book sounds really intriguing. And I sympathise with not having time to sew ... I'm in the same boat.

  7. Happy belated birthday! That classic fashion patterns book looks really good. Brownie points to your boyfriend for that one! Law x

  8. Thanks Andrea! And yeah, no time for sewing sucks :o(

    Thank you Law! My boyfriend may have had a few hints from me, but he still did well bless him.