Paper sewing patterns

Paper sewing patterns

This weekend I was in Marseille for the sublime Le Corbusier retrospective.  Walking back through le quatier du Panier, I noticed this tiny tailors shop, simply and comprehensively signed by [more…]

Making for Samantha Mann

Making for Samantha Mann

I have just finished tailoring a new outfit for the delightfully charming and funny Samantha Mann  for her nightly performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  As she is not terribly [more…]

Ode to industry

Ode to industry

Ode to Industry Parent of every virtue: hear my prayer, On me thy genial influence bestow, Oh, early take me to thy fostering care, And bid me shun the path [more…]

Custom baby grows

Custom baby grows

As I plough through my thirties weddings are becoming fewer and further between, and my peer group are beginning to focus on babies.  I’ve made a few custom baby grows [more…]

1920s bridal hat

1920s bridal hat

Making hats is one of my greatest pleasures.  It turns out that I am from various lines of women who were either milliners or amateur hat makers, and as there [more…]

Arbour seating

Arbour seating

eBay can be a wonderful place with if approached with discernment, patience and a good eye.  Russell Quilter, an absolute gem of a plumbers/boiler engineer, purchased a wrought iron arbour [more…]

My craziest commissions

My craziest commissions

People periodically ask what the craziest thing I have ever been asked to make is.  As The Dress Doctor the answer is fairly tame: a reproduction of Björk’s swan dress, [more…]