Stash Busting – How to Make a Cable Drum Footstool

Hands up fellow sewers, dressmakers and crafters who else is guilty of a HUGE fabric scrap pile?! In a bid to do my bit in not being wasteful, at the end of each project I dutifully collect any ‘useable’ scraps and scurry them away into my scraps bag… Which is almost bursting to the seams! So I’ve set myself a challenge to use them, one … Continue reading Stash Busting – How to Make a Cable Drum Footstool

Stash Busting – Fabric Gift Wrap

Check out your chance to win a vintage sewing pattern – Here! Hands up fellow sewers, dressmakers and crafters who else is guilty of a HUGE fabric scrap pile?! In a bid to do my bit in not being wasteful, at the end of each project I dutifully collect any ‘useable’ scraps and scurry them away into my scraps bag… Which is almost bursting to the … Continue reading Stash Busting – Fabric Gift Wrap

20% Off & a Giveaway from The Vintage Pattern Company – Exciting Exclusive! 

Update! Extended for one week – Closing date now Wednesday 22nd February 2017 I have a very exciting surprise for you all… The lovely Sonny from The Vintage Pattern Shop has given all Trainee Housewife readers a huge 20% off at her shop! And if that isn’t enough, she has also gifted a sewing pattern for one lucky reader! So it’s time to have a little … Continue reading 20% Off & a Giveaway from The Vintage Pattern Company – Exciting Exclusive! 

YSL Dress in Austria

Well, I’m enjoying a good sit down after a full on week of snowboarding in Austria last week – photos to follow! Our suitcases were full of salopettes and jumpers, not much room for pretty clothes this week but I did manage to squeeze in one dress (I actually can’t believe I’ve been away with only one dress!). My new YSL pattern dress is the … Continue reading YSL Dress in Austria

Molly Top

A week off work for Christmas has to include at least one crisp, winters walk – right? Underneath all my wrapped up layers on Friday, I was wearing my latest sew: The Molly Top. More of a summer top, it was perfect under lots of layers. I’m sure I’m not the only one like this but I’m so impatient to wear my latest sews that … Continue reading Molly Top

One Top Worn Two Ways: My Entry to the Simplicity Sewing Challenge – Simplicity 1365

The first thing that I think of when I think of vintage is the ‘make do and mend’ era – making the most of everything and anything. My love of vintage has started to spill into other aspects of my life and this has included my thrifty nature being released and let loose. So when I was at an early morning flea market a few … Continue reading One Top Worn Two Ways: My Entry to the Simplicity Sewing Challenge – Simplicity 1365

Poodles, Palm Trees and Pretty Skirts

Long, floaty skirts have always been part of my dream wardrobe but never my every day outfits. Then one day I thought why can’t I wear floaty skirts every day and swan around in swishy fabric?! I’ve since learnt that if there’s one thing that can make wearing my boxy work shirt feel better it is just that – a circle skirt. The New Look … Continue reading Poodles, Palm Trees and Pretty Skirts