Pattern of the week! Beautiful Butterfly bow blouse/Retro 60’s

Yes I know I’m three days over a week but I’m still going to post this like it didn’t happen and you can pretend it didn’t too.

This is my Pattern Of The Week! A beautiful Blouse that I bought a while ago on the US version of McCall’s (at the time there was a sale on) and I’ve been ever so pleased with it so far. Now when I look on clothing sites I now see the blouse in store except mines cheaper and in nicer fabric (no offence and in my opinion). Look what I made!…

My beautiful butterfly bow blouse, great with most bottoms (skirts and jeans/shorts etc).

My beautiful butterfly bow blouse, great with most bottoms (skirts and jeans/shorts etc).

Collar...(not much else i can say about that).

Collar…(not much else I can say about that).

Contrasting cuff in the butterfly fabric.

Contrasting cuff in the butterfly fabric.

Pretty bow!

Pretty bow!

Floral shell buttons were aproprate.

Floral shell buttons were appropriate.

I won’t lie this pattern will get a couple of tries to get it perfect but it’s not a difficult pattern, suits body shapes that have chubs that you might want to hide and the instructions are simple enough (although I can guide you though this pattern if you ever shall buy it). Here’s the link if you would like to buy it and try it for yourself:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/McCalls-Misses-Wide-ruffle-Collar-Blouse-Top-Pattern-6648-UC-14-22-/370858191881?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5658deec09

The blouse pattern

The blouse pattern

This pattern is from Ebay and over the USA (but still cheaper than the US site coz it’s roughly £10) but hurry because from today you have 19 days and 10 hours left! However if you miss it or you don’t like Ebay you can go to the site and if you live the UK it’s roughly £10 extra on top of the pattern sale (but the patterns are cheap because it’s the USA (US Dollars) and not GBP so there’s sorta a silver lining right?):

http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6648-products-29590.php?page_id=482

Now for my Outfit Of The Day! I’m feeling retro! Sixties baby to be specific! I used what I found in my room and make bag to create fun and fashion!

Outfit Of The Day! Needed something black and white with a little Mod...make do with what you got!

Outfit Of The Day! Needed something black and white with a little Mod…make do with what you got!

My 60's retro eyes without the fake lashes because it's too much for daytime and a massive backcombed hairspray updo!

My 60’s retro eyes without the fake lashes because it’s too much for daytime and a massive backcombed hairspray updo! Really my eyes are such a statement (and yours if you try it will be a stunner TRUST ME) but you can’t see it…maybe i’ll do a tutorial.

Happy stitchin’ and stylin’!

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Up-side, right-side, pine-a-pple!

Been a while since I put up a tasty recipe and now that summer is almost over I can think of autumn and yummy warm puds. I present the easy and classic fruity Pineapple upside down cake! This recipe has been tried and definitely tasted and fills the cake tin to the brim!

Sweety rating:  Medium (so you can relax, no dentist for you!)

ingredients:

  • 300g butter, sugar, self-raising flour (a little extra butter for greasing and sugar for sprinkling)
  • 3 Medium eggs
  • A tablespoon of Vanilla
  • A tablespoon of ground nutmeg*
  • A small tin of ring pineapple slices with juice NOT syrup (most tins usually contain 8 slices…you can eat the 8th slice…yum)

Equipment

  • 9″ tin (roughly 2″ deep)
  • A tablespoon
  • A spatula
  • A knife or cocktail stick
  • Standing or hand mixer
  • A bowl
  • An oven
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil

* Optional

 

Preheat your oven on fan at the gas mark 125, it'll bake slowly and evenly.

Preheat your oven on fan at the gas mark 125, it’ll bake slowly and evenly.

Line your tin up good! If you don't know how to line up a cake tin just go to my Victorius Vicroia Spnge recipe for a quick How To.

Line your tin up good! If you don’t know how to line up a cake tin just go to my “Vintage Victorious Victoria Sponge” recipe for a quick How To.

Sprinkle some sugar on the base of your cake tin...

Sprinkle some sugar on the base of your cake tin…

...and lay the pineapple slices on the bottom. Some put cherries in the spaces but that's optional plus I don't like nor have cherries.

…and lay the pineapple slices on the bottom. You can place some cherries in the spaces but that’s optional plus I don’t like nor have cherries.

Beat butter and sugar till well mixed.

Beat butter and sugar till well mixed.

Add eggs till well incorperated, do not beat it out, just mix slowly.

Add eggs till well incorporated, do not beat it out, just mix.

Add your vanilla and nutmeg* to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix.

Add your vanilla and nutmeg* to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix.

Add flour and mix, once mixed add the pineapple juice to the complete mixture using your judgement on how much or little juice you would like (I used the whole tin).

Add flour and mix, once mixed add the pineapple juice to the complete mixture using your judgement on how much or little juice you would like (I used the whole tin).

Once your mixture is in the tin, smooth it out neatly, CAREFULLY bang your mixture on the side to let out any air (recomened for most cake making) and bake on the meduim shelf in your oven for an hour and ten minuites (After the hour give it a quick check).

Once your mixture is in the tin, smooth it out neatly, CAREFULLY bang your mixture on the side to let out any air (recommended for most cake making) and bake on the medium shelf in your oven for an hour and ten minutes (After the hour give it a quick check).

Remember to use a knife or cocktail stick to check if it's baked inside (it'll come out clean if baked and don't be fooled by the little moistness coz your proberly poking the pineapples). I overpoked but only coz I really wanted to make sure...no one was going to see it anyway.

Remember to use a knife or cocktail stick to check if it’s baked inside (it’ll come out clean if baked and don’t be fooled by the little moistness coz your probably poking the pineapples). I overpoked mine but only coz I really wanted to make sure…no one was going to see it anyway.

Nice and thick!

Nice and thick!

Ta Da! Your Upside down pineapple cake.

Ta Da! Your Upside down pineapple cake. Enjoy x

 

Happy baking! x

Rose crown

Lana Del Rey, Boho headdress, 70’s Woodstock peace and love, just some of the things that come to mind when I think about this Rose Crown hair accessory. In this How To I’ll be showing you how to make your own without spending £10+. When I saw the picture on ASOS and studied it closely I said to myself “There’s no way in Gods green earth I’m paying that much for it! NARRRR MATE!”

What you need:

  • 6 large Roses (or flowers, whatever you like)
  • Felt (pref in the same colour as your roses)
  • 1cm/12mm wide elastic (enough to put around your head)
  • Chalk
  • Glue gun with glue (duh)
  • Scissors
  • Enthusiasm
99p store flowers ready to be plucked!

99p store flowers ready to be plucked!

Take your elastic and mark the center with chalk, just fold the elastic to find the center.

Make sure you happy with the length of your elastic and don’t forget when fitting the elastic around your head please stretch it a little coz it will stretch once you put it on. Once your happy with the circumference take your elastic and make a tight knot. Take your elastic and mark the center with chalk, just fold the elastic to find the center.

take your flower off it's stem, snip down the stemy bit on the flower...

Take your flower off the stem, snip down the stem bit on the flower…

...glue it in place so it doesnt fall apart...

…glue it in place so it doesn’t fall apart…

...quickly while glue is still hot, place it on marked area...

…quickly while glue is still hot, place it on marked area…

...then take your small piece of felt and glue it up...

…then take your small piece of felt and glue it up…

...and place it firmly ontop of the elasticly stem part.

…and place it firmly on top of the elastic stem part.

whilst cooling give it a little stretch to ease it on your head.

Whilst cooling give it a little stretch to ease it on your head.

Its wise to try it on and mark the next places where you want the roses to go therwise when you mark and glue without trying it on it'll look funny...

It would be wise to try it on and mark the next places where you want the roses to go otherwise when you mark and glue without trying it on it’ll look funny…

...like this...

…like this…

...when you'll think it'll look like this. Continue the try on, mark and glue until desired result.

…when you’ll think it’ll look like this. Continue the try on, mark and glue until desired result.

I was thinking about leaves but I changed my mind but it's up to you.

I was thinking about leaves but I changed my mind but it’s up to you.

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

Good right? and cheap.

Good right? and cheap.

Which is better?...

Which is better? Mine?…

...Lana's one...

…Lana’s one…

...or ASOS? x

…or ASOS?  (don’t say Lana’s or ASOS) x

Get your hippie on people!

Happy Crafting! x

What’s my shape?

I want to become a stylist or anything fashion related where I can communicate with others about fashion and such, I used to go online every day looking at different sites that tell you what your body shape is and how you can dress for your body. Most websites were along the same lines as others and knew what advise to give (some not all), just now I went on Google to find out if my shape had changed since I put on quiet a bit of weight (not a lot just 6+ inches here and there) and it’s still the same.

I’m an hourglass shape and the shape that most people try an achieve as its your bodies natural shape or a better shape or societies way of making you feel better uno some dumb stuff like that, all I know is that you want to be curvy and proportionate and the hourglass (or near enough by the hour) is a good one that hasn’t done wrong. I dunno about you but I got big boobs already and my mommas thighs and I don’t wanna highlight my tummy as much as I love my chubs so I’d like to disguise that in a clever way (esp to get a guy/gal then once he/she loves you* your chubs and you can relax!)

I went onto the Channel 4 site where all the sexy style, fashion and beauty is, here’s the link to find your body shape and remember no shape is a bad shape!:

http://www.channel4.com/4beauty/style-me/bodyshapefinder

On the site they’ll tell you what you can wear, style and what-not but if you need a one to one tip or current trend and or styling contact me, I’ve watched too many style programmes enough to help the nation! Find my email in the ABOUT section or comment below. In the future I will be focusing on what’s trending and what’s best for your shape however I will cater more for the curves because most magazines and style shows help the slim, boyish and average etc (but I won’t be mean I’ll put a little something on there).

*FYI he or she should love your chubs too…just saying.

Happy self loving!

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Patterns of the week! with FOOTW: Sexy wrap dresses and boleros

I was having a quick look on sale patterns because I love to sew especially for myself with easy patterns as I have a short attention span and get bored and quickly confused. I was on Simplicity patterns UK and found a wrap dress pattern similar to my own favourite outfit of the week.

This is 1/2 of my Favourite Outfit Of The Week! A simple, easy AND quick style of dress to flatter any body shape esp those who are curvy like me. You can go vintage with floral or…

...or go vintage 50's with red and white polka dots! My other favoutite!

…go vintage 50’s with red and white polka dots! My other favourite! I’ve been whipping these out all week! (not my boobs the dresses).

I used this old pattern from my mums collection of sewing patterns however i'll give you a link on a very simialr style and the best one i've seen so far.

I used this old pattern from my mothers collection however I’ll give you a link on a very similar style and the best one I’ve seen so far.

This dress really hides all the lumps, bumps  and fits around your humps to give you a sexy shape. Look you can’t even see the madness coming thought my dress it’s all an illusion! MUWHAHA! Anyway here’s the link:

http://www.simplicitynewlook.com/6674/#.UepuBazqKSo

And now for the next Pattern of the week! It’s a sexy bolero! Great for the vintage minded and slightly body conscious because not only does it suit you oh so well but it helps those arms (now I call my arms Angel Wings because I’m a chubby Angel instead of that ugly Bingo Wings…I ain’t not chicken coz I can’t eat me!). Here’s the link:

http://www.simplicitynewlook.com/2478/#.UepvwazqKSo

If you do decide to buy these lovely patterns and need a little help feel free to contact me or if you like I’ll post a HOW TO step by step so we’re sewing together just like in school only you can turn up late like I usually am.

Happy Sewing, Happy styling!

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Too easy Too cute Buntons

There’s so many things I love about craft and vintage and it’s so nice when I get to combined them both with a sprinkle of summer! I’m talking about those draping triangle gems Buntons. I love to see them at summer time when you’re having a BBQ in your back/front garden/yard, indoors or as bedroom decoration, however making them is a not so fun task especially when you want them up TODAY and not next year! No probs I found a too easy way of making too cute (my opinion) Buntons that can be done in less than an hour (with prep of course)…Here we go!

You’ll need:

  • Hem (that sheer stuff  that comes in a very long strip, very breakable and melts when heated…can find it at a haberdashery! don’t worry it’s not expecive…like a £1 or something)
  • Pinking shears (this is important BTW, these are sharps scissors with zig zag edges, make sure you buy fabric ones and are SHARP (not a little very sharp!)
  • Lots of ribbon (any colour just make sure it’s cheap and pretty and the longer you want your Bunton the more ribbon)
  • An iron (any will do)
  • Cotton (either in different colours and patterns with flowers and dots or plain, it’s up to you!)
  • A pencil
  • Paper
  • Paper scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pins
Ready...Set...CRAFT! All the tools!

Ready…Set…CRAFT! All the tools!

6" wide is a good width...if you want it smaller then go for it!

6″ wide is a good width…if you want it smaller then go for it!

Measure half of the witdth of your Bunton and mark, if you're as bad at math as i am then use a calculator or fold the tape measure in half. Once marked draw a line straight down the middle (like a grainline...if you don't know what agrainline is Google it...i would)

Measure half of the width of your Bunton and mark, if you’re as bad at math as I am then use a calculator or fold the tape measure in half. Once marked draw a line straight down the middle (like a grainline…if you don’t know what a grainline is Google it…i would)

Marked

Marked

From one end to the leght you'd like, tottally optional you can't go wrong.

From one end to the length you’d like, totally optional you can’t go wrong.

Fold in half where you draw the line and cut.

Fold in half where you draw the line and cut.

There's your Bunton paper pattern.

There’s your Bunton paper pattern.

Place fabric on top of each other and pin the pattern on top. These squares are 10cm x 10cm

Place fabric on top of each other and pin the pattern on top. These squares are 10cm x 10cm

Then take your shears and cut around the paper triangle, don't vut the paper otherwise you'll end up with blunt shears and i dunno how to sharpen them.

Then take your shears and cut around the paper triangle, don’t cut the paper otherwise you’ll end up with blunt shears and I dunno how to sharpen them.

Now they're cut and ready to go!

Now they’re cut and ready to go!

Nice and edgey so the fabric won't fray.

Nice and edgy so the fabric won’t fray.

Hem, lightweight and delicate. Used for hemming skirts, trousers and now buntons!

Hem, lightweight and delicate. Used for hemming skirts, trousers and now Buntons!

Fold your hem...

Fold your hem…

...and cut it in half, if the width is still too wide then trim it a little more.

…and cut it in half, if the width is still too wide then trim it a little more.

Place the hem on the ribbon with the shortest width of your bunton to the ribbon also.

Place the hem on the ribbon with the shortest width of your Bunton to the ribbon also.

Buntons hanging from my bedroom window...dark isn't...

Buntons hanging from my bedroom window…dark isn’t…

...but still pretty!

…but still pretty! Be gentle when hanging.

I might go a little mad and decorate the whole house in this so when mum comes home she'll be like "whaDafuq!" and i'll be like "welcome to my world".

I might go a little mad and decorate the whole house in this so when mum comes home she’ll be like “whaDafuq!” and I’ll be like “welcome to my VINTAGE world ma!”.

That's better! Ta Da! Too quick Too cute Buntons!

That’s better! Ta Da! Too quick Too cute Buntons!

Happy Crafting!

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Body Image/Body Shape

I got terrible news to tell you…there’s no easy way to say this but it must be said…I was so shocked when i knew and it just shook my world…erm…i’ll just say it!

I’m…I’m fat…there I said it…I’ll just let you take that in..let it soak…

Well Duh! (giggle!) No surprise to me that I’m a big girl and that I stay away from the negative wordings such as fat, wide or fatty fatty 2×4 can’t fit thought the kitchen door (and use words such as Chubs instead of fat and Fluffy instead of obese)…well okay no one has said that to me but you know what, this is not a post about self acceptance and all that blah blah blah because maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t give a flying fish what people think and just have excepted yourself and lived life because it’s too short to worry about not being able to wear short shorts especailly without it cutting of the circulation from your thighs. Or maybe your that person who has issues here and there but admire one part of your body like your oh so pretty face, maybe you just generally dislike your image whether it was done by munching, genetics or pregnancy (possibly all) or maybe you’re like me, happy with yourself and naturally have those down times but try to make the best of it. You could be any one of these or none but this is a post for those who don’t know what suits them and no I’m not talking about colours I’m talking about working with body shape.

Now I don’t know about other bloggers, maybe they tell you more than I ever can, maybe they’re more glamorous but in my opinion I cannot relate to someone who isn’t like me and yeah yeah yeah lets not go there with the clichés about no body is the same and everybody is different, but I at least wanna find someone who knows what I’m talking about. Someone who knows a little bit about the financial struggle and not to offer solutions out of my price range or  just things I generally can’t wear because of my size (and then I get sad at myself for not looking as curvy as the curvy bloggers with everything toned or in the right places…I dunno why I keep hearing the song Unpretty by TLC that hunted me throughout my childhood). Now I’m no guru even tho I’d like to be and I imagine myself to be a fashion stylist but I’m virtually on my laptop everyday trying to find things that could benefit me and my size…and my mum coz she’s a curvy lady too.

I’m in no competition (or bashing) with the other super hot and sexy bloggers out there doing the same thing because I’m probably following them and there words as if it were gospel or a beauty bible but I just wanna get my views out there.

There’s plenty of body love to go around and a lot of self-love for you to have found…

…(giggle) that rhymed.

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