• Knitting,  Sewing,  Style,  Vintage

    2018 Retro Round Up

    As the end of December approaches, as do my university deadlines, I thought I would make a little round up of my sewing year. I usually take time out of the online world during the Christmas period to enjoy time with friends and family, but before I do enjoy this final post of 2018.

  • Knitting,  Vintage

    The Rizzo Blouse – Poison Grrls Test Knit

    I recently had the opportunity to be a test knitter for the latest pattern from Poison Grrls, The Rizzo Blouse. Being a test knitter is something I have always wanted to try, and it was such a pleasure to work with Amy.

    The pattern is GORGEOUS. I love to knit vintage patterns but they can be so crazy. Literally, scratching your head, turning things around. Constant WTF.

    But the Rizzo Blouse is knitted in one piece, top down. No funny yokes, no side ways construction. Yes please.

  • Knitting,  Vintage

    1940s Joan Crawford Knitted Jumper

    My usual posting, and making, schedule has been interrupted by the arrival of some work. I’ve been working on a local outdoor Shakespeare festival as a wardrobe assistant. So far I’ve mostly been working on Henry V, however this production is set in a WW1 field hospital, making it my 6th WW1 production in 4 years. I’m hoping to update my portfolio with some production shots once they become available but in the mean time enjoy this photo of some of the adorable company I’ve been keeping.

  • Knitting

    I Made a … 1940s Crochet Hat, Again

    Back to crochet hats! After the success of my first 1940s crochet hat, I decided to try out another pattern. This one is more of a bonnet or Juliet style and had a large frill around the front.

    Having learnt from my previous mistakes this hat went much smoother. However, when I came to the frill around the front I decided to make a few changes.

  • Knitting

    I Made a … 1940s Crochet Hat

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    I am very fortunate in that I suit every type of hat I have ever tried on. However, I am also incredibly unfortunate in that I have an enormous head and lots of hair meaning I can never find hats that fit. So I thought I would give making my own crochet vintage hat a go.

    As part of my Costume Production degree, I was lucky enough to undertake a week of basic millinery. We looked at 19th century hats and bonnets and I ended up making a 1880s style riding hat. Here it is in all its feathery glory:

  • Knitting

    On Staying Sane and Knitting

    Why Knitting is Good for you
    Why Knitting is Good for You – Retro Claude

    Why I Knit
    Why I knit and why you should too – Retro Claude

    I have been umming and ahhing about whether to talk about this on my blog but have come to the decision that it is worth sharing. This post is about knitting, but also about something very personal.

    I have a chronic illness, and although I have lived many years with little to no symptoms at all, all of a sudden I am back to a very bleak place with my health. I am incredibly lucky that I have a very loving family who are looking after me as I take some time out to rest and recover. But I must admit the shock of complete inactivity has taken a heavy toll on my mental health.