Hi, I’m Ava.
I started sewing my own clothes in September 2018, as I wanted more control over what I wore. As well as sewing in general, I’m really interested in fashion history. I’ve been through phases of being obsessed with the fashions of the 1930s, the 1940s, and the 1960s, but my favourite decade is the 1920s (Louise Brooks is my style icon!). Many of my favourite films feature interesting costumes: God Help the Girl, Pandora’s Box, Ghost World and anything French New Wave!
Whilst I do love historical fashion, I sew a mixture of styles. Partly because vintage-style beginner patterns are hard to find, and also because it’s just not practical for me to wear full vintage every day (although if it was possible I’d always wear 1930s beach pyjamas!). So, you’ll see a mixture of styles on here.
This blog originally started as a place for me to share book reviews; then it became a book/sewing hybrid; and now it’s entirely sewing-focused. You can still read all my old book reviews here, but I don’t publish any new ones anymore.