Meet my beloved velvet press board, scooped up for me from a car boot sale. I barely use it but love owning it. A bit like this brass tape measure, I bought myself from the same car boot sale (different day, same venue).
What can I say? I loves me a car boot sale.
I wouldn’t actually use this tape measure in my dressmaking. Woven tapes become stretched and distorted with age. But I enjoy owning it.
The Maker’s Atelier second quarterly magazine release (kindly gifted to me) inspired me to dig these items out. The theme is velvet, and what a sumptuous production this magazine is. I defy you not to utter gasps of delight as you turn the thick, snow-white pages.
I’ve always wanted to sew with velvet but find myself eschewing the party dress vibe. This skirt could be the perfect casual compromise and allow me to indulge my yearning for the silk velvet I always go and stare at on Goldhawk Road.
The magazine comes with a paper pattern in ten size options for this pleated velvet skirt. Might now be my time to experiment?
The Maker’s Atelier magazine doesn’t just look beautiful – though it does look very beautiful. (Where do they find their locations? Actually, it’s the Regency Town House.) I can also spot the impeccable editing. Nary a wasted word. Editor friend, I salute you!
These galleries are so inspiring, in such good taste… I feel instantly more sophisticated, simply reading this magazine.
The articles are proper articles. Researched, in-depth, edited. There’s one on the craft of working with leather, another on Beckford Silks, something fascinating about … No, I shan’t tell. You must buy this magazine! You shan’t regret it. A sewing pattern, a visual delight and reading material the likes of which you usually only see in your Sunday glossies. Back when there were still Sunday glossies.
I miss those days. Propped up in bed with only a stack of newspapers to cover my modesty, a long, lazy breakfast and friends to meet in the afternoon. Youth! When the order of the weekend was to do precisely nothing.
If I was to ever again in my life have an entire weekend in which to do nothing, I would devote it to reading The Maker’s Atelier magazine and then sewing the velvet skirt.
Not a bad plan for a weekend…
Dolores Swift, interviewed about her leather business, Neoma