A Day Trip to the Mountains

Bavaria is filled with the most beautiful landscapes dotted with fairytale castles. The most famous of them all must be Neuschwanstein Castle, some may know it better as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle! I visited this amazing spot last year and of course I made a special wardrobe for Barbie for the occasion.

Such fabulous scenery!

I love the freshness of gingham, it always looks crisp and cool. This dress has a large white cotton collar and bib detail for a little bit of contrast. I added a belt and to highlight the waist of the full circle skirt….very 1950s summer frock.

Back to my sewing machine now, I have another trip planned…..




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Blue and green should never be seen

Here are a few more photos from my recent trip to Belgium, this is a 1950s style swing coat made from a really gorgeous vintage fabric from my stash. It’s 100% wool, I’m guessing this fabric is 1960s- ish. It’s woven as a diamond pattern, not squares and it’s a really vibrant blue and green. I only have a small piece of this fabric, if I had more I would definitely make something for myself!

I accessorised the coat with a little pill box hat and a tiny diamond brooch, I adore costume jewellery and brooches seem to have lost favour, that is such a pity! It really adds the finishing touch.

Isn’t this Ghent door great? The colour combination and design are beautiful! I thought the coat really complimented the colours and pattern.


Till next time,




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Prom Queen


It’s the start of Debs Season and I thought this little prom dress would be ideal for the night. I made the dress from an original prom dress, it’s a peach sheer with white flocked flowers, over a peachy soft satin….sweet! The skirt is gathered onto a fitted bodice with a gathered bust and bow detail- very 1950s prom.


Of course the dress needed a wrap too, I think she looks Debs ready now.


My backdrop was the beautiful Donegal Castle in Donegal town, what a fabulous castle.



Till next time,




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Touring the West


More holiday snaps from the Wild Atlantic Way! This 1950s inspired frock is made from a navy and white stripe cotton, with a fitted bodice, silver buttons and belt detail with a full gathered skirt. I also included a crinoline under the skirt to give it an extra kick! Perfect for some more sightseeing around the West of Ireland on a sunny day.


Here’s the view at Slieve League Cliffs in Co Donegal…next stop America. They are nearly three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher! Don’t miss them if you are in Donegal. These sea cliffs are the highest on the island of Ireland, however Achill Island can lay claim to the highest sea cliffs in Europe, who knew?


We also visited the fantastic Donegal castle in Donegal town. Construction started in the 15th Century, and it’s been recently restored by the OPW.

Again, we missed Prince Charles by a day.


This was a shop in Clare…I just had to photograph it, isn’t it amazing? What a beautiful colour!









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Coast and Country


More photos from my trip around the Wild Atlantic Way, we’re still in Donegal, admiring the amazing beaches on the Inishowen peninsula, dropping by Glenveagh Park and then on to County Clare. The dress is made from a tiny green gingham cotton, with sweetheart neckline with a pleated skirt and matching belt, I think Barbie looks like a Hitchcock heroine in this dress!


The beaches in Donegal are amazing…..


And there’s lots to see in the beautiful gardens at Glenveagh Park in Donegal too…


The countryside is filled with fantastic ruins too, this is on private land, imagine this castle was in your garden!


Back soon with more adventures,





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Top of the World


Well, ok, more like top of Ireland! More holiday photos from the North Antrim and North Donegal coastline… The jacket is red wool boucle fabric with a matching silk scarf, but more of a car coat really.


This is Malin Head at the top of the Inishowen peninsula, you can just about see in the background ’80 Eire’, this was used during World War 2 as a navigation aid for pilots, so they would know they were flying over neutral Ireland. Each site was numbered from 1 to 83, there are remains all along the west coast, and some have been restored like this one on Malin Head.


And here we are at the famous Carrick a Rede rope bridge, Game of Thrones fans will recognise this!! It was truly scary to cross, it moves. A LOT.


More amazing things to see in Glenveagh National Park too, but we just missed Prince Charles visit!! Pity…


I’m skipping ahead a bit here but I love this Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren in County Clare. It dates back to the Neolithic Period between 4200bc-2900BC. Wow.


More to follow!


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Country Girl


A more casual look this week- it’s jeans and a shirt for a day in the country. I was quite inspired by old photographs of Elizabeth Taylor early in her career- high waisted jeans, sleeveless shirt and a scarf in her hair.


I found these tiny rivets for dolls jeans and I just had to try them! I love 3/4 length jeans too – really 1950s, so chic.


The high heels may not be the most practical for a day in the country but they look great, my mantra is never sacrifice style for comfort!




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