There Goes the Bride !

Hartley Arts Group will be performing “There Goes The Bride” by Ray Cooney and John Chapman at the end of May. I have been asked to provide the wedding dress. I will be posting occasional updates on the progress of the dress so that you can find out what is involved in making a dress. The first stage is the design. This play was first performed in 1973, so I had a look through my stash of vintage patterns and came up with Style 3921. The girl playing the part of the bride has a fabulously curvy figure, so I have chosen View 3. The full sleeves will complement her curves.

Style 3921

Style 3921

M&S Results

M&S has reported a drop in profits, mainly due to poor sales in womenswear. Well I have to say that I’m not totally surprised. Their recent collections have had far too much emphasis on neutral colours. This was fine last winter, when the trend was for greys and blacks, but this summer and winter the trend has been far more colourful. Lots of oranges, turquoises, purples and berry colours everywhere on the high street – except for M&S. Apparently M&S are having a total revamp of their collection, and we should see the results of that when next year’s Autumn/Winter collection appears in the shop. Let’s hope that they think a lot more about colour this time.

Colour Carries On

All the fabulous colour that came in for Spring/Summer is carrying on into Autumn/Winter this year. Finally we can get away from last year’s sea of greige. For all you Autumns and Springs out there now is your chance to buy new jackets, coats and jumpers in your warm colours. Srpings will be able to find lots of aqua, turquoise, tangerine and coral. Autumns will find kingfisher, peacock, orange and amber.

Please be careful when buying multi-coloured items. The summer’s hideous combination of mustard and burgundy (mustard and chestnut is so much better) has fortunately gone, but this season’s hideous combination seems to be olive and black. Autumns should go for olive and dark brown instead,  Winters should go for pine green or dark emerald and black, not forgetting of course to add something in one of your ice colours for contrast.



With all the terrible weather that we have been having recently I expect that swimwear is the last thing on your mind at the moment, unless you are lucky enough to have a holiday in the sun to look forward to !

However the sun is bound to come out again at some point, so perhaps now is a good time to dig out your cossie to see if it will last you another year. If not then M&S has a fantastic selection of swimwear this year. A lot of it has draping and ruching, which is fantastic for those of us who have a few lumps and bumps that we would like to keep hidden. for those who prefer their swimwear a little less fussy there is also quite a lot with interesting belt and button details.



I’m really sorry but I have had to add a captcha to my blog. I find them rather a pain, but unfortunately I have been subjected to rather a lot of spam. I apologise to anyone who has left a genuine comment recently, but it was going to take me forever to go through all the rubbish to find the real comments, so I have just had to mark everything as spam. It’s such a shame that the irresponsible actions of a few have spoiled things for everyone else.

What Size Am I ?

I have just found a brilliant tool to work out what size clothes you should be buying. It’s at What Size Am I ? This will be especially useful when buying clothes online – especially from places like e-bay where returns might not be possible.

If you still can’t find anything that matches your body shape then there is still the option of trying a local dressmaker and having something made. It might not be as expensive as you think.

Colour is back !

At last, after so many months of greys and blacks, colour has finally come back for the coming season. This will be particularly welcome news for those of you who have Spring colouring, although even the Winters have been getting fed up with quite so many neutrals. Have a look at what is new in at Joy to see what I mean. Lots of fabulous blues, oranges and yellows. For Winters look for your emerald greens, or if you want to lighten up for summer then go for all your ice colours. For Summers look for your softer pastel shades such as powder blue and powder pink, although you will also be able to find your French navy.

If you don’t know which colours will be best for you then contact your nearest House of Colour image consultant to find out.


Maternity Wear

So you’ve survived your pregnancy so far with your looser fitting clothes, but now you’ve got to the stage where you’re down to your partner’s shirts and leggings. Your feeling tired, fat and unglamourous. So what do you do ?

The first thing to remember is that your bump doesn’t disappear on the day the baby is born. It can take several months to go. Basically this means that maternity wear could be needed for longer than you think, and so it might actually be worth investing in some good quality pieces.

So where can you get something that doesn’t look like the typical maternity tent ? Try looking at Babes with Babies. They have some wonderful pieces which will look good on most body shapes, and which can still be worn after the bump has gone. Don’t forget that even with a bump on the front you should still dress for your body shape. Click on the banner below to go to their web-site.

Babes With Babies


Get Your Skiwear Now !

If you want to buy new skiwear for this season then I would like to suggest that you get it in the near future, before most shops replace their skiwear with summer sports and camping gear.

SportsDirect have some amazing bargains, but it won’t last much longer. TKMaxx has some good bargains, but my local branch has very little left, especially in the smaller sizes. Specialist ski shops like Ellis Brigham and Snow+Rock keep skiwear in stock all season, but they have some really good bargains right now.

Handy hint for smaller people – children’s skiwear sizes tend to go a little larger than most children’s clothes, so if you are on the small side then it’s worth having a look. The thing to be careful with is the sleeve length – children’s skiwear tends to have slightly shorter sleeves.