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

Friday, 16 September 2016

Hello September

Well  had a crazy busy few months with orders taking off and an event last weekend which kept me very busy preparing for it

The event took place outside John Lewis Milton Keynes last weekend. I worked with my friend Beckie on the stall so we could promote our wedding shop. It is still in the early stages. We was very pleased with the set up though 



The hair accessories and bunting proved the most popular. For the next couple of months though I am working with a boutique on creating a special range for her shop

Here is one of my favourite orders from the summer. A traditional sailor suit for a very handsome little boy who is tall for his age and had this suit made for a family wedding 


If you wish to order a sailor suit (or any occasion wear) please contact me via Etsy Vincent & Valerie It can also be made with shorter shorts and a necktie 







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 vincentvalerieuk.etsy.com




Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Boy's Bow Ties

I have been filling my Etsy shop left right and center these past 2 weeks. We have had some lovely sunny days so I took advantage and got great photos taken.

I purchased a pattern to do bow ties, as I wished to expand on my regular clip on ones and my son kept telling me that babies have clip on ties haha. 

I am so pleased I did as I have made a bunch of them already including these ones -








I then tried out the long tie version 


I am addicted to these and will be adding lots more of them in various prints/syles to my Etsy shop here Vincent & Valerie

I also made these awesome matching braces 


They are so stylish and it is nice to make things for older boy's again, my next plan aside from getting on with my own clothes (again!) is to work on some summer clothes 





Thursday, 11 February 2016

Another day another romper..

I am writing this post with a stuffed nose... summer must be on the way then haha. 
I am have been so focused on updating my Etsy shops and making children's clothes. I haven't given my own wardrobe a second thought. Well that is not strictly true, I have but in a put myself down all the time way. I am in process of making my wonderful sister a dress for her Birthday and thought to myself I have to get myself back out there! My dresses and vintage accessories are my suit of armor, it is time to get back into the swing of things.

I dusted off my mannequin and have selected my first pattern. I did collect quite a few with a view to make when I was ready again and forgot about a few of them, so it was like finding treasure. I will be working on a toile first (for once haha) 

For now though I have made the 1950s Boy's Butterick again. I loved how it turned out in a modern print and truly hope to get some orders for making them again this year. Once this fits like the others, I will post photos of it being worn 




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 





Thursday, 7 January 2016

Happy New Year

I am bit chuffed with my first make of 2016. The pattern was this 1950s Butterick I used.

I used Makower pinstripe fabric that was a low £6 for the metre in the sale :)


Photos were taken inside as we had lots of dark and rainy day over the Xmas period. 
It came together so well I already have another cut out in a Dino print 


Hopefully this will be another I can photograph on when it warms up and fits. Next on my list is the fox romper - it has to happen!