I’ve almost finished the dress, I just have to finish the zip and hem the bottom. I’m hoping to have it finished by tomorrow. I’m so happy with how it came out, and this is definitely a pattern I’ll be using again.

20130324-214530.jpg

 

My next project is going to be this dress pattern that was free with this months Sew Magazine. I going to this in a really bright summer colour. I know quite a few other people are trying this so please let me know how you get on.

20130324-215637.jpg

MiaFleur sell a beautiful selection of vintage and vintage style home decorations. The range is both unique and eclectic and would fit well into a vintage or shabby chic themed home.

Mia Fleur are offering Vintage Frills readers 20% off all non sale items on their website just use code BLOG20 at the checkout. The code is valid until 1st April 2013.

Here’s a few of my fvourite pieces from their site…

1. ‘Magical Bunny’ Lamp £250

2. Albert Williams Framed Print ‘Summer Roses’ £30

 3. MiaFleur Vintage Hand Painted Pie Crust Side Table £80

4. Cream Hand Painted Reclaimed Mirror £35

5. Vintage Style Cake Stand £35

6. ‘Fairground’ Silk Cushion £42

7. Cupcake Pumpkin Jar £8.50

8. MiaFleur Handmade Bird Appliqué £30

9. MiaFleur Reclaimed Bedside Cabinet £90

——

Visit the MiaFleur Website

Yesterday Fay and I went to The Vitality Show at Earls Court in London as guests of the lovely Green People. The show is a great mix of fitness, food, beauty and lifestyle. I was especially interested in the beauty section which was full of some really fabulous brands. We both picked up a great mix of freebies and a few lovely purchases. I’m going to give a few of these brands and products their own posts and reviews but here’s a little round-up of some of the things that came home on a very packed tube with me!

I got these lovely healthy snacks* from The Food Doctor. I’m loving natural healthy foods at the moment as I’m trying to lose weight and I’ve been going to the gym a lot lately so I cant wait to give these a try.

I bought some dried pineapple from the Urban Fruit stand, I tried all their samples and they were all delicious. I got these to share with the kids as they both love pineapple too. I also got Vita coconut water with passionfruit*, 9 Bar Peanut*, and some Tingz* sweets to try

The Green People gave us each a lovely goody bag* packed with samples, which I can’t wait to try. I’m a big fan of their baby products so I picked Lila up an Organic Baby Wash and Shampoo.

I love the Along Came Betty bath and body range at Tesco. It’s every bit as lovely as other retro styled brands such as Soap and Glory. I was delighted to discover that they are launching a range of make-up. I picked up WOW! Lashes Super Volume Mascara and BR-WOW! brow kit. I also got Pores for Thought Polish de-stress face scrub and One Pot of Polish salt, sugar and apricot scrub. I’m going to review these alongside some of the other Along Came Betty products I already have.

I got an Essential Care Creamy Coconut Cleanser* from The Souk Souk stand. Souk Souk is a beauty box with a difference all the products you get in each months box organic, natural and chemical-free. You also get a magazine with the box every month. I really love the idea of this as I love using natural products.

I bought these Amy Childs Sleep Rollers, I’ve wanted some of these for a while and I’ve great things about her range. The girls at the stall were so helpful and showed me how to put them in and I was impressed that they stayed in my VERY long thick hair. I met Amy who was really sweet and her mum who showed me Amy’s new perfume which is very nice indeed. I can’t wait to try out the sleep rollers and will have a review up as soon as possible.

The Vitality Show is running until this Sunday at Earls Court and is a great day out. Why not treat yourself to a ticket to the Neal’s Yard Day Spa while your there and get really pampered.

Find out more about the Vitality Show here.

Products marked with * were free although any opinions are my own.

This project has been on the shelf for a few week’s as I’ve just not had the time to get on with it. I found myself with a precious hour spare this afternoon so cracked on with the dress.

Since my last post about the dress I had cut the fabric from the pattern and then not touched it for a weeks. When I revisited the dress today I decided to make a few changes. Mainly because this is the first dress of this sort I’ve made I decided to simplify the design a fair amount so that I can get it finished quickly. I have decided not to line the dress as the fabric is quite thick and I plan to wear a slip and petticoat underneath anyway. I have also decided to trim it with some bright pink bias binding (the only colour I had enough of) This will save me loads of time hemming it. If it doesn’t really work I will follow the original plan next time.

I was lucky enough to find a whole box of original 1950’s unused metal zips at my local charity shop for only 25p each so I bought a few including a navy one to use with this dress.

I am hoping to be able to finish the dress this week and will post pictures once it’s done. I’m looking forward to getting some more fabric and making a few more.

I’ll try to get some better pictures when I get a chance!

I just love this video of London in the 1950s, and I had to share it. It’s amazing how much our city has changed and also how much it has stayed the same. I must say it looks very clean and the cars are fabulous. I love looking at videos of London from times gone by on YouTube especially when you recognise the places. I’m not sure where this was filmed does anyone else know?

i also love that this video has one of my favourite pieces of music in the background. enjoy!