Loving the vintage vibe!

Here's where I'll share my obsession with vintage fabric! It's taking over my house!

I'll sharing with you my favorite fabrics, my 'adventures" in dressmaking using vintage patterns, some home furnishing ideas and no doubt I'll be telling you about any exciting finds! Love to hear about your vintage adventures too!

My first Shop was AudreysCat ( online shop May 2010) , but my new logo / name - WittyDawn , arrived Jan 2014.

I hope you'll have time to browse my shops too !

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

My Handmade Xmas!

If there one thing I have a lot of in my house it's fabric scraps! So whilst watching Harry Potter with the kids I put them to good use ... maybe I'll do a couple for sale next Crimbo...

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Vintage'd up

I took my Mum to a Vintage Tea party organised recently by Lavinia's Tea Party http://www.laviniasteaparty.com/ and featuring fabulous Burlesque Artiste Dulcie Demure https://www.facebook.com/DDBurlesque?sk=wall ( I'd forgotten about the that element of the tea party but Mum thought she was fab...). Very fun afternoon!

Mum's in a dress I made from vintage fabric and I'm in a skirt made from some Sandersons curtain fabric called 'Primitif'.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

New Thrifting Finds!

These were such a find I had to share....

The Christmas decs ( 60's maybe ?) were mixed in with a load of modern decorations and the vase was found at the same charity shop ( 50's/60s) - £4 for the lot and I can't WAIT to use them

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Having an 'At Home' sales event!

A lot of my older friend have been asking me already about Christmas present options and other newer friends have been asking me what I make. SO I decided it was time to get out all my stock and show it off! and it's nice having people drop by for a cuppa and a cake...

Monday, 19 September 2011

A new venture !

So I decided earlier in the summer that I needed to find an additional outlet for my vintage fabric goodies and after a series of very helpful emails and assistance from the lovely Cath at Swanky Maison I set up a new shop. It went live at the end of the first week in Sept and after just a few days I had a sale. VERY EXCITING!

To start off with I have put my Retro ReBorn animal range on there and I think it will be the right place for my cushions in some of my rarer and more valuable fabrics. Hope you come visit me and all these cute critters on there too!

Monday, 27 June 2011

Hubbie's Accordian!

We are a house of many musical instruments - none of which I can play, but OH and kids can. At last count we had 3 guitars, 2 violins, keyboard, cornet and last but not least this gorgeous accordian. It was given to my Hubbie by a family friend and it dates from the 50s. It came with some books dated 1955 which he is learning from - he's doing quite well actually!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Off for tea and cake ....!

Went to a lovely vintage tea party as a birthday celebration for Sheila, a marvellous lady who runs a little Vintage shop called SheUnique in Cirencester. She a very elegant lady and had asked we 'dress to impress' . I made myself this skirt and top ( adapted from vintage patterns) and teamed it with my favorite original 50s hat/gloves/bag/beads. It was a lovely afternoon with a ridiculously large number of muffins and fabulous outfits!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

A Day at the Races

We had a great day out at the Cheltenham Festival back in March on Gold Cup Day( so I'm just a tinsy bit late in posting this! ). For once I came back in profit and fortified by pints of Guinness and the occasional nip of Whisky and Ginger!

I kinda went for an 'Extra from a Miss Marple' look with a vintage 40's/50s hat which certainly was a bit different from the rather orange tan hued 'Ladies' in summer frocks/facinators/high heeled sandels ( my Dears this is CHELTENHAM IN MARCH not ladies day at Ascot.....). So top marks for effort but goosebumped, streaky tan legs is not a good look on anyone. Also a lot of Ladies in tweedy jackets/skirts but with pink/lime/mauve varients, either with a matching trilby style hat or Russion'y fur head band thingy and Brasher boots. Actually a much better look but so many people sporting it that it is obviously the equivalent of velour leisurewear for the toffs/wannabes....

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Charity Event for Victims of theJapan Earthquake and Tsunami

I heard of this event via Takeshi Akiyama ( of Japanese Food Shop Mai-doh)
who runs an excellent Japanese food stall at Cirencester Corn Hall twice a month ( he's next there on 7th March).

On his behalf I'm helping to promote this event:

Japan Tsunami Appeal:
Saturday 26th March 2011

Venue: East Glos Club, Old Bath Road,
GL53 7DF
Cheltenham, GL53 7DF
Tickets available at the events or online:
2pm - 5pm Discover Japan Cultural Afternoon
Tickets: Adults £5, Children Free
The local Japanese community plus other friendly volunteers will be introducing
Japanese traditions and foods. The event will have a wide range of activities
including food tasting and a live performance from the local Kendo club.
7pm – 11pm Live Music and Activities Evening
Tickets: Adults £12, U18 £5
An opportunity to listen to some great music and learn a bit about Japanese
culture. The bar will be open and serving your favourite drinks.
Please spread the word!
Thank you very much for your support!
For more information or to get involved please contact Keiko on 07584167902

PLEASE come along !

Monday, 7 March 2011

ACEO OFFER - Mon 7th to Fri 11th

I’m listing a few prints in my ACEO shop this week and so I thought I’d run a special offer this week ENDING FRIDAY 11th

My ACEO prints are normally priced at £2.50 or £2.75
but this week….

1) Buy a full price original and choose 1 print for only £1 OR

2) Choose 3 ACEO prints for only £5 !

There are loads to choose from here:

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

My latest projects !

Well I'm in the middle of a couple of sewing projects , some for me and some for sale.

I've cut out this dress but can't seem to find the time to sew it together! It's one of Vogue's reissued vintage patterns and the fabric is a real vintage one, sort of a crepe. Really lovely! I'm looking for some maroon suiting fabric for the coat but I'll alter it to give it a swing back and make it much shorter - to go with a lovely vintage hat I bought recently.

I also bought this fabric recently - there's enough for 4 cushions - 2 to keep and 2 t0 to sell!