Simplicity 5599 Test Make

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What were you doing when you were 12 years old? I was wearing my ruffle collar blouse, dreaming of being Lady Diana Spencer, about to marry a real-life prince. I wasn’t alone in this fantasy. 1982 is the year this pattern came out and it’s heavily influenced by the world’s love affair with a Kensington gal.

So my far-distant youth becomes reduced to three words: vintage sewing pattern. I’m vintage, which I think means I’m old.¬†Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! How I laugh in the face of such a preposterous notion!

Simplicity 5599 cuff

I made this blouse as a test make. I know, I know… But I really wanted to make sure the real deal came out well! I loved making this. The fabric is a cotton/silk mix (some kind of lawn?) bought off, you guessed it, The Man Outside Sainsburys on Walthamstow market. Seriously, I’m going to get a T-shirt printed that reads ‘The Man Outside Sainsburys’. Except, anyone who doesn’t read my blog will be confused. But you’re not a man. And you’re not outside Sainsburys.

Simplicity 5599

I was intrigued to see if I could turn pure 80s into a wearable 2013. I think I have! The shoulder and side seams are French seamed. The facing edges and armhole seams were finished on my overlocker. There are six buttons running down the front panel. I really enjoyed working on the armholes, as there are shoulder stays there to keep the sleeve heads nice and pouffy…

Shoulder Stay

If you’re going to use a semi-sheer fabric, as I have, I’d use something with a disguising print, otherwise the facings and shoulder stays will really show through. You can just see the sleeve head in the photo below:

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If you’re thinking this blouse is a Sewlution cheat, it isn’t – there are no collars, plackets or significantly difficult cuffs involved in this make! But I have successfully tested the pattern, prior to make number two, which you will see soon on another blog. Ooh, the intrigue! I think the only thing I might adjust is to shave a smidgen off the shoulder width.

Have you tried an 80s pattern? Was it a success? And seriously, what WERE you doing when you were 12 years old?

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81 Responses to Simplicity 5599 Test Make

  1. Nikki says:

    You definitely have! I wouldn’t have looked twice at that pattern based on the cover, your version is fab! I’ve only made one 80’s pattern, the line drawings were actually good, it was the model pic that looked awful. It’s peasant style empire line dress, just my thing and I love it. At 12 I was living in Germany (child of the Forces) and having the time of my life :)

  2. sewbusylizzy says:

    I remember being v.little when Lady Di got married. Our teacher got a cake and since it was Richard’s birthday he got to be Prince Charles… and he picked me! to be his Lady Di :-)
    I love this blouse, it’s seriously lovely – and from the 80s??? Weird!
    Hmmm I must try this market when I come to London in a few months. Is it on all the time?

  3. grtescp says:

    This looks great, not dated at all.
    I have been looking through some of my 80s patterns lately – wondering if I am ever going to sew them again. I am not yet sure.
    I remember the day of that royal wedding, I was on sailing camp, the instructors asked me if I wanted to skip sailing to watch the wedding, I thought they were mad! I must have been 11.

  4. Oh dear, I was about 16 when you were 12. When I was 12 years old, my favourite outfit was an a-Line denim skirt, mustard western cut blouse, with red sandals and green tights. The object of my aspiration was probably Suan Dey from the Partridge Family, or Marcia from The Brady Bunch! Really. It’s amazing what the intervening 4 years managed to do to fashion! ;-)

  5. That’s lovely! What a surprise. I’d not look once at an 80s pattern, never mind twice! And good old man outside Sainsbury’s: turned up trumps again :)
    On Lady Di’s wedding day all the children in my street played at being in the wedding. I was only allowed to be a pageboy (not even a bridesmaid!!!). Oh, how I dreamt of being able to wear that net curtain on my head… ;)

  6. Amanda says:

    The fabric choice takes this pattern from 80s tastic to office sassy! When I was 12 I was wearing high tops, bright colours and the sassiest scrunchie ever!

  7. Sam says:

    I think I was doing pretty much the same as you when I was 12! That and wearing velvet pedalpushers that my mum made from a pair of her trousers.

    I have shied away from 80’s patterns, as all the 80’s fashions that we loved then seem totally hideous to me now, but this blouse looks great. Definitely helps having a pretty print fabric. I’m seriously going to have to take a trip to Walthamstow soon and see this Man Outside Sainsbury’s for myself!

  8. rehanon says:

    This is lovely and in no way reminds me of Elnett women in the 80s power puffs that still adorn some cans of hairspray. That colour is gorgeous on you and let me tell you if you’re the definition of vintage then where do I sign :) xxx

  9. Mary says:

    Hmm, I am considerably older than you. At 12, I was living in Germany (Dad in USAF) and still wearing ankle socks and mary janes–it was the early 60’s. Sigh. Not too fashion forward then unless you count the number of petticoats I wore under my dresses.

  10. Rachel-Lou says:

    I love 80ies patterns, and 90ies patterns ofr that matter, they remind me of being a kid! when I was 12 I was anxiously awaiting the re-release of star wars (such a little geek!)

  11. Marie says:

    Gosh, I didn’t think it was possible to make an 80s pattern cool for 2013…but you certainly have! What a beautiful make! I also look forward to seeing the cuff/placket version on someone else’s blog :o) I’m totally jealous that that will be your 2013 Sewlution done then! Oh and please get that T-Shirt printed, it’ll be so funny!

  12. jmd00106 says:

    I am very new to sewing and have been looking at your blog for inspiration. That blouse is fab!

  13. Tanya says:

    Hmm I was 12 at the same time and I think it was Adam Ant time. Lots of frills and fringes I seem to remember.

  14. Vicki Kate says:

    OK, it was 1993 when I was 12 and is it appalling to admit I can’t remember?! I don’t think much of note happened that year…
    The blouse is gorgeous and definitely doesn’t read 80s to me at all – I thought it was a polkadot print before the detail shots. Gorgeous.

  15. Really lovely blouse. When I was 12 I was – at school, obviously, but I can’t remember much else about it!

  16. The blouse looks very modern! Let’s see when I was 12 I was either impersonating Michael Jackson with the moonwalk or outside pretending I was Princess Leia in my Punky Brewster high top tennis shoes. Oh the memories!

  17. Shari says:

    I don’t think I am at the point in my sewing process yet to ever say “I really enjoyed working on the armholes” :) I love the square neckline and offset buttons of your blouse. I look forward to seeing the next version somewhere in the blogosphere! When I was twelve, I finally cut my waistlength blond hair to just below the shoulder and it felt liberating!

  18. Jane says:

    Wow Karen, what an unexpected hit! It’s so classy and chic, you look gorgeous in it. I would NEVER have guessed it came from that sinister looking pattern. I was doing exactly the same as you when I was 12, pretending I was Lady Diana, wearing my frilled blouse (I LOVED it) and leafing through my Royal Wedding scrapbook – yes, I actually had one! x

  19. this is lovely – just goes to show that if you look past the pattern artwork and add in a lovely fabric (yaay man outside Sainsbury’s!) you can actually use 1980s patterns! when i was 12 (1986) it was all about the fergie (sarah, not alex) hair bow, which is a trend that definitely won’t/ shouldn’t come back any time soon. i also had an awful lot fo plastic stud earrings, which were a really weird thing i’ve not seen since. oh and ski pants and reversible padded jumpers!

  20. LinB says:

    I’ve made a similar style again, and was v. pleased with the result. Karen, you need to teach yourself how to French seam a sleeve insert. Makes for a lovely, extremely durable seam finish. Not, perhaps, quite as quick as Mr. Serger, but not more difficult. Insert sleeve with wrong sides together, and a narrow (1/4″) seam allowance. Trim seam allowance to about 1/8″. Turn sleeve so that right sides are together, press or finger-press seam, stitch again about 1/4″-3/8″, enclosing the original seam allowance. DONE! Yes, it IS possible to do a French seam on a circular insertion.

  21. Stevie says:

    what a great version of that pattern. I would not have guessed it either!
    Age 12 I was waiting in line for a Steps signing outside Bristol’s Virgin CD shop, where a girl got bored, stuck her head through the railing and had to be rescued by fire brigade haha, we waited 5 hours and then missed them, I was gutted and cried HAH
    I’m doing a Walthamstow meetup around Saturday 2nd of Feb if your interested!
    Would be great to see you, leave me a comment or drop me an email if you fancy coming beebeesvintagedress@hotmail.co.uk

  22. Molly says:

    Happy new year, Karen! The blouse is gorgeous, that fabric could make any pattern look good but its perfectly paired here, and somehow looks modern and/or retro, but certainly not “raised-eyebrow-eighties”! The timing of the post is amusingly coincidental. Last night, I traced off McCall’s 8085, a frilly blouse pattern from 1982. Another Di inspiration, see it here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/97284485/80s-ruffle-blouse-vintage-pattern-b34 . I’m making view C in a combination of dark cream broderie anglaise and pin-tucked lawn, with lace detailing around the yoke – but mine is not intended for the modern day you may be relieved to hear, I am modifying it to work for an Edwardian costume! The very reason I bought this pattern was because of its Victoriana qualities for costuming, it wasn’t as cheap as other patterns from this decade, perhaps for that reason.

    I have a scant collection of adult ’80s patterns, basic shapes of evening wear, skirts, culottes and tops because so much inspiration of the era nods to the decades between Vicwardian and 1950s, plus the resurgence of peasant chic, (which has reinvented itself in every decade, it seems, since the 1940s). I have lots of late 70s / early 80s children patterns inherited from my mom since she made most of our clothes then, some of which my daughter now wears! The adult patterns sit in my collection either in the costume section, if it has a period influence, otherwise in my modern section. But maybe I’m in denial on the dating… When I was 12, I had not long learned the art of dressmaking so was eagerly making clothes for myself and my school friends. Mostly a-line dresses and skirts because they were easiest to make but perhaps a waste of effort since I favoured, depending on mood and season, either the tomboy look – jeans, white tees and men’s shirts over the top – or in complete contrast, a peasant or Victorian appearance (long skirts and blouses, much of which were inherited maxi-skirts and tops from my petite mother and which I’d physically outgrown by age 18 – I still wear a lot of 70s inspired clothing though). It wasn’t long before my dressmaking moved to every day interpretations of costume patterns and a preference for 60s and 70s patterns as I advanced into my teens and befriended the local fabric trader…

  23. Houseofpinheiro says:

    Serious example of an ugly pattern turned diamond . Really chic x

  24. LLADYBIRD says:

    I’d say this was a success! The fabric is my favorite part – I love that it’s sheer, but still busy enough that you can’t really make out what’s going on underneath unless you look really hard (I mean sleeve heads and facings! Get your head outta the gutter ;)).

    I love 80s patterns. The artwork can be super off-putting at times, but man they are so cheap haha. My flavorite is Vogue 7313 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lladybird/6668905735/); I’ve made the red high-waisted skirt and it is extremely… 80s. It’s a pretty loud piece of clothing! I’d like to revisit it again (or maybe try the full skirt), as my first attempt wasn’t exactly up-to-par with my current clothing requirements.

    Oh, and 12 year old Lauren was lusting after Zac Hanson ;) I’m a youngun’!

    • You’re right! 80s patterns can be really cheap because people can’t see past … well, the 80s! Poor, misunderstood decade.

    • Molly says:

      I have this Vogue pattern too, I think its fab! I intend to try out each view eventually, I like them all, but to make the trousers legs wide rather than tapered, more like Oxford bags which is a favourite trouser style.

      As for poor 80s, I think there is a lot to love in the decade, I am appreciating it more as time passes and feel that distaste towards the nineties now, which is, in my memory and from watchinng reruns of Friends, less of a decade that “fashion forgot” and more “in which fashion couldn’t be bothered”.

    • kiwiendormi says:

      OMG Zac Hanson! Taylor Hanson was wayyy hotter, if you ask me. :-)

  25. symondezyn says:

    Hahaha – the idea of ’80’s being vintage to me too, seems hilarious ^__^ I’m really impressed with your modern update of what is a VERY 80’s pattern! It’s so beautiful… the neckline is really lovely, and the fabric is gorgeous! As a side note, I can’t believe you are able to use silk cotton lawn for a test make… that would run me at least $15/m!!! LOL ^__^ lucky you to have The Man Outside Sainsburys! ^__^

    What was I doing when I was 12? Well it was the late 80’s, almost the 90’s, so I was probably wearing something hideous LOL :P I also remember playing with Barbies, making prank calls to boys we thought were cute, and soaking pencil crayons in hot water and using them as makeup LOL – yep i was VERY grown up! ;)

  26. Jen (NY) says:

    Oh, that is quite a successful blouse. I would be afraid to try something from the ’80s myself, and I was a little worried when I saw the pattern envelope picture. It’s really nice though, and doesn’t look like an obvious ’80s blouse at all. Pretty and not too prim. I’m a couple years older. When I was 12 I was rebelling against all “girl” clothes. Hated dresses. I was generally forbidden from wearing jeans, which meant that I wore them as often as I possibly could. I also remember wanting satin pants, which I never did get. Polyester was still somewhat prevalent and living in a hot area of California, people must have smelled awful in the summertime. The ’80s were a good thing in transitioning fashion back towards more natural fibers, at least.
    ~Jen

  27. macstabby says:

    Hiya Karen- just wanted to give you a heads-up that I’ll be running a Pattern Pyramid starting Sunday, 1/6 and going until 1/13. I won the PP Joy of acharmofmagpies did, and added a couple of patterns of my own! Beware- most of them are of….dubious….style.

  28. Helen Made says:

    Love this top – so pretty. Can’t wait to see your next version!

  29. redsilvia says:

    I don’t remember being 12, I’ve blocked those years!

    The blouse is adorable and looks modern, not “vintage”. I’m using quotes there because 80s and vintage is still too odd to think about. I think that is an excellent make and combining an 80s pattern with a great print and coming up with a blouse that looks fresh and modern is a big win! Great job!

  30. makesphere says:

    Following yours and others recommendations of Walthamstow I took a trip there recently and saw this fabric!
    I so very nearly bought it and then remembered how my last sheer sewing project went… I must conquer that fear.
    Your blouse looks great anyway :)

  31. Sewer from across the Pond says:

    Very nice blouse, but I have to say that the term “vintage” is over-used. Three decades is not that long ago.

    I was in my early 20s in 1982. I’m sure I watched the Royal Wedding, just as I watched the Investiture of Prince Charles. I did not like a lot of 80s fashion, with the exception of certain designs by Laura Ashley, who had arrived in the States by then.

  32. Taja says:

    Terrific make, Karen!

    I was an adult when you were 12–definitely vintage! :)

    Wish we had “The man outside Sainsburys” or an equivalent! Fabric shopping is exceedingly limited in the Valley of the Sun. A number of home dec and quilting stores, but garment fabric is sadly lacking.

  33. Annika says:

    Super cute blouse and definitely modern looking. The “vintage” patterns I have from my early teen years are from the 90s. That means raglan sleeves with biiig shoulder pads. Even a blouse with a hoodie (!) I made, from a fabric with some kinded of inca inspired pattern, had shoulder pads.

  34. kiwiendormi says:

    Cuuuute!! I love this make! It looks totally current, too! Also, brown looks very flattering on you, Karen.
    At age 12 I was moving to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I spent the next four years!
    — Adrienne

  35. Reethi says:

    Nicely done, and I wouldn’t have known it wasn’t an 80s pattern had you not mentioned it.

  36. Sabs says:

    You’ve really made that blouse beautifully. When I was 12 (in 1990) I was into New Kids on The Block and wearing dungarees and baseball jackets (even tho I’m not American and have no idea about the sport!) I was at school, using words like “dizzee” and “Crimbo” and belonged to a group of misfits called “The Trendee Tribe”!! Happy days…

  37. Tamsinwp says:

    much better than the picture on the envelope suggests! It looks lovely and really suits you. when I was 12 i was also wearing a frilly blouse with a blue ribbon at the neck and a red and white striped ra-ra skirt!

  38. Roobeedoo says:

    1982? But that’s the year I went to University…! I didn’t think there were any colours back then. Clothes were black. Always black… apart from the rainbow-striped jumper I knitted myself.
    This works, it really does. Are you sure you didn’t slim down the pouffy sleeves? It must be the fabric which has tamed them.
    If you want some Lady Di dress patterns, I am your woman! Sailor collar and dropped waist, anyone? No?

  39. Colleen says:

    How do you keep finding my old patterns? :-D

    Seriously… another blast from the past for me! Made up view 3 with long sleeves in a white oxford shirting with jacquard pinstripe.

  40. Donna says:

    When I was 12, along with my ruffled neck blouse, I had on a handmade bow tie (!!!!) , below knee ‘velvet peddle pushers’ and red pump shoes :D

  41. eronoe says:

    I was a hardcore punk-chick just turning grunge when I was 12 years old, far from the 80’s ruffles but I do remember black sequence dresses and silverlam√© dresses of the decade that just passed. This past year a couriusity for 80’s powersuites has grown strong and the spring 2013 mens runwayfashion has feed the fascination.

  42. Debbie Cook says:

    I think I still have a soft spot in my closet for 80s things … although only in thought not reality. I love your blouse! But I really want to say that I CANNOT BELIEVE you are only 8 years younger than me. I would’ve guessed you were in your 20s. Maybe 30 at a stretch. Where are your wrinkles? LOL You’re gorgeous!

  43. Pearl says:

    Karen,
    I’m working on an 80’s pattern as we speak! Vogue 8441 – a winter coat. This is the second make for me of this pattern. The first time I made it was back in the summer of 1984, when, with 3.5 years of sewing under my belt, I tailored a winter coat for myself. I took a tailoring course at a fabric store that is no longer in business (sigh…). Collar and lapels padstitched, bound buttonholes, lining sewn in by hand…ahh youth, when I wasn’t afraid to try anything!

    Anyway, I need a new winter coat, couldn’t find anything I really liked in the current patterns, so this pattern came out. This time I’m making the shorter version – just easier for vehicles.

    As for what I was doing when I was 12 – can’t recall, so I couldn’t have been doing anything remarkable that year!

  44. That looks fantastic …. I would never have imagined that finished result from the pattern packet! It looks great

  45. Charlotte says:

    You sewed the 80s out of that pattern. Seriously. The more I look at it, the more I think you could place it in almost any decade.

    I was twelve in the early aughts (I know, I know), and I was insufferably preppy and bland. I wore school uniform plaid and loafers by day and khakis and button-front Oxfords in my wild and crazy leisure time. The excitement.

  46. stgilbert says:

    My first thought was: “Oh, Karen! What are you doing with an 80’s pattern?” But you’ve done a smashing job! It looks fresh and fabulous!

  47. Anne-Marie says:

    When I was 12 it was 1964; I was wearing either a very unflattering school uniform, or badly fitting corduroy trousers with tops sewn or knitted by mum. I had no idea of fashion at all. In 1982, I had just emigrated to New Zealand at the time of Lady Diana’s wedding and watched it from our barely-furnished rented home with our two young daughters. Happy memories! I like what you did with the pattern; the fabric and colour are great and suit you very well.

  48. Phil says:

    I really love it – both the pattern and on you. I have very fond memories of the 80’s and have collected a few 80’s patterns myself. Maybe I should actually use them. . .in 1982 I was 12 and I have cringe making memories of playing swing ball in the garden with my brother wearing a swimsuit and a red, White and blue ribbon around my neck, every now and then popping in to watch the Royal Wedding on the telly. What can I say, it was scortching!!

  49. That’s amazing. I’d never have guessed it was an 80s pattern, funnily enough. I think this is one of your best makes ever!

  50. Tilly says:

    Love this! Are you going to make the side-button one too? I really love that design. 80s chic is pretty cool in my mind, I have a particular penchant for anything with batwings. Next stop, 90s vintage?? x

  51. Judith Park says:

    Hi Karen,
    A while ago I noticed that you are also a writer of teenage fiction, and as my grandaughters’ birthdays (ages 12 & 13) and Christmas were approaching I bought 3 of your books from Amazon. I would like you to know that they really enjoyed reading your books. They were also quite impressed when I showed them your sewing blog!
    Happy New Year
    Judy

  52. Penny says:

    It’s beautfiul. You are very clever. When I was 12, in 1970, I was wearing gingham smocks with puff sleeves and a kind of shirring elastic around the bottom of the sleeves. Hilarious.

  53. stefpulls says:

    It was 1987, I was mad about Morten Harket from A-Ha and that’s all I can remember!
    I love your blouse and the lovely choice of fabric. My friend used to live very close to Walthamstow market and I loved going there when I visited. In 10 years of living in the UK it was the only place I ever saw ripe peaches, yellow flesh, do delicious they could compete with the ones my Mum grows in Italy :)
    I think there’s a lot more good in early Eighties fashion than we give them credit for. I don’t know why the likes of H&M and Peacocks insist on taking *the worst* of Eighties fashion and peddling it to young people who don’t know any better!
    (off my Old Lady Soapbox now :D )

    Stef
    (who pledged the buttonhole)

  54. sallie says:

    12?? Hmm I think those were my middle school years where I was trying desperately to blend in with the wall paper. It never worked. Go figure!
    Blouse is lovely! I definitely think you made this early 80’s pattern a contemporary 2013 – It’s so darling! The fabric is really lovely – I just love this type of blouse in a sheer fabric.

  55. I too have faith in *some* 80s patterns actually being redeemable. There is nothing however like a trawl through eBay to find some true shockers that have me chuckling inside! I made an 80 s high waisted skirt from a vogue Calvin Klein pattern which I like and wear. There are some vogue designer patterns from the 80 s that still tempt me which I find secretly alarming ! Your blouse looks fab, and I am also going to try using LinB’s advice next time I try to avoid French seaming the sleeve insertion.

    • Oh, and in 1982 I was uprooted and torn away from my childhood home so remember a miserable resettling period in a new school. The highlight was being invited to my first ever sleepover, wearing 3/4 trousers made for me by my mum with a ‘cool’ Japanese character patterned vest t- shirt, being exposed and scared to James Herbert’s ‘ the rats’ and being sick due to excess chocolate cake eating. I’m glad to say ive not kept in touch with many friends from school, but I have with the girl whose sleepover it was! I was 13 and had a few frill neck blouses too….ahhh, memories!!

  56. Susan says:

    I am very close to your age and was also proudly sporting a ruffle collar blouse paired with a long suede prairie skirt any chance I got in 1982. I love your interpretation here and often find myself longing for the more forgiving 80s styles. Paint splattered clothing I don’t miss, though.

  57. janine says:

    I started sewing in the 80s so yeah I have sewn lots of them and still have some of my original patterns. I sewed a pattern that was definitely inspired by Princess Di because the the cover drawing looked just like her with her signature hairstyle – a pair of knickerbockers with gathered legs and a top with a large ++ frill ! ( I don`t have that pattern anymore )

  58. janine says:

    PS I think your top is an absolute success.

  59. Ahh, that made me chuckle. I do recall that pattern in my Mum’s stash. I think all the patterns my Mum bought were Simplicity’s. I recall a lot of their characteristic package styling. Every school holidays I would drag out her big suitcase and go through them dreaming and trying to set unrealistic goals. Years later, compliments of an op shop, I owned a similar one. It must have been the following years reshuffle. I don’t think mine had the square neckline view. I returned mine to an op shop just a couple of years ago thinking it was too ‘old’ fashioned. So it seems what hoarders say about needing something right after you toss it, is almost right. This make looks lovely on you Karen. You’ve really come into a new era in the last 6-12 mths knowing what colours and styles suit you. I’m really looking forward to seeing your version 2.

  60. ZoSews says:

    Oh my goodness, who would have thought it – you totally made this work! Good one :)

  61. Molly says:

    I’ve been enjoying reading responses here, some have made me giggle. Perhaps there could be a new sew-along in this for your readers, Karen? A Bring the 80s Back to the Future challenge? Take a somewhat questionable or downright hideous 80s pattern and make it look modern and fresh. Or just better. Although I have a couple that have snuck into my collection that are just so hideous, I can’t imagine them looking good in any reincarnation… I was saving them to reuse the tissue paper.

  62. Portia says:

    Hmmm. That’d make me more vintage than you then Kazza! Hmph!
    I’ll be honest, the first pic I saw as I scrolled down was the pattern one. Surely not I thought. Karen can’t have lost the plot that much! The puffy sleeves referencing Henry the 8th. The boxy shape and square neckline. Whaaaaaaat?!
    I couldn’t have been more wrong! It REALLY works in the fabric you used!
    You may add “visionary” to your list of occupations….;)
    Px

  63. Liz says:

    Ha! I was sewing in the 80s too, I too am old (child of the 70s). I can’t believe my old stuff would be called vintage! I am in the process of digging out some pics of my old sewing projects which will be an interesting exercise.
    Who would have thought that the 80s might work again, but whatever you have done, it works!! Totally wearable and not a shoulder pad in sight!!
    BTW – I will be in London at the end of Feb and have made sure I will be able to go to the infamous Walthamstow market. Let me know if you have any tips/advice please!!

  64. rachel says:

    quite simply, this blouse is ACE! Love it, both generally, and on you :-)

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